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Richard Buckner: Bloomed (Slow River/Rykodisc)

Matt Hanks, No Depression, Summer 1999

RICHARD BUCKNER'S 1994 debut album, Bloomed, heralded the arrival of a uniquely expressive and honest songwriter and reaped Buckner tomes of critical praise, a deal with MCA (now void), and heavyweight expectations — some of which he's delivered on, some of which he hasn't.

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