Born on Flag Day

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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
More focused than War Elephant, Deer Tick's sophomore album, Born on Flag Day, is comprised of ten songs in the straight-up stylings of indie rock and Americana. Vocalist John Joseph McCauley III's singing is still raspy, like a down-home version of Axl Rose, but here, he and his crew flesh out their woodsy sensibilities with a larger scope. This more expansive take builds "Smith Hill" to higher heights with the inclusion of orchestral backing tracks and rounds out "Stung," the tender '60s ballad of the record, with touches of electric piano. The sound is bigger, and the hooks are more palpable. By sacrificing grit, some of the charm that made the debut a success is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
More focused than War Elephant, Deer Tick's sophomore album, Born on Flag Day, is comprised of ten songs in the straight-up stylings of indie rock and Americana. Vocalist John Joseph McCauley III's singing is still raspy, like a down-home version of Axl Rose, but here, he and his crew flesh out their woodsy sensibilities with a larger scope. This more expansive take builds "Smith Hill" to higher heights with the inclusion of orchestral backing tracks and rounds out "Stung," the tender '60s ballad of the record, with touches of electric piano. The sound is bigger, and the hooks are more palpable. By sacrificing grit, some of the charm that made the debut a success is lost along the way, but the sleeker production is only a minor setback and some of the songs onboard are Deer Tick's best thus far. Even with a heavy helping of spiteful, desperate lyrics delivered straight from the bottom of the bottle, the sparkling production makes Deer Tick seem like a likely crossover to the mainstream: especially fans of Tom Petty and John Prine. Following the blueprint of some of the sweeter moments on War Elephant, pedal steel and tremolo guitars make "White Lies" a heartwarming mood piece before it switches gears and springs into a rollicking romp, and the first two minutes of "Song About a Man" wisely capitalize on the cigarette-weary singer's ability to shine with only an acoustic and a kick drum, before bringing in harmonica and cello for the climax. The leadoff, "Easy," is probably the most amiable and accessible song of the bunch, clearly illustrating that McCauley's songwriting has matured substantially.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2009
  • Label: Partisan Records
  • UPC: 723721420253
  • Catalog Number: 5
  • Sales rank: 62,992

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Easy (3:52)
  2. 2 Little White Lies (3:39)
  3. 3 Smith Hill (3:41)
  4. 4 Song About a Man (3:26)
  5. 5 Houston, TX (3:44)
  6. 6 Straight into a Storm (3:30)
  7. 7 Friday XIII (2:40)
  8. 8 The Ghost (3:31)
  9. 9 Hell on Earth (3:18)
  10. 10 Stung - Ari Schenck (11:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Deer Tick Primary Artist
Chris Ryan Bass Guitar
John McCauley Guitar, Harmonica, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals
Christopher Dale Ryan Bass
Dennis Michael Ryan Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Andrew Grant Tobiassen Guitar
Liz Isenberg Vocals
Andrew Tobiassen Guitar
Sine Jensen Violin
Dennis Ryan Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Ryan Arranger
Alex Saltz Mastering
Deer Tick Audio Production
John McCauley Composer, Contributor
Christopher Dale Ryan String Arrangements
Liz Isenberg Composer
Zach Jaeger Artwork
Ari Schenck Audio Production
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great vocals

    This guy sings like Axl Rose and Bob Dylan combined! Great folk-rock inlfuences. Imagine "Love Hurts" by Nazareth mixed with Dylan's "Blowin in the Wind" and you're almost there. Great!

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