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Joseph Huber - Bury Me Where I Fall

Joseph Huber

Bury Me Where I Fall
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Review by Kaleb Bronson
January 2011

Mellowing his soul from the hyped engine of the .357 String Band, Joseph Huber calms his mind and tells the tales of darkness, doom, and salvation on newest LP.

Huber is known for his speed banjo skills and fireball lyrics but on this album, his first solo record, he offers a new eagle’s nest to view the world from. Bury Me Where I Fall is a digestible yet apocalyptic album of backwoods trails and the notion of life’s battlefield. Huber takes his high voltage from a ten to two and it works like clockwork. From the self-titled introduction song, “Bury Me Where I Fall” to the closing song “The Ancient Lake,” Huber keeps the level simple but offers something that most musicians no longer have: style. He offers a shovel full of dirt to throw on the walking dead, which most of humanity has become.

Like a hymnal in an abandoned church, Huber summons a soothing rapport to soothe the savage beast known as man with the lyrics “And so I go where the trees [are] like ghosts.” These lyrics from the opening track show the depth of this bearded man of mystery. As the album continues, he adds instrumental value from guitar to banjo to harmonica and beyond. This instrumentation makes it obvious that a high level of skill was bound together for the record. The darkened theme of the album opens the gates of doom and shines a small light inside so others can see through the fog. During “Bell on a Rope,” Huber shows that he will not be held down in a grave, he will pull himself from the ground and triumph above it all.

The entire album is perfectly played on a porch, fireplace, or road trip for a wandering soul of mischief. The album itself is rather quick, but it can be played on repeat for hours. His lyrics are pulled from the depths of eternity and resonate across the desolate land. The album progressively grows stronger and never gets stale.

“Downtime” is a song that is made for the American working man. The track is a tale of traveling and having the extra minutes to rethink living life. “Searching round, trying to find one goddamn familiar face,” Huber bellows with meaning. Later saying, “It’s funny how my own songs come out to haunt me.” This singer/songwriter has leveled his musical accomplishments with this album and created something to be proud of and hold above a majority of the musical realm.

“Can’t you see the Floods A-Coming” has a raw vinyl taste, like he met Robert Johnson near the crossroads of the Dockery Plantation to be transformed. Joseph Huber has gotten to a point which offers the meaning of life and tells it through a glorious soundtrack. Huber’s record is a reminder of where humans walk, where society will end up, and where music can portray existence.

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