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Is and Always Was 

Is and Always Was
Composer: Daniel Johnston
Conductor: Daniel Johnston
Label: Eternal Yip Eye
Release Date: 2009-10-28
Rated: NONE
Genre: Recording

While he has only experienced brushes with mainstream attention, Daniel Johnston’s impact can be heard way beyond the underground. Without Johnston, who knows if we would have ever heard of Kurt Cobain, Beck, or Bright Eyes? After a 30-year career of mostly lo-fi recordings, Johnston returns with his most realized effort, Is and Always Was. Produced by Jason Falkner, the album keeps Johnston’s imperfections while making them accessible to those who dig more polished music. Johnston comes off more alive than ever — like he’s been waiting forever for a chance to experiment with bigger sounds. His Beatles obsession shines on songs like “Without You” and “Light of Day,” making clear that Lennon is a bigger influence on his songwriting than Sir Paul. The great thing about Johnston — and probably the biggest reason for his cult status — is that he’s always genuine. Even when he’s trying something different or working with new people, he never gets lost in the static. — Eddie Fleisher

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