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Introduction [The Red Krayola]

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Breakout
    3. Cruise Boat
    4. Note to Selves
    5. L.G.F.
    6. Tale of Two..., A
    7. Psy Ops
    8. It Will Be (Delivered)
    9. Puff
    10. Greasy Street
    11. Vexations
    12. Elegy
    13. When She Went Swimming
    14. Swerving
    15. Bling Bling
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 304

  • Credits
    EngineerJohn McEntire

    The Red Krayola: Stephen Prina, John McEntire, Tom Watson.
    Personnel: Stephen Prina (vocals, guitar, piano, harpsichord, organ, tambourine); Tom Watson (vocals, guitar, harpsichord, synthesizer); Mayo Thompson (vocals, guitar); John McEntire (ukulele, synthesizer, drums).
    Audio Mixer: John McEntire.
    Recording information: Soma E.M.S., Chicago, IL (08/2005).
    Photographers: Noel Kupersmith; Chris Strong; Rob Clayton; Carlin Wing Wing.
    The wonderful thing about the Red Krayola has always been that beneath the fractured art-isms and off-kilter ramblings reside some very enjoyable pop songs. This continues to hold true as stage three (stage one being the Texas psyche days and stage two, England) of the band emerges as perhaps its most prolific and consistent period. Joined once again by several Chicago underground luminaries (including Tortoise's John McEntire), INTRODUCTION finds founder and leader Mayo Thompson guiding the band through a sonic maze that touches on everything from folk, cabaret, and jazzy pop to electronica and post-rock, even going so far as to borrow lyrics and melody from "May the Circle Be Unbroken" for the shuffling "Breakout." The addition of accordion player Charlie Abel provides a nice touch that is both buoyant and mysterious, expanding the sonic atmosphere without cluttering it. Thompson's lyrics are still plenty bizarre and delivered in a cracked stream-of-conscious style that comes off like a cross between Bob Dylan and a deeper-voiced Daniel Johnston. The end result is a beautifully scattered yet oddly coherent album from one of the undergound's finest.

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.119) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Walnut-inlaid arrangements nicely set off Thompson's perverse, riddlesome lyrics, smacking of philosophical texts or art criticism."
    The Wire (p.63) - "[I]t just rocks -- unashamedly so. Thompson's enquiring mind is always complemented by an instinctive knowledge of precisely when to cut loose."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "With songwriterly values to the fore, and Thompson's characteristic quirkiness reduced to an occasional walk-on part, INTRODUCTION carries a strong echo of Ray Davies at his most playful -- warm, witty and full of stylistic twists."
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