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Chore of Enchantment [25th Anniversary Edition] [Digipak]
0. DISC 1:
2. (Well) Dusted (For the Millenium)
3. Punishing Sun
4. X-Tra Wide
6. Temptation of Egg
10. Dirty From the Rain
11. Astonished (In Memphis)
12. No Reply
14. Bottom Line Man
15. Way To End the Day
17. Shiver [John Parish Remix] - (remix)
0. DISC 2: THE ROCK OPERA YEARS:
1. Rock Opera
2. Dusted (In Tucson)
3. Astonished (In Tucson)
4. Hard On Things
6. Punishing Sun (In Tucson)
7. Chore of Enchantment
8. Seldom Matters Again
9. Music Arcade
10. Shiver (In Tucson)
13. Bad (Not Good)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 179
Giant Sand: Howe Gelb (vocals, guitar, accordion, piano); Joe Burns (bass); John Convertino (drums).
Additional personnel includes: Kevin Salem (guitar, Mellotron, programming); Jim Dickinson, John Parish (piano, organ); Juliana Hatfield (background vocals).
Producers: John Parish, Jim Dickinson, Kevin Salem.
Howe Gelb released very few new recordings with Giant Sand in the second half of the '90s. After the death of his musical collaborator and friend Rainer Ptacek, HISSER appeared under Gelb's own name. This album was recorded in his native Tucson, as well as New York and Memphis. Tracks in Memphis location were produced by the legendary Jim Dickinson, a musical kindred spirit to Gelb if ever there was one. The arrangements are sympathetic and this set eschews some of Gelb's more extreme experimentalism (think Neil Young at his most feedback-centered). The songs are rich with place and personality and exude emotional character before the content of the lyrics even sinks in. "Dusted" and "Punishing Sun" are two stellar additions to his large and strong catalog. For anyone unfamiliar with Gelb and Giant Sand's output, this is an excellent place to start.
Rolling Stone (4/13/00, p.132) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...a gorgeous work....running the gamut of Giant Sand's signature styles, from murmured poetry to sinuous countrified pop...to sprawling drunken blues....enchanting..."
Spin (6/00, p.152) - 8 out of 10 - "...Dreamy...as startling for its technical gloss as its emotional wallop....easily the band's most finished work....steeped in [frontman, Howe Gelb's] distinct roots messthetic, just recorded better..."
Q (5/00, p.107) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Parched, desolate country-noir of the leanest, meanest kind....subdued, atmospheric [and] suprisingly orderly....Giant Sand's most persuasive album to date..."
Magnet (1-2/01, p.45) - Included in Magnet's "20 Best Albums of 2000" - "...Easily Giant Sand's finest hour..."
CMJ (3/6/00, p.3) - "...the band's ragged glory has now been replaced with songcraft and subtlety....Well-heeled and well-behaved, Giant Sand indeed puts its best foot forward..."
No Depression (5-6/00, pp.113-4) - "...No other Sand project illustrates...Gelb's creative ambience integrated within a subtly linear structure...so well as CHORE....[It] finds a homey balance between the random and ephemeral, the rational and immutable."
Mojo (Publisher) (5/00, p.92) - "...A suitably sombre undertow, with [Howe] Gelb's world-weary vocals becoming positively sepulchral on the likes of 'Wolfy' and 'Dusted'...[though] there are plenty of uplifting moments to be found..."
NME (Magazine) (3/18/00, p.34) - 8 out of 10 - "...raids America's cultural aquarium to create a bold, often disorienting world....full of loss and wondering, tremulous sensitivity and gentle explosions of color....There's never been a better time to get your head stuck in the Sand."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's an inherent sense of tragedy that runs through the veins of these songs."
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