Ash Wednesday - Elvis Perkins
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter's debut is informed by the losses of his father (actor Anthony Perkins) to AIDS and of his mother (photographer Berry Berenson) in the 9/11 attacks.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
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  1. 93
    There's something about this album... that takes listeners by the hand, smacks them into reality and reminds them they're still alive. [#24, p.90]
  2. Perkins' songs are neither maudlin nor exploitative--just quietly lovely. [2 Mar 2007, p.67]
  3. At its best, Ash Wednesday recalls the command of Arcade Fire's Funeral, as Perkins finds empathy through his whimsy-fueled, sad-bastard songs of experience.
  4. Most tracks stick to a downbeat, acoustic-folk template, although "May Day!" sounds like a lost Neutral Milk Hotel hoedown.
  5. Although Ash Wednesday ultimately suffers from Perkins' seeming indecision about whether to make a serioius or silly record, it is a listenable and noteworthy debut. [#16, p.94]
  6. With Ash Wednesday, Elvis Perkins has emerged as an assured, fully-formed cosmopolitan able to merge readily recognizable influences with a sense of theatre too often missing from the legion of similarly-intentioned performers.
  7. Ultimately, though, there's no transcendence for Perkins or the listener, making Ash Wednesday a tough listen with limited rewards.

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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