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Desmond's Hip City

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All Music Guide - Aaron Badgley
Album number five for Skydiggers there is no "the" in their name, and they have never sounded so adventurous, creative, and angry. Trimmed down to a trio for this release, and back on an independent label, Skydiggers cover a number of subjects using sounds, words, and music to express their thoughts and concerns. "Maize" uses brilliant illustrations to entice the listener into a not-so-safe world, made even more unsettling by the music and production. Although these are some of the most catching melodies Skydiggers have ever written, it is not an easy listening experience. "November in Ontario" tells a tale of drowning; "Dear Henry" relates the story of a man and his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Aaron Badgley
Album number five for Skydiggers there is no "the" in their name, and they have never sounded so adventurous, creative, and angry. Trimmed down to a trio for this release, and back on an independent label, Skydiggers cover a number of subjects using sounds, words, and music to express their thoughts and concerns. "Maize" uses brilliant illustrations to entice the listener into a not-so-safe world, made even more unsettling by the music and production. Although these are some of the most catching melodies Skydiggers have ever written, it is not an easy listening experience. "November in Ontario" tells a tale of drowning; "Dear Henry" relates the story of a man and his demons featuring the beautiful vocals of Sarah Harmer; "The Truth About Us" brings listeners up to date on atrocities of the 20th century. Overall, a very well-crafted album, with incredible melodies played faultlessly. The music ranges from folk to rock, which provides the listener with a variety of sounds. A highly recommended album, just not one that might be a hit at parties.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • Label: Outside
  • UPC: 621950003721
  • Catalog Number: 37
  • Sales rank: 179,442

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Desmond's Hip City (3:51)
  2. 2 Only a Fool (3:09)
  3. 3 Jade Hops (3:57)
  4. 4 The Truth About Us (5:19)
  5. 5 Shape of Things to Come (3:30)
  6. 6 November in Ontario (5:09)
  7. 7 Dear Henry (4:04)
  8. 8 This New Country (3:32)
  9. 9 The Gift (4:15)
  10. 10 2,000 Years (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Skydiggers Primary Artist
Vince Jones Keyboards, Guest Appearance
Anne Bourne Cello, Guest Appearance
Jim Cuddy Piano, Guest Appearance
Andy Maize Vocals, Group Member
Lewis Melville Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar, Guest Appearance
Oliver Schroer Violin, Guest Appearance
Sarah Harmer Vocals, Guest Appearance
Joao Carvalho Guitar, Guest Appearance
Paul MacLeod Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Multi Instruments
John Maize Baritone Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Josh Finlayson Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Scott Garbe Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Gavin Brown Drums
Ron Macey Bass, Group Member
Technical Credits
Vince Jones Producer, Engineer
Andy Maize Producer
Brett Zilahi Mastering
Josh Finlayson Producer
Daryl Smith Producer, Engineer
Phil Presnal Live Sound
Chris Marks Live Sound
Ron Macey Producer, Art Direction
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