A Seattle-based singer-songwriter, Damien Jurado launches into another offering of his beautifully mournful recorded contemplations and delivers what is perhaps his most compelling album yet. This is no small achievement for an artist who has already delivered a collection of recordings that are as stunning in their reason as they are in their rawness. In opening the album with the somber “Hoquiam,” Jurado quickly signals his emotive intent for the ensuing fifty minutes. “I Had No Intention” is a wallowing ballad about the retribution of adultery. Its meditative acoustic guitar, plaintive piano, and laconic vocals summon an aura of absolute bleakness.
Hopelessness is a common thread across And Now That I’m In Your Shadow, as its title track so compellingly underlines. Violins wail and cymbals crash in the distance as a mournful electric guitar line weaves its way through the blustery bleakness. And Now That I’m In Your Shadow is by no means an easy recording to navigate. Its tales depict infidelity, murder and lost love — and Jurado tackles with honesty and candor that make this recording an unsettling place to linger. But through coaxing the listener into abandoning their reservations and diving headlong into the heart and soul of his ballads, Damien Jurado’s languid recital becomes all the more inflicting — and leaves you wanting more.