Review: Understated and underrated Grey Reverend deserves worship

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ACCORDING to Last.fm, Grey Reverend, who is preparing to release his second album A Hero’s Lie, has a paltry 12,505 listeners.
By way of comparison, according to the music site, Michael Kiwanuka has 164,888 listeners, Ben Howard has 372,251 listeners, Jose Gonzalez has 1,223,562 listeners, Bon Iver has 1,478,963 listeners – you get the picture, Grey Reverend has a pretty small flock at present.
Despite high profile collaborators in the form of Bonobo and Cinematic Orchestra, Grey Reverend’s touching acoustic guitar compositions have slipped largely under the mainstream radar.
It is, quite simply, a travesty.
The Brooklyn singer-songwriter, real name L.D Brown, crafts compositions that are cathartic and emotional yet simple and understated.
And on this collection, produced by Grey Reverend himself, the added swells and production really bring the raw acoustic and crooning vocals of the music out of its shell – whether through the sweeping majesty of Postcard or The Payoff for instance, or the more subtle work like little piano touches on tracks like Everlasting.
Hopefully this LP will bring out a deservedly bigger congregation to hear the Grey Reverend in action.
5/5

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