Careful

Careful

by P.J. O'Connell
     
 
P.J. O'Connell's earnestly ragged, good-time power pop has the appeal of much of the best that came before him, including Big Star, Paul Westerberg, and even that grand latter-day collective Golden Smog. "Dim Star" revels in a ponderous and grinding kind of beauty, while "Can't Get

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P.J. O'Connell's earnestly ragged, good-time power pop has the appeal of much of the best that came before him, including Big Star, Paul Westerberg, and even that grand latter-day collective Golden Smog. "Dim Star" revels in a ponderous and grinding kind of beauty, while "Can't Get It Right" possesses a set of nimble Anglo sensibilities that seem descended from the ranks of Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, or even Rockpile, but there's a burnish and roughness around the edges that is unmistakably O'Connell. "Walked Away" is simply power pop par excellence done up O'Connell style. The guitars throughout the album all have a grit, a twinkle, and a twang that provide ballast for the songwriter's knack for crystalline melodic twists. (Here, the six-string is the gravel beneath the wild sunshine of O'Connell's songcraft.) O'Connell also employs his friends NRBQ to back him up on the (you guessed it) NRBQ-ish, "All This Time." From his days in North Carolina fronting the Flying Pigs to his numerous collaborations and two previous solo albums, O'Connell is an Americana power pop auteur on a journey that keeps getting more and more beautiful with each release. Careful is simply terrific from end to end.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2007
Label:
Clang
UPC:
0730876914322
catalogNumber:
502
Rank:
212296

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

P.J. O'Connell   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Terry Adams   Organ,Piano
Tom Ardolino   Drums
Stan "Be Bop" Martin   Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Johnny Spampinato   Electric Guitar,6-string bass
Keith Spring   Keyboards
Ducky Carlisle   Percussion,Vocal Harmony
Dinty Child   Accordion,Electric Guitar
Pete Toigo   Acoustic Bass
Aaron Spade   Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Chandler Travis Philharmonic   Bass,Guitar (12 String Electric),Vocal Harmony
Mike Krause   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Billy Shaw   Engineer
Mark Williams   Engineer
Ducky Carlisle   Engineer
P.J. O'Connell   Composer
Dimmer Twins   Producer

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