- Summary: Mark Eitzel's fifth solo release since the breakup of American Music Club is his first album in three years. Unlike on his previous albums, Eitzel is mostly alone here, both producing and playing most of the instruments.
- Record Label: Matador
- Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Alternative
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This time out, Eitzel has built his arrangements around spare keyboard lines, atmospheric electronic samples, and percussion loops that blend with his voice and acoustic guitar to create an effect that suggest a more spare, organic version of Portishead, or a Jon Brion production that's stuck in a blue funk. But the new surroundings suit the songs quite well...
Eitzel's songs, at their best, could serve as fodder for the next Sinatra, should such a crooner emerge from a dingy bar on the far side of town. As performed by Eitzel himself, his compositions resonate with a mix of existential melodrama and black humor that cuts deep to the bone.
Positive: 2 out of 2
Mixed: 0 out of 2
Negative: 0 out of 2
BenjaminBunnyApr 17, 2004Not really a great album, but the closest he's come since AMC's "Mercury." The electronic elements, surprisingly, bolster this.
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