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Jim O'Rourke - Eureka

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:1999-03-01

Jim O'Rourke has undergone a radical transformation since leaving Chicago's rock-improv ensemble Gastr Del Sol. While previously enjoying the singular role of avant-garde guitar hero, O'Rourke has slowly blossomed into a skilful producer with an extremely refined artistic sense. On Eureka he embraces an orchestral pop motif replete with horns, strings, and even female background vocalists. While O'Rourke's music reveals a strong debt to guitarist John Fahey and arranger Van Dyke Parks, it is his singing on this album that makes for a dreamy departure into modern folk-rock. Surrounding himself with some of Chicago's finest underground musicians, O'Rourke creates a rich tapestry of sophisticated sound that is both gentle and distinctive. More than having tremendous musical talent, O'Rourke is now making beautiful records. --Mitch Myers

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