Air Stereo

Air Stereo

by The Damnwells
     
 

The Damnwells have concocted a sound somewhere between alternative country and alternative rock on Air Stereo, an odd combination of rough and tumble electric guitars and smooth harmony. Perhaps the band's oddest trademark is its Eagles-style harmony on "Golden Days," an element that adds a bit of pop sheen to …  See more details below

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The Damnwells have concocted a sound somewhere between alternative country and alternative rock on Air Stereo, an odd combination of rough and tumble electric guitars and smooth harmony. Perhaps the band's oddest trademark is its Eagles-style harmony on "Golden Days," an element that adds a bit of pop sheen to the Damnwells' sound. The arrangements are fairly straightforward, with guitar, bass, and drums covering the basics while lap steel and piano add a little something extra. Alex Dezen handles the lead vocals, and like a number of his peers, embodies the right mixture of white boy angst and sincerity on songs like "Sell the Lie." At times, this rustic, anguished approach seems to run against the grain of the happier songs on the album like "I've Got You" and "Accidental Man," and is likewise at odds with the pretty harmony. But the Damnwells, like many other alternative bands, never seem to stay happy for very long. The elliptical "Shiny Bruise" follows a morose tempo that says more than the actual lyrics: this is music to get depressed by. Occasionally, the group's guitar work -- as on "I've Got You" -- attempts to break out, drawing from classic rock and creating temporary moments of transcendence. But a great deal of Air Stereo, while accomplished, reminds one very much of albums by the Damnwells alternative peers.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2006
Label:
Zoe Records
UPC:
0601143110429
catalogNumber:
431104
Rank:
273355

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Damnwells   Primary Artist
Billy Jay Stein   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Garo Yellin   Cello
Dan Myers   Saxophone
Steven Terry   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
David Chernis   Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Group Member
Amy Helm   Background Vocals
Fiona McBain   Background Vocals
Alex Dezen   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Ted Hudson   Bass,Group Member
Andrew Solin   Acoustic Guitar
Dan Meyers   Saxophone
Kevin Louis   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ted Jensen   Mastering
Jon Kaplan   Producer,Engineer
Billy Jay Stein   String Arrangements
Dan Myers   Horn Arrangements
Wes Kidd   Producer
Ryan Smith   Mastering
Alex Dezen   Composer
Ted Hudson   Cover Photo
Yohei Goto   Engineer
Andrew Solin   Engineer

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