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Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Greg Jamie's vocal style has been described as a “baby manatee being ravaged by a pack of feral cougars,” the sound of a “deranged mystic” and the “bizarro world Alec Ounsworth.” It's pretty much all true. Jamie's compatriots in O'Death spend most of their time busily crafting death disco bluegrass, giving him the chance to go hog wild with whoops, shrieks and even, sometimes, honest-to-goodness lyrics. You may have a hard time making them out, sure. But it isn't hard to hear how good of a time Jamie is having — and that's entirely the point. For any fan of cowpunk, this is essential listening.