By the Numbers

By the Numbers

by The Postmarks
     
 

In 2008, the Postmarks released a new song digitally every month, each song being a cover version of a tune featuring a number in the title that corresponded to the number of the month -- a pretty good idea to fight off the blahs of a tanking music industry and the rigors of recording an album all at once. The songs were all collectedSee more details below

Overview

In 2008, the Postmarks released a new song digitally every month, each song being a cover version of a tune featuring a number in the title that corresponded to the number of the month -- a pretty good idea to fight off the blahs of a tanking music industry and the rigors of recording an album all at once. The songs were all collected and released in November under the title By-the-Numbers. While many of the songs the group selected to cover are intriguing (Ride's "OX4" and the Ramones' "7-11"), inspired (the Jesus and Mary Chain's "Nine Million Rainy Days"), or totally left-field (the Ventures' "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue"), many are also somewhat obvious (the Bond theme "You Only Live Twice," Jobim's "One Note Samba"), ill-suited for the group (the Byrds' "Eight Miles High," David Bowie's "Five Years"), or just plain wrong (Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds"). Luckily, the band treats each song, even the less interesting ones, with a great deal of care and sympathy, wrapping them in warm clouds of reverb and gentle instrumentation that capture the autumnal melancholic beauty that their first album had. Tim Yehezkely's vocals prove up to the task of interpreting each song wonderfully as well (save the version of "Five Years," which just wasn't made for hushed reflection); she gives the sad songs a bucketload of pathos and keeps things somewhat breezy on the more lighthearted tracks. Some songs work better than others, mainly the ones that seem like strange picks. Their take on "OX4" strips away the epic nature of Ride's original and gets to the core of the song's intrinsic loneliness. (Oddly enough, the song ends up sounding more like the Cure than the version of the Cure's "Six Different Ways" the band attempts later.) Also defying expectations are the sprightly girl group-inspired "7-11" that comes complete with Spector-ized percussion, a surprisingly rocking version of Blondie's "11:59," and a totally surprising overhaul of "Eight Miles High" that turns the song into a Morricone-esque epic. Apart from a couple fumbles, By-the-Numbers turns out to be a successfully executed concept and a very pleasant listen. A proper follow-up with original compositions would have been preferable, but as holding patterns go, this one is just fine.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2008
Label:
Unfiltered
UPC:
0829917801322
catalogNumber:
78013
Rank:
147159

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Postmarks   Primary Artist
Eddie Alonso   Trumpet
Tim Yehezkely   Group Member
Christopher Moll   Group Member

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
Bing Crosby   Composer
David Bowie   Composer
Gene Clark   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jimmy Destri   Composer
John Barry   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Brian Hill   Instrumentation
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Roger McGuinn   Composer
Jim Reid   Composer
Robert Smith   Composer
Andy Bell   Composer
Jeff Wagner   Instrumentation
Steve Queralt   Composer
Newton Mendonça   Composer
Tim Yehezkely   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Christopher Moll   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Kraemer   Composer
Marley   Composer
Jeffrey Hyman   Composer
Gardener   Composer
Colbert   Composer

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