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Wilderness [Digipak] * [Archer Prewitt]
1. Way of the Sun
3. O, KY
4. Go Away
5. Judy, Judy
6. No More
7. Think Again
8. Cheap Rhyme
9. O, Lord
10. Without You
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDTHRILL14
Mark Greenberg; Jeremy Lemos; Barry Phipps
Personnel: Archer Prewitt (vocals, guitar, piano, Mellotron, vibraphone, drums, percussion); Archer Prewitt; Susan Velz, Susan Voelz (violin); Dave Crawford (trumpet, horns, piano, organ, Mellotron, synthesizer); Max Crawford (trumpet, piano, organ, Mellotron, synthesizer); Mark Greenberg (piano, organ, Mellotron, vibraphone, bass instrument, bells); Chris Manfrin, Chris Manfrin (drums); Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello); Rich Parenti (saxophone); Nick Broste (trombone).
Recording information: Mayfair Recording; North Branch Studio, Chicago, IL; Semaphore Recording, Chicago, IL.
Archer Prewitt's fourth full-length solo album, WILDERNESS, is a culmination of the orchestral-pop ambitions strongly hinted at in his previous releases--THREE, WHITE SKY, and IN THE SUN. Long, languid pieces like "O, KY" and "Judy, Judy" twist and turn through successive movements and tempos, while Prewitt's way with an evocative lyric and a hummable tune is undiminished.
Prewitt conjures memories of ex-Zombies lead singer Colin Blunstone's solo albums on the caustic "Cheap Rhyme" and the magnificent title track, aided by the orchestrations of Susan Voelz and Max Crawford. The gorgeous "No More" simultaneously evokes early Pink Floyd, 1970s Britpop pioneers 10cc, and the melancholy acoustic textures of doomed British singer/songwriter Nick Drake. An occasional member of the Sea & Cake, Prewitt confidently steers his ensemble through lush orchestral thickets and dizzying time-signature changes on these mini-opuses, giving a strong indication that his own time in the spotlight will not be long in coming.
Entertainment Weekly (p.88) - "[L]anguidly pretty, the love-and-death songs are delicate and fluttery..." - Grade: A-
Uncut (p.76) - 3 stars out of 5 - "His gentle voice sits amid occasionally baroque arrangements, the simplicity of which ensure his more complex songwriting skills remain accessible."
Magnet (p.105) - "Prewitt has honed his vocal art to a fine edge....'Cheap Rhyme' finds him unleashing a contrapuntal cascade of brass and woodwinds, as irresistible a force of nature as falling into a flood-gorged river."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The album showcases Prewitt as an original melodic writer and arranger, and he's gathered together a fine band of multi-instrumentalists."
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