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  • Audio CD (August 10, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ten Good Records
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • ASIN: 1689258942
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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After the Wrecking Ships by David Berkeley

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Berkeley sings in a lustrous melancholy voice with shades of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake. As his melodies ascend to become benedictions and consolations, the music shimmers and peals. --The New York Times

Berkeley crafts his songs like watercolor paintings, intimate and introspective --Atlanta's Creative Loafing

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Florestan on October 18, 2004
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My first impression of David Berkeley was of the "grace-under-fire" variety. I had purchased exceptionally good seats to see Rufus Wainwright perform at the Vic Theatre in Chicago. As I soon learned, "good" simply means an auspiciously placed posture-punishing folding chair. The promotional material gave no indication of an opening act, so at 7:30 p.m. we were sitting (somewhat less than stoically) waiting for Rufus Wainwright to emerge. Out walked David Berkeley, who is without doubt one of the bravest musicians of our time. Immediate heckling ensued. I did not hear one scintilla of artistic commentary, but rather a prominent (if not petulant) suggestion that he wear tighter pants. He handled this misplaced attention with admirable aplomb, and managed to win over most of the crowd by the end of his 45 minute set. A more sympathetic venue might have latched on far sooner. He played his heart out, and amused at least some of us with his keen but decidedly deadpan sense of humor. Twelve hours later, I visited to invest in both of his albums ("The Confluence" is his first).

Berkeley's songs are introspective and mostly melancholy, but take the occasional playful turn (Red, Matador, even Bushwick.) Most moving for me are Little Fists, Chicago, and Fire Sign. In rare instances, his inspiration seemed less obvious (Boxes, a crowd favorite which took some warming up to on my part). As for the musicianship, I cannot say that I heard any astounding instrumentals save one bravura mandolin passage in Times Square. What makes this album is Berkeley's voice. To tout it as good is to understate the case. He sings with such purity of tone that I am hard-pressed to draw adequately flattering comparisons: the male equivalent of Joan Baez, maybe? A slightly more velvety James Taylor?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. F. Rick on July 27, 2004
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In his sophomore outing, David Berkeley shows he is a great musician ready to be discovered. His catchy melodies, sophisticated lyrics, and beautiful voice have matured since "The Confluence," his first album. These elements come together to create one of the best albums of the past couple of years. Honestly, I can't get it out of my CD player. Each time I put in something else, I keep returning to it. The last time that happened was "Late for the Sky" by Jackson Browne. A comparison to that album is warranted. Both are filled with honest songs channeled through exquisite voices.

I was introduced to David Berkeley through "Fire Sign" on "Without a Trace." It was the perfect song for the episode; I immediately liked it, which is a rarity for me. After listening to some more songs on his website, I bought both albums. If you liked "Fire Sign," you'll like the other songs as well. There are no throw away tracks on this album. From the upbeat (Red, Times Square, Bushwick) to the somber (Chicago, Boxes) to the sublime (Little Fists, Shiloh), this album will move you through an emotional rollercoaster.

It's a joy to find music with lyrics good enough to remain in your subconscious, bubbling up at times. "Our dreams aren't quite as big as our boxes." "Bloodstained, the blue and grey look just the same." "You clench your little fists against the world."
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