Even in 2012 on There's No Leaving Now, which was 6 years ago he sounded different. In interviews, his voice doesn't sound different, so maybe he just changed his style? His raspy, high-pitched sound was more akin to Bob Dylan.
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Okay, I just listened to the album again. I really really like "Little Nowhere Towns" with the piano (also was great live). The title track is also pretty great just because of the emotion that you can hear in his voice along with the build-up/jam-out at the end (another stand-out when I saw him last week). Not trying to be a hipster, but "Sagres" might be my least favorite; after hearing it once or twice, I already feel like I've heard it a thousand times. The melody is just too generic and repetitive. I guess that gives it the mass appeal, idk. Meh. After listening to this album and There's No Leaving Now back-to-back, it's clear which album is superior.
Well, that's a bit harsh, but I kind of agree (fekko). His latest album seems pretty generic in the overall sound. Darker subject matter, but the music itself just seems a bit uninspired. A couple good songs in there though.