- Released: October 23, 2007
- Label: Fat Cat
Uncut - p.863 stars out of 5
-- "[The songs are] as rich in poetic observation as they are shorn of musical artifice."
No Depression - p.109
"CAVALIER is a set of beautifully judged performances that illustrate the virtues of the light touch."
Q (Magazine) - p.1123 stars out of 5
-- "[With a] sparse beauty....Former PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish constructs a barely noticeable backdrop of feathered piano on 'My Heart Belongs To The Sea'..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1054 stars out of 5
-- "[T]here's real depth tot he lyrics, and they're sung in a voice so confident in its smooth, Ricky Nelson-esque purity..."
- 2.Brass Ring Blues
- 3.Committed to Memory
- 4.My Heart Belongs to the Sea
- 5.Brand New Safe
- 6.My Peggy Dear
- 7.I Want to Make This Moment Last
- 8.Instructions to Meet the Devil
- 9.I'm Traveling the River on the Dakota Queen
- 10.Kiss My Lips
Tom Brosseau's second full-length for Fat Cat records is a jawdropper. Finding his folk roots among such castaways of the tradition as John Jacob Niles, Charlie Feathers, and Michael Hurley, Brosseau has a voice and delivery that clutch like a death grip, and the material to go along with them. "Committed to Memory" and "My Heart Belongs to the Sea" are just two of the many instant classics, both featuring a childlike vocal tremble, spacious instrumentation, and haunting lyrics drenched in reverb. The end result makes for the perfect marriage of heartbreak and left-of-center beauty. Freak-folk wannabes the world over: you've been served. Amazing.