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Hard Luck Stories

Ike ReillyAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 16, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rock Ridge Music
  • ASIN: B0033TJAV0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Morning Glory
2. 7 Come 11
3. Girls In The Backroom
4. Lights Out (Anything Goes)
5. The War On The Terror & The Drugs
6. Good Work
7. The Ballad Of Jack & Haley
8. The Reformed Church And The Assault Rifle Band
9. Sheet Metal Moon
10. The Golden Corner
11. Flowers On Down (Bonus Track)
12. Broken Parakeet Blues -Live (Bonus Track)

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...never less than original, this ferociously intelligent artist/band
is always worth listening to. --USA Today

Ike Reilly is probably the best songwriter in America. --PopMatters.com

...lyrical genius... --LA Times

Product Description

HARD LUCK STORIES establishes Reilly as a premier storyteller, dark humorist and unique character of rock. The lines between reality/fiction,
narrator/character, have always been blurry with Reilly, but never more than now. Reilly's a raconteur; to be sure, his songs ache and explode with a gritty realism to which everyone can relate on some level. A groove oriented, melodic album, corroded R & B, furious punk-blues, lounge-pop and classic rock, features a duet with Shooter Jennings "The War On The Terror And The Drugs". David Lowery of the band Cracker also joined Reilly in the studio.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, as usual. April 12, 2010
Format:Audio CD
After being dazzled by his debut album, Salesmen and Racists, and his live shows, I look forward to every new release. And I've not been disappointed, thus far.

Ike is a master storyteller, and the Assassination is a damn tight rock and roll band.

Ike's CD's tend to have a handful of standout tracks, mixed in with really good songs that just might not resonate as strongly.

The aptly titled Hard Luck Stories is no different. A dozen or so brilliantly written songs, telling stories about people you know.
Stories about Everyman, if Everyman isn't lucky with the ladies, has eccentric friends, a working class job, and knows that this is his lot in life.

My biggest problem with this CD, and most of Ike's other work, is that I'm constantly torn between wanting to sing along at the top of my lungs as I drive down the interstate, or just listening silently to wonderfully written rock and roll short stories.

Girls in the Backroom
7 comes 11
Morning Glory
War on Terror and The Drugs
Good work

Screw it, they're all great tracks, every damn one of `em.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ike's best yet March 12, 2010
By morst
Format:Audio CD
In my estimation, only a couple of Ike's albums have failed to top the previous one. This one succeeds for me, and is the best yet from him. Though it's only March, this will certainly be one of my top 3 albums of 2010, and right now is sitting pretty at #1.

Ike's live shows are really fun. His band is awesome and energetic. Except for Ed, who is awesome but not energetic. Ike's a really funny guy, in addition to a great songwriter and singer. That comes through in many ways on the album, not the least on his duet with the great prog pop genius Shooter Jennings.

I'm not really gonna try to tell you about the music, but if you like your rock served up with a healthy set of lyrics, Ike may have ya covered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MOST EXCELLENT !!!!!!!!!!!! April 27, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This band is amazing !!! Had the pleasure of seeing them LIVE at the Double Door in Chicago and they made an everlasting impression on me. I introduced their music to my friends and so far ALL my friends feel the same way, MOST EXCELLENT !!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album great, supporting podcast even better. September 21, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Had the good fortune of hearing about Ike on the World Cafe via David Dye a few years back. Bought Salesmen & Racist and it became one of my favorites. Was curious when this new album came out. Listened to all the pod casts on Ike's web site before buying the new CD. What a great way to get the lowdown on the CD before purchase. The pod casts are entertaining, at time hilarious, and mixed with great music. Also, I now know what a Ford Cortiva. Buy the CD. It's good work if you can get it.
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