Terms Of Surrender (LP)


Hiss Golden Messenger

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MC Taylor continues his prolific run, annually cranking out one solid folk rock collection after another. Terms of Surrender is his 2019 edition, a collection of ten songs that ruminate on hard living and bad circumstances that always seem to have a tinge of optimism and endurance; a little sunlight peeking through the clouds. There’s also Taylor’s uncannily Bob Dylan-esque croon giving gravitas to these well-worn sentiments. Nowhere is this more apparent than on “I Need A Teacher,” where a jaunty, soulful template is transformed into a desperate plea against public education cuts in his native North Carolina. Taylor’s voice and songwriting are not the only stars of this record; equal praise must be given to the production as well. This especially true for “Cat’s Eye Blue,” a ballad that uses negative space beautifully, where production quirks turn a piano, distant organ, and almost imperceptible guitar plucks into a cathedral of ambiance that resembles something that might’ve appeared on Bon Iver’s much heralded eponymous record. There’s not much musical ground on Terms of Surrender that Taylor hasn’t previously tread somewhere along the way, but it’s the remarkable consistency with which Hiss Golden Messenger delivers on every album that makes each one so rewarding. Terms of Surrender is no exception.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
I Need a Teacher
Hiss Golden Messenger 03:18
2.
Bright Direction (You’re a Dark Star Now)
Hiss Golden Messenger 04:24
3.
My Wing
Hiss Golden Messenger 04:26
4.
Old Enough to Wonder Why (East Side—West Side)
Hiss Golden Messenger 04:23
5.
Cat’s Eye Blue
Hiss Golden Messenger 03:49


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Happy Birthday, Baby
Hiss Golden Messenger 03:46
2.
Down at the Uptown
Hiss Golden Messenger 03:27
3.
Katy (You Don’t Have to Be Good Yet)
Hiss Golden Messenger 03:58
4.
Whip
Hiss Golden Messenger 04:29
5.
Terms of Surrender
Hiss Golden Messenger 03:12

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