CD Fortune [The Mendoza Line] [711297468427] (CD 861648),
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Fortune [The Mendoza Line] [711297468427]


  • 1. Fellow Travelers
    2. Faithful Brother
    3. Before I Hit the Wall
    4. It's a Long Line
    5. Let's Not Talk About It
    6. Architects Eye, An
    7. Metro Pictures
    8. They Never Bat an Eye
    9. Flat Feet & Western Style
    10. Road to Insolvency
    11. Will You Be Here Tomorrow?
    12. Throw It in the Fire
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): COOKCD284

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    U.K. release features 13 tracks.
    The Mendoza Line has been steadily refining its brand of intimate, emotional indie rock over its last several albums. FORTUNE bears traces of both the band's rootsier influences and the ragged, rock-oriented sound of its 1997 debut. There are examples of Dylan-esque folk ("Fellow Travelers"), country ("Faithful Brothers [Scourge of the Land]"), classic rock ("An Architect's Eye"), and the confessional singer-songwriter tradition ("Let's Not Talk About It").
    But the Mendoza Line is not a mere throwback, and the intelligent sensitivity that characterizes the songwriting is channeled through a tension in the group's sound. The organic stylistic hodge-podge, narrative, literate lyrics, and male-female vocal tradeoffs, keep the record from slipping into tepid folk-rock. Additionally, "Before I Hit the Wall" conveys a youthful combination of exuberance and ennui with its full-tilt energy, pop hooks, and lyrics about existential confusion, and "It's a Long Line ("But It Moves Quickly)" plays like roots rock meeting new wave. FORTUNE finds the Mendoza Line building a reputation as honest, expressive songwriters, yet managing to keep its sound fresh, lively, and appealing.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.117) - "[L]et its chiming, folk-rock beauty wash over you like a can of cool Pabst at last call....Most of FORTUNE's tunes revolve around love and politics, which McArdle nails with a combination of wit, cynicism and sorrow."
    Magnet (p.118) - "[T]hink of it as a relaxed, cross-country drive with the attendant diversity of sights, sounds and cultures."
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