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I've just listened to it again and take back everything I said that wasn't totally positive. Buy it now and get a pretty cool cover as an Amazon bonus.
By the way, whether you like this album or not, look for a video of him performing "Too Much Time" with the Magik Magik orchestra. Incredible.
After self-releasing a stellar EP titled Green Grow the Rushes late last year, Vanderslice (who recently moved from the Seattle-based Barsuk Records to the Indiana-based Dead Oceans, most recently releasing 2009's great Romanian Names) decided to go for it all, quietly recording the endlessly grand (yet often fragile sounding) White while the indie world celebrated simple records by bands like Best Coast, Wavves and No Age. Now, still new label hoisting him high, he's crafted one of the best winter-season records I've heard since those early Badly Drawn Boy discs. While the mood here shifts around quite a bit, the vibe is always somber (and epic), most likely due to Vanderslice's vocal style (always the focus) and the consistent use of string arrangement and dramatic swells. If you're somehow not already familiar with this indie mainstay, think Andrew Bird, XTC, Beulah and, if your ears are more of the mainstream pedigree, Owl City (or so I'm told). All that said, this is very original music that is hard to compare to anything else out right now.Read more ›
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Perhaps John's most musically interesting album. This is a must have if you're a fan of Emerald City, Romanian Names, and Green Grow The Rushes.Published on December 20, 2011 by Patrice M.
The weird world of alternative rock continues along its latter day rococo period with the incongruent influences from past generations brilliantly harmonized by sheer audacity. Read morePublished on January 25, 2011 by Miguel Gonzalez