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Cracker will be releasing their tenth studio effort, entitled Berkeley To Bakersfield, on 429 Records. It’s a double-album that finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape – the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield. With founding members David Lowery and Johnny Hickman anchoring the project, they’ve brought ... Read more in Amazon's Cracker Store

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  • Audio CD (June 6, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B000F6ZFGS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Something You Ain't Got
2. Maggie
3. Where Have Those Days Gone
4. Fluffy Lucy
5. The Riverside
6. Gimme One More Chance
7. I'm So Glad She Ain't Never Coming Back
8. Side Ifui
9. I Need Better Friends
10. Minotaur
11. Night Falls
12. Better Times Are Coming Our Way
13. Everybody Gets One For Free
14. Darling We're Out Of Time

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Cracker rediscovers their classic rock roots with Greenland, their first new album in three years. Greenland, was mostly produced by singer/guitarist David Lowery and John Morand. The duo also enlisted production aid from Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous and Alan Weatherhead. Linkous and Counting Crows guitarist David Immergluck make guest appearances on the 13-track record. This follow-up to 2003's Countrysides, a collection of country-folk covers that the band adopted while touring the southern U.S. under their Ironic Mullet pseudonym, finds Cracker rediscovering the rock.

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This just in: David Lowery doesn't take himself too seriously. OK, so maybe that's not news to anyone. Perhaps the real news is that he takes himself more seriously than usual on Greenland, Cracker's first studio album of new material in four years. Leave it to Lowery and crew to open with a country-tinged cover of a song by the little-known West Virginia band American Minor. Yet, the sad-sack story of "Something You Ain't Got" fits in perfectly with the Cracker ethos and is one of the disc's sharpest cuts. "Night Falls," dare it be said, is a poignant and beautiful ballad about lost love. On "Maggie," Lowery sings, "you're everything I ever wanted, but I'm half of what you need." For all of the lyrical twists, the band's true strength is still its penchant for creating diverse, well-honed, and irresistible music: Here, they glide from Who-style frenzy, psychedelic folk, and raunchy blues rock to light reggae, blissful pop, and ominous prog-rock. Yes, Lowery may still trample the line between wit and goofiness like a summer camper who stole a six-pack the night before the big talent show. But, more than 20 years after he took the skinheads bowling with Camper Van Beethoven, he still has much to say and seems to enjoy saying it. --Marc Greilsamer

Customer Reviews

I love Cracker, and this is a good album with some great songs.
orbit63
To pull it off for a decade and to keep growing in range and depth over time, that's the mark of significant achievement, classic status and the like.
P. Opus
If you like classic Cracker (Cracker, Keroseen Hat, The Golden Age) you really need to give this album a listen.
Stephen B. Sumemrlin

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By P. Opus on June 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The true test for greatness is longevity in my humble opinion. Sure, any band worth their salt can dish out a couple good songs, maybe even a decent album, or possibly a very good one. Few can keep doing this for the course of several albums. To pull it off for a decade and to keep growing in range and depth over time, that's the mark of significant achievement, classic status and the like. With this record, in my mind, Cracker has achieved that classic status and belongs in the pantheon of greats.

Am I overstating my point, hyperbolizing to the point that I am possibly even undercutting the 5-star review that I have so lovingly bestowed upon this album? Yeah maybe. Especially because I have only had it in my possession for a few hours. But I can't freakin' help it. This band means a lot to me, and has since its inception. A true return to form from Cracker calls for celebration in my book.

The past half-decade has been interesting for Lowery and company. 2002 saw the release of "Forever," dubbed a minor comeback amongst critics and fans even though the band had never really gone anywhere that they needed to come back from. In fact, "Gentleman's Blues," the album that preceded "Forever," was quite possibly their best and remains so to this day in my opinion. Yet, "Forever" was followed by a period of high output and creative dormancy, as the band played their hits in a nonstandard context ("Oh Cracker Where Art Thou?"), released a set of country covers with one original ("Countrysides"), and famously re-recorded their greatest hits to stick it to their former record label. Now, freed of that abusive relationship with Virgin records, Cracker finally records their first set of all-new material in four years.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name? VINE VOICE on July 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I don't have to give this album 5 stars... there's already 5 stars on the album cover. This shows that the band were quite confident with the product, or at least Johnny, who lead the art direction, was...

And so here it is. Greenland. It's quite good, all the way through. A bit more subdued than most Cracker albums, possibly treads closest to Gentleman's Blues for an overall feel, if you want to compare it to past work.

While it doesn't have the kind of instant spark songs that the other albums have had for me, it has 14 solid songs that will grow and grow on you. It's more "classic rock-like" if you will, not that that term means much.

Anyhow, if you already like Cracker or good songwriting and rock music in general, then pick this up.

And the title makes sense for the themes of the album.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tankery VINE VOICE on June 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
More accessible than Forever (A great album in its own right), and as strong as anything they've ever done, Greenland has Cracker back and offering up a brilliant batch of beautifully crafted, literate rock and roll tunes.

David Lowery is one of Rock's best songwriters and the music on this one rocks out as loose and tight and carefree as the early days of Cracker.

Catch them in concert too. The venue's are small and they will blow you away.

(And don't believe the rollicking, introspective last song where he sings "Our best days have come, our best days are gone...Darlin we're out of time...)

No way. Cracker lives on and great songwriters like David Lowery have to keep it coming.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Levy on July 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Yes it's true - Cracker's best album in years. And what a pleasant surprise it is. Though Cracker had not really gone anywhere for the last decade or so, their career seemed to be getting stagnant and stuck in neutral after their first 3 landmark albums, Brand (1992), Kerosene Hat (1993) and The Golden Age (1996). The new album, Greenland, is easily Cracker's strongest and most consistent album since the mid-90's. While the album, Forever, experimented a bit more and took Cracker in different direction, Greenland is loose, focused, humerous and enjoyable stuff from start to finish. There is a nice mixture of songs that will satisfy.

The typical main influences to the Cracker sound are there - Petty, the Stones, Led Zep, Neil Young, and the Byrds. From the sound of the lyricss, David Lowery seems to have had a long-time relationship with a lady friend end, as the theme permeates the entire album. His love for drinking and smoking is also made quite clear here. Lowery's witty, amusing, thought-provoking and sarcastic lyrics as well as his "it sounds like I just downed a 5th of whiskey" voice are in fine form. Johnny Hickman's always strong, tight yet sometimes overlooked guitar work though helps drive the album, showing off some hot Jimmy Page-like licks to go with his incredibly sinewy western sound and twang. The use of reverb, delay, and other sound effects provide some cool textures to the album, which is well produced, yet maintaining a somewhat raw and unpolished sound.

The song Give Me One More Chance just scorches and will have you hooked immediately, while the fun Everybody Gets One For Free may be the best new bar/drinking song. Cracker's slower songs are so good that they can leave you speechless at times.
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