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The Autumn Defense

The Autumns, The Autumn DefenseAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 9, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Broadmoor Records
  • ASIN: B000M2E3CM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Should John Stirrat and Pat Sansone contemplate quitting their day jobs as bassist and multi-instrumentalist for Wilco, respectively, they ought to list their third side-project record as Autumn Defense at the top of their résumé. Three years after their charming sophomore effort Circles paid reverence to the '70s AM pop they adore, Stirrat and Sansone revisit the immaculate production of their previous work, but with greater cohesion and broader instrumentation, as the customary layers of acoustic and electric guitars are boosted with Revolver-like strings ("Estate Remains"), Memphis-soulful organ ("Feel You Now"), and woodwinds from the Nick Drake playbook ("Canyon Arrow"). Stirrat (whose underrated backing vocals are a Wilco treasure) carries the duo vocally, his discreet voice never sparring with Sansone's brilliant arrangements. But it's when the pair sing together--best emphasized on the power pop of "Winterlight" and the L.A. folk of "We Would Never Die"--that the Autumn Defense truly shine as a full-fledged band. --Scott Holter

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For their third album, self-titled "The Autumn Defense", Pat Sansone and John Stirratt took some time away from their duties as members of Wilco to write and record new material in Chicago. They recovened with their rhythm section of the last six years: drummer Greg Wieczorek and producer/ session man Brad Jones, along with other Autumn Defense regulars, pedal steel player John Pirruccello and horn player Steve Tyska.

With string and flute performances that bring Sansone's light orchestral arrangements to life and which provide a truly organic feel to the recordings, "The Autumn Defense" is the culmination and continuation of what the band has reached for in the last two records, from Philly-soul to baroque to bossa-nova to the classic Southern California sound. A world of voices explored, and styles which are touched on and made their own.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gorgeous Contemporary Ode To Sounds Gone By February 27, 2007
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With richer layers, more intriguing arrangements, those lovely vocals and a greater emphasis on diverse, jazzier rhythms, the Autumn Defense capitalize on the strengths of their last CD, Circles, while reaching beyond that collection's catchy, concise songcraft. They have always played like a virtual roll call of influences: The Beatles, The Lovin' Spoonful, Bread, The Left Banke, The Mamas and the Papas, The Beach Boys and others, now adding traces of Steely Dan, Joao Gilberto and Poco. But the reference blend here is subtle, oblique and interspersed with fresh flavors and sophisticated lyrical content, suggesting a more seasoned, adult approach to their meticulous recreation of the slightly melancholy shimmer of late-1960s/early-1970s AM radio. One can easily imagine popping in an Autumn Defense 8-track in the tape deck at top volume on a Sunday afternoon in 1971, throwing open a window and swinging away the hours in a hammock, daydreaming of past loves and watching the clouds rearrange in the sky above. Does it rock out? No. But it moves, and there is something at once both nostalgic and immediate about this music that makes for pleasant, thoughtful company, like a refreshing visit from one of your smartest, sweetest friends from school. I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing soft-pop 70's mix for today's sound March 20, 2007
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Here is an amazing Cd you cannot live without. Just saw this band live as well, as amazed that this can also be pulled off live. Their style might be Steelers wheel meets Steely dan meets America meets Seals & crofts meets Nick Drake, but don't take that to not be a compliment. The Cd should be in the top 20, and in another world, it is. Buy this and their CD "Circles" and hear the band of the future!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too good for radio . . . February 11, 2009
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More fully produced than prior discs by this Wilco side project, this self-titled third release is built on the duo's core strengths of crafty songwriting, rich harmonizing, and interlaced acoustic guitars. Autumn Defense then adds lightly detailed piano, flute, and strings, so that the set coalesces into an autumnal cadence of fireside confessions. Think America without the sap. The standout track is "Winterlight," which contrasts a bittersweet lyric with soaring vocals riding a double-timed rhythm section pushed by a "Friday-on-My-Mind" bass line. This is too good for radio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back... February 24, 2008
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The Autumn Defense are a brave band, not unlike their compatriots in Wilco, taking chances, but staying within the discipline of what defines this group - a love for another time, another mood. Obviously John and Pat believe that you can be in that place again - in love with a joy about life that balances wonder and trepidation.
The instrumentation fits wonderfully with the song stylings presented here. Canyon Arrow to Simple Explanation takes us on a wonderful ride from Bossa Nova to Acoustic Pop. Its a great ride.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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From the opening notes of "Canyon Arrow", The Autumn Defense's latest album transports you back into a time that may not have been more innocent, but a time when AM radio was something that everyone could enjoy. It's clear that John Stirratt and Patrick Sansone (part of the musical muscle that makes Wilco masters of all they survey) have a fondness for the music of 60's acts ranging from the Beatles to the Zombies. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the Fab Four inspired "Estate Remains." Then there's "Winterlight" - a gorgeous song that would be at home on any Love album. While lesser talents would fall into the trap of losing their identity in the sounds of such delightful vintage, Stirratt and Sansone know enough to meticulously arrange their songs with the tasteful traces and haunting echoes of the past long before becoming mired in it. If one must be critical, The Autumn Defense could pare itself of a song or two - the rather cloying "City Bells" for one. But overall this a fine album and one that will remain as timeless as those artists who inspired it.
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