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Classic Album Review: Tanakh | Dieu Deuil

The multi-talented musician hits the sweet spot between Cowboy Junkies & Floyd.

This came out in 2004 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Singer, songwriter and producer Jesse Poe, we are told, is a teacher in Florence, Italy.

Supposedly, some of his relatives were country songwriters and performers. He is primarily a guitarist, but also plays a whole slew of ethnic instruments like sitar, singing bowls and bowed glockenspiel. And he helms this loose chamber-folk nonet featuring everything from violin to bouzouki. How all this led him to make an album that sounds like The Cowboy Junkies aping Pink Floyd is beyond me — but that’s exactly what you get on Tanakh’s soothingly stunning sophomore disc Dieu Deuil. Over languid, rootsy grooves that unhurriedly drift by over the course of several minutes, Poe and co. stack richly textured layers of instrumental melancholy, effects and field recordings, with his dusty, Roger Waters vocals adding the finishing touches to gorgeous, burnished gems like November Tree and Lady Eucharist. Ultimately, you won’t care how it all comes together. You’ll just marvel at the way it does.