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Fort Recovery

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"Centro-matic's music comes on like a sound from a distant dream, something new, yet unmistakably familiar" - Patterson Hood, Drive-By Truckers. "What makes (Will Johnson) such a phenomenal lyricist is that he opts for the simplest language when painting an abstract picture" - Ben Gibbard, Death Cab For Cutie, in the NY Times. "These resonant fables of half-loved underdogs, essentially preposterous scenarios reported with apocalyptic seriousness, call to mind the last two Flaming Lips discs...the band hugely rawks here in an unprecedented approximation of their live show, often summoning the moldy hearts of Mould and Hart. Hell, a harnessed Cobain twang even surfaces" - Pitchforkmedia.com.

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It's Will Johnson's voice that makes Centro-Matic so irresistible: He's gruff and hidden in the guitar fuzz. You strain to hear what he's saying--and that's the hallmark of his success--you keep straining. Fort Recovery marks a decade or so since Johnson formed the outfit, and he dives in with guitars blurry and brimming with sound, his voice curling around the strums like shadows, as on the relatively cleanly-played "Patience for the Ride." Centro-Matic is a couple steps away from the acclaim that the Drive-by Truckers pull down, partially because Johnson's songs are unyielding. They feedback and go slow and feature broken-flow guitar parts (to wit: "Calling Thermatico") and never are just a backdrop for lyrics. Johnson's a bit like Neil Young in that it takes several personas to figure him out: South San Gabriel is weirdly folk-pop and Centro goes for the jugular with guitars getting gritty. Perhaps he's exasperated by his music, pulling him and pushing him with a jostling rock storm of ideas until he relents and makes a killer album like Fort Recovery. --Andrew Bartlett

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Covered Up In Mines
  2. Calling Thrermatico
  3. Patience For The Ride
  4. I See Through You
  5. In Such Crooked Time
  6. For New Starts
  7. Fugitives Have Won, The
  8. Monument Sails
  9. Triggers & Trash Heaps
  10. Nothin' I Ever Seen
  11. Take The Maps & Run
  12. Take A Ride


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 7, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Misra Records
  • ASIN: B000E6GBWG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a fantastic album, the best I have heard in a while. The sound is something of a mix between Son Volt and Drive by Truckers, but completely unique and better than anything those two have done recently. I really like the sound; it is not "poppy" at all like some of Wilco's stuff, or like the Band of Horses new album that is over-hyped. The songs are real and of high quality throughout, not a clunker on the album. This is one that will hold up over the years.
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pretty melodies, hard rocking guitars and drums, evocative lyrics. centro-matic songs get stuck in your head pretty quickly. they remind me of REM songs played in the style of crazy horse or pavement. this is probably my favorite of their albums. you can throw it on and listen start to finish without wanting to skip a song.

buy this CD and you'll achieve maximum sonic sweetness.

also, see the band live if you get the chance. they bring a bunch of extra rock to the songs when they play 'em live.
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This is the sixth release from this Texas band led by singer/songwriter Will Johnson. Centro-Matic have steadily developed a sizeable & loyal cult following with their trademark raw pop/rock poignancy and uncompromising delivery. "Fort Recovery" is the moment they've been searching for the past ten years.
The album begins with a soul-wrenching slide guitar refrain that melts into some of the most heartfelt, raspy vocals in this universe. Then the power rises. Without losing an ounce of passion, the volume cranks, the voice strains with a gripping urgency, the guitars roar...and back we move to the soft slap in the face, the tug that migrates with an intimate ease from primal heartbeat to the zipper on your pants--and that's just the first song!
Will Johnson's voice was custom-made to rip your still happily beating heart right out of your chest cavity, while you nod your head to the compelling rhythms, and think to yourself that this is just about the most meaningful damn experience you've ever had. It has that dark, sad, smoky quality that recalls every night you've ever sat alone in a bar after last call, listening to the band play the tearjerk ballad that precedes the closing curtain-call rocker--and hearing nothing but the devastating sound of your own loneliness.
The songs ring like myths of the maligned romantic anti-hero. The good guy may not win, but damned if he's not gonna offer you the chance to submerge every fiber of your being into the boiling cauldron of his pain. And you'll think you're having a good time, too. These are tales of the twisted lovelorn--those who find themselves locked in alternate realities where good and evil meld as the best of friends.
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By Mike on September 11, 2006
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There may be a finer band on the planet, and there may be a finer songwriter, but if there is, I haven't heard it. Centro-matic are one of Will Johnson's outlets, where the rock is turned up to full Neil Young Crazy Horse, alongside the more contemplative, new-Americana, South San Gabriel and his beautiful solo work. This, the band's seventh album, may just be their best work, opening with the glorious Covered Up In Mines, and proceeding through songs that, at turns, display crunching fuzz rock, and then sweeping beauty. In fact, it is difficult not to use the word 'masterpiece' in any review. The core of the work is Will Johnson - his songs work so well on acoustic guitar that, worked up into full band versions, and accentuated with rock solid instrumentation and the great feeling of studio improvisation, they can't help but dig their way in, until repeated listening is not just desirable, but essential. Easily the best album of the year, so far.
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