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"a strong blend of power pop, blue-eyed soul and bar rock" --BLURT! MAGAZINE

"an album that might seem superficially bright and shiny, but the edges are sharper than they appear." --THE AV CLUB

"Flournoy's Apex Manor debut eclipses his previous band's work in energy, enthusiasm, and power pop effervescence." --UNDER THE ... Read more in Amazon's Apex Manor Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B004DY4Z2I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Apex Manor is Ross Flournoy, Adam Vine, Brian Whelan, and Andy Creighton. The Year of Magical Drinking was recorded at three different studios around LA and was produced by Dan Long (Film School, Local Natives) and Brian Whelan. The full-band Apex Manor plans to tour extensively in 2011 including SXSW. "If his first single is any indication, Ross Flournoy and his Apex Manor project are going to be one the most hyped bands of 2011," says MOG MUSIC NETWORK of "Under the Gun."

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Porter on June 15, 2011
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It's got a lot of hooks, is what I'm saying.

I accidentally saw this band at SXSW this year, and as I was formulating my first impression, much of what I heard kind of reminded me of Wilco's poppier stuff, which is the Wilco stuff I like the most. And then they closed their set with a cover of Nilsson's "Jump Into the Fire," also a personal favorite, so that sealed the deal: I was going to buy this album when I got home.

And now it's the winner of the coveted James Porter Favorite Album of 2011 So Far award. I know I'm crappy at reviews, but if it's any help, my runners up include the new Death Cab for Cutie, Paul Simon, Trail of Dead, My Morning Jacket, Darwin Deez, and Spindrift.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on February 8, 2011
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There's something exciting happening in Los Angeles; singer/songwriters like Bleu and Adam Marsland are breaking out once again, but instead of rolling down from the communal experience of the canyon, they're holing up in homes and hobby studios. Such was the inspiration for former Broken West guitarist/vocalist Ross Flournoy, whose relocation to Pasadena after a band breakup severed his daily musical connection, and left him casting about for direction. Amid writer's block and a daily beer habit, his lifesaver was an NPR song competition that afforded only a weekend to write, record and submit a song. The external pressure turned out to be just what he needed, documenting his denial, admission, inventory, acceptance and recovery as a songwriter in "Under the Gun." With one under his belt, dozens more tumbled forth, some written alone, some with Adam Vine.

Apex Minor on record - Flournoy and former bandmate Brian Whelan, along with help from Andy Creighton, Derek Brown, Rob Douglass and Dan Iead - is reminiscent of Broken West, similarly propulsive and tuneful, but warmer and looser. The album begins at Flournoy's nadir, looking up from the bottom of a half-drunk mason jar in "Southern Decline." Producer Dan Long layers on buzzing rhythm guitars, demonstrating just how deeply Flournoy was buried in depression. His salvation as a songwriter leads to emotional re-emergence, self-awareness and on "I Know These Waters Well," the twelfth-step desire to pass along new found wisdom. The album alternates rave-ups and soulful ballads, with Flournoy's voice particularly expressive on the latter. Despite the detour, Apex Manor marks a terrific new phase, predicted by the Broken West, but ignited by a fresh start. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]
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I often check Amazon's monthly mp3 deals and bought this one during one of those sales. It's an easy album to put on while driving, cleaning, even doing homework.
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