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Makers

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Ex-Waxwing (Seattle band) frontman Rocky Votolato's third solo record is whispery and understated, full of regret but also the quiet resolve of a man looking forward to whatever's left. It's a warmer, more open record than his comparably feisty 2003 record Suicide Medicine, and upon first listen it's tempting to say he's shaved too much off the edges. Keep listening, and the music opens like cracks in a desert, split up and fractured by Votolato's dusty tales of desperation and fleeting redemption. He starts the record with "White Daisy Passing," singing lyrics like "I'm going down to sleep/On the bottom of the ocean/'Cause I couldn't let go" that contrast with the song's gentle gallop and Simon & Garfunkel aesthetics. Folk and country influences appear in the hand slap rhythm and harmonica of "Tinfoil Hats," along with the Dust Bowl dystopia of "The Night's Disguise." From the sound of Makers, Votolato's having a hard time putting his past in the past. But if he keeps putting out such lovely and evocative music, he has a solid career as a solo artist ahead of him at the very least. –Matthew Cooke

1. White Daisy Passing
2. Portland Is Leaving
3. Night's Disguise, The
4. She Was Only In It For The Rain
5. Uppers Aren't Necessary
6. Wait Out The Days
7. Streetlights
8. Tennessee Train Tracks
9. Goldfield
10. Tinfoil Hats
11. Where We Left Off
12. Makers

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 24, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Barsuk
  • ASIN: B000CQQHVI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,501 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Garett Press on February 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
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Rocky Votolato is the type of musician who makes my job easy. His voice and his sound are as one so picturesque and evocative, the descriptive adjectives and sonic metaphors could practically write themselves. A throat warming whiskey, the crackle of a dim hearth flame, a creaky wooden rocking chair, and the homely twang of a handmade acoustic guitar... if there was ever an image projected by musical composition, this is that of Rocky Votolato's Makers.

In many senses, Makers is an album you'd expect from someone much older than Rocky V. Whereas Suicide Medicine seemed made to accompany a road trip slideshow (and Makers does as well to an extent), Makers gives a stronger vibe of a more stationary, road-weary Rocky; riper with a few years of age, pensive in reflection, contemplative of his rung on the ladder of success and love, and confidently deliberating the slow road to the grave. It's a meditative pleasure to hear these ruminations in audio format and worth listening to if only for the invigorating refreshment of hearing acoustic rock with maroccas, slide guitar, tambourines, and harmonicas done right, ohhhh so right. All too rarely are we afforded the opportunity to enjoy this winning combination in such pure form.

Again as always, Votolato exercises his knack for tearing - and I mean tearing! - into the human core with soulful chords and worn melodic vocals. There are times where the laceration in your heartstrings is almost tangible, and this is by no means a relationship record.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mad Mau on August 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Rocky Votolato writes like he's just come back from a near death experience. Many of these songs are filled with a quiet desperation over some introspective awakening about his mortality; and nonetheless they're comforting. His voice is somewhere between Slaid Cleaves and Paul Simon on the emotional richter scale and it calms and soothes and sedates.

Mostly acoustic, with wonderful harmonies and a perfect pace; Makers is good music to chill out to and reflect on the past, present and the unknowable future. As Rocky puts it, "heaven or heavenless we're all headed for the same sweet darkness". If we all embraced that notion, we'd have little reason to disagree.

Highly recommended!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Aquarius Records on February 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ahhh, the lonely ballad of the singer-songwriter. A lone troubadour, pouring out their heart and soul, naked and alone, with no band to hide behind, no crashing guitars and pounding drums to shield their delicate psyche.

There was a time when being called a singer-songwriter was a badge of honor. But now, we might just as well turn tail and run. Sure the legacy of singer-songwriters is a mighty one: Bob Dylan, Elton John, Gordon Lightfoot, Janis Ian, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, James Taylor, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Donovan, Bruce Springsteen, but you'll notice a serious dearth of more -modern- musicians in that league. That's not because there aren't singer songwriters anymore, it's just that now, we typically equate singer songwriters with commercial radio, faceless pap, bad top 40, coffee houses, guys who couldn't start a band so decided to just 'do it themselves'. I'm definitely generalizing, sure. There have definitely been some notable exceptions, Iron And Wine's Sam Beam, Damien Jurado, Edith Frost, Elliott Smith, Joel Phelps, Devendra Banhart, Cat Power's Chan Marshall, Simon Joyner, Fiona Apple, Jeff Mangum, Sufjan Stevens, Will Oldham, and now you can add Rocky Votoloto to the list.

Now the funny thing is, as I mention again and again and again, if Votoloto had chosen to release this record under the name Waxwing (the name of his previous band) it probably wouldn't get lumped in with the singer-songwriters at all, and might even get a bit more attention, even if it sounded exactly the same. That's why it's always better to make up a band name even if it's just you. I've said it before, I'll say it again. No matter how cool you think your name is, unless it's Van Halen or something like that, think again! Try this out: "I'm going to see John Smith".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Schott on January 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
A very poignant record, as is the case with his previous records. I always love a well told story... this record provides 12. Get it.
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This album has to be one of the best albums ever written. From the opening song "White Daisy Passing" you are drawn in by the stories of Rocky's youth. The longing for a past love, a past time in life, when things were good and simple. The album tells like a bittersweet love story that begins with a love and looking at the memories of it and it's passing by and ends with the death of a close friend. This album reminds me so much of college life and the newness of it at first, the passing days, and then one day it is all just a box full of memories that rush over you like a warm blanket and all you feel is gratefulness for experiencing them and yet you still have a small longing for the days passed.

Buy this album, it will become one of your favorites. I listen to it often when I am typing up reports and notes. Great CD.
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