James Orr Complex

James Orr Complex
chori’s Bundle (2003, Rock Action)(4.6/5)

chori’s Bundle mixes classic Nick Drake vocalisms equally with fresh fingerpickin’ innovation to allow for one of the warmest, most interesting guitar-oriented folk albums in recent memory. Orr’s hushed vocals are sprinkled throughout the album, giving the listener the impression he is sighing through just another hard day’s work. The guitar tone is impeccably clear. One can easily think they are snuggled up in front of a fireplace with Mr. Orr himself. This album stands right up alongside anything Iron & Wine, Will Oldham/Bonnie Prince and Papa M have ever put out. Given some more time Orr may end up being mentioned in the same breath as such folk guitar luminaries as John Fahey and Robbie Basho. The potential is definitely there.

-Beat 5/9/05

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *