Kinney has finally recorded "Trail of Seasons"; it's the first track on The Flower & the Knife -- and it's a masterpiece of pre-Internet, preironic vérité. As in "Tangled Up in Blue," autobiography is transformed into cascading beauty, the details -- sun on the cobblestones, breakfast at Walgreens, hippies and U-Hauls -- stream Proustlike from an older-than-the-years voice and memory. Kinney makes no effort to smooth his jigsawed edges, couldn't care less about synching his guitar to click tracks -- the sound is as rickety and warm as a basement reel-to-reel -- and finds that rare, wise place where the saddest moments become the funniest, where a guitar and a voice and a good song speak of what's real, of what will last. Get to the Duck Room early; Kinney opens for Webb Wilder.
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