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Gentleman'S Blues

Cracker, クラッカーAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 29, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol Music
  • ASIN: B000009RNB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,377 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Good Life
2. Seven Days
3. Star
4. James River
5. My Life Is Totally Boring Without You
6. Been Around The World
7. The World Is Mine
8. Lullabye
9. Waiting For You Girl
10. Trials & Tribulations
11. Wild One
12. Hold Of Myself
13. Gentleman's Blues
14. I Want Out Of The Circus
15. Wedding Day
16. Hallelujah
17. Silent
18. 1-202-456-1414
19. Silent
20. 1-202-514-8688
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Gentleman'S Blues by Cracker

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Beware the cry of critics everywhere: Cracker have run out of material. But hold on, not so fast. On the fourth recording from this eclectic roots-pop quartet, frontman David Lowery may indeed address the topic of success, celebrity, and the life of a rock band (i.e., his life), but that's hardly saying he's at a loss for originality. With characteristic irony, these 16 songs sprawl across a landscape of misbegotten fame, lost love, even religious faith. The opener, "The Good Life," is vintage Cracker, replete with throbbing percussion and frontier twang. From there, Gentleman's Blues undulates its way through the retro-Americana reminiscence "Been Around the World" and thrusts guitarist John Hickman on the mic for the bluegrassy "Trials and Tribulations" before finally settling into the irresistibly tender strains of the title track. That kind of Cracker soul will never grow old. --Nick Heil

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars too much emphasis on imports January 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent cd, except for one detail. You can find the last "extra track" also on Kerosene Hat. If you let the cd to continue to play, this will be song nomber 89. There is no need to buy the import, as long as you own the other cd.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Incredible Journey November 9, 1998
Format:Audio CD
You sure don't get cheated when you buy a Cracker album. Their 4th studio release features 17 songs and more than 73 minutes of music. And while more is not necessarily better, it is safe to say that any album that gives you 60 great minutes of music has to be forgiven the quarter hour of overkill. Cracker's music takes on many personallities, with three distinct styles vying for control on each album. There is good old fashioned alternative guitar rock; pop with a bit of an edge, mostly written by frontman Dave Lowery. Guitarist Hickman contributes a number of country/roots rock-flavored songs that sound nothing at all like Lowery's songs. It's like listening to two different albums, especially confusing because the order of the songs is usually Lowery, Hickman, Lowery, Hickman. The 3rd style is the one that sets Cracker apart from the pack of 90's guitar rockers. On each album, Lowery puts forth a couple of songs that are slow. I don't mean Celine Dion-type slow. I mean, ssslllooo[...] These would be slow by slow blues standards, but they are extraordinary. On this album, the title track stands out. It is an intoxicating dirge that saps the life out of the listener, leaving you hypnotised and mesmerized and any other "ized" you can think of. These songs create an atmosphere that is so pervasive that you just want to stop and lie down and let it wash over you. Wonderful stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Partial Rebound March 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Cracker's fourth album, "Gentlemen's Blues" is a marked improvement from their previous effort, even if it isn't quite on par with their first two records. The album contains the greatest diversity in sound the band had yet achieved and their Virginia roots shine through more than ever in their music (see: "James River" for details). Leader David Lowery has regained his deft sense of humor and longtime sideman Johnny Hickman comes up two of his best ever songs in "Wedding Day" and "Hold of Myself."
Other highlights from the album include the gorgeous "Lullabye," and the rocker "My Life is Totally Boring Without You" that is as close to a signature tune as Lowery can get. There's also some hidden material with a strong Blues bent, which is fitting of the whole album's more adventuresome style. It might be a tad overlong with a few bland songs, but it is nice to see Cracker back near the top of their game.
Overall, a mini-comeback album from Virginia's best known rock band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LP hidden track rules this CD! May 16, 2001
By Gabriel
Format:Audio CD
This album is terrific, but the best song on the CD is the hidden track called "Cinderella" with recording artist "LP", formerly of Lionfish singing vocals. Her voice is simply amazing! I can't wait for her solo album, due to be released sometime in early June, 2001.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Life March 6, 2006
By P. Opus
Format:Audio CD
Cracker was one of the first bands that really caught my attention during the alternative boom that took place while I was in high school. "Get Off This" was deservedly all over MTV and Kerosene Hat was in my opinion superior to their debut. Sadly I lost track of Cracker in the following years, in favor of newer sounds and other things. It was their album with Leftover Salmon that dragged me back to Cracker Soul, and when I listened to Kerosene Hat after all those years I was amazed at how well it held up. It wasn't simply a period piece to be pulled off the shelf every now and then, it was a living, breathing piece of rock n roll goodness that made just as much sense in my older years as it did when I was in high school.

So I made a point of setting out to correct the errors of the decade, seeking out the best of what I had missed. 1997's Gentleman's Blues was my first find, and it really is the Kerosene Hat of my adult years if that makes any sense. Kerosene Hat captured perfectly the anxieties of being young and stupid, allowing me to laugh at myself as I sang along to these remarkably absurd songs that somehow fit very logically into my life. Gentleman's Blues is the sound of the once young and stupid realizing that he (or she) is all grown up and facing responsibilities, relationships, and other adult traumas. The now-middle-aged David Lowry chooses to confront these concerns in a song cycle that is much more revealing than anything he had previously released, except perhaps Camper Van Beethoven's Key Lime Pie album.

The humor here is now shaded with a kind of cynicism, or even fear of success and what it brings. The sound itself is more subdued, with classic rock keyboards playing a more prominent role than they had previously.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lose Half of It July 27, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A sad irony that Cracker's previous album was called "The Golden Age." Indeed. On this outing, the band largely failed to grow. "Wild One," "The Good Life" "I Want out of The Circus" and to a lesser degree, "Seven Days," are boilerplate Cracker songs, though without the flare or spontaneity of, say, "Get off This." They've really stagnated. "The World is Mine" isn't much better, though "Been Around the World," another mundane rocker, has a certain groove uncharacteristic of the band. There are some really terrific moments, like "Alleluia." And here are some interesting lyrics: a Scotsman throws a pole into the air The alderman all vote on some affair
later in the song, "Lullabye," David Lowery sings, "There's just a hint of danger in the air NO one is alarmed or seems to care." The song is about certain rhythms of life, and the way they pass unnoticed or beyond remedy, a quirkier "Eleanor Rigby" without the celloes. And then the Johnny Hickman contributions. "Trials and Tribulations" (misnamed "Trails" in Amazon's track listing) is the most interesting track on the record, though in fairness it bears a certain mock bluegrass larkiness resemblance to, say, "Lonesome Johnny Blues." "Hold of Myself" is moving and interesting and "Wedding Day" is another indicator that this guy could go solo and that he has some things up his sleeve that the aging Lowery doesn't seem to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars some good stuff, but a few dogs
Thought this would be more blues...some good stuff, but a few dogs :(
Published 4 months ago by karen kane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Came quickly and was good as new. couldn't be more pleased.
Published 4 months ago by Carrie L Knaggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected
I own three Cracker albums (Cracker, Kerosene Hat, and the Golden Age) and listen to each all the time. KH has always been a favorite. Read more
Published on July 12, 2012 by Xavier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Cracker's 4th studio album "Gentelman's Blues" #182 in 1998, is the album Cracker should of hit the big time with this one, but the music scene had changed dramaticaly and this... Read more
Published on July 26, 2010 by ScottE
5.0 out of 5 stars it's an album you can listen to over and over
I have all of Cracker's albums and this one has longevity and expert songwriting, along with an extra dose of talent at the end. Read more
Published on May 21, 2009 by Ted Billups
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Kerosine Hat
For a Cracker fan (a Crumb), picking a favorite Cracker album is tough and often changes with the seasons; however, Gentleman's Blues has always ranked at the top for me. Read more
Published on March 30, 2009 by Kit A. Hickman
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't miss this standout album by the greates band (still touring)in America.
"SEVEN DAYS" has the funniest lyrics to be found in a rock and roll song! Read more
Published on February 16, 2008 by who me
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album by a Great Band
Not Cracker's best but still well worth the money and time to listen. The same blend of country, rock, punk, and "alternative" that we come to expect from them. Read more
Published on September 1, 2003 by Steven Nicoloso
5.0 out of 5 stars do people really listen?
it would seem people who are not fans of this masterpiece or there current succsess, "forever" always mention david losing his edge or wit or whatever. Read more
Published on June 20, 2002 by chuck
2.0 out of 5 stars What a letdown
...after being blown away by the previous cd, "The Golden Age"! Im an unabashed fan of most anything that David Lowery puts his hands to, there's just something missing... Read more
Published on February 7, 2002 by Ronald Battista
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