Back to the Web

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Elf Power's eighth record, Back to the Web, is certainly a big stylistic change from their last album, Walking with the Beggar Boys. Perhaps it's due to the time spent on the Orange Twin farm that lead singer and songwriter Andrew Rieger has been inspired to take a more organic, acoustic approach to his music, even ditching that lo-fi fuzzy sound that has defined many of Elf Power's records (maybe the move to new Warner affiliate Rykodisc precipitated this change) for a cleaner, smoother feel. Gone are the sweet indie pop
ock melodies everyone's learned to expect and instead come folky, acoustic guitar-driven songs. Rieger's dreamlike ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Elf Power's eighth record, Back to the Web, is certainly a big stylistic change from their last album, Walking with the Beggar Boys. Perhaps it's due to the time spent on the Orange Twin farm that lead singer and songwriter Andrew Rieger has been inspired to take a more organic, acoustic approach to his music, even ditching that lo-fi fuzzy sound that has defined many of Elf Power's records (maybe the move to new Warner affiliate Rykodisc precipitated this change) for a cleaner, smoother feel. Gone are the sweet indie pop
ock melodies everyone's learned to expect and instead come folky, acoustic guitar-driven songs. Rieger's dreamlike lyrics on Back to the Web are all heavily influenced by nature, and while Rieger's not always singing about it explicitly (though he can), nature is what he bases nearly all of his metaphors and imagery around. It acts as his solace, his guide; it provides structure; it's what creates and gives. Not that Rieger's environment is always a positive thing. "Rolling Black Water," for example, is a menacing and ominous song, conjuring up images of death and depression, but this is an exception: for the most part the natural world only aids in Rieger's comprehension of life. Though some Elf Power fans may be satisfied with the few songs that are reminiscent of the band's previous records ("The World Is Waiting," "23rd Dream") and the abstract, occasionally prog-like references to masters and kings, others may be disappointed, or at least confused, by the focus on experimenting with dark, Middle Eastern-inspired drones mixed with Western pop/folk sensibilities. But Elf Power -- and Elephant 6, for that matter -- have never concerned themselves too much with definitions, and if Back to the Web is just another step in the band's musical career and development, it certainly bodes well for an interesting future.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2006
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • UPC: 014431084829
  • Catalog Number: 10848
  • Sales rank: 333,246

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elf Power Primary Artist
Jimmy Hughes Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Noise
Deanna Varagona Baritone Saxophone
Laura Carter Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals
Andrew Rieger Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Vocals
John Fernandes Clarinet, Violin
Heather McIntosh Cello
Davey Wrathgabar Vocals
Derek Almstead Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Raleigh Hatfield Vocals
Josh Lott Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Madeline Adams Vocals
Julien Derocher Banjo
Bryan Poole Bass Guitar
Julie DeRoche Banjo
Technical Credits
Jimmy Hughes Artwork
Chris Rieger Artwork
Laura Carter Artwork
Andrew Rieger Composer, Artwork
Derek Almstead Engineer, Mastering
Joanna Vass Artwork
Mark Dawursk Artwork
Robbie Cuchario Artwork
Ross Bullwinkel Artwork
Andy Cherewick Artwork
Terry Rowlett Artwork
Kelly Ruberto Artwork
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