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Falling Off the Sky

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Falling Off the Sky is the first new dB's album in a quarter-century. It's been three decades since the original lineup of Peter Holsapple, Chris Stamey, Gene Holder and Will Rigby recorded the beloved early-'80s classics Stands for deciBels and Repercussion. The North Carolina-via-New York foursome's vintage releases are now widely revered as alt-pop landmarks. Falling Off the Sky embodies the same combination of infectious melodic craft, playful sonic experimentalism and barbed lyrical insight that established the dB's as key progenitors of the Southern indie-rock explosion of the '80s.

1. That Time Is Gone
2. Before We Were Born
3. The Wonder Of Love
4. Write Back
5. Far Away And Long Ago
6. Send Me Something Real
7. World To Cry
8. The Adventures Of Albatross And Doggerel
9. I Didn't Mean To Say That
10. Collide-oOo-Scope
11. She Won't Drive In The Rain Anymore
12. Remember (Falling Off The Sky)

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  • Audio CD (June 12, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bar None Records
  • ASIN: B007V1VTTW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John Werner VINE VOICE on June 22, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Though I'm sure someone will call me on this I can only think of one other band other than the dBs that got together after over 30 years to do a new album. An album that is very good thus in no way an embarassment. I'm referring to The Raspberries' Live On The Sunset Strip, but that album was entirely a different animal as it was all old material redone live. Live On The Sunset Strip corrected a big wrong in my book as it was, mostly, superlative pop that we never got to hear in full-fidelity prior to that album as the originals were, supposedly, mixed for AM car radios of the day which couldn't resolve the top or bottom ends. So, what my point is that this kind of thing seems to never happen because of all the endless ways such a reunion can be a big fiasco.

Well, fear not fans of The dBs because "Falling Off The Sky" is definitely all new material that will stand up against the fact that this band never made a weak, or worse bad, album. In fact this is triumphant. I'm sure it helps that Holsapple and Stamey kept playing together and, in fact, made two albums in the last decade that were true gems if they were not quite dBs albums. And, the fact that dBs have been playing sporadically together with increasing frequency in the past, say, seven years must be a very wonderful and "germy" gestation period for the birth of what we have here.

"Falling Off The Sky" rocks from the opening tune "That Time Is Gone" and while it signals that everyone is aware we've all aged there is still some serious rockin' to be done within that knowledge. Every cut is more than just listenable, they're all good and many either nail or nudge greatness.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JD on June 13, 2012
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Great to see the dBs deliver another great album! They are one of the most overlooked bands in rock history. Like The Shoes, The Beat, The Records, Guadalcanal Diary, The Connells and a few others, the dB's have stayed true to their craft. Hopefully, they will sell enough music to keep recording. It's such a pleasure to listen to them.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul Rock on June 12, 2012
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Exhilarating, catchy, and poignant new record by the band that inspired R.E.M. and kept the spirit of classic Big Star alive.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on July 2, 2012
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Way back in the early 1980s, when only graduate students and industrial researchers had access to the Internet, information about bands spread much more slowly. And so the dB's first two albums, originally released on the London-based Albion label and imported back to the group's native U.S. shores, were difficult to learn about, harder to find, and even trickier to put into context. Bits and pieces of the group's background eventually circulated, with Chris Stamey's tenure as Alex Chilton's bassist providing a tantalizingly obscure connection to the ultimate cult pop band, Big Star. Stamey, Gene Holder and Will Rigby's earlier work as Sneakers also resurfaced, providing a link to Mitch Easter, and thus to REM, and eventually scenes in Georgia, North Carolina, New York and beyond.

A special edition of the group's second album, Repercussions, was accompanied by a bonus cassette of their debut, but even this promotion couldn't push the records from great reviews to great sales. Stamey left the band to pursue a solo career, and Peter Holsapple led the band on albums for Bearsville and IRS. College radio managed to launch REM into the mainstream, but the dB's (despite an opening tour slot for their Athens-based comrades) couldn't convert cult popularity into commercial success.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Chips on July 14, 2012
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Okay; since I can review this album under an alias here on Amazon, now I can say what I REALLY think...

Had I bought "Stands for Decibels" and "Repercussion" in the 1980s and become exiled to Saturn in the intervening 32 years to return to hear "Falling off the Sky," this is just the mature dB's album that I might expect & hope to hear from that younger, earnest, vigorous & inventive 1980s band. In other words, the dB's' new album is not an attempt to sound like the young band, but neither is it a tired collection of material from musicians who no longer have anything to say.

On the contrary: they have a LOT to say! A lot has been blogged about the various songs, and the standouts seem to be Rigby's "Write Back," a current topic written with (hate to be cliche!) an IRRESISTIBLE hook and an execution reminiscent of Gary Lewis & the Playboys; Holsapple's "Wonder of Love," a gem in its own right -- like the authoritative "Living a Lie" of 30 years ago, further embellished with horns; Holsapple's "I Didn't Mean to Say That," and his heartfelt & personal "She Won't Drive in the Rain Anymore," based on his family's experience after Hurricane Katrina; also, "World to Cry," which while certainly catchy, to me is a throwback to Holsapple's 1980s material.

Why did I not mention any of Stamey's songs? Hmmm... well, perhaps it's because Stamey's songs somehow all run together. Unlike Holsapple's tunes, all of them about the topics itemized in the titles above, Stamey's are all of a kind... when I ponder on them, I can't distinguish one from the other; he doesn't seem to have uncovered any new ground since his excellent (2004) "Travels in the South.
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