CD Divine Providence [Digipak] (CD 15807997),
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Divine Providence [Digipak]

  • 1. Bump, The
    2. Funny Word
    3. Let's All Go to the Bar
    4. Clownin Around
    5. Main Street
    6. Chevy Express
    7. Something to Brag About
    8. Walkin Out the Door
    9. Make Believe
    10. Now It's Your Turn
    11. Electric
    12. Miss K.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PTSN 031CD

  • Credits
    ProducerAdam Landry; Justin Collins
    EngineerSeth Manchester

    Personnel: John McCauley, Ian O'Neil (vocals, guitars); Rob Crowell (vocals, saxophone, keyboards); Dennis Ryan (vocals, drums, percussion); Chris Ryan (vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Adam Landry; Justin Collins .
    Recording information: Machines With Magnets, Pawtucket, RI (2011).
    The fourth full-length studio album from singer/songwriter John McCauley's ragged, lo-fi, alt-country, indie rock outfit Deer Tick sounds more like the band that occasionally devotes entire sets to Nirvana under the "Deervana" moniker than it does the folksy, garage-bound hybrid of Nebraska-era Springsteen and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers that appeared on earlier albums. Recorded in the band's hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, Divine Providence sounds like last call and feels like the morning after, offering up 12 slabs of Stooges and Stones-inspired raw power that celebrate the sweet lows and fleeting highs of being young, numb, and full of rum in a blue-collar town with nothing to lose. Closer in tone to the band's raucous live shows, Deer Tick channel Damaged-era Black Flag on "The Bump" and "Let's All Go to the Bar," mid-period Spoon on "Main Street" and "Make Believe," and a less self-aware, Hold Steady on "Chevy Express" and "Something to Brag About," resulting in their loosest, wildest, and most honest collection of Saturday night/Sunday morning pining/drinking songs to date. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.79) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "On a set of howling rockers, frontman John McCauley pulls a genre jailbreak as impressive as the time that Ryan Adams ditched Whiskeytown to pledge his love for Morrissey and electric Dylan."
    Spin (p.70) - "There's a lot more Westerberg than Cobain in McCauley's ragged voice and loose-limbed commitment to boozy arrested development."
    Magnet (p.55) - "[I]t's the group's love for the Replacements that shines on DIVINE PROVIDENCE, particularly on Westerberg-penned bonus-cut 'Mr. Cigarette.'"
    CMJ - "DIVINE PROVIDENE is charged with a Git-R-Done attitude that lends the songs, most of which sound like they were recorded live, a fired-up energy."
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