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The Volunteers

  • 1. New York
    2. Over It
    3. Ghost, A
    4. Superhero
    5. Stay
    6. We Had a Deal
    7. Oh, Boys
    8. Livin' Small
    9. Believer
    10. Portland
    11. As Much to Myself as to You
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1093

  • Credits
    ProducerJonah Matragna
    EngineerDave Sardy; Me; Will Quinnell; Dana Gumbiner; Ian Love

    This is an Enhanced CD which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
    Onelinedrawing: Jonah Matranga (various instruments).
    Additional personnel: Ian Love (guitar).
    Includes liner notes by Jonah Matranga & Geoff Rickey.
    Personnel: Me (vocals); Shara Worden (electric guitar, Wurlitzer organ, xylophone); Ian Love (electric guitar); Rohner Segnitz (piano).
    Audio Mixers: D. Sardy; Me; Will Quinnell.
    Liner Note Author: Geoff Rickly.
    Recording information: At Home; Brighton Sound, Sacramento; CBGB's Gallery, New York, NY; Grandpa's Home; Ian's Home In Brooklyn; North Carolina; Office Of The Ottobar, Baltimore, MD; Rohner's Home; Shara's Home, Brooklyn, NY; Stevens Tech, Jersey City; University Of Connecticut; Will Quinnell's Studio, Brooklyn, NY.
    Director: Jonah Matranga.
    After the release of his debut as Onelinedrawing, Jonah Matranga toured relentlessly with bombastic groups including Thursday, Coheed & Cambria, and the Weakerthans -- and on The Volunteers, it shows. No longer are the arrangements dominated by hush vocals and spare instrumentation. The Volunteers is gifted with smashing anthems like "We Had a Deal" (which could be Ryan Adams-penned). But Matranga doesn't completely abandon the original template, and the echoey and sparse bits create a now familiar but still effective loud/soft dynamic that is unstoppable. Even when the songwriting is odd (the start-stop "Over It"), it's because Matranga is masterfully constructing a setup to transition into pure pop grandiosity. Onelinedrawing, in general, may be a bit too saccharine for some listeners, and it lacks the classic power pop levity of a Brendan Benson or Weakerthans, but The Volunteers is a wildly inventive record that can stand tall beside earnest peers like Saves the Day's In Reverie. ~ Charles Spano

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.91) - 3 stars out of 5 - "You want to hear what this guy has to say....Matranga's former group, the mid-Nineties rockers Far, helped create the blueprint for many of today's emo bands..."
    CMJ (3/29/04, p.4) - "Like an affordable 12-step program without the guilt-trip....You feel you're part of both his and your own healing process."
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