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Lovesick Blues

Chris StameyAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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“This record is the closest I’ve ever gotten to the sound I hear in my head in the middle of the night,” Chris Stamey says of his new Yep Roc Records release, Lovesick Blues. “It’s always the quiet ones that sound the loudest in the dark.”

As a solo artist, producer, arranger, studio entrepreneur and founder of seminal indie combo the dB’s, the ... Read more in Amazon's Chris Stamey Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B009RNQVUY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This project was inspired by Stamey's work arranging and performing the Big Star Third shows. Many of the musicians, including members of The Old Ceremony, who have collaborated on those shows, play on Lovesick Blues. There are strings, horns, acoustic guitars and big harmonies. This is a late night/early morning record - mellow, moody pop.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Stamey's best April 11, 2013
By K. Kerr
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Chris Stamey's voice and songwriting might be an acquired taste. I acquired it back on the dBs' Repercussions. Lovesick Blues might be his most accessible solo record. No electric guitar power pop here. Acoustic chamber pop sweetened by strings. Thoughtful, slightly off kilter tunes that stick with you. And he was great performing this live at Joe's Pub. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pensive set from a legendary singer-songwriter February 23, 2013
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It's been nine years since Chris Stamey's last solo album, Travels in the South. In the interim he's worked with Yo La Tengo on A Question of Temperature., re-teamed with fellow dB Peter Holsapple for Here and Now, regrouped with the dB's for Falling Off the Sky, and continued a busy career as a recording engineer and record producer. The long years between solo outings are certainly understandable, if not necessarily a happy state of affairs for fans; but those same fans should feel rewarded by this collection of eleven magnificent new productions. Stamey's melancholy tunefulness has never sounded more graceful, rendered in contemplative tones and finely crafted instrumental textures that shift seamlessly between rock, soul, jazz and classical.

Stamey's formal education in music theory and composition has never been a secret, but his recent work on the Big Star Third concerts seems to have deepened his thinking about how orchestral instruments could fit into and augment his music. He interleaves strings, woodwinds and brass with guitars, bass and drums, dotting his musical landscape with cello, bassoon, flute and trombone. The results are both ethereal and dynamic, offering everything from neo-psych dreaminess to symphonic vigor, sometimes within the same song, as on the sky-gazing "Astronomy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant pop from a master February 6, 2013
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Can't believe there aren't reviews of this yet. Stamey has been at this pop thing since the seventies, so he knows how to craft a song and come up with winning melodies. The problem for pop songwriters is what to do as you age. Power pop and chiming chords and songs about love work for a while but as you get older things like loss, regret, memories and unfulfilled desire start to be much more a part of life. This is a long winded way of getting to what Stamey has done here. He has constructed a warm, wistful album of late night pop songs (think Big Star 3rd with a bit less desolation, or Nick Drake) that take into account that he ain't so young anymore and it's better to write from the vantage point of who he is now, rather than attempt to be 25 again. The lovely, mostly acoustic arrangements (cello, vibes, trombone, sax included) shimmer and glow, the production brings out the hush and silence in the songs, and they are lovely. All the songs are memorable and I feel the album needs to be heard as a whole as it definitely sets a mood. And, just to prove that he hasn't completely left the younger Chris behind, he throws "You N Me N XTC" into the mix, a genuine driving down the road pop song with a hugely addictive chorus that could very easily be a single. This album will wind up being one of my favorites this year, and it just thrills me when someone who has been around as long as Stamey can still knock one out of the park, still go for it, like he does here.Just fantastic stuff that really needs to be heard by anyone who enjoys finely crafted pop of the highest order.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good year for mature pop music. February 7, 2013
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What a great year: Chris Stamey and new dBs, seemingly within months of one another. Stamey has always been my favorite of the latter, a band I've loved much since they began. His songwriting has always showed a lyrical bent often far more mature than that of his bandmates, and his voice has a shades of longing that are unmatched, in my opinion. This new CD, a five star effort, isn't as expansive musically as Travels In The South (one of the greatest pop albums ever)but it's pretty close. And, as noted above, it should be listened to as a complete song cycle (how many artists can produce this these days), an emotional tale that seems to flow like a collection of short stories. The nuance he's employed in the arrangements is to my ears a sign of Chris' continuing maturation as a musician. That and his story telling bode well for the next CD.
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