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Here Comes The New Folk Underground

David BaerwaldAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 3, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lost Highway Records
  • ASIN: B000069COR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,558 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Here Comes The New Folk Underground by David Baerwald

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Following his move from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas (and to the alternative country Lost Highway label), acerbic singer-songwriter David Baerwald's third solo album sounds like a fresh start. It's been nine years since his previous release, but Baerwald's songwriting is as intelligent, edgy, and conceptually ambitious as ever. From the country harmonies and back-porch picking of "Why" through the brassy buoyancy of "Nothing's Gonna Bring Me Down," Baerwald tempers his smart-aleck tendencies with greater melodic warmth and lyrical clarity. Both "If (a Boy Whore in a Man's Jail)" and the unlisted bonus track "Little Fat Cowboy" evoke the influence of Randy Newman, while the lacerating "Love #29" and the funky underpinnings of "Bozo Weirdo Wacko Creep" suggest that the album's title is a tongue-in-cheek band name rather than a musical mission statement. Though Baerwald remains best known for his audacious debut as half of David & David on 1986's Boomtown and as a catalyst for Sheryl Crow's Tuesday Night Music Club, he's never made music that is richer or more consistently satisfying than this. --Don McLeese

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent cd for those who appreciate songwriting August 19, 2002
By Hammer
Format:Audio CD
David Baerwald in one of todays most underrated songwriters. We all know what a masterpiece "Boomtown" was 16 years ago. Hell, it STILL is! Baerwald has covered a lot of ground since then. His first solo effort, "Bedtime Stories", was IMHO just as good as "Boomtown" but it didn't get the recognition it deserved. He follwed that up with "Triage"; a dramatic about face from his past two releases. Both "Bedtime Stories and "Triage" are now out of print but are definitely worth looking up on your favorite online auction site.
Which brings me to "Here Comes the New Folk Underground". For this release Baerwald collaborates with Will Sexton (yep, Charlie's brother) for one of the years best albums. As with all of his other albums, this cd contains Baerwald's image laden lyrics. You can always "see" his songs as they pour from your speakers. Very few songwriters possess this ability. Yet it seems to come naturally to Baerwald. These songs are an emotional rollercoaster, happy and upbeat (Nothing's Gonna Bring Me Down), sad (Why) to introspective (If). This album has it all.
If you're a fan of Baerwald's, you probably already have this cd. If you're new to his music and are sitting on the fence about buying this cd, don't worry. I guarantee once you hear "Compassion" or "Nothing's Gonna Bring Me Down" or "Wondering" you'll be humming them all day long. It's that good. Hell, they're ALL good!!
Thanks "Destructo"!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time! July 16, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After basking in the caustic heaven of his last solo 'Triage,' composing the soundtrack for the satiric "Hurly Burly," becoming a father, and most recently, enjoying a Golden Globe nomination for his gorgeous, soaring "Come What May," (from the 'Moulin Rouge' soundtrack) Baerwald emerges with this long-awaited, worldly-wise project that is massive in ambition and musically addictive. The project's title, "Here Comes the New Folk Underground," asserts that Baerwald's ascerbic wit is still marvelously intact and wide-ranging: Randy-Newmanesque sarcasm is present in the hilarious "Little Fat Cowboy," and "Bozo Wierdo Wacko Creep," but "Why" is a heartbreaking tribute to comrade/collaborator Bill Bottrell's son and must be considered one of Baerwald's cathartic masterpieces. The absorbing lyrical detail and vocal stylings of "The Crash" harken to his gripping west coast 'David & David' efforts. The melodic arrangements here are just as ambitious--"Hellbound Train" rocks as hard as Bearwald did in the early 80's with David Ricketts, but "Compassion" and "The Crash" embrace softer, backporch sounds including banjo, mandolin and (perhaps most remarkably) Nashville/Austin session ace Redd Volkaert's masterful guitar work. Baerwald's remarkable ability to color ascerbic rock lyricism with bluegrass instrumentation and coalesce the product into believeable character vignettes has been honed to a harrowing edge here and is his most impressive feat to date. He is emerging as one of America(na)'s foremost singer/songwriters who can cut and sting ("If") or soothe ("Me and My Girl") at will. This newly relocated father is now officially a force to be reckoned with.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Effort July 17, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Baerwald is surfacing after a nine-year solo effort hiatus with what is a major musical and philosophical statement for the neo-Austinite. The project title is a scream. The heart-tugging, bluegrass/rock-flavored "Why" and "The Crash" coalesce with the CD's best track ("Compassion") into a melting pot of scathing Randy Newman-influenced poetry ("If" and the hilarious bonus track "Little Fat Cowboy") and straight ahead Beatlesque rock ("Hellbound Train" and "Love #29.") Yet with all of the nodding, his influences don't overshadow the originality of his craft, a testament to his remarkable singing/songwriting ability. This progression of Baerwald's talent is a signpost of the inevitable: with his recent Golden-Globe-nominated, soaring "Come What May" (his masterpiece from the 'Moulin Rouge' soundtrack,) he now takes his place as one of America's foremost composers, and his formidable body of work (beginning with the 1986 wunderwork "Boomtown") demands study by craftsmen and cruising-with-the-top-down fans alike.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here comes the new hope for American Music August 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Floating on a sea of overproduction, cut and paste recording and easy-to-swallow-barbiedoll music/marketing machines, there is David Baerwald and The New Folk Underground. This recording is the newest sonic masterpiece from Golden Globe Nominee David Baerwald. On "Here Comes the New Folk Underground" Mr. Baerwald and the NFU explore the sounds of America with forays into Folk, Gospel, R&B and blues. But this is no sleepy disc for background music or Cohen Brother's Soundtracks. Each song stands on its own as a story, a slice of life, needing no visual stimulation to bring it to life. This is music as it was meant to additives, no preservatives. Here in the technopop wasteland stands a recording that sounds amazingly like a band playing together in a room, not jumping out of a Saturday Morning Sci-Fi cartoon. Sometimes gentle, other times venomous, the lyrics are a slug of hot coffee to awaken the listener from her top 40 hangover. I'll save you the comparison's to other musicians. Please, just go listen for yourself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Last Gasp?
Almost 10 years after making one of the great lost albums (1992's Triage) of the last 50 years - Baerwald release this, his 3rd solo album and maybe his last - given that he has... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel W. Bleier
3.0 out of 5 stars Did You Have a Bad Dream?
After the split-up of David + David and the classic, cutting "Boomtown" album, David Baerward took his time between albums. Like Donald Fagen or Tom Scholtz time. Read more
Published on July 21, 2011 by Tim Brough
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
I actually bought this cd because of a review I read in USA Today. Those seldom work out but this one did. I love these songs. I'd like to hear more.
Published on December 21, 2008 by Kevin Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars ok
really enjoyed davids bedroom album, however, not to enthused with this album, Some of the lyrics have that smooth melody but after listening to the whole album, it doesnt quite... Read more
Published on May 9, 2008 by jmk3438
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
not a classic such as Triage or bedroom stories,but better than most things you could hear today.
Published on July 4, 2006 by John Oconnor
4.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor and pick this disc up...
Well, I assume the review listed here from David himself is legitimate (?), but in any case I still say pick up this disc! Read more
Published on February 3, 2006 by Gregory Sandoval
4.0 out of 5 stars Story Songs with Bizarre Humor
A very entertaining album with fully realized characters. Great bizarre sense of humor. Catchy tunes too.
Published on September 11, 2005 by Keith Badowski
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to hear these songs live.....
The fansite for David Baerwald (dbinfosource) has recently released a double DVD set that among other things features a complete live show featuring David Baerwald and the NFU at... Read more
Published on August 6, 2004 by dbinfosource
2.0 out of 5 stars In Retrospect I Should Have Left It Alone
In retrospect, I think I was trying to make a hat out of a pair of shoes, and should have left well enough alone with the material on "A Fine Mess". Read more
Published on September 9, 2003 by david baerwald
5.0 out of 5 stars Baerwald Lightens Up, And The Result Is Delightful.
Baerwald has made some great records over the years, even if no one's ever heard them.
But now he's made another one that no will hear, which is a shame because everyone... Read more
Published on April 14, 2003 by cordell jeffries
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