December National Music Reviews

Review: Mick Turner – Don’t Tell The Driver

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Mick Turner
Don’t Tell The Driver
Drag City Records
Street: 11.19
Mick Turner = Bonnie “Prince” Billy + Smog
Don’t Tell The Driver would be the perfect album to ease a panic attack. The calming themes and minimal arrangements engage an overall feeling of peace, soothing the thoughts to ease you into a safe place. Turner focuses on the elements of the instruments, and not as much on the vocals—although, when present, they feel epic, but in an angelic way. “Over Waves” did this best, as vocalist Caroline Kennedy-McCraken enhances the melody by giving it an operatic quality. The instrumentation felt loaded with a Southwestern vibe, making it feel as though I was traveling alone by horseback across the desert landscape, especially in “The Navigator.” I definitely enjoyed this album. –Brinley Froelich
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