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The Long Winters are:
Singer/guitarist John Roderick
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Drummer Nabil Ayers Keyboardist/guitarist Jonathan Rothman
Formed by guitarist John Roderick in 2001, the band was named by an offhand comment from Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) in reference to Roderick's years growing up in Alaska. The first Long Winters album was a recording project of Roderick, ... Read more in Amazon's The Long Winters Store

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  • Audio CD (July 25, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Barsuk
  • ASIN: B000FUF834
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,862 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pushover
2. Fire Island, AK
3. Teaspoon
4. Hindsight
5. Sky Is Open
6. Honest
7. Clouds
8. Rich Wife
9. Ultimatum
10. (It's a) Departure
11. Seven

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The third LP from Seattle's Long Winters combines the lyrical intimacy and melodic complexity of the "Ultimatum" EP with the guitar pop rave-ups of the band's previous full-lengths. The two sides of songwriter John Roderick come together to create the most compelling Long Winters release to date. This is a big, very rock record, but underneath the guitars you'll find the bones of mellow folk, psych, and orchestral pop.

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On their third long player, Seattle's Long Winters are as literate as ever, but there's added power to their pop. In other words: more Nada Surf, less Death Cab for Cutie. Now a quartet after previous incarnations as a trio and two-keyboard player quintet (drummer Nabil Ayers and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Rothman are the new additions), John Roderick still sings as if he's sitting across from you. It starts with frequent use of the second person and ends with a tone as conversational and familiar as that an old friend. As he observes in "Honest," "Everything is different when he's singing right to you" (before warning, "But don't you love a singer whatever you do"). To quote Nick Lowe, Putting the Days to Bed is "pure pop for now people," or maybe the Talking Heads come closer with "more songs about buildings and food." On The Worst You Can Do Is Harm, Roderick sang about "Unsalted Butter" and "Scent of Lime," on When I Pretend to Fall, it was "Cinnamon." Now the musical gourmand has moved on to cream ("Clouds") and wine ("Rich Wife"). (Roderick is starting to rival Cibo Matto in the epicurean songwriter sweepstakes.) On their most polished platter yet, the Long Winters are joined by several Northwest notables, including Kurt Bloch (the Fastbacks) and Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) on guitar, and one-time member Sean Nelson (Harvey Danger) on harmony vocals. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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There are several layers to making a good pop song.
James A. Moore
The pop found in the previous albums is poppier, the sass is sassier, all around this is the best Long Winters effort yet.
heather
You will be singing along with those high-note leads and harmonies!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James A. Moore on November 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Dysfunction in self breeds great art.

Dysfunction in relationships breeds great pop songs.

Three years ago I was drawn to The Long Winters release When I Pretend To Fall by a quirky pop song called Cinnamon. Once I listened to it a couple of times I figured out that Cinnamon wasn't even close to the best song on the disc. Several other songs stood out but it was the track Stupid that sealed my being a John Roderick fan for a very long time. There are several layers to making a good pop song. A catchy melody, great lyrics, and raw emotion are the three that stand out to me. Rarely do all three meet at the same time, but on the aptly named track Stupid, they certainly do. Roderick, despite the fact that his voice is irritatingly whiny to some, manages to churn out a cement mixer full of emotion on many of his songs and when his opening line on Stupid is, She has no idea she can make me do anything, you know you are in for a long ride on an unhealthy personal journey.

Skip ahead to Putting The Days To Bed and the same formula has worked on me again. I was drawn in by the quirky Fire Island AK, found out that it wasn't even close to the best song on the disc, and was absolutely moved to chills on the track Hindsight, a song I believe to be the singer's response to 2003's Stupid. It appears that John has recognized that a true relationship will never come to pass and he has to let it go. However, his only way of doing so is convince himself that she'll one day be sorry she let him slip through her fingers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rentz Leinbach on January 4, 2007
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This absolutely floored me with its catchiness. Great lyrics like "Now I'm smoking cigarettes when no one else does" and "You never told me your secrets, so I guess they're still safe with me" provide new novelties to enjoy after the initial catchiness of the music wears off. That's gonna take a while, because this is one of the catchiest cds I've heard all year. "I like the old days, but not all the old days, only the good old days." Great cd.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason Moore on August 1, 2006
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it would have been an excellent idiom for Long Winters' frontman John Roderick to abide by. After all, 2003's When I Pretend to Fall is a collection of robust, jangly power pop songs, soaring with catchy melodies, intricate harmonies, and powerful, interweaving guitar and keyboard hooks. Virtually every song on the arguably under-appreciated masterpiece sounds like a Top 40 Pop-Rock hit that never quite found the sizable audience it deserved. Go ahead - play Cinnamon, Shapes, or Stupid to even the most cynical of listeners and watch in awe as you find their toes tapping rhythmically (whether consciously or not).

I don't intend to imply that this LP, Putting the Days to Bed, explores new and uncharted musical territory. On the contrary, Roderick is subscribing to the slightly modified counterpart of the aforementioned cliché: if it ain't broke, tweak it. The album is still laden with melodies, harmonies and interweaving hooks that will have you screaming the lyrics alongside the album while stuck in traffic, despite the confused visage of surrounding on-lookers. Indeed, the evolution from When I Pretend to Fall to Putting the Days to Bed isn't as aurally evident as the sophomore album's progress from the band's debut LP, The Worst You Can Do is Harm. Rather, it's the subtle nuisances of a slightly maturer lyricist employing slightly more complex rhythm structures and rock styling that differentiate this album from its predecessor, and make it a worthwhile addition to the collections of indie pop-rock fanatics globally.

Putting the Days to Bed is an undeniably poppier, dancier, and more upbeat version of the Long Winters of 2003.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By More M on December 18, 2006
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I think this one is at the top of my list for 2006. Really great pop music, with maybe a bit more power than their first 3 discs. The lyrics are a bit more abstract, in a good way. The harmonies are fantastic...this disc reminds me a lot of Zumpano, or Joe, Marc's Brother with the harmonies. The songs are just terrifically written and fleshed out. The production is 1st rate, and if you crave power pop of a higher order than most of the current indie pop/rock out there, don't pass this one up! Ear candy of the highest order!!! You will be singing along with those high-note leads and harmonies!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Litsa D. on August 1, 2006
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"Putting the Days to Bed" is like the sun: it shines and burns in equal measure and it's necessary to sustain life.

Each of the eleven songs are meticulously crafted and range from insanely catchy ("Teaspoon" with its vampy horns) to punch-in-the-gut aching ("Would you say that I/ was the last thing you want/ to remember me by" from "Seven"). On "Hindsight" singer/songwriter John Roderick matches Dylan ("Are you still training for the big race/ by hoping the runners will die") and Roderick's vocals soar and invite throughout the entire disc.

Unfailingly melodic, jaunty and kinetic, "PtDtB" is a big ball of wonderful. Rock it and then rock it again.
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