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More * [Jules Shear]


  • 1. I'm Coming Back
    2. More
    3. Table and Chairs
    4. We Said Goodbye
    5. Tide Had Turned, The
    6. Stood Up to Leave
    7. Her Beauty
    8. Thick Cut Grass
    9. Sea Shell
    10. You Might Show Up
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 90095

  • Credits
    ProducerSean Slade
    EngineerMr. Benny Grotto; Mr. Benny Grotto

    Personnel: Jules Mark Shear (vocals, guitar); Anthony Saffery (guitar); Jim Fitting (harmonica); Sean Slade (alto clarinet, saxophone, keyboards); Paul Q. Kolderie (bass instrument); Brian Viglione (drums); Steve Smith , Steve Smith (percussion).
    Audio Mixers: Benny Grotto; Matthew Ellard; Paul Q. Kolderie; Sean Slade; Anthony Saffery.
    Photographer: Dion Ogust.
    While the 2008 album of Jules Shear's lengthy career isn't remarkable in the context of either the music scene of its time or Shear's own discography, it's solid enough straightforward singer/songwriter rock that has enough pop for mainstream tastes, but rocks considerably harder than most such efforts. The use of almost garage-like keyboards gives some of the material a pleasingly rough coating, and Shear's vocals -- though probably too grainy and wavering to get on mainstream commercial radio -- can sound like a fairly effective cross between Elvis Costello and Roger McGuinn. Not quite power pop, and too high-voltage for much of the singer/songwriter audiences, Shear nevertheless has the kind of attractive melodies, emphasis on thoughtful vocal harmonies, and sincere, occasionally playful lyricism valued by fans of both of those formats. Sometimes he comes on harder ("More") or softer ("You Might Show Up") than at others, but it's when he hits a midpoint between those levels that he's most satisfying, with "Thick Cut Grass" standing out for its slightly mysterious and eerie tune and lyrics. ~ Richie Unterberger

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