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War Elephant

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1. Ashamed
2. Art Isn't Real (City of Sin)
3. Standing at the Threshold
4. Dirty Dishes
5. Long Time
6. Nevada
7. Baltimore Blues No. 1
8. These Old Shoes
9. Not So Dense
10. Spend the Night
11. Diamond Rings 2007
12. Sink or Swim
13. Christ Jesus
14. What Kind of Fool Am I?

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Partisan Records
  • ASIN: B001H7F5AU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Swinney on January 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
OK...it's been too long since I've done this reviewing thing. Amazon even has video reviews, what are they going to think up next? And you can sample and download amazing new music like Deer Tick. So this isn't a review on Amazon is it? It's supposed to be a review on Deer Tick. Let's make it so then.

Deer Tick, who are they and why do have this ridicuously hayseed name? Deer Tick is basically one guy, John McAuley, his musical vision and a few accompanying musicians. But what a musical vision it is. McAuley graduated High School in 2004 which makes him what...about 22 or 23. The music reaches beyond that age. His voice has this worn gravelly quality which he uses to great affect. McAuley hails from Providence Rhode Island and is ready to break upon the world. He is a do it yourself Kurt Cobain, a little bit of Neil Young, some alt country mixed in, and all in all the complete musical package. He knows his way around a song. The jangly street music, "These Old Shoes," will get your toes a' tappin' and the lyrics get you laughing, "It was a no-go, for this hobo." "Art isn't real (City of Sin)," has this 70's AM radio pop folk quality to it. And then there's "Christ Jesus," "I woke up next to the King / Got up and gone fixed me something / And it made me sick how I can't trust him / Christ Jesus / Have you seen us / Down on our hands and our knees / and Tell us what's the Reason." Granted it's not your standard gospel number, but it has human suffering and the depth of the human experience in spades.

People here in 2008 decry the fall of the musical industry but I think with the accessibility of downloads and new artist like Deer Tick, it has never been better for the listener, for the music fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Novak on June 27, 2009
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If you believe in old souls, then John McAuley, who was 21 when he recorded this album, must be one or else he's lived more in that short time than I care to imagine. Most of the songs clock in at less than 3 minutes but they develop an emotional resonance from longing, to regret, to a hopeful persistence, all without a single note wasted. My favorites are "Art Isn't Real," "Diamond Rings 2007," and especially "These Old Shoes" about the different means of transportation he'll take to see his girl, ending in, you guessed it, his old shoes. The entire album will stick with you after just a couple listens, but I wouldn't call it country even though that's how it showed up on my IPod. Maybe lo-fi, Americana, or alternative better fits the bill for this great band.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Gavin on February 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album didn't grab hold of me first listen, but once it did, it still won't let go. Each song on this genre-defying work of art is incredibly catchy, meaningful, and musically delightful. Listening to it makes you feel like life is a lot simpler than we make it sometimes. It reminds me of sort of folk/southern rock/homestyle music, but it isn't exactly like any of those. It is just rocknroll. This is now one of my all-time favorite albums and I think I will still be listening to it in 10, 20, or more years. If you enjoy music, buy this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. I. Cornwall on January 14, 2008
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This ablum truly shows the talent of John's musical ability. His creative blend of blues, country and grunge is amazing. Even though he's young, this ablum has an hardened and experienced edge normally found only with older artists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Billy Joe Bob on May 24, 2014
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John McCauley is one of the greatest talents of our time! Worked with him on a music project and have seen him live. A real musician in a time when musicians can be fabricated. He is the real deal!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael T Hall on February 18, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
When I first heard this album back when it came out I couldn't believe my ears! It was the best album I had heard in 15 years. It was essentially recorded Dave Grohl Foo Fighters first album style with McCauley playing most of the instrumental parts on the album. Ashamed is probably the best country folk song ever recorded with vivid lyrics backed by a great finger picked folk ditty guitar part.....Dirty Dishes is amazing as well. If you are a fan of country, rock, folk, or great music in general buy this album. I have been listening to music for a god damn long time and this album is in my top 5 in the history of music. No joke, it is that good. Their other albums are pretty good, but much like with other bands their debut will never be topped.
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I played this record, and a beer flew out of the fridge into my hand, then my lady gave me "the bedroom eyes"...except we were in the kitchen! Whoa! Yes, sir. It's a fine time indeed.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By annielaurie on January 18, 2009
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How wonderful that this CD was finally rereleased! Maybe it can finally get the exposure it deserves.
I have to say, along the lines of not judging a book by its cover, that if you are considering this CD, PLEASE pay NO attention to the CD cover. I am perplexed - this is a guy with a unique, world-weary voice who made a folksy/alt-country record that's the most original thing I've heard since In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, and the CD cover is totally incongruous with the music, to my mind.
But enough about the cover. It's what's inside that counts, and what's inside is truly incredible. If you didn't know better, you'd swear you were listening to a guy in his fifties who'd been drinking hard and chain smoking for most of his really tough life and recorded a musical autobiography as a form of catharsis. I was blown away by the rawness of voice and lyrics and the incredible maturity of the music.
I'm anxiously awaiting his sophomore effort.
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