Catching Up With Hiss Golden Messenger

"Words can mean different things, from day to day they change their meaning," MC Taylor sings at the start of Jump For Joy, his latest under the reliable and stalwart Hiss Golden Messenger banner. Adopting a new character—named "Michael Crow," with a subtle nod—allows Taylor a little space to move around. And tellingly, he uses much of that wiggle room to indulge in layers of funk ("I Saw the New Day in the World"), lithe soft-rock ("Shinbone"), and Dead-indebted shuffles ("California King"). Hiss Golden Messenger's best records always balance honeyed charm with existential weight, but . . .

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