Elvis Perkins in Dearland

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
"I don't let doomsday bother me; do you let it bother you?" asks Elvis Perkins, drawing a line between the downtrodden elegance of his 2007 debut and the rustic, sprightly Americana that energizes his second release. Perkins still writes about death, having lost both his parents to tragic circumstances, but he does so with a sort of homespun grace, turning the funeral dirges of yesteryear into cathartic celebrations. Supported by a proper band and a veritable heap of instruments -- including horns, pump organ, clarinet, and banjo -- Perkins tackles a number of rootsy styles here, from the brassy New Orleans bounce of "Doomsday" to the old-timey chamber pop of "Send My ...
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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
"I don't let doomsday bother me; do you let it bother you?" asks Elvis Perkins, drawing a line between the downtrodden elegance of his 2007 debut and the rustic, sprightly Americana that energizes his second release. Perkins still writes about death, having lost both his parents to tragic circumstances, but he does so with a sort of homespun grace, turning the funeral dirges of yesteryear into cathartic celebrations. Supported by a proper band and a veritable heap of instruments -- including horns, pump organ, clarinet, and banjo -- Perkins tackles a number of rootsy styles here, from the brassy New Orleans bounce of "Doomsday" to the old-timey chamber pop of "Send My Regards to Lonelyville," whose climax involves a tangle of saxophones, tuba, strings, and brushed percussion. There are traces of past songwriters in this delightful jumble, from Bob Dylan to Leonard Cohen to Pete Seeger, but Perkins rarely lingers long enough to risk being pigeonholed, preferring instead to play the role of a wandering troubadour. He follows "Lonelyville" with "I'll Be Arriving," a rumbling, haunting nugget of organ chords and blues-rock guitar, before closing out the disc with "How's Forever Been Baby," whose barroom waltz is both beautiful and heartbreaking. This is still the same Perkins who turned misery into moving music several years ago, but he's learned to dress up those sentiments in engaging Americana attire, a move that softens the blow but rarely cheapens the art.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/2009
  • Label: Xl Recordings
  • UPC: 634904040123
  • Catalog Number: 40401
  • Sales rank: 100,328

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shampoo (4:21)
  2. 2 Hey (2:50)
  3. 3 Hours Last Stand (4:46)
  4. 4 I Heard Your Voice in Dresden (4:08)
  5. 5 Send My Fond Regards to Lonelyville - Skya De Bourg (6:07)
  6. 6 I'll Be Arriving (5:07)
  7. 7 Chains, Chains, Chains (4:10)
  8. 8 Doomsday (3:37)
  9. 9 123 Goodbye (3:49)
  10. 10 How's Forever Been Baby (5:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Perkins Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Autoharp, Vocals, Group Member
Howard Johnson Tuba, Bass Clarinet
Chris Shaw Electric Guitar, Vocals
David Duffy Violin, Viola
Becky Stark Vocals
Brigham Brough Electric Bass, Saxophone, Vocals, Double Bass
Nicholas Kinsey Banjo, Clarinet, Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Wyndham Boylan-Garnett Organ, Trombone, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Vocals, Pump Organ
Noah Meites Trumpet
Noah Meites Trumpet
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Chris Shaw Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Elvis Perkins Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Noah Goldstein Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Elvis in Dearland definately worth it

    I have liked Elvis Perkins since my son gave me a copy of his first CD, ASH WEDNESDAY. The son of Anthony Perkins(PSYCHO's Norman Bates) and photographer Berry Berenson, who died in 9/11 plane crash, Elvis writes quirky little songs that are touching and sad. He uses some strange instruments like a Harmonia which adds a very haunting mood to a lot of his stuff. On Elvis Perkins in Dearland, he adds some New Orleans jazz elements that give you the feeling of those musical funerals with people dancing and singing and the low sax and tuba in the background. One of my favorite albums with Lonely Love, 123 goodbye being my favorites songs. He will be appearing at 50th Newport Folk festival this summer. I would certainly urge you to try to attend and see this talented, interesting new artist

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