I'll keep this short and just agree with the other two (so far) reviewers and say that this is one of Tom Russell's best recordings. I especially like the two songs that refer to his time in Nigeria ("East of Woodstock...," "Criminology") and "Guadalupe."My copy of the CD included liner notes with all the lyrics and listing of everyone involved in each song.
BLOOD AND CANDLE SMOKE. By Tom Russell. (Shout Factory LLC, 2009. 2042-A Armacost Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025) CD $15.99I have to smile with Tom Russell's most recent journey away from sure ballad-making with his new CD "Blood and Candle Smoke" on the Shout Factory label. This introspective collection of twelve tracks is perhaps more like orchestrated poetry, certainly more subdued and cryptic than any of his twenty albums since the 70s. All of these tracks are the caliber of songs that will grow on y..
Tom Russell is an artist in every sense of the word. He writes beautiful lyrics, he puts those words to some fantastic music, he writes books, and he can paint like a God. He encompasses the true meaning of the word artist. But my familiarity of Mr. Russell lies mostly in his music. He writes from the heart and his songs tell great stories, sometimes true stories he himself has experienced.His latest record, Blood and Candle Smoke is no exception. The tunes on this new record are all so abundant in texture ..