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20 Watts Reviews Daniel Johnston’s Is and Always Was by Eric Vilas-Boas
Daniel Johnston's return to independent music soars on the strength of hi-fi production

Daniel Johnston's return to independent music soars on the strength his songwriting and hi-fi production

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Daniel Johnston’s “Tears” MP3
WE GIVE IT: 17/20 Watts

Daniel Johnston — literally indie-rock’s resident madman — steps production up ten-fold on Is and Always Was, his first release in six years. With multiple rock instruments where there used to be just a voice and piano, Is and Always Was tends towards both the mainstream and more mature songwriting from the secluded genius with bipolar disorder. Drum fills and electric guitars breathe new life into previously recorded track “I Had Lost My Mind.” Meanwhile, unconventional ballads like “Tears” and “Light of Day” prescribe life lessons from a man who’s had plenty of them over the past 30 years.

Check our full review in the latest issue of 20 Watts!

— Eric Vilas-Boas

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