Broke Down

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Austin-based singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves writes about losers. Sherry, in the title song of his second album, Broke Down, abandons a "love grown cold" with "Billy" in favor of a pretty boy who treats her even worse. The narrator of "Cold and Lonely" reflects on his lost children and wife. "I lost my wife, I lost my home / Quit my job, and set out alone," notes the singer of "Key Chain," while Sandy Gray in "Breakfast in Hell" loses his life in a logjam and the title character of "Lydia" written by Karen Poston, remembers the husband and son lost in a mine collapse. Needless to say, Broke Down is not the cheeriest of albums, though Cleaves usually employs some ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Austin-based singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves writes about losers. Sherry, in the title song of his second album, Broke Down, abandons a "love grown cold" with "Billy" in favor of a pretty boy who treats her even worse. The narrator of "Cold and Lonely" reflects on his lost children and wife. "I lost my wife, I lost my home / Quit my job, and set out alone," notes the singer of "Key Chain," while Sandy Gray in "Breakfast in Hell" loses his life in a logjam and the title character of "Lydia" written by Karen Poston, remembers the husband and son lost in a mine collapse. Needless to say, Broke Down is not the cheeriest of albums, though Cleaves usually employs some religious imagery and pledges on which to build some hope by song's end. Still, it seems odd that he has included a song with lyrics by Woody Guthrie that he has set to music, "This Morning I Am Born Again." After all, it was Guthrie who once wrote, "I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. ... I am out to fight those songs to my very last breath of air and my last drop of blood." His lyric is a typical example of his flinty defiance and stubborn optimism, but it stands in stark contrast to the rest of this album, and one can't help wondering what he would have thought about being in the company of these lose-lose propositions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2000
  • Label: Philo / Umgd
  • UPC: 011671122526
  • Catalog Number: 711225
  • Sales rank: 87,179

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Broke Down (3:10)
  2. 2 One Good Year (4:26)
  3. 3 Horseshoe Lounge (3:02)
  4. 4 Cold and Lonely (3:13)
  5. 5 Breakfast in Hell (5:51)
  6. 6 Bring It On (4:11)
  7. 7 Lydia (4:40)
  8. 8 This Morning I Am Born Again (3:56)
  9. 9 Key Chain (3:15)
  10. 10 I Feel the Blues Moving In (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Slaid Cleaves Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Ian McLagan Hammond Organ
Ivan Browne Background Vocals, Acoustic Bass, Upright Bass
Gurf Morlix Organ, Bass, Mandolin, Strings, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Hi String
Chris Searles Drums, Tambourine
Darcie Deaville Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ray Wylie Hubbard Liner Notes
Gurf Morlix Producer, Engineer
Steve Brooks Liner Notes
Cool Beans! Engineer
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