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How It Ends [Digipak]


  • 1. You Love Me
    2. Enemy Guns, The
    3. No One Is Watching
    4. Twenty-Six Temptations
    5. How It Ends
    6. Charlotte Mittnacht (The Fabulous Destiny Of...)
    7. We're Leaving
    8. Dearly Departed
    9. Such a Lovely Thing
    10. Too Tired
    11. Viens Avec Moi - (French)
    12. This Place Is Haunted
    13. Lunnaya Pogonka
    14. Reprise
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4

  • Credits
    Producer
    EngineerCraig Schumacher; Chris Schultz; Craig Schumacher

    DeVotchKa: Shawn King (trumpet, piano, organ, vibraphone, glockenspiel, drums); Jeanie Schroder (vibraphone, bass instrument); Tom Hagerman (vibraphone); Nick Urata.
    Personnel: Nick Urata (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, piano, percussion, Theremin); Jeanie Schroder (vocals, tuba); Naim Amor (vocals); Nick Luca (guitar); Tom Hagerman (violin, accordion, piano, triangle); Craig Schumacher (percussion).
    Additional personnel: Sarah Thorpe (vocals); Paul Niehaus (pedal steel guitar); Lindsay Emmett (violin); Craig Schumacher (harmonica); Nick Luca.
    Audio Mixer: Craig Schumacher.
    Recording information: WaveLab Studios, Tucson, AZ.
    Photographer: Lisa Siciliano.
    The third album from Denver, Colorado's DeVotchKa builds on the sonic blueprint of their first two albums by honing their hybrid of Eastern European gypsy folk, cabaret, noir-ish film music, and guitar-oriented indie rock. It's DeVotchKa's unusual instrumentation that gives the music its unique quality, and the combination of bouzouki, theremin, accordion, vibraphone, and glockenspiel only adds to the exotic, dreamy quality of HOW IT ENDS. The atmospheric opener, "You Love Me," weaves a moody, acoustic spell, while "Twenty-Six Temptations" rides a dark, Latinized rhythm. Whether pumping out gypsy-fueled jams such as "Viens Avec Moi," or opening into moments of heartbreaking beauty such as "Dearly Departed," DeVotchKa plays literate, substantive music, and fans of everyone from Calexico to the Magnetic Fields will find something to enjoy in this eminently listenable release.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he Balkan melancholia of Beirut and Gogol Bordello is not the only trick up the Denver-based four-piece's sleeve: elsewhere they harness the ambitious sweep of Arcade Fire."
    Uncut (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he real ace in their pack is the voice of Nick Urata, a soaring operatic instrument heard to thrilling effect..."
    CMJ (p.12) - "[A] work that swells with a haunting desperation and neoclassical grandeur."
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