Seven years is a long time between releases, though for an icon like Terry Allen, it could be that he just wanted to live a bit before making new music. With his new album Just Like Moby Dick coming before the end of this month, Allen has released two more singles ahead of the album’s release. With “Abandonitis” we get classic Allen, the storyteller and the tale to be spun. With “All That’s Left is Fare-Thee-Well,” Allen trades vocals with Shannon McNally and Charlie Sexton to give way to a breathtaking track.
The tender hum of the amplifier gets this song going before the guitar and drums get moving. Allen’s vocals come in and begin to tell the tale. That twang in his voice is unmistakable before the rest of the instruments come up and get the song shaking. Allen sounds youthful here with an accordion and brushed drums helping keep the pace. A tender banjo adds weight, though Allen is in rare form here really stretching out and taking the song to new heights.
This track has a more grand scale. The orchestral opening that meets with the voice of McNally and Sexton creates a different sound. When Allen comes on, he’s on his own and crafts a depth that mixes perfectly with the dual vocals. The song has a more meandering tone, yet it’s still up there with Allen’s story set energy. The country tones are wondrous, reminding you of Gulf Coast swing mixed with panhandle mystery. Allen sings a bit more freely here before joining Sexton and McNally to close the track out.
Both songs can be streamed above or on YouTube. Just Like Moby Dick is available for preorder directly from Paradise of Bachelors ahead of its January 24 release. Terry Allen will perform at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX on January 18. He is also set to perform in Los Angeles, CA at Zebulon February 15 and 16, at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY on May 21 and at City Winery in Washington, DC on May 23.
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