Calenture [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide
The Triffids were never labeled as a Christian band, but there's an undeniably spiritual feel to several of the songs on Calenture. Moreover, vocalist David McComb spews his words with the fiery passion of a backwoods preacher. The orchestral sweep of "Bury Me Deep in Love" recalls the Waterboys' expansive sound; the lyrics are unmistakably religious as McComb looks for salvation in a chapel. Fans of Nick Cave will immediately be seduced by McComb's bluesy croon; deep and brimming with palpable sorrow, McComb's voice never dwindles in intensity. "A Trick of the Light" opens like a lullaby with its twinkling synths; the pitter-patter of the drums augments the track's dreamlike ambience. The lyrics, however, read like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
The Triffids were never labeled as a Christian band, but there's an undeniably spiritual feel to several of the songs on Calenture. Moreover, vocalist David McComb spews his words with the fiery passion of a backwoods preacher. The orchestral sweep of "Bury Me Deep in Love" recalls the Waterboys' expansive sound; the lyrics are unmistakably religious as McComb looks for salvation in a chapel. Fans of Nick Cave will immediately be seduced by McComb's bluesy croon; deep and brimming with palpable sorrow, McComb's voice never dwindles in intensity. "A Trick of the Light" opens like a lullaby with its twinkling synths; the pitter-patter of the drums augments the track's dreamlike ambience. The lyrics, however, read like the tortured confessions of a man obsessed with an ex-lover: "You remind very much/Of someone that I used to know/We used to take turns crying all night." The striking images in Calenture illustrate the predicaments of each song's characters. The hallucinations suffered by the woman in "Kelly's Blues" are vividly drawn: "Her tree blew over/I shook her branches down/The wind and I, we howled around her door/Now there's a buckle in the sky, lightning on the shore." The grim "Vagabond Holes" details the anger of romantic rejection with unflinching bitterness. Stoked by sinister guitars and pummeling drums, McComb unleashes a volley of vindictive thoughts: "No one's going to love you when you're wrinkled and old/No teeth in your gum, your hair the colour of snow." The Triffids released one more LP, The Black Swan, before the band split up and McComb sadly passed away. McComb's explosive rage at the finale of "Vagabond Holes" should have been the Triffids' last gasp, an unsettling blast of scarred emotions that isn't easy to shake off. [In 2007 Domino released a deluxe editon of Calenture that added five first-rate songs from singles and EPs and an entire disc of unreleased studio versions and rehearsal takes of all but three of the album's tracks. These three spots were filled with previously unreleased songs. The packaging is beautiful, the music tremendous; this is truly a deluxe release.] ~ Michael Sutton & Tim Sendra
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/2007
  • Label: Domino
  • UPC: 801390010620
  • Catalog Number: 106
  • Sales rank: 304,628

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Triffids Primary Artist
Craig Leon Background Vocals
Nick Allum Musician
Martyn Casey Musician
Keith Hancock Musician
David McComb Musician
Adam Peters Musician
Ben Hoffnung Musician
Jill Birt Musician
Alsy MacDonald Musician
Robert McComb Musician
Jane Norton Musician
Sean Pugh Musician
Technical Credits
Lindsey Buckingham Producer
David Byrne Producer
Alex Chilton Producer
Ry Cooder Producer
Keith Andrews Engineer
Bruce Botnick Producer
James Luther Dickinson Producer
Richard Gottehrer Producer
Tony Harris Engineer
Bob Johnston Producer
Ben Kape Engineer
David McComb Composer
George "Shadow" Morton Producer
Gil Norton Producer, Engineer
Adam Peters Programming, String Arrangements
Dave Stewart Producer
Victor Van Vugt Producer
Nick Launey Producer
Jill Birt Composer
Robert McComb String Arrangements
Mark Lusardi Engineer
Marc Crellin Engineer
George Schilling Engineer
Chris E. Thomas Producer
James Paterson Composer
Tim Young Mastering
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