Dither

Dither

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by moe.
     
 
Where most of their jam-oriented contemporaries seem content to lope along in the same concentric circles with every outing, this upstate New York aggregation, like their kindred spirits Phish, show no real interest in respecting boundaries. On Dither, their seventh album -- and first studio release since washing the grease of the

Overview

Where most of their jam-oriented contemporaries seem content to lope along in the same concentric circles with every outing, this upstate New York aggregation, like their kindred spirits Phish, show no real interest in respecting boundaries. On Dither, their seventh album -- and first studio release since washing the grease of the major-label machine from their hands -- moe take things a little further a field than they've done before. Simultaneously more concise (with a dozen songs jimmied into the grooves) and more open-ended (thanks to heavier use of electronics and turntablism) than previous efforts, Dither serves as evidence that the quintet won't stop waving their freak flag any time soon. Keyboards, samples, and other nonorganic sounds take a more prominent place on songs such as the atmospheric "Captain America" and a cover of the '80s alt-rock staple "In a Big Country," but there's still plenty of room for the band's trademark percussive digression on songs like "Tgorum" and "Water." Those two facets -- and a whole lot more -- come together on the album-closing 23-minute suite, "Opium," on which the band flit madly from the concrete jungle to the wide-open spaces, dragging the listener along like a pack of sled dogs with a flair for finding the road less traveled. Mush!

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jesse Jarnow
Dither, moe.'s first studio release since 1998's Tin Cans and Car Tires, found moe. exploring similar territory to Wilco's Summerteeth album, with a lesser degree of success. The songs themselves are curiously good, though moe.'s arrangements are perhaps too rooted in endless playing on the road, where the band spends most of its time. As such, extra instruments and production effects -- pianos, filter sweeps, DJs, synthesizers, and more -- often sound unfortunately tacked on. In places, though -- such as the incredibly catchy Paul Simon-influenced "New York City" or the introduction to the bittersweet "Faker" -- the group manages to transcend its limitations. While the sound is cluttered, it also finds two original voices emerging from the group: bassist Rob Derhak and, to a slightly lesser extent, guitarist Al Schnier.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2001
Label:
Fat Boy Records
UPC:
0650869663429
catalogNumber:
6634
Rank:
120593

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

moe.   Primary Artist
Vinnie Balzano   Drums
Rob Derhak   Electric Bass,Vocals
Chuck Garvey   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
DJ Logic   Turntables
Schnier   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Jim Loughlin   Flute,Percussion
Vinnie Amico   Drums
Chuck   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Claudio Disefalo   Track Performer
Kirk Juhas   fender rhodes,Hammond Synth

Technical Credits

John Siket   Producer,Engineer
Bill Emmons   Engineer
moe.   Producer
Rob Derhak   Songwriter,Producer
Chuck Garvey   Producer
Schnier   Songwriter,Producer
Damien Shannon   Overdub Assistant
Jim Loughlin   Producer
Vinnie Amico   Producer
Jeff Jakubowski   Overdub Assistant
John Shyloski   Overdub Assistant

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Dither 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To all those who think moe. is just a good touring band, think again. although the studio moe. and the live moe. might be two different creatures, you are in for a surprise with dither. they manage to capture their live, manic energy in this CD and all four of them once again prove why they are still one of the best jambands around today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first release ''New York City'' caught my ears, and I had to have this CD. This has been the best music purchase in ages for me. If you're ever driving down Highway 1 in CA on a very sunny day, play ''Water'' and you will marvel at just how good music can make you feel. ''Captain America'' is a jam that you can hear over again, and yet it will still jam. It is obvious that moe. just likes to party, and I look forward to hearing moe., in the future.