Ain't in It for the Money

Ain't in It for the Money

by Micky & the Motorcars
     
 
Micky & the Motorcars play straight-ahead alternative country-rock, delivering weary tales of lost chances, romantic misfires and lonely moments with just enough pop edge to place them somewhere between Steve Earle and R.E.M., although they lack (or avoid) the former's political agenda and the latter's elliptical

Overview

Micky & the Motorcars play straight-ahead alternative country-rock, delivering weary tales of lost chances, romantic misfires and lonely moments with just enough pop edge to place them somewhere between Steve Earle and R.E.M., although they lack (or avoid) the former's political agenda and the latter's elliptical approach to lyrics. Lead singer Micky Braun's autumnal baritone gives songs like "July, You're a Woman," "Ain't in It for the Money," and the strong ballad that closes the album, "Holdin' On, Long Gone," a kind of exhausted resiliency, and if the group takes few chances, they also don't fly off the road, either, giving this, their second album, a comfortable unity of tone. One of the obvious highlights here is the deadpan "Miserable Year," which is essentially a litany of my-dog-died reasons for being emotionally down and out, and includes the wonderful lyrics "then my roommate said he was moving/he'd fallen in love." Micky & the Motorcars don't push the boundaries of alt-country too much, but in the end, that is a big part of their charm, and they're just fresh enough to make these songs of emotional exhaustion sound oddly hopeful.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2004
Label:
Smith Music Group
UPC:
0662582703528
catalogNumber:
7035
Rank:
101217

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Micky & the Motorcars   Primary Artist
Michael Braun   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Michael Ramos   Percussion,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Cody Braun   Vocal Harmony
Willy Braun   Percussion,Drums
Shane Vannerson   Drums,Group Member
Gary Braun   Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Mark McCoy   Bass Guitar
Micky Braun   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Joseph Deeb   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Hammond B3

Technical Credits

Mark Hallman   Engineer
Michael Ramos   Producer,Audio Production
John Steward   Composer
Pinto Bennett   Composer
Cody Braun   Producer
Willy Braun   Composer
Ned Stewart   Engineer
David Abeyta   Producer
Gary Braun   Composer
Mark McCoy   Composer
Joseph Deeb   Composer

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