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December 5, 2006

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MICAH P. HINSON [I]HINSON AND THE OPERA CIRCUIT[/I] REVIEW

The hubbub surrounding Micah P. Hinson's early records seemed to have as much to do with his scandal-sheet-ready biography and defiant DIY aesthetic as with his aggressively morose songwriting, but now, with Micah P. Hinson And The Opera Circuit (Jade Tree), the deep-voiced young troubadour has constructed some songs worthy of his blue moods and obsession with the old-timey. True, songs like "Diggin A Grave"—with its banjo, accordion, harmonica, and what sounds like amplified lap-patting—can be homespun to a fault. And Hinson lacks the charm of the similarly time-warped M. Ward. But his attempts at open outreach on the rousing anthem "Jackeyed" and the wailing lament "It's Been So Long" have the fullness of a young folkie finally learning his craft?°¦ B+

PUBLICATION
The Onion / AV Club

AUTHOR
Noel Murray

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