CD Rise Above [The Dirty Projectors] (CD 1152441),
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Rise Above [The Dirty Projectors]

  • 1. What I See
    2. No More
    3. Depression
    4. Six Pack
    5. Thirsty and Miserable
    6. Police Story
    7. Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie
    8. Spray Paint (The Walls)
    9. Room 13
    10. Rise Above
    11. Bonus Track 1
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DOC-001

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Taylor; Dave Longstreth

    Dirty Projectors: Susanna Waiche (vocals); Amber Coffman, Charlie Looker, Dave Longstreth (guitar); Nat Baldwin (bass guitar); Brian McOmber (drums).
    Additional personnel: Sharon Nakhimovsky, Yuki Aizawa (violin); Jessica Pavone (viola); Ezra Seltzer (cello); Sam Hillmer (flute); Christopher Bear (drums); Chris Taylor (tapes).
    Dave Longstreth could have gone off the rails when re-imagining Black Flag favorites as lo-fi indie-soul oddities. But RISE ABOVE righteously subverts the hardcore legends' original machismo, actually illuminating their songs' intelligence and interpretative potential, while equally illustrating Longstreth's beautifully bent creativity. "Six Pack," in particular, is quite the trip, having morphed from alcohol-crazed testosterone into loose-limbed Talking Heads dysfunction (with female vocal harmonies to boot). As is the case with any covers/tribute album, the greatest superlative it can garner is that it feels essentially independent of its source material. By that criterion, RISE ABOVE has ascended to rarified skies.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]railblazing....Dense with ambition, all of it realized, RISE ABOVE alchemizes angst and self-hatred into triumph and inspiration."
    Uncut (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With Longstretch's] adventurous, undulating falsetto backed by honey-sweet female harmonies..."
    The Wire (p.71) - "[T]he short, sharp shock of Black Flag is transformed into lush, jangling pop songs with strings, piccolos and rich vocal harmonies..."
    Q (Magazine) (p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he music -- Afro-pop knock-offs with orchestrated interludes, heavy drums and swooping vocals -- was imagined from scratch..."
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