Tom Brosseau, 'Posthumous Success' (Fatcat)

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by Kenny Herzog

As this blues-bred, North Dakota–born folkie attests on his sixth album's standout jangle rocker, he's ready for the "Big Time" (or some variation thereof). On the bratty gem "You Don't Know My Friends," he's never been more believably torn up, and "Axe & Stump" quilts together quirky verse arrangements with a triumphant, Rhodes piano chorus. Success is bookended by two disparate takes on "My Favorite Color Blue" -- the opener a classic picker-and-crooner, the closer suggesting a half-speed, rustic mutation of New Order's "Your Silent Face." It's unclear which direction Brosseau will pursue next, but Success' provocative versatility confirms that he deserves a wider audience.

Listen: Tom Brosseau, "You Don't Know My Friends" (DOWNLOAD MP3)

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