Careful

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All Music Guide - Erik Hage
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Erik Hage
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2007
  • Label: Clang
  • UPC: 730876914322
  • Catalog Number: 502
  • Sales rank: 338,179

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Can't Get It Right (5:00)
  2. 2 All This Time (4:40)
  3. 3 Walked Away (3:51)
  4. 4 Back in Time (2:45)
  5. 5 Careful (4:09)
  6. 6 Dim Star (3:58)
  7. 7 Midnight Train (4:16)
  8. 8 Six Feet (4:33)
  9. 9 Run out of Hope (2:49)
  10. 10 I Got Better (4:10)
  11. 11 Film (2:39)
  12. 12 Same Way (3:16)
  13. 13 Town That Never Sleeps (3:15)
  14. 14 Eventide (5:18)
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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
The 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
The Dimmer Twins Producer
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