Depression River [Deluxe Edition]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Leeroy Stagger is Canadian, so Americana is not a label that should be hung around his neck -- maybe North Americana, but that's just silly. That said, Stagger's quite staggering mix of folk, blues, country & western, and rock has its antecedents south of the border, although the blend here is uniquely his own. Of course, Stagger is not the first Canadian to roam this musical range, but few have done so with the lyrical wallop he delivers on Depression River. Take "Tired of Being High," an epic number of drone guitars and psychedelic effects whose weary title barely hints at the vitriol spewing from his words, nor the imploding relationship at the song's core. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Leeroy Stagger is Canadian, so Americana is not a label that should be hung around his neck -- maybe North Americana, but that's just silly. That said, Stagger's quite staggering mix of folk, blues, country & western, and rock has its antecedents south of the border, although the blend here is uniquely his own. Of course, Stagger is not the first Canadian to roam this musical range, but few have done so with the lyrical wallop he delivers on Depression River. Take "Tired of Being High," an epic number of drone guitars and psychedelic effects whose weary title barely hints at the vitriol spewing from his words, nor the imploding relationship at the song's core. "Payback"'s title is even more misleading, for it's not a tale of vengeance, but an aching romantic number, while "One of the Lucky Ones" is actually anything but. "Depression River" and "Where I Live" describe the small-town life that left indelible scars on Stagger (including the death of his brother). No wonder so many of its denizens escape into the bottle or the needle, and "Saskatoon," in contrast, sounds quite inviting. But even among all the broken and beaten-down lives presented here, there are moments of peace and if not joy, at least contentment, crossed with occasional glimpses of self-awareness. Stagger's eye may be jaundiced, but it remains unblinking, and even if his emotions are rubbed raw, he continues to present life in its unadulterated state, refusing to hide behind metaphor and flowery language. He's uncompromisingly honest, and all the more powerful for it, and twinned with the wonderfully evocative, haunting, and eclectic music within, Depression River is as mighty as the Mississippi.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • Label: Boompa
  • UPC: 779903101625
  • Catalog Number: 16

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Where I Live - Leeroy Stagger & The Sinking Hearts (4:54)
  2. 2 Depression River - Leeroy Stagger & The Sinking Hearts (4:15)
  3. 3 Wish You Were the Trees - Leeroy Stagger & The Sinking Hearts (3:04)
  4. 4 Payback - Leeroy Stagger & The Sinking Hearts (5:50)
  5. 5 Jealous and Drunk - Leeroy Stagger & The Sinking Hearts (3:45)
  6. 6 Best Mistake - Leeroy Stagger & The Sinking Hearts (3:38)
  7. 7 Saskatoon - Leeroy Stagger & The Sinking Hearts (4:52)
  8. 8 One of the Lucky Ones - Leeroy Stagger & The Sinking Hearts (4:17)
  9. 9 Carol - Leeroy Stagger & The Sinking Hearts (3:51)
  10. 10 Lay Down Your Guns - Leeroy Stagger & The Sinking Hearts (3:42)
  11. 11 Satellite - Leeroy Stagger & The Sinking Hearts (5:29)
  12. 12 Tired of Being High - Leeroy Stagger & The Sinking Hearts (7:30)
  13. 13 Jesus and the Liquor - Leeroy Stagger & The Sinking Hearts (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leeroy Stagger Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
John MacArthur Ellis Banjo, Mandolin, Piano, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Slide Guitar, cowbell, Tremolo
Leigh Grisewood Bass, Background Vocals
Leslie Alexander Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Long John Baldry Production Crew
Barney Bentall Production Crew
Jamie Sitar Mastering
John MacArthur Ellis Producer, Audio Production
Leeroy Stagger Composer
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