Album Review: The Nature of Things by The Daredevil Christopher Wright

Mason McGough

The Nature of Things (2012)

Similar in cosmetics to the also fancifully named Father John Misty, The Daredevil Christopher Wright returns with a sophomore LP that pairs baroque arrangements with dire sentiment. Maps and Atlases-reminiscent single “Divorce” is quick to lay down some literal apologies, ending in a haphazard flurry and singer Jesse Edgington shrugging “I can’t say I’m proud of what I’ve done.” The prevailing sentiment on The Nature of Things is regret of the past, along with dread of the future and that ol’ stand-by death. Gentle use of tension is one of the band’s tools in sending these messages home, such as in the endings of “Church” and “Divorce” or the uncomfortably long pause on “Blood Brother.” In the same vein of like-minded musicians Fleet Foxes and Andrew Bird, the DCW understand the power that worldly concerns like these can exercise in tandem with some modestly unorthodox folk songs. Beneath the lovely guitar spirals and jubilantly sauntering rhythms hide subtle mockeries of fellow bands and hipsters, lamentations about the economy, and the ever-present question of how we can transcend our mistakes before the inevitable end.