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Over the past decade we wrote and recorded two records on broken gear, played hundreds of shows touring in a van, made another self-produced record, one big-name-producer record, and had so many rotating band members we get dizzy just thinking about it. So, going into album number five, we decided to try something a bit different, something we've been talking about doing for quite a while recording the band live in the studio. Swift and raw. And so we did. If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry is a folk-punk collection of their most personal, introspective songs to date, all recorded in one or two takes in a very short amount of time (by Marah standards, at least!). Yep Roc. 2005.
Marah play things loose and easy on their self-produced fifth album, fusing folk-rock sincerity and garage-band recklessness with first-take immediacy. Since moving from Philadelphia to Brooklyn, they've put some musical distance between themselves and those frequent comparisons with a lower-rent (or at least younger and hungrier) Bruce Springsteen, though the harmonica that laces "Walt Whitman Bridge" conjures some familiar echoes. "City of Dreams" finds them channeling their inner Simon and Garfunkel, while the opening "The Closer" (go figure) sounds like Graham Parker fronting a neo-skiffle band. With "Out of Tune," songwriting brothers Dave and Serge Bielanko issue what amounts to a musical credo: "So what if we're out of tune with the rest of the world?" The go-for-the-throat vitality of the tracks makes the If You Didn't Laugh You'd Cry sound less produced than unleashed. --Don McLeeseSee all Editorial Reviews
One of the best bands in America you've never heard of.....Published 11 months ago by John J Longacre
As stated in my review of 'Angels of Destruction,' I went out and purchased 'IYDLYD.' Maybe some would say I'm doing this in reverse but that's neither here nor there. Read morePublished on August 28, 2008 by Jersey Kid
i'm really sorry about this. i mean, i know that it's 2007 and all that, and that people are way way busy with jobs and family and friends and stuff, and nobody has even a second... Read morePublished on August 28, 2007 by fluffy, the human being.
I agree with the person a few reviews down. This is great American Rock and Roll. This is not the next Springsteen/E Street Band record, but it is Springsteen, The Stones, Stax,... Read morePublished on November 6, 2006 by ELO1216
More than any other recording, this is the best representation to date of this band. Their live shows are what have drawn me in. Read morePublished on September 19, 2006 by AdeWill
I think I like the actual guys in the band better than their music, and I dont' know them!! I had hopes, but I have a feeling this is just a tired effort that's over produced. Read morePublished on August 25, 2006 by Schmancy
My first exposure to Marah was Float Away, but I didn't like it and it kept me away from the band for several years. Read morePublished on June 29, 2006 by Niall
If you're interested in rock n roll at all, you need to buy this record; by rock n roll I mean: the Rolling Stones; Townes Van Zandt; The Replacements; The Jam; and etc. Seriously. Read morePublished on February 24, 2006 by pittsburgh writer n'at
I admit that I fell for the hype when I bought this CD. When I listened to the CD, I questioned myself. So, I went to see them recently in Milwaukee. Read morePublished on February 24, 2006 by Jerry from Wisconsin