THE HORSE’S MOUTH
*******Pale White Dove (2015)*****
Unlike the hazy nostalgia lying behind the music of so many of his contemporaries, in the 11 tracks that comprise Pale White Dove, Burr’s musical archaeology unearths the bodies buried beneath the floorboards of the American cultural edifice. As he laments in the track “I Love to Hate You”:
So I strolled down beneath the Beautiful Gate
There was a fountain – it was filled with snakes.
French social philosopher René Girard observes the phenomenon that a “founding murder” lies at the basis of many societies, such as the murder of Abel in Genesis and that of Remus at the founding of Rome. Girard’s theories of mimetic violence and scapegoating inform many of the tracks on Pale White Dove.
If there are things bigger than sex and laughs, then we damn well better sing about it all. If there is a God in heaven then even singing against him makes more sense than the hair metal with all its soft porn videos after 8 pm. … Burr’s albums have the heaviness of a novel. That kinda weight. You don’t read Faulkner for entertainment. Some authors are too full of gravity. You don’t read them at the beach. You read them at the grave.
What was Burr doing for the last five years? Well, if this record is any indication, he was wandering the desert and receiving signs of a great and terrible prophecy: Burr sounds more aggressive than he ever has, possessed with an almost Biblical fury and righteousness. The songs on Pale White Dove positively erupt, as if they can’t wait to break out and see the light of day. This is great, invigorating stuff, and I only hope it doesn’t take another half-decade for the next one.
-DMagazine Front Row Blog
the new album is a pure stunner from beginning to end … Burr, along with his band, has expertly taken the darkest, most bombastic elements of his past records and twisted the knobs until they cracked.
-Dallas Observer, DC9 at Night Blog
For Denton troubadour Doug Burr, it was a record freed from the subdued folk meditations of his previous work. Make no mistake: Burr was plenty compelling in that mode, but there’s an electricity to Pale White Dove that makes songs like Never Gonna Be Young Again crackle against the elegiac closer, The Last Confederate Widow — showcasing the full sweep of his songwriting powers in less than an hour.
-Star Telegram / DFW.com
It’s a stunner from start to finish, for sure.
*****O Ye Devastator (2010)*****
Burr gives a generous treatment to the notion of the inescapably criminal, the deterministically corrupt, universal culpability. Its a titanic penitence reminiscent of Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Denton’s Doug Burr stands out in surprising ways
…it will leave you planted right where you are with a sensation to do nothing but listen. And listen close.
Look beneath the dazzling surface and you’ll find the heart of darkness. It’s the perfect visual metaphor for the uneasy meditations found within the eleven songs on O Ye Devastator
Doug Burr is slowly but surely creating a very strong word-of-mouth buzz across the United States and beyond. O Ye Devastator is Burr’s third full-length release…and its bound to be a hit with his fans.
Its intriguing, and difficult, and captivating all at the same time “ and there are very few albums about which you can say that.
*****The Shawl (2008)*****
The Shawl is staggering
The question is, do Hebrew Psalms really hold up as musical poetry in literally- translated English? Burr’s attempt is fairly convincing. The phrasing and meter never sound forced. Musically, Burr seems to tip-toe into the Psalms, cautiously, reverently. The songs move at a shuffling monk’s pace, giving Burr time to carefully handle each word.
Obviously The Shawl wont be to everybodys liking. So, as to give you an objective point of view, reminding you of my atheism: I stand in awe as well as I am perplexed!
-You Crazy Dreamers
*****On Promenade (2007)*****
As far as I can see, Burr’s only problem now lies in how he is going to follow ‘On Promenade’. Brilliant!
Denton singer-songwriter Doug Burr deserves international success, but in the meantime he may consider grief counseling
-Fort Worth Weekly
Exquisitely detailed, slow and deliberate, his songs have as much in common with the literature of Eudora Welty and Cormac McCarthy as with the work of the Americana dimmerati to whom he is often, and somewhat shortsightedly, compared…
-Paste Magazine -“Four to Watch” Feature
A quiet, unsung masterpiece of modern folk/alternative country that deserves far more attention than it has garnered thus far.
…maturity and outstanding technical performance…
Singer/songwriter Doug Burrs new album perambulates human experience, drawing on the mystery of the South, apocalyptic evocations, and even Van Goghs letters…
-Modern Luxury Dallas
Burrs ability to create a sense of mystery is what makes the song so hauntingly beautiful. I am still peeling back the layers on this, trying to find out what it is all about. I might never figure that out, and thats alright with me.
Burr relies on great songs, not on gimmicks, and pulls on literate wit and poetry to generate the intimate ache that drives the record. There is clearly something in the water in Denton – that town has produced two of the best records of the past 12 months.
After repeated listens, it’s safe to say that On Promenade is unlike any album to emerge in recent time, and no doubt it will stand as one of the most important releases of 2007. The contrast between warmth and dark melancholy is at war here, and the result is an epic draw.