Estranged

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John D. Luerssen
Love and Rockets loyalists are sure to recognize David J's familiar voice at the outset of Estranged, but they might be perplexed by the one-time Bauhaus bassist's cover choice. "Guitar Man," Bread's 1972 pop nugget, gets redone here with roaring riff work by guest player Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction. And if the man born Haskins pumps new life into this oldie, one can't help but wonder why he opted to start the album with a touch of novelty when some of his own material is far better. The pale bard still has it on "Static Cling" and "In the Great Blue Whenever," two somber but exceptional ballads buried midalbum that wisely utilize pedal steel accents. Country ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John D. Luerssen
Love and Rockets loyalists are sure to recognize David J's familiar voice at the outset of Estranged, but they might be perplexed by the one-time Bauhaus bassist's cover choice. "Guitar Man," Bread's 1972 pop nugget, gets redone here with roaring riff work by guest player Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction. And if the man born Haskins pumps new life into this oldie, one can't help but wonder why he opted to start the album with a touch of novelty when some of his own material is far better. The pale bard still has it on "Static Cling" and "In the Great Blue Whenever," two somber but exceptional ballads buried midalbum that wisely utilize pedal steel accents. Country elements also infiltrate "Mess Up," a soft pop ode to personal demons, as well as "Crashed," where a twang guitar meets mid-tempo drum programming and lyrics about marital foul play. At times, most obviously on "Ruined Cities," David J's delivery -- coupled with minimalist techno beats -- sounds very similar to the dramatic stylings of The The's Matt Johnson, but even when he does impersonations, he does them quite well. While the barstool novelty of "Bright in Your Absence" delves further into the heart of Nashville than any goth star has the right to, Estranged is a fine effort, even if it is occasionally misguided.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Heyday
  • UPC: 735711005623
  • Catalog Number: 56

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David J Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals
Bruce Kaphan Pedal Steel Guitar
Dave Navarro Guitar
Stephen Perkins Percussion, Drums
Mark Kozelek Guitar, Background Vocals
Art Martinez Background Vocals
Billy Goodrum Piano
Timothy Loo Cello
James D. Hall Trumpet
Kristen Autry Violin
Amilcar Guitar, Slide Guitar
Tom Vos Violin
Brett Banducci Viola
Technical Credits
David J Composer, Programming, Producer, Concept
David Gates Composer
Barry Paul Engineer
Anthony J. Rodriguez Programming, Engineer
Axl Rose Composer
Don C. Tyler Mastering
Todd Parr Cover Design
Dave Pepin Programming, Engineer
Tom Vos String Arrangements
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