Drill a Hole in That Substrate and Tell Me What You See

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Jim White writes like a Southern gentlemen. When he released his cryptic debut, Wrong-Eyed Jesus, in 1997, he was approaching 40, and with each record his civil invective and genuine yearning for redemption have become more focused, culminating in an eccentric -- yet fully realized -- body of work that requires no aging to prove itself worthy. Drill a Hole in That Substrate and Tell Me What You See preens like an alley cat with a bellyful of chicken scraps. The thick veil of gloss that co-producers Joe Henry and Tucker Martine use to coat each of the 11 hypnotic tracks is entirely transparent, resulting in a glass-bottom boat ride that's both cathartic and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Jim White writes like a Southern gentlemen. When he released his cryptic debut, Wrong-Eyed Jesus, in 1997, he was approaching 40, and with each record his civil invective and genuine yearning for redemption have become more focused, culminating in an eccentric -- yet fully realized -- body of work that requires no aging to prove itself worthy. Drill a Hole in That Substrate and Tell Me What You See preens like an alley cat with a bellyful of chicken scraps. The thick veil of gloss that co-producers Joe Henry and Tucker Martine use to coat each of the 11 hypnotic tracks is entirely transparent, resulting in a glass-bottom boat ride that's both cathartic and uncomfortably voyeuristic. White's characters are always teetering on the edge of a bridge, faces cast skyward, wondering if whatever it is that's left them might swoop down just seconds before the first shoe drops. He meets his subjects on level ground, allowing them to speak through him as well as serve as their master's mouthpiece. On the spooky Tom Waits-style dirge "Borrowed Wings," the ghosts of doomed Bonnie and Clyde-cursed lovers weep "For in the fallow field where what's reaped is what's sown/There lies a road to ruin and it's paved with our tombstones." It's not all hellfire and brimstone, though, as evidenced by the goofy Barenaked Ladies collaboration "Alabama Chrome" and the bright -- almost hopeful -- hidden track, "Land Called Home." There's a deep Southern gothic vibe at work here that brings to mind the Spanish moss meanderings of Daniel Lanois' For the Beauty of Wynona, but it's the shadow of Waits that always gets the last word; "If Jesus Drove a Motor Home" sounds like a cross between something off of The Black Rider and the theme to The Sopranos, but it's interesting that despite all of the celebrity guests Aimee Mann, Bill Frisell, M. Ward, it's White's self-produced tracks that mirror their creator's sewn up -- but still bleeding a little -- heart.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • UPC: 680899005524
  • Catalog Number: 90055
  • Sales rank: 80,080

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim White Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Flute, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Trombone, Keyboards, Vocals, Melodica, Irish Flute, Toy Piano, Indian Banjo
Joe Henry Guitar
Marc Anthony Thompson Background Vocals
Donna De Lory Background Vocals
Barenaked Ladies Background Vocals
Ralph Carney Flute, Trumpet, Saxophone, Animal Sounds
Aimee Mann Vocals
Chris Bruce Guitar
Sean Dean Bass
Bill Frisell Guitar, Papoose
Danny Frankel Percussion, Bongos, Floor Tom
Niki Haris Background Vocals
Jon Hyde Bass, Pedal Steel Guitar, Bass Guitar
David Palmer Synthesizer, Keyboards, Sampling
David Piltch Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Standup Bass
Tyler Stewart Percussion, Drums
Jim Creeggan Percussion, Bowed Bass, Standup Bass
Steven Page Background Vocals, Rap
Jay Bellerose Bongos, Drums
Mark Saunders Sampling
Eric Heywood Pedal Steel Guitar
Mike Belitsky Drums
Paul Rabjohns Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Accordion, Bass Guitar, Snare Drums, Marimbula, Ronroco
Terri Binion Background Vocals
Tucker Martine Percussion, Drums
Oh Susanna Background Vocals
Ryan Freeland Clavinet
Kevin Hearn Synthesizer, Guitar, Accordion, Keyboards
Eyvind Kang Organ, Viola
Mary Gauthier Background Vocals
Jeremiah Sullivan Mandolin
Chris Henrich Pedal Steel Guitar
Dallas Good Guitar
Travis Good Guitar
M. Ward Guitar
Suzie Ungerleider Background Vocals
Linda Delgado Background Vocals
Valerie Esway Group Member
Ari Fellows Mannion Group Member
Paul Fonfara Clarinet, Saxophone, Viola
Peter Gardiner Guitar
Ladies Of Loretta Lynching Background Vocals
Mac Martine Papoose
Dorothy Robinett Bass Clarinet
Guthrie Trapp Guitar
Heather Davidson Group Member
Steve Moore Trombone, Harmonium, Wurlitzer
Ed Robertson Guitar, Rap
Technical Credits
David Byrne Executive Producer
Joe Henry Producer, Audio Production
Barenaked Ladies Producer, Audio Production
Greg Calbi Mastering
Yale Evelev Executive Producer
Michael Haas Engineer
Jim White Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Cover Photo
Mark Saunders Producer
Paul Rabjohns Producer, Audio Production
Gail Marowitz Art Direction
Tucker Martine Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Tim Oberthier Engineer
Ryan Freeland Engineer
Britt Myers Digital Editing, Logistics
Keith Rudyk Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    As with his cd Wrong-eyed Jesus, this is a must-have for those of you who love Lucinda, Silver Jews, Cat Power, Aimee Mann, Waits, Mason Jennings, Ron Sexsmith, Byrne, Eno,. . .

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