Damage

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since the Blues Explosion -- who, as of this record, have officially dropped the "Jon Spencer" prefix from their name the better to illustrate that they are a genuine band -- have always been about the sound, power, and feel, not the song, it only makes sense that they work with a cornucopia of producers, mixers, and guest musicians on their seventh album, Damage. After all, they've done this before, particularly on 1998's Acme, which had one foot firmly in indie rock and one in the surging electronica of the day. It had loads of interesting sounds, but it didn't hold together. Damage, however, not only holds together, it finds the trio unexpectedly flourishing ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since the Blues Explosion -- who, as of this record, have officially dropped the "Jon Spencer" prefix from their name the better to illustrate that they are a genuine band -- have always been about the sound, power, and feel, not the song, it only makes sense that they work with a cornucopia of producers, mixers, and guest musicians on their seventh album, Damage. After all, they've done this before, particularly on 1998's Acme, which had one foot firmly in indie rock and one in the surging electronica of the day. It had loads of interesting sounds, but it didn't hold together. Damage, however, not only holds together, it finds the trio unexpectedly flourishing as a rock & roll band, a bunch of record-makers, and most surprisingly of all, songwriters. Underneath the whirlwind of sound, the Blues Explosion turn in some of their best songs, whether it's the diamond-hard "Burn It Off" -- one of their best-ever rockers -- or the moody, evocative neo-ballad "Crunchy," featuring suitably spooky and sexy vocals from former Tricky cohort Martina Topley-Bird. But what gives Damage a real kick is that each of the various producers -- whether it's the Blues Explosion's own drummer Russell Simins, journeyman Steve Jordan, or electronica daredevils Dan the Automator, David Holmes, or DJ Shadow -- has a distinctly different take on the band, soliciting muscular yet supple performances out of the trio, then putting the recording into hyperdrive on the final mix. Instead of contradicting each other, these different approaches are complementary, revealing a band that's more adventurous and visceral than its last handful of records led you to expect. Damage is their best record in years, proof that the Blues Explosion are the real deal, getting better with age just like any other blues band.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768472020
  • Catalog Number: 84720

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Damage (2:25)
  2. 2 Burn It Off (2:56)
  3. 3 Spoiled (3:33)
  4. 4 Crunchy (3:40)
  5. 5 Hot Gossip (3:31)
  6. 6 Mars, Arizona (2:25)
  7. 7 You Been My Baby (3:22)
  8. 8 Rivals (1:55)
  9. 9 Help These Blues (3:50)
  10. 10 Fed Up and Low Down (4:06)
  11. 11 Rattling (4:17)
  12. 12 Blowing My Mind (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
James Chance Saxophone
Chuck D Vocals, Rap
Phil Hernandez Vocals
Mark "Moogy" Klingman Wurlitzer
DJ Shadow scratching
Jon Spencer Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Simon Chardiet Bass
Russell Simins Drums, Vocals, Cardboard Box, Group Member
Danny Madorsky Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Judah Bauer Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Chris Maxwell Guitar, Vocals
Steve Jordan Vocals, Clavinet, Hand Clapping, fender rhodes, Foot Stomping
Chris Shaw Synthesizer
Daryl Palumbo Bass
Scott Zillitto Baritone Saxophone
Will Hoffman Trumpet
Jay Braun Keyboards
Jesse Wallace Conga
Curtis Shaw Bass, chamberlain
Walter Sear Moog Synthesizer
Technical Credits
Phil Hernandez Composer
David Holmes Producer
Don Smith Engineer
Jamey Staub Engineer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
DJ Shadow Composer, Producer, beats, Audio Production
Dan the Automator Composer, Producer
Russell Simins Producer
Andy VanDette Mastering
Danny Madorsky Engineer, Digital Editing
Mike "Machine Gun" Edison Contributor
Chris Maxwell Composer
Blues Explosion Composer
Steve Hilton Engineer
Steve Jordan Producer, Audio Production
Chris Shaw Remixing
Steven "Steven J." Jordan Composer
The Free Association Producer, Audio Production
Jay Braun Producer
Elegant Too Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Damage!!!

    It's about time everybody got into the groove with the John Spencer Blues Explosion. This Album may be their best yet - it's certainly their most concise and radio-friendly, but it also kicks! The band has come a long way since their debut with 'Now I Got Worry,' inasmuch as their brand of funk has been fine-tuned and their outrageous style has evolved into an art form - but they still don't take themselves too seriously and they're still willing to take chances with their music. People who are new to the Blues Explosion should also check out their masterpiece, the remix 1999 album 'Xtra Acme USA.' This is rock and roll best listened to at full volume - it's destructive, raw, campy, rude and completely awesome. Check it out.

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