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God Bless Your Black Heart
Originally released in 2004, God Bless Your Black Heart from Texas band The Paper Chase is the sound of everything falling apart; the sound of frustration, the sound of wanting and rejecting love, life, and death. The focus is on human interaction where "anything can happen, anything can go wrong." It's a terrifyingly stark album, with harsh arrangements along with John Congleton's unique, seemingly improvised guitar work and strained vocal chords, setting a blueprint for what was to follow. Sounds like an unhinged portrayal of a young man's descent into madness with self-immolating lyrics and needle-in-the-eyeball agony -- a disturbing yet seductive listen. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl and housed in a gatefold sleeve.