On previous albums, Oklahoma-based John Moreland has always hinted that a full-on masterpiece is on its way. Fifth time’s the charm, as LP5 is easily his most fantastic and most powerful album to date. It’s an album of dark and melancholic countrified folk-rock, though it’s really not any of those three. Stripped down arrangements and minimal production from the expert touch of Matt Pence helps make LP5 one of the most beautiful, heartfelt albums of the year so far. Best song is “When My Fever Breaks,” an ode to Moreland’s wife, a tender ballad with flourishes of piano and simple percussion aiding in his declaration of love. Judging by the amount of time we’ve listened to LP5 since we first learned of it, we’re not exaggerating when we say this is one of the best albums of 2020.
Purchase John Moreland LP5: Bandcamp