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Mutual Benefit – Love’s Crushing Diamond

I don’t really know much about Mutual Benefit, and I’m not sure that I need to.  Just the fact that they’re able to create this glow of warmth in their music that politely offers to wrap you in it’s good vibes is more than enough.  To put it simply, this is just really great winter music.  Which might explain why I’m so thoroughly digging this album at the moment, despite the fact that it seems like more of a Sean album than the type of thing I usually go for.  And sure, I could point out that Mutual Benefit make it hard not to be reminded of artists like Bon Iver or Grizzly Bear who have already mined the same sort of beautifully rustic territory.  But Love’s Crushing Diamond never quite strikes me as derivative, but more just as an album that wants to live up to this band’s namesake by rewarding listeners for their services.