Hezekiah Jones: 'Agnes of the World' Hezekiah Says You're A-Ok, the debut album from Philadelphia songwriter Raphael Cutrufello's Hezekiah Jones, is a record both nuanced and swayingly graceful. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Leonard Cohen are influences.
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Hezekiah Says You're A-Ok, the debut album from Philadelphia songwriter Raphael Cutrufello's Hezekiah Jones (named from the folk song "Black Cross"), is a record both nuanced and swayingly graceful. Falling somewhere in the realm between early Leonard Cohen and Will Oldham's Bonnie 'Prince' Billy recordings, Hezekiah Jones has crafted an album of tightly coiled harmonies, memorable, lyrical melodies, and nimble, literate songwriting.

Produced by Philly legend Peter Humphreys (Lou Rawls, David Bowie), it's an album that is both easy to fall in love with and difficult to full understand. It's comfortable but unexpected, unabashedly beautiful and languidly unnerving.