Baseball Project, Vol. 2: High and Inside Image
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  • Band members: Steve Wynn, Linda Pitmon, Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck
  • Summary: The second album from the Baseball Project continues with more baseball-themed songs with guest singers such as Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, The Hold Steady's Craig Finn, and The Decemberists' Chris Funk and John Moen.
  • Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Folk-Pop, Jangle Pop
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  1. These 13 excellent songs are sufficiently specialized to make you realize how classic Volume 1 was--and what a theme statement "Past Time" was.
  2. Mar 9, 2011
    80
    Volume 2 finds their passionate fandom and astute study at work once again, producing homage and history that ranges across a roster of players past (Mark "the Bird" Fidrych) and present (Ichiro Suzuki), famous (Reggie Jackson) and obscure (Carl Mays, the only player in major league history to kill a man with a pitch).
  3. Dec 20, 2011
    80
    The Baseball Project doesn't do fluff songs on the subject, though, and the songs on this second outing, like they were on the first, are intelligently written and arranged, running the full spectrum of emotions that baseball can inspire in a fan, and in so doing, the best of the songs rise above novelty to grapple with the passions and difficulties of life itself.
  4. Mar 9, 2011
    70
    Journeymen that they are, though, McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows) and Wynn (ex-Dream Syndicate) understand the poignant vindication in being remembered at all.
  5. Mar 17, 2011
    67
    The sophomore LP from Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, Linda Pitmon, and Peter Buck picks up where 2008's Vol. 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails left off, mixing musical styles to their song histories of the pastime's heroes and goats (from Bill Buckner to Mark Fidrych to Pete Rose).
  6. Mar 9, 2011
    60
    High and Inside is a fun album filled with good melodies and fine playing. But if such names as Bobby Ojeda, Ryne Duren, John McNamara, Mark Fidrych, and Tony Conigliaro don't mean anything to you, the album might have limited appeal.
  7. May 18, 2011
    60
    Finely etched narratives telltales of aging wunderkinds and tragic figures, the deeds of those famed and flawed, while the music moves in manifold directions, from powerpop to scuzz rock to alt country. [Jun 2011, p.106]

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