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Damien Jurado Rehearsals for Departure

Damien rehearsals 2400

Release Date March 9, 1999

Catalog No SP440

Formats Digital and CD

Rehearsals for Departure is Damien Jurado’s second album on Sub Pop. And it’s a stunner.

Amazon’s review:
If you were to take the promising moments from Damien Jurado’s first album, Waters Ave. S., and factor in a few years’ worth of maturity, it still wouldn’t add up to this spectacular achievement. The Evergreen State’s self-tagged “urban folksinger” has sharpened his songwriting skills and streamlined his musical attack. Simple, finger-picked acoustic guitar graces most of the tracks and when matched with Jurado’s nasal whine (which shares a few adenoids with Freedy Johnston) creates a genuine emotional intensity. “Ohio” is the perfectly shaped tale of a girl abducted from her mother and made to live with her father in a faraway city. The lament is perfectly underpinned by the harmonica of Richard Smokovich, who also adds an extra-rough ferocity to the complete-band numbers (“Honey Baby,” “Letters & Drawings”). The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow produces and adds a full complement of instruments, ranging from guitar, organ, and piano to mellotron and concertina. One of the year’s best, for sure.—Rob O’Connor


  1. OhioOhio
  2. Tragedy
  3. Curbside
  4. Honey Baby
  5. Eyes For Windows
  6. Letters & Drawings
  7. Love The Same
  8. Saturday
  9. Tornado
  10. Rehearsals For Departure