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Elvis Perkins in Dearland

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The follow-up to the exquisitely melancholic and much hailed solo debut "Ash Wednesday". On this release, Elvis is joined by a talented trio of friends, all clearly influenced by a range of American roots music. At once raucous and profound, this record conjures both the greatest celebration and the saddest funeral, channeling an ageless wisdom that deepens with each listen.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Xl Recording
  • ASIN: B001Q8FS2U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I love Elvis Perkins' music. I became a fan as soon as Ash Wednesday came out. And where that album faultered just a little, this one does not. The songs are amazing. The first two songs are two of the best songs to come out this year, "Shampoo" and "Hey." The first is a dark, moody song with a great melody and a Tom Pettyesqu harmonica solo. The second is an upbeat little ditty that sounds like a song M. Ward wishes he could write, no offense to M. Ward. I don't know if there is another album out this year that can rival this one in terms of the two opening songs...even into the third song, "Hours Last Stand." All these songs are amazing. Even when he gets into a long ballad type song with "Send My Fond Regards to Lonelyville", which clocks in at over 6 minutes, it's just flows along and it's over before you realize it. The album ends with the very bittersweet piano ballad, "How's Forever Been Baby" which I like to think is a song about lovers reuniting in a sort of post apocalyptic world and it kind of makes sense that it might be about this considering one of the songs preceeding this one is "Doomsday."

One of the best albums of the year.

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I heard this on NPR on the way to work this morning. It gave me shivers.

The music is dark with minor chords and the strong sense of nostalgia evident in the lyrics creates an emptiness in the pit of the stomach. However, through a process of catharsis the ultimate effect is very uplifting.

Buy it if you like highly multiphonic music with blues, jazz and alternative rock influences. Sounds like "The Arcade Fire."
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Elvis Perkins is the most exciting thing to happen to my generation of singer/songwriters-- and with Dearland, his music has become more upbeat while remaining as poignant as his debut, "Ash Wednesday". The best album of the year hands down.
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Elvis Perkins in Dearland proves Elvis Perkins has what it takes to be great. He can sing; he can write; and he never sounded better. Elvis with Dearland turn out a solid CD. I really like the way Elvis and the band handle these songs; and I predict they'll be around for quite some time to come. The quality of the sound on this CD is excellent and I really like that artwork.

"Shampoo" starts the CD with a noirish yet catchy tune that packs a punch! I really like "Shampoo;" Elvis Perkins sings this very well and Dearland never falters, either. The guitar work and that organ enhance the music that goes along with Elvis as he sings---but wisely they never actually steal the spotlight from Elvis Perkins; they share it with him and I'm impressed. "Shampoo" is clearly a major highlight of this album. "Hey" has a peppy, folk music flavor mixed maybe with just a touch of rock for good effect; and listen for "Hours Last Stand." "Hours Last Stand" stuns me with its beauty. Elvis sings this so well I am reminded of the great Paul McCartney--Elvis is clearly all THAT good. "Hours Last Stand" has a pensive, melancholy feel to it that helps to make this a strong number; and "Hours Last Stand" is clearly a major highlight of this album.

"I Heard Your Voice In Dresden" is another catchy tune that you won't forget anytime soon; it made a good impression on me the first time I heard it and it only grows on me with each listen. This joyful, truly optimistic ballad showcases Elvis singing at his best; and his excellent diction enhances his singing all the more. Dearland really delivers on "I Heard Your Voice In Dresden," too. The sound of this ballad overall is enough to make you jump up and start dancing wherever you are!
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Elvis Perkins has pulled off quite a sonic transformation on `Elvis Perkins in Dearland', his new eponymous sophomore album. Whereas his solo debut, `Ash Wednesday' was a spare and often times maudlin affair, `Elvis Perkins in Dearland' seems almost joyful in its moroseness. `Elvis Perkins In Dearland' is a full band effort and this change seems to have added some energy and looseness to Elvis Perkins style. Elvis Perkins is now joined by touring band mates, Brigham Brough (upright bass, saxophone, vocals), Wyndham Boylan-Garnett (pump organ, guitar, harmonium, trombone, vocals), and Nick Kinsey (drums, percussion, banjo, clarinet, vocals).

Elvis Perkins still sings like an old soul but the full band effort more closely matches his cabaret style of performance. With songs that are rooted in darker moods and tones, the band is able to provide a fuller atmosphere than a lone acoustic guitar. Opener "Shampoo" benefits from this style with its Dylanesque harmonica and swampy keyboards that lurk in the background. The droning "Hours Last Stand" has an accented piano and organ that wonderfully complement the vocals as a drum beats out a lonely cadence.

Stylistically, `Elvis Perkins In Dearland' is all over the map. Outside influences play heavily on this album as traces of Dylan, Waits, and George Harrison can be found in various songs. There are shades of the former style that Elvis Perkins incorporated on "Ash Wednesday" notably on "Send My Fond Regards To Lonelyville" and "How's Forever Been My Baby." "Doomsday" sounds like a New Orleans funeral dirge while "123 Goodbye" is a reflective lament.

`Elvis Perkins In Dearland' demonstrates that Elvis Perkins is willing to experiment with his sound and that those experiments are also successfully rewarded.
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