Undercard

October 19, 2010 | Format: MP3

$8.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Copyright: 2010 Merge Records
  • Total Length: 33:42
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  • ASIN: B00474DTNU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,417 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Ross VINE VOICE on October 21, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The duo comprising the Extra Lens, John Darnielle and Frank Bruno previously recorded together in 2002's Martial Arts Weekend as the Extra Glenns. Despite this ironic renaming it is probably best to think of Undercard as most similar to a Mountain Goats album of which Darnielle is the driving force of a sometimes solo project. While he has written over 500 songs, Darnielle has made himself surprisingly difficult to follow. I was fortunate to hear Undercard on NPRs First Listen and was quickly captivated by his highly literate folk-punk-pop lyrics and storytelling. The series of three songs starting with Adultery and ending in How I Left the Ministry moves the protagonist through an adulterous relationship and into a car crash and the Jaws of Life. The album takes its title idea of failure from the the boxing undercard as illustrated by the struggles and failures of the Cruiserweight remembering the food in prison and his current "bucket full of blood and dirty water". Similarly, the would-be film maker of Only Existing Footage concludes his lament with these words: ""Hold off the backers, put a notice in the press. Oblivion's been knocking since I gave it my address." With thoughtful and melancholic storytelling Darnielle touches on such failures as financial crisis in Rockin' Rockin' Twilight of the Gods and a failed suicide attempt in Some Other Way (...to make you love me.) Ambivalent Lanscape Z cleverly evokes the Cold War with fallout shelters and harvesters amidst the silos bearing both grain and (unstated) missiles resonating with personal angst.Read more ›
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By Brother B Trace on December 26, 2011
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Pleasantly surprised by this hidden gem. I'm a big Goats fan, but this is my first purchase from the "Extra (G)Lens". Great writers and keeps that same Dardnelle feel throughout the entire album.
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