Brother Is to Son

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
That Daniel Smith supplements his music career as a carpenter is only fitting, as -- Christian imagery aside -- his talent for building enormously complex songs is equaled only by his gift for their demolition. The serpentine melodies on Brother Is to Son weave themselves through staccato bursts of angular post-punk and sentimental musings on everything from consumerism to on-the-job accidents. Smith writes lyrics that reflect his decidedly nonsecular affectations in a conversational -- often childlike -- manner that are alternately charming and chilling. When he exclaims, "The best wine is in the house of my lord and I drink my belly full," on the gothic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
That Daniel Smith supplements his music career as a carpenter is only fitting, as -- Christian imagery aside -- his talent for building enormously complex songs is equaled only by his gift for their demolition. The serpentine melodies on Brother Is to Son weave themselves through staccato bursts of angular post-punk and sentimental musings on everything from consumerism to on-the-job accidents. Smith writes lyrics that reflect his decidedly nonsecular affectations in a conversational -- often childlike -- manner that are alternately charming and chilling. When he exclaims, "The best wine is in the house of my lord and I drink my belly full," on the gothic folk-out "Perennial Wine," the source of his attention is not the wine, but a lover. In fact, much of Brother Is to Son concerns Smith's wandering soul being constantly reminded of its eventual destination -- the three songs that close the record follow a loosely-knit cycle-of-life narrative that includes a chorus of angels doing their damnedest to resurrect the broken artist. The strongest tracks convey the singer's more whimsical side. The feverish opener, "Things Against Stuff," is an electrifying celebration/annihilation of consumerism that bristles with the same manic energy that fueled 2001's Fetch the Compass Kids, and the freight train backbeat of "Animal in Every Corner" sounds like the Birds filtered through a broken kaleidoscope. Despite the weighty subject matter and kinetic mayhem, the Danielson Famile are just an indie pop band, and listeners already familiar with Smith's distinctive shrieking and intricate arrangements will find much to love on Brother Is to Son, while the untested will either submit or run screaming to their mommies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • UPC: 656605006611
  • Catalog Number: 66

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Things Against Stuff - Brother Danielson (2:46)
  2. 2 Cookin' Mid-County - Brother Danielson (7:40)
  3. 3 Animal in Every Corner - Brother Danielson (3:43)
  4. 4 Daughters Will Tune You - Brother Danielson (5:10)
  5. 5 Our Givest - Brother Danielson (2:48)
  6. 6 Sweet Sweeps - Brother Danielson (8:27)
  7. 7 Perennial Wine - Brother Danielson (4:14)
  8. 8 Hammers Sitting Still - Brother Danielson (3:21)
  9. 9 Physician Heal Yourself - Brother Danielson (3:21)
  10. 10 Brother: Son - Brother Danielson (5:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Danielson Primary Artist
Danielson Famile Indexed Contributor
Rev. Dan Smith Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Smith Percussion, Drums
Megan Smith Background Vocals
Rachel Smith Background Vocals
Sufjan Stevens Banjo, Background Vocals
Lenny Smith Background Vocals
Glen Galaxy Electric Guitar
David Smith Percussion, Drums
John Ringhofer Trombone, Trumpet
Christiaan Palladino Piano, Background Vocals
Melissa Palladino Violin, Background Vocals
Elin K. Smith Background Vocals, Jaw Harp
Ted Velykis Bass
Andrew Smith Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Rev. Dan Smith Producer, Engineer
Daniel C. Smith Composer
John Allen Baker III Mastering
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