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Donovan Quinn & the 13th Month

  • 1. October's Bride
    2. Horror and Fear
    3. Sister Alchemy
    4. Patterns on a Summer Dress
    5. Wind at Her Craft, The
    6. Quarantine
    7. They're Going to Pick Us Apart
    8. Take the Cross off the Mantle
    9. Hallowed Candles
    10. "Moose Indian"
    11. Holy Agent
    12. Dark Motel
    13. Heathen Honeymoon
    14. I Have Seen the Season Change
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 28

  • Credits
    ProducerJason Quever; Jason Quever

    Donovan Quinn: Donovan Quinn (vocals, guitar); Jason Quever (guitar, cello, piano, keyboards, bass guitar, background vocals); Helene Renaut (violin, piano, background vocals); Karl Bauer (drums); Jesse Roberts (background vocals).
    Recording information: Pan American Studio (2006-2008).
    On his full solo debut, Donovan Quinn and a cast of fellow Bay Area musicians including producer/Papercuts main guy Jason Quever follow on from Quinn's Skygreen Leopards work as well as an earlier EP with a batch of songs in a roughly played, sweetly sung style that will appeal to those who appreciate what can be grouped under the label "psychedelia" if you can sing along to it easily enough. That sounds harsh, but Quinn's under no illusions when it comes to his songwriting approach and preferred performing styles -- with the opening song "October's Bride" alone one can hear comparisons to Bob Dylan (with and without the Band), Love, Moby Grape, Robyn Hitchcock, and Tom Petty alone, and if that's the kind of thing that will float a boat for a listener, then this album will be a treasure. Quinn's singing is calm, reflective, sometimes full forward in the mix and sometimes sinking back in a gentle blend of music, such as the gentle strings and guitar on "Horror and Fear" or "Take the Cross Off the Mantle." The whole thing sounds lovely, and Quever's production and many instrumental contributions are equally a treat, but beyond that, the album is more than a curio, less than a distinct new vision -- it's a celebration of a style and approach that reworks familiar templates but rarely creates something distinctly, uniquely memorable. ~ Ned Raggett

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