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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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!
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2001
  • Label: Fat Boy Records
  • UPC: 650869663429
  • Catalog Number: 6634
  • Sales rank: 379,148

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Captain America - Claudio Disefalo (3:42)
  2. 2 Faker (4:23)
  3. 3 Understand - Claudio Disefalo (4:18)
  4. 4 Tgorm - Claudio Disefalo (3:36)
  5. 5 So Long (7:21)
  6. 6 New York City - Claudio Disefalo (3:27)
  7. 7 Can't Seem to Find (3:43)
  8. 8 Water - Kirk Juhas (7:08)
  9. 9 Tambourine - Kirk Juhas (2:17)
  10. 10 In a Big Country (3:36)
  11. 11 Rise (5:46)
  12. 12 Opium - Kirk Juhas (23:37)
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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
Al 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
Fred Kevorkian Mastering
John Siket Producer, Engineer
Bill Emmons Engineer
moe. Producer
Rob Derhak Songwriter, Producer
Chuck Garvey Producer
Al 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I want to hear some moe.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    moe. does it again

    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.

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