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Damage [Enhanced]
     

Damage [Enhanced]

by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
 

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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) -- has always been about the sound, power, and feel, not the song, it only makes sense that they work with a cornecopia of producers, mixers, and guest musicians on their seventh album, Damage.

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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) -- has always been about the sound, power, and feel, not the song, it only makes sense that they work with a cornecopia 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 whilwind 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 complimentary, revealing a band that's more adventurous and visceral than their 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2004
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0060768472228
catalogNumber:
84722

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Performance Credits

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion   Primary Artist
James Chance   Saxophone
Chuck D   Vocals
Phil Hernandez   Vocals
Mark "Moogy" Klingman   Wurlitzer
DJ Shadow   scratching
Simon Chardiet   Bass
Russell Simins   Drums,Vocals,Cardboard Box,Group Member
Danny Madorsky   Hammond Organ
Judah Bauer   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Chris Maxwell   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Jordan   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Claves,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes,Foot Stomping
Chris Shaw   Synthesizer,Bass,chamberlain
Daryl Palumbo   Bass
Scott Zillitto   Baritone Saxophone
Will Hoffman   Trumpet
Jay Braun   Keyboards
Jesse Wallace   Conga
Walter Sear   Moog Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Phil Hernandez   Composer
David Holmes   Producer
Don Smith   Engineer
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion   Composer
Jamey Staub   Engineer
DJ Shadow   Composer,Producer,beats
Dan the Automator   Composer,Producer
Russell Simins   Producer
Danny Madorsky   Engineer
Chris Maxwell   Composer
Steve Hilton   Engineer
Steve Jordan   Producer
Chris Shaw   Remixing
Steven "Steven J." Jordan   Composer
Free Association   Producer
Jay Braun   Producer
Elegant Too   Engineer

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