Few albums brandished the vigor of Langhorne Slim and The Law’s The Spirit Moves. The title track, which wields bold brass over exaggerated drums, sets the tone for the no-holds-barred release. Coupled with the infectious banjo-jam “Strangers”, Slim squirms to earworm his way into the heart of his listeners in a manner reminiscent of a hyper child stuck with a sugar-high in the back pew of church–he’s just bursting with energy.
However, the album isn’t all bells and whistles. Slim unites his edginess with a vulnerability and honesty that can’t be taught. Both “Changes” and “Life’s A Bell” highlight a silkier, emotive side to the album. The combination of the two blends into an extraordinarily haunting and exhilarating album that will cling to listeners with a white-knuckle grip.
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