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After 2003s Not Exotic and 2005s Violence in the Snowy Fields, Dolorean became an underdog favorite with national critics, writers, and a loyal following of fans. Now, with You Can't Win, their third Yep Roc release, Dolorean delivers another collection of melancholy and stunningly beautiful folk pop songs. Singer Al James completed the eleven new songs here after Dolorean's 2005 European tour, and before long, the band performed the set live at two gigs within two weeks at one bar in their hometown of Portland, OR. After these two brief outings, James and cohorts promptly went into the studio and recorded all the basic tracks in one weekend. Cinematic and haunting in their imagery, the songs on You Can't Win range from the spooky opening percussion on the title track to the closing notes confirm the critical accolades.

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Al James's affinity for seat-of-the-pants recording lives on in Dolorean's fourth album, a browbeaten collection of broken bonds and career setbacks that, over a single winter recording weekend, became inverted into yet another ear-tingling folk-pop gem for the Portland, Oregon, singer-songwriter. The piano- and guitar-based band is essentially a forum for the barren and lingering compositions of its erudite leader, and James takes great pleasure in both its minimal backing and studio time that is organic and free. And not unlike on previous records, his gentle, nearly undecipherable voice lines up in lockstep with the absorbing comments and questions that begin his songs, such as "Heather, I'm on a plane that I pray won't get off the ground" (in the yearning waltz "Heather Remind Me How This Ends") and "How can you fall in love with the target when I am the gun?" (in the ballad of skepticism "In Love with the Doubt"). The melodies may be slow-moving and the instrumentation laid bare, but this Dolorean package is far more optimistic than intended and supplies the soundtrack for life in general. --Scott Holter

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  • Audio CD (February 20, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B000MDH8BY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,735 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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