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Setting the Woods on Fire

WalkaboutsAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 12, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Creative Man Records
  • ASIN: B000000SYW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,905 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Good Luck Morning
2. Firetrap
3. Bordertown
4. Feeling No Pain
5. Old Crow
6. Almost Wisdom
7. Sand & Gravel
8. Nightdrive
9. Hole In The Mountain
10. Pass Me On Over
11. Up In The Graveyard
12. Promised

Editorial Reviews

This stalwart Northwestern quartet stands apart from the pack thanks to the wide-ranging keyboards of Glenn Slater and the plaintive/gruff vocal poles held by Carla Torgerson and lyricist Chris Eckman. While Setting the Woods on Fire's disposition in pensive and vaguely ominous throughout, there's a full range of material to be found here. "Sand and Gravel" is a somber and resolute tune with a stately vocal by Torgerson. Eckman steps to the fore on "Old Crow," a Exile On Main Street-like rocker with Slater making like Nicky Hopkins on the keys while Eckman whips slide guitar runs across the muck like Keith Richards's Yank cousin. "Hole in the Mountain" brings the two voices together over chugging Stones beat and brass from guests the Tiny Hat Orchestra Horns. --Steven Stolder

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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Blair Witch" of cd's August 3, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Arguably one of the greatest records ever made by an American rock band, without a doubt one of the eeriest. Previous Walkabouts albums skirted around the dark twistedness of rural America but never dove into those murky waters they way they do here. Fire is the lyrical metaphor that recurs throughout the songs, from the purifying flames of the revenge drama "Firetrap," to the nuclear holocaust of "Hole in the Mountain." Musically, the work recalls powerful guitar jangle bands like True West and the Dream Syndicate, with organ adding an especially macabre touch throughout. Chris Eckman's allusive imagery is gripping from start to finish, from the last-chance desperation of "Good Luck Morning," to the rapt, Siouxsie-esque horror of "Nightdrive," to the touching, steel-guitar driven "Promised." This is one of those rare albums where there literally isn't one weak track. If "Twin Peaks," the novels of Russell Banks or the music of darkly literate bands like X ever struck you, you need to get this record.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic group August 6, 1999
Format:Audio CD
"Hole in the Mountain" beats anything on Exile on Main Street. Holy moly does it cook! Please see my comments on New West Motel for my overall assessment of this great American band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great band delivers a great recording. February 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
i love the walkabouts entire discography, but this is one of my three favorites. intense, dramatic songs, driven by lots of pulsing forward driving rhythm. chris eckman and carla torgerson sing with power and passion, and eckman's great guitar playing is very prominently on display throughout this album. more rock and roll fireworks in general to be found here than on most of their other discs. a great place to start with this band if you have yet to hear them. if you are already a fan, you can't go wrong with this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp Album. July 12, 2013
By ScottE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Walkabouts "Setting The Woods On Fire", (1994), was the follow up to "New West Motel", a terrific album. This album was again produced by Ed Brooks. Chris Eckman, Carla Torgerson, Terri Moeller, Michael Wells, and Glenn Slater give us another rockin' effort here. They get things started with the guitar driven "Good Luck Morning", Chris gives us the fueled "Firetrap", nice organ playing by Glenn Slater. Carla then gives us a nice reading on the mid-tempo rocker "Bordertown", Larry Barrett plays some nice lap steel guitar on the gut wrenching "Feeling No Pain", again Slater plays some tremendous organ. "Old Crow", is a rollicking tune, the piano stabber "Almost Wisdom", the dramatic "Sand + Gravel", with a nice violin section. Carla gives it her all on "Night Drive", a sprightly rocker. "Hole In The Mountain", is a great upbeat number with the Tiny Hat Orchestra Horns. The rumbling "Pass Me On Over", a great story song on "Up In The Graveyard", nice instrumentation here. And the album ends with "Promised", a country laced tune, really nice harmonies by Carla and Chris. Maybe not as strong as "New West Motel", but still a sharp album.
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