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The Steady Hand

New Radiant Storm KingAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 16, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: July 16, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Darla
  • ASIN: B000BCXZY0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. The Winding Staircase
3. Accountant of the Year
4. Scuttled
5. View of a Wedding, Pt. 2
6. Anthymn
7. Fighting off the Pricks
8. From a Roof
9. Hands and Eyes
10. Quicksand Under Carpet
11. Yardsale Legacy
12. Come on and Let Yourself Win
13. Sunset Provisions

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Darla Records is very proud to offer the first studio record in five years by legendary western Massachusetts indie rockers New Radiant Storm King. Their new record The Steady Hand features core members Peyton Pinkerton (longtime guitarist for Pernice Brothers, Silver Jews) and Matt Hunter (J Mascis and the Fog, Silver Jews, Wharton Tiers Ensemble) with the addition of Patrick Berkery on drums (Pernice Brothers, The Bigger Lovers) and Caleb Wetmore on bass . On their newest offering New Radiant Storm King's songwriting and musicianship remain true to form yet polished and stronger than ever. Like other great alt-guitar pioneers, NRSK lay virgin gravel road; sometimes hard and angular, sometimes uniquely smooth and pastoral. The Steady Hand is a testament to NRSK's ability to constantly push the envelope while maintaining a sound that defies any direct comparison. 2006.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid record from a long-time indie band of principle September 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This longtime Amherst, Mass. band adds session musicians to some cuts and new members--once again--to the longtime duo who've been at the heart of this indie band since the start of the '90s. Their new record, about five years after Winter's Kill, continues in the same mode as their previous CD: continuing a guitar-driven, tuneful without being sappy, and aggressive without becoming silly.

This album will grow on me; it's a 3.5-3.75 star achievement (I rounded up) ranked alongside their other CDs, a consistent album more than an astonishing one, and at this stage, NRSK continues in the path they have opened up in the 90s. Their music emerges confidently, and lacks either glitz or veneer. The poetic and mature lyrics, printed here along with handsome cover art and liner notes, make the CD itself worth purchasing in the old-fashioned tangible format.

The words, however, may make better reading sometimes on the page than on record as sung. NRSK has always been among long-time college-radio (when that term meant something for rock fans, as in the start of the 90s?) strivers still surviving such as Walkabouts, Eleventh Dream Day, or especially as heard on this CD, Silkworm: respected bands that manage to persevere from the same period that NRSK arrived but without breaking out into the big time. Probably for the better in their instances, for they keep control of their dignity and their sound.

The best song here is a remake of their superb British 2003 single (as heard on the odds-and-ends gathered recently as Leftover Blues, also reviewed by me) Quicksand on the Carpet, although the Sunset Variations has moments almost as memorable. As with any other NRSK record, a couple of songs leap out ahead of the rest.
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