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Someday My Blues Will Cover the Earth
His Name Is Alive
1. Nothing Special
3. Happy Blues
5. Write My Name in the Groove
6. Your Cheating Heart
7. Our Last Affair
8. One Year
10. Karin's Blues
11. Are We Still Married?
12. Someday My Blues Will Cover the Earth
13. Last Time
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): GAD72101
Steve King; His Name Is Alive; Steven King; Warn Defever
His Name Is Alive includes: Lovetta Pippen (vocals); Warn Defever.
Additional personnel includes: Fred Thomas (acoustic guitar, bass); Ida Pearl (violin); Zach Wallace (upright bass); Scott Goldstein (drums).
Recorded between 1998 and 2000.
Personnel: Fred Thomas (acoustic guitar); Zach Wallace (upright bass); Scott Goldstein (drums).
Over the course of five "official" albums, His Name Is Alive has been through a number of stylistic changes. When you consider that the band's leader, the mind-bogglingly prolific Warn (nee Warren) Defever, has had plenty of opportunity to experiment on dozens of self-released albums, this evolution doesn't seem quite so surprising. This time out, Defever and his cohort, Lovetta Pippen (whose stunning voice really shines here), explore blues in much the way that they deconstructed soul on 1998's FT. LAKE.
An abbreviated run-through of the Ellington/Fitzgerald classic "Solitude," replete with artificial vinyl pops and scratches, leads into "Write My Name in the Groove," the album's sonically massive but spacious-sounding masterpiece. Centered around Pippen's riveting, emotive voice and accompanied by pulsing beats and crystalline piano, the track sets up musical themes that echo throughout the album. Also of note is "Are We Still Married?" (reprised here from 1991's HOME IS IN THE HEAD) which swaps the original version's glittering electronic sparseness for a full-bodied gravity anchored by acoustic guitar, violin, and piano backing. An object lesson in sonic sculpture, SOMEDAY is a modern blues manifesto and the band's finest record to date.
Alternative Press (10/01, p.84) - 8 out of 10 - "...This is blues no one should ever want to get rid of..."
Magnet (9-10/01, p.95) - "...Peacefully sublime..."
The Wire (1/02, p.40) - Ranked #47 in Wire's "50 Records of the Year 2001".
The Wire (8/01, p.66) - "...A pleasant surprise....open-hearted songs in discreet settings informed by contemporary R&B..."
CMJ (8/4/01, p.10) - "...Defever further explores the soulful, bluesy vibe that emerged on last year's WHEN THE STARS REFUSE TO SHINE..."
Mojo (Publisher) (9/01, p.97) - "...Exceptional stuff..."
NME (Magazine) (7/14/01, p.44) - 6 out of 10 - "...In his quest for perfect modernist pop...his wandering eye has fashionably fixed on R&B....highlighting his abundant production skills..."
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