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Alive as You Are

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All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
A lot has changed for Darker My Love in the time since they released 2. Most notably, the band experienced the loss of founding member Andy Granelli (who left the band to focus on his family), while Tim Presley dealt with the loss of his father. With so much happening in and around Darker My Love, it's no surprise that their third album, Alive as You Are, marks a stylistic shift, finding them moving away from their dark and murky sound to lighter, more psych-folk-oriented territories. Given the change to the band's sound, it feels like more than a coincidence that Granelli was replaced by Brian Jonestown Massacre drummer Dan Allaire. More Beatles/Dylan than My Bloody ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
A lot has changed for Darker My Love in the time since they released 2. Most notably, the band experienced the loss of founding member Andy Granelli (who left the band to focus on his family), while Tim Presley dealt with the loss of his father. With so much happening in and around Darker My Love, it's no surprise that their third album, Alive as You Are, marks a stylistic shift, finding them moving away from their dark and murky sound to lighter, more psych-folk-oriented territories. Given the change to the band's sound, it feels like more than a coincidence that Granelli was replaced by Brian Jonestown Massacre drummer Dan Allaire. More Beatles/Dylan than My Bloody Valentine, Alive as You Are is an album that's more about being listened to than just felt. With layers of vocal and guitar melodies at work, songs like "Trail the Line" and "Dear Author" have a carefully constructed depth that feels more intricate than 2's thick fuzz was able to produce. This kind of precision helps to give you the feeling that this is an album that was written and not just jammed out, allowing you to feel the hand of its creator and to appreciate the songcraft at work here. While fans of Darker My Love's earlier albums may be a bit put off by this sudden sea change, Alive as You Are marks a pleasant sonic shift for the band, offering anyone willing to listen a love letter to San Francisco's psych-pop past and the sounds of the paisley underground.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2010
  • Label: Dangerbird Spain
  • UPC: 842803003921
  • Catalog Number: 30039
  • Sales rank: 196,890

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Backseat (3:15)
  2. 2 Split Minute (2:55)
  3. 3 18th Street Shuffle (4:17)
  4. 4 New America (3:41)
  5. 5 Rain Party (3:33)
  6. 6 Maple Day Getaway (2:32)
  7. 7 Trail the Line (3:03)
  8. 8 June Bloom (4:31)
  9. 9 Dear Author (2:51)
  10. 10 A Lovely Game (2:34)
  11. 11 Cry On Me Woman (2:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Darker My Love Primary Artist
Maria Taylor Vocals, Background Vocals
Tim Presley Guitar, Vocals
Rob Barbato Bass, Vocals
Jared Everett Guitar, Saxophone
Will Canzoneri Organ, Accordion, Clavinet
Leonard Edmondson Bassoon
Moira Little English Horn, Oboe
Dan Allaire Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Dave Cooley Mastering
Drew Fischer Engineer
Darker My Love Producer
Tim Presley Composer, Layout
Rob Barbato Composer
Chris Reynolds Engineer
Nick Huntington Producer
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