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Suicide Medicine

4.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Rocky Votolato's third solo full-length, Suicide Medicine is a stripped down and sparse masterpiece -- Rocky's voice soars across dark lyrical musings on family, love, music, and the conflicts that arise from his commitment to all three. Suicide Medicine shares commonalities with the new batch of twenty-something singer-songwriters of Rocky's genre, but Rocky surpasses them by channeling early Mark Eitzel, Richard Buckner, and the stripped down, poetic storytelling of Steve Earle and Joe Henry. Recorded and produced by Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla, Suicide Medicine's elegant pathos, compelling nature, and beauty intertwine somber ballads, acoustic laments, and driven rock, as Rocky's rich and unmistakable voice guides and caresses twelve new tracks.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Light And The Sound
  2. Suicide Medicine
  3. I'll Catch You
  4. Automatic Rifle
  5. Every Red Cent
  6. Montana
  7. Alabaster
  8. The City Is Calling
  9. Secrets Of A Salesman
  10. Prison Is Private Property
  11. Mix Tapes/Cellmates


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Second Nature Recordings
  • ASIN: B0000AE78F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Thank God for Rocky Votolato.

In this era of Chris Carrabba, it seems that every man under the age of 30 who can play acoustic guitar has suddenly decided that they have suffered years of emotional oppression and that, damn it, they are ready to tell the world about it. Behind a nearly tangible wall of tears and embarrassing emotional out bursts naturally. This degree of "emo" lyrical content and cliché tracks about the girl who broke your heart has absolutely saturated the world of solo man with guitar music.

Enter Rocky Votolato who thankfully brings a completely mature attitude to the plate. Maturity however, doesn't mean he sacrifices any emotional power. He simply delivers this power intelligently without embarrassing himself or anyone else. His voice is powerful and bleeding emotion, but it does so without whining or breaking. He sings with such conviction that he is demanding your attention, and you are grateful to give it. What's even more welcome is that he is singing about more than relationships. There are more than one kind of heartbreak in this world and Rocky understands that. Topics such as death, politics, abuse, addiction and many other degrees of heartache and suffering are all covered with compassion and overwhelming insight. He also understands that from every dark period in life there is hope on the other side. He fills his songs both with the sense of loss and pain associated with such hurtful topics, but he also instills hope and optimism.

Ultimately this is one of the best albums in recent memory and anyone who enjoys simple but powerful music owes it to themselves to give this a look.
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By A Customer on March 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
this new album by rocky is great. it's different than all his other ones, it has a much more political, vibe which is good considering the times. ALL of his prior releases are amazing as well. you should check out his self titled album and "burning my travels clean." most of his early albums are just him with his guitar, like his self titled, amazingly beautiful and "burning" is his first cd with a band. I am from seattle and have seen him live about a 100 times. he is great live and on cd. BUY IT.
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So the record arrived with a pretty sizable wrinkle in the cover and album sleeve. There was no damage to the shipping box which indicates that the record was shipped in the damaged condition. The record played just fine, but I was bummed out by the non mint packaging. I contacted Marvelio and they were prompt and willing to give me either a partial discount on the item or a replacement (if available). I opted for the partial discount because I didn't want to wait another month to get the replacement. I give them a lot of credit for doing the right thing... a lot of places might not have been as willing.
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Format: Audio CD
If you listen to music you will love this record! Rocky has a voice like no other, yet he reminds you of virtually ever good rock/folk superstar you've ever heard..and how often is that a good thing? Dylan and Schwarzenbach may be some of his influances (for a reason) but with this album they don't hold a candle to Rocky. If this album isn't in your collection then it isn't complete. This has to be one of the best records of 2003 - My mom even loves this record.
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love it. so beautiful and wonderful. Rocky has an amazing voice.
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By A Customer on September 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I went to see Rocky Votolato at the Rocket Bar in St. Louis in August, and let me tell you what happened. I got there for the very LAST song of his set, and I paid 12 dollars when I really didn't have that much of interest in seeing the rest of the bands (they were pretty good though, mind you). But the funny thing is this: It was all worth the money for that one song. He played "Mixtapes/Cellmates", and it was just absolutely stunning. Well, I picked up the album and a t-shirt, and after explaining my troubles to the merch guy he actually gave me a free "Light and Sound" EP (which has three FANTASTIC songs on it. Worth purchasing). The album itself is a wonderful product: Dynamite production by Chris Walla, dynamic songwriting (the country-ish burner "Montana", Dashboardesque plea of "Suicide Medicine", or the punk angst of "Every Red Cent", political frustrations on "Automatic Rifle" and "Prison is Private Property"), and some fantastic harmonica work on "Albaster" and "Mixtapes/Cellmates". Funny, "Albaster" reminded me of early Dylan after a couple of listens (unlike Mojave 3 who remind me of Dylan EVERY song, which isn't a bad thing).
I got it about exactly a month early because I went to the show, but it came out today so go pick it up. If you want something a little more drab go pick up the EP.
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Format: Audio CD
years ago, i was blessed to play a show with rocky in lawrence kansas. he sings of truth, beauty, pain, life & love, and so so much more. he's definitely ahead of his time, melodies and a voice that make you cry while you smile, like he's talking just to you. don't hesitate to buy all of his records, they are all wonderful. if you have to start somewhere, i would recommend suicide medicine first, the light & sound ep is absolutely terrific as well. take a day or night to let it all sink in, you will be hooked.
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