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The Unfazed

Dolorean, DoloreanAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 18, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Partisan Records
  • ASIN: B004AN0CX8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Thinskinned
2. Country Clutter
3. The Unfazed
4. Hard Working Dogs
5. Fools Gold Ring
6. Sweet Boy
7. Black Hills Gold
8. If I Find Love
9. These Slopes Gave Me Hope
10. How Is It

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For nearly a decade Al James Dolorean has been writing and recording music in Portland, Oregon. In support of their three albums, (Not Exotic, Violence In The Snowy Fields, You Can t Win) Dolorean has toured throughout Europe, Scandinavia, The United Kingdom and The United States. Laboring in the studio, they've crafted beautiful, thought-provoking pop music that has amassed praise by album collectors, music critics, housewives, bloggers, filmmakers, writers and musicians around the globe.
When their debut Not Exotic was released in November of 2003 The New York Times ran a review of the album on the front page of the Sunday Arts section. 'The songs gesture at folk and country, but they do it quietly and slowly, as if hesitant to disturb Mr. James's delicate parables. And yet, despite the stillness, this is a wild, passionate album.' National and international press agreed with the Times first impression of Dolorean. In fact, critics celebrated all three albums for their subtlety, musicianship and lyrical sophistication. James peers took notice too. Songwriters like Damien Jurado, Eric Bachmann, Richard Buckner and Willy Vlautin took the band on the road throughout the US and Europe.
Packaged with a haunting album cover shot by filmmaker Gus Van Sant, 2007's underdog You Can't Win touched a nerve with many listeners. It's James trudging tome on loss and resolve superbly supported by keyboard player Jay Clarke, drummer Ben Nugent, and bassist James Adair. This was their third, best, and last album for a mid-sized record label that seemed a mismatch from the start.
Strangely enough, it wasn't a music writer that synthesized Dolorean s sound and what continues to makes their music so compelling. It was bass player James Adair s loner father-in-law from Big Sur, California who, in an email to the band, expressed concern about the direction that they were headed after the release of You Can't Win. At the end of his message, however, he made his point, 'The heart and soul of Dolorean is the chord changes from tension to resolution; from dark to light; and the singer's voice and lyrics create a mood of acceptance without despair or should I say disappointment without resignation.'
In the Winter of 2011 Partisan Records, from Brooklyn, New York, will release The Unfazed, Dolorean s next album. Fargo Records in Paris will put out the album in Europe. Like their three previous albums, Dolorean worked closely with an artist to collaborate on another one-of-a-kind album cover. For the latest, Magnum photographer Alec Soth (Sleeping by the Mississippi) contributes three unpublished photos from his personal collection. As its title The Unfazed suggests, Al James and his band-mates continue down the path of greatest resistance. Unfazed and unwavering, Dolorean digs their heels even deeper into the same fertile soils that informs their previous discography namely, undeniably authentic songs arranged, played, and recorded by this incredible team of musicians


'A breakup album done right. What could have been an easy-listening folk record about breakin up & movin on goes beyond just sadness.' --Dana Raidt -Venus Magazine

The boys of Dolorean are masters of alt-country and provocative story telling. What started as Al James flying solo has evolved into a full-fledged band that could easily share a bill with the likes of Wilco or The Cardinals. The songs are beautifully written and the band sounds strong, melancholy guitars and all. Nothing's going to stop Al James and company. There s plenty more miles, stories, and songs for Dolorean. ' --Performer Magazine

Their atmospheric indie folk plumbs the depths of everyday despair… whose narratives and narrators suggest a short-story collection set to music. --Pitchfork

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good... January 18, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Dolorean continue their remarkably consistent run ("Not Exotic", "Violence In The Snowy Fields", "You Can't Win") with another quality album. Ten fine songs by Al James and, this time, the sound is meatier, the production fuller but it's still unmistakably Dolorean. It also sounds like the rest of the band have had considerable input to the overall sonics and it seems more like a true group effort as a result. Nowhere is this better illustrated than on the opening track "Thinskinned" with its startling piano hook, fine vocal lead, great harmony backgrounds and violin work and a tight rhythm section of bass and drums keeping it all together. It's clear from the start that the band are flexing more muscle on this release. New member, guitarist Jon Neufield makes his presence felt throughout, and also more to the fore on this album is a lot of harmony vocal detail for which the arranger, drummer Benny Nugent, deserves a great deal of credit.

One of Al's best songs in my opinion is "Country Clutter" about the bitter end of a relationship. While the solo vocal version on his "Sketches For Portraits" tour album may convey a greater sense of bitterness and resentment, the addition of vocals by Mara Lee Miller (from the band Bosque Brown) brings a certain sweetness to the track with its dark lyrics and makes it a definite album highlight; "If you find anything I left behind, then you can keep it" sings Al, "may it clutter up your life, the way you cluttered up mine". Ouch!

By the end of the album though, redemption is at hand in the song "How Is It". A new relationship is clearly working out very well. - "How is it that we have just known of each other, and we talk like old friends and we kiss like young lovers?".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Denim Heartbreak February 5, 2011
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Every song on this album is beautiful. Dolorean sounds like the small secret ache you experience at the end of summer. This is some of their best work yet. The lyrics and the musicianship weave together flawlessly. I can't stop listening to this record. It is balm for the soul. Slow American folk rock perfection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dolorean - Country Feedback January 6, 2012
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Time to look back on 2011 and the "one's which got away". Dolorean are a band from Portland Oregon headed up by Al James. They are not named after the failed car manufactured in Northern Ireland and one of the stars of the "Back to future" series but are an equally acquired taste of which you grow intensely fond of over time. We are in the territory of almost slow core Americana here tinged with a a great country rock sensibility. This is the bands fourth album and their first since 2007, equally they have also spent time supporting Damien Jurado in the past and his low fi folk pedigree has clearly rubbed off on this band who have in "The Unfazed" produced a quiet and melancholy gem. The opener "Thick skinned" sets the tone. Nothing rushed or hurried but a a song honed to perfection which will grow on each listen. Indeed the secret to this album is just to play it and play it again since the songs will eventually become cherished items which bore into your musical sensibility like a drill in search of oil. The second song "Country Clutter' should be the starting point for any curious downloader and has taken root on many American music blogs. It is a sumptuous country lament, the sort which the Jayhawks and Richmond Fontaine have specialised in over the over years and which deserves wider airing. Other songs worth seeking out is the lovely heartbreak alt country ballad "Fools gold ring" which gently rolls along powered by a haunting slide guitar and a beautifully understated vocal by James and the almost funky "Black hills gold".

The band clearly are strong subscribers to the theory of leaving the best until last since the final three songs are the proverbial icing on the the cake.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Albumn January 29, 2011
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I've been a Dolorean fan for awhile, but this new album is truly outstanding. It's so beautifully recorded, as is every Dolorean album, but Al really has hit a home run here. The songs are honest, dear, beautiful, ugly, angry and yet optimistic at times.

The casual fan might say "the songs sound the same," but they don't explore the depth of these songs and the talent that Al James has.

It's very rare that anyone writes an entire album that I enjoy. I truly like/love every song on this album.

Some are truly amazing, and some are just "very good," but they're all worth listening to.

Once you buy one Dolorean album, you'll buy them all after listening.
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