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The Living and the Dead [Digipak]


  • 1. Mexico City
    2. Corrido por Buddy
    3. Palmyra
    4. You Painted Yourself In
    5. Fox in Its Hole
    6. Your Big Hands
    7. Sweet Loving Man
    8. Love Henry
    9. Future, The
    10. Enjoy Yourself
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 86952

  • Credits
    ProducerJolie Holland; M. Ward; Shahzad Ismaily; Jolie Holland
    EngineerMarc Alan Goodman; Joel Hamilton; Adam Selzer; Mike Coykendall; Shahzad Ismaily; Shahzad Ismaily

    Composer: Jolie Holland.
    Lyricist: Jolie Holland.
    Personnel: Jolie Holland (vocals, whistling, guitar, harp guitar); Samantha Parton (vocals); Shahzad Ismaily (guitar, guitars, electric guitar, Moog synthesizer, bass guitar, drums, percussion); M. Ward (guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, gut-string guitar); Joel Hamilton (guitar); Garth Steel Klippert (trumpet); Colin Stetson (cornet); Jim White , Rachel Blumberg (drums).
    Additional personnel: Marc Ribot (guitar, electric guitar, steel guitar); Marika Hughes (cello); Kenny Wollesen (drums); Marc Alan Johnson.
    Audio Mixers: Marc Alan Goodman; Joel Hamilton .
    Recording information: Blue Rooms, Portland, OR; One East, New York, NY; Strange Weather, Brooklyn, NY; Studio G, Brooklyn, NY; Trout Recording, Brooklyn, NY; Type Foundry, Portland, OR.
    Photographer: Samantha Parton.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Jenni Quilter.
    After Jolie Holland left the Canadian alt-folk trio the Be Good Tanyas, she moved into an idiosyncratic form of modern country blues. On her fourth album, THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, Holland approaches a more traditional kind of roots rock, with echoes of Lucinda Williams, Elvis Costello, and Tom Waits. Holland's smoky, bluesy voice has rarely sounded better than in these sympathetic twang-rock settings, whether on catchy pop-rockers like the opening "Mexico City" or the stark, near-solo ballad "You Painted Yourself In." Guests include Matt Ward (She and Him) and the inimitable guitarist Marc Ribot.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.131) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[An] apocalyptic feeling pervades this sepia-toned album, boosted by M. Ward's scraggly hooks....Her honeyed harmonies keep the mood from getting too gloomy."
    Spin (p.93) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he shabby rockers and frayed ballads cut deep, especially 'Corrido por Buddy'..."
    Blender (Magazine) (p.74) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Holland's fourth album -- far and away her strongest -- is flawlessly executed and fearlessly told."
    Paste (magazine) (p.65) - "[S]he sounds more commanding and confident than ever on 'Mexico City' and 'Your Big Hands'....Holland half sings/ half laughs the closing cover of Guy Lombardo hit 'Enjoy Yourself,' sounding like she's truly taken that advice to heart."
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