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When an album exists independently as a great piece of art -- in this case, we're referring to Damien Jurado's 2010 release, Saint Bartlett -- it really doesn't need anything 'extra' to make it better than it already is. Some bands need promotion, some records need catchy packaging, but a true work of art stands alone on it's own merit -- and such is the case with SB. As fans and fellow artists, as a community at large we've recognized this, achieving a state of admiration and inspiration for what Damien saw fit to put forth. We've emulated in the most well-intentioned ways. Pieces of his songs have become tiny ornaments as they've folded themselves into our minds and respective processes. We revisit these songs for better and for worse, in moments of lifting up and moments of letting down. These pieces tie into the threads that pull us out of bed in the middle of the night, or hold us back in the morning for a few moments more on the greyest of days. And vice-versa.