Falling Off the Sky
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2012 album from the reunited Indie Popsters. Falling Off the Sky is the first new dB's album in a quarter-century. It's been three decades since the original lineup of Peter Holsapple, Chris Stamey, Gene Holder and Will Rigby recorded the beloved early-'80s classics Stands for deciBels and Repercussion. The North Carolina-via-New York foursome's vintage releases are now widely revered as alt-pop landmarks. Falling Off the Sky embodies the same combination of infectious melodic craft, playful sonic experimentalism and barbed lyrical insight that established the dB's as key progenitors of the Southern indie-rock explosion of the '80s.
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Before We Were Born, soulful bass intro right into a sweet melancholy verse, then another catchy chorus with a simple sentiment. The Ahhhs, are sublime as are the tasty guitar parts.
Wonder Of Love
Organ intro and bridge reminiscent of Steve Nieve and snappy horns like Elvis' Get Happy, impeccable production with more deep guitar work - great arrangement. Nice gutsy delivery by Mr. Holsapple
Beatle-esque, classic pop by Wil Rigby with sweet vocals, "I guess I was telling you I was saying goodbye" great string arrangements the organist kills!
Far Away and Long Ago
Some will call this schmaltzy, but it's an instant classic, beautifully written, arranged and performed with nuanced progression. Lovely viola. The influences are no secret, but its another gem. Poignant. If you wanna cry (or get chills) listen to this. The harmonies themselves will slay you. A Spanish guitar that will make Gustavo Santaolalla
"How can I remember every moment, just like yesterday..." Ahhh, the resolve.
Send Me Something Real
A simple straightforward verse with a little hitch. Another yearning chorus with more well-thought harmonies, the less-is-more strategy works here.
World To Cry
Brings back some classic dB's sounds, a in-the-pocket, snappy snare and more great guitar work and a song that doesn't bore or resort to trite sentiments. Some good oooh's and stops and starts keeps it interesting.
The guitar sounds are great.
The Adventures of Abatross and Doggerel
A most ambitious track with psychedelia permeating and more great sounds, an interesting turn a little more than Halfway through the record. Spot on production some may consider lofty, but is very creative and taps the best of classic records like Pet Sounds or Sgt. Pepper with a bombastic lush ending
I Didn't Mean to Say That
Another poignant heartbreaker. So beautiful if it doesn't break your heart, you may wanna talk to your cardiologist Whatever amount of time this took to write was well worth it, the payoff in the pre-chorus and the sunny California-ish bridge is huge.
One of the best uses of a string intro, when it breaks into the thoughtful chorus it's like taking a nice shot that warms the body right up. Then a two-step time change with satisfying mandolin and the chimey guitars you would expect, then it takes off again with the enveloping chorus.
She Won't Drive in the Rain Anymore
Sweet pickin' starts off this song and a painterly lyric phrase (A screen door paints her silhouette)
Deft, percussion with little snippets of brilliance and the ever-present pristine harmonies and another stellar non-chorusy chorus. They just keep it interesting The tension builds with the lovely expertly-strategized strings in the last verse and then it opens up like the sun coming out after a heavy rain.
Remember (Falling Off The Sky)
A perfect closer. Heartfelt, sincere almost cinematic in its scope. The longing is strong here, can't get over the nice bass playing all over this record. Bring on the happy chorus and leave us in that complex state of almost happy but thoughtful.
When I grow up, I wanna make records this good.
Thanks y'all for a memorable record all around!