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Weak Beats and Lame-Ass Rhymes
Two Dollar Guitar
3. Green Room
4. Pink and Green
6. Bozo Shoes
7. White Ape
8. Stones Vs. Zep
10. Everybody's in a Band
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 35
Luc Suer; Two Dollar Guitar
Two Dollar Guitar: Tim Folijahn, Steve Shelley, Dave Motamed, Luc Suer.
Additional personnel: Janet Wygal, Carla Bozulich, Christina Rosenvinge (vocals); Nels Cline, Smokey Hormel, Doug Easley, Tim Prudhomme, Michael McMahon (guitar).
Personnel: Christina Rosenvinge, Janet Wygel, Carla Bozulich (vocals); Doug Easley, Mickey McMahon, Nels Cline, Smokey Hormel (guitar).
Audio Mixer: Luc Suer.
On Weak Beats and Lame-Ass Rhymes, Two Dollar Guitar welcomed the addition of Luc Suer and a flurry of guest musicians. The trio of Tim Foljahn, Steve Shelley, and David Motamed grew to include a wealth of new musicians, and the result was astonishing. Guests include guitarists Nels Cline, Doug Easley, Timmy Prudhomme, Michael Mcmahon, and Smokey Hormel, as well as guest vocalists Christina Rosenvinge, Janet Wygal, and Carla Bozulich of the Geraldine Fibbers. The remarkably richer sound is full and complex without losing the grace of the band's intricate blend of minimalist guitar, bass, and drums. The ten tracks build an emotional momentum, from the somber opening track, "Solitaire," which is followed by the bittersweet harmonies of "Kilroy." Rosenvinge's lead vocals on "Green Room" are a first for the band, as Foljahn finally released his complete grasp as lead vocalist. It's followed by Foljahn's distant vocals on the lethargic "Pink and Green." Bozulich offers up vocal support on "Bozo Shoes," while the dark and bluesy "Stones Vs. Zep" and "T-Shirt" are most reminiscent of Two Dollar Guitar's earlier work. The tongue-in-cheek "Everybody's in a Band" brings the disc to a light and cynical close. The drum machines and organs add to the group's sound, which had already evolved on their 1998 instrumental effort, Train Songs. The result is a stunning series of songs that finally seem fully fleshed out when played next to the band's earlier, barebones efforts. ~ Stephen Cramer
Q (3/00, p.111) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Sonorous voiced, versatile leader Tim Foljahn dominates these skeletal country-rock essays....a host of arcane alt.rockers add their chops, and the whole enterprise is carried off with an undeniably rough and ready charm."
Alternative Press (5/00, pp.109,111) - 4 out of 5 - "...Their most cohesive collection of songs....possessing more depth and bite....You get the sense that Foljahn has finally transcended his musical beginnings to craft music that can express more than one emotion..."
Magnet (4-5/00, p.94) - "...Sounds as stripped down as NEBRASKA-era Springsteen or as beautiful as an Astrud Gilberto samba....Startling..."
The Wire (1/01, p.34) - Included in Wire's "50 Records Of The Year" .
The Wire (2/00, p.55) - "...Specializes in a kind of skewed Americana, drilling boreholes into Country-Gothic and urban blues idioms..."
CMJ (2/00, p.68) - "...a welcome return to Two Dollar Guitar's band-playing-songs territory....Steve Shelley and David Motamed are invaluable in getting this stuff over....this album contains singer Tim Foljahn's most varied and assured work to date..."
NME (Magazine) (2/14/00, p.44) - "...hip, atmospheric, not exactly long on tunes, but now with a bit of singing to help widen the panorama of their moods. Steve Shelley out of Sonic Youth's on it, too."
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