Daniel Johnston, 'Is and Always Was' (Eternal Yip Eye)

7
Is and Always Was
Critical Mass
Label: Eternal Yip Eye

by Jon Young

Admired by Kurt Cobain and Tom Waits, troubled lo-fi troubadour Daniel Johnston has made cult-inspiring records since the early 1980s. For Is and Always Was, well-meaning producer Jason Falkner (Jellyfish, Brendan Benson) attempts to expand Johnston's appeal, wrapping his timeless, touching lyrics and Elmer Fudd-like voice in buzzing electric guitars and shiny keyboards. Often brilliant, occasionally creepy songs such as the bitter toe-tapper "Without You" and the optimistic six-minute epic "Light of Day" aren't appreciably improved by the trappings, but still cut deeply.

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 Young Buffalo — No Idea " 03:59
  • 2 Vaadat Charigim — Ein Li Makom " 03:46
  • 3 Lindstrøm — Home Tonight " 09:13
  • 4 Will Butler — You Must Be Kidding " 03:54
  • 5 Clarence Clarity — 1-800-WORSHIP " 04:30
  • 6 The Knocks — Dancing With Myself " 00:00
  • 7 Lady Gaga — Till It Happens to You " 03:24

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA