100 Unheralded Albums from 2010

Dax RiggsSay Goodnight to the World (Fat Possum, 8/3/10)

Dax Riggs: “Say Goodnight to the World”
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Though Say Goodnight to the World is only his second “official” full-length album, Dax Riggs has been delivering powerful, blues-infused rock balladry for a decade.  Say Goodnight to the World doesn’t quite have a standout like “Night is the Notion” from We Sing of Only Blood or Love, but it reflects a more integrated approach to songwriting, with tracks that aren’t as rigid in their structure.

A slow, intoxicating rendition of Elvis Presley‘s “Heartbreak Hotel” — more in tune with the suicide-inspired tune written by Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton — is just one of many highlights.

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