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Songs and Other Things

  • 1. Parade in Littleton, A
    2. Heavenly Charm
    3. Orbit
    4. Blue Light
    5. From Her Fingers
    6. Nice Actress
    7. Stroll, A
    8. Earth Is in the Sky, The
    9. Lovebird Asylum Seeker
    10. Documentary
    11. Shingaling
    12. All Weirded Out
    13. Day on You, The
    14. Peace Piece
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDTHRILL17

  • Credits
    EngineerFred E. Smith; Larry 7; Mario Salvati; Patrick A. Derivaz; Wayne Dorell

    Personnel: Tom Verlaine (vocals, guitar); Jay Dee Daugherty, Louis Appel, Graham Hawthorne (drums).
    Recording information: New York, NY.
    For his first album of songs (as opposed to instrumentals) since 1990's THE WONDER, legendary Television guitarist Tom Verlaine brings to bear both his considerable instrumental prowess and his skill as a composer of otherworldly geek-rock. There's a straight-up rock feel here not too dissimilar from Television, but just as often, Verlaine indulges in the kind of film-noir atmospherics that dominated his '92 instrumental album WARM AND COOL. The moodier sound meshes well with Verlaine's cryptic lyrical approach, and supports the deeper, less adenoidal turn his voice has taken over the years. Verlaine doesn't need to prove anything at this point, so there are no over-the-top guitar-whiz histrionics, just 14 tracks worth of a master craftsman gorgeously applying the varied colors of his palette.

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[E]vidence of Verlaine's undimmed greatness. There's something so distinctive about his weirdly strangulated voice and brittle, keening guitar notes that time only seems to strengthen."
    Magnet (p.112) - "[H]is touch is looser, the chords blithely complex, and the songs are driven by a new sense of playfulness."
    The Wire (p.67) - "[The album] gradually gives up its secrets after a number of plays, like a series of puzzles..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "There's not shortage of Verlaine trademarks...shimmering Fender arpeggios...sinuous lead lines...[and] 'aw shucks' vocals..."
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