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Down Fell the Doves

August 6, 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 6, 2013
  • Label: Lightning Rod Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Lightning Rod Records
  • Total Length: 38:36
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00DNR6JCK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,788 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

I would definitly recommend this CD!!!!!!
Kelly Hayes
This album is beautifully crafted with songs that are both melodic and lyrically creative.
Gregory
I'm just going playing this for a good long while.
bruce

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Randy on August 7, 2013
Format: Audio CD
As if we needed more proof that Amanda Shires is the real thing, she has released this gem of an album. Following an album as great as 2011's Carrying Lightning is no easy feat, but she has pulled it off magnificently. 'Down Fell The Doves' delivers on the promise of 'Carrying Lightning' and expands on the talents of Ms. Shires.

On this album, Ms. Shires has moved ever-so-slightly away from the Americana/AltCountry/Texas-Fiddle-Music sound that informed her previous albums. This is the work of a premiere songwriter, no qualifiers or genre designation needed. Amanda has been quoted as saying her favorite songwriter is Leonard Cohen, and that fact is borne out by the way she, like Cohen, tackles the darker aspects of life, love and the human soul in her writing. In fact, one of the highlights of the set is "Song For Leonard Cohen," which finds Amanda dreaming about meeting her idol and stating that she would "just listen to you talk." You won't find any feel-good sunshine-laced love songs here; be prepared to face the darkness with songs like "Box Cutters," which examines the myriad ways in which one might end one's own life. "Deep Dark Below" brings us the story of Alicia, who falls prey to the Lord of Darkness himself, because "it's usually the weak ones he finds." Perhaps the centerpiece of the album is "Bulletproof," in which the protagonist fantasizes about what she could do if she were invincible:

"Maybe folks would line up, and show up armed
Excited for a person to try their weapons out on,
And we could charge money . . .
We could charge a whole lot of money."

Shires also shows increased confidence in her voice.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bruce on August 8, 2013
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From top to bottom there is not a bone on this one. The catchy Wasted 'n Rollin' is ode to younger days, Bulletproof starts as a tale and turns into a playful day dreaming what-if. The sweetly melancholy Box Cutters, a song that makes me glad to be alive despite have had other thoughts. She stole the words that were trapped inside me and wrapped them up in a beautiful melody. I drink the lyrics and feast on the music. I'm no music expert, I can't analyze this. I'm just going playing this for a good long while. Did I mention it's totally awesome?!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Spencer on August 6, 2013
Format: Audio CD
If there was any lingering doubt about this amazing young lady's artistic legitimacy following the brilliant CARRYING LIGHTNING...well, forget it, because here we have a fully realized masterpiece from an artist in full bloom. If there's any sanity left on earth, this work will establish Ms. Shires as a legit member of the American musical elite. I have to confess that I'm late to the Amanda party, having only become acquainted scarcely a week ago when she opened for one of my current heroes, new hubby Jason Isbell, in my hometown of Portland, Maine. Intrigued, I bought a copy of WEST CROSS TIMBERS from the merch table, and it's been straight down the rabbit hole from there, blissfully devouring her every release leading up to this crowning achievement. DOWN FELL THE DOVES surely should (but just as surely won't) make a lot of short lists for the best of 2013, and kudos to producer Andy Lemaster for finding the sound needed to frame the material.
The tracks scan beautifully, with "Look Like a Bird" setting a theme--Amanda writes about identifying with the avian world quite often, and takes it to a stark new level of wistfulness here--"careless, weightless and free"--"like I don't know about falling, or what it is to cry". "Bulletproof" is a standout, especially after hearing Amanda sing it live with only her ukelele and a crazy story about a gift bag of tiger fur, claws and teeth. As presented here, the song becomes a mini-epic, propelled by a glorious arrangement of sweeping strings. "Box Cutters" performs the stunning trick of making suicide seem like a day at the beach. Not a little disturbing. "Wasted and Rolling" is the hardest rocking track here and is elevated by the stellar guitar of Mr.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 29, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I wasn't at all sure about this album on first hearing, but after repeated listening I think it is excellent. It is quirky and unusual in places, but the songs have real quality and a depth which means that they really speak to me and I think this is an album which I will be playing regularly for years to come.

The songs are an eclectic mix from the spiky and quirky like Look Like a Bird and Bulletproof through tuneful country-tinged ballads like Stay and If I, to solid, driving rockers like Wasted and Rollin'. I think Devastate is a quite exceptionally good track - musically and lyrically original and with some great instrumental work, especially from Jason Isbell on guitar who plays with passion and a wonderful touch, and this sort of class shines throughout the album.

This is an album of real quality and staying power, I think, and easily holds its own alongside Isbell's Southeastern Southeastern which is very high praise. Very warmly recommended - this is something special.
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