Euphoria

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From the snotty punk-pop of Osker to the lively alt-folk of Fingers Cut Megamachine and dreamy noise pop of the Champagne Socialists, Devon Williams has shown a wandering spirit over his decade-plus career. For his second album as a solo artist, Euphoria, Williams depicts a hyper-technicolor forest under a bright blue sky on the cover, but musically lands somewhere between the romantic melancholy of '80s U.K. post-punk and lush orchestration of '90s chamber pop. First single "Your Sympathy," offering an apology in the form of a winningly offbeat chorus, and the hopeful "Right Direction" echo the shimmering guitar of The Head on the Door-era Cure. Williams gets reflective with "How Is There Always Room" and "Sufferer,"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
From the snotty punk-pop of Osker to the lively alt-folk of Fingers Cut Megamachine and dreamy noise pop of the Champagne Socialists, Devon Williams has shown a wandering spirit over his decade-plus career. For his second album as a solo artist, Euphoria, Williams depicts a hyper-technicolor forest under a bright blue sky on the cover, but musically lands somewhere between the romantic melancholy of '80s U.K. post-punk and lush orchestration of '90s chamber pop. First single "Your Sympathy," offering an apology in the form of a winningly offbeat chorus, and the hopeful "Right Direction" echo the shimmering guitar of The Head on the Door-era Cure. Williams gets reflective with "How Is There Always Room" and "Sufferer," conjuring the wistful balladry of the Smiths and gentle New Order-esque keyboard as a canvas for his unguarded lyrics. Euphoria is successful as an artistic statement, and listeners will be equally at home with the familiar musical references and Williams' openhearted songcraft, but overall the record falls a bit short due to wearing its influences too faithfully. If Williams allows his own voice to be his guide -- which has proven to serve him well in projects past -- he'll come closer to fully realizing his potential. ~ Chrysta Cherrie
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2011
  • Label: Slumberland Records
  • UPC: 749846013323
  • Catalog Number: 133
  • Sales rank: 95,712

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Revelations (3:20)
  2. 2 Your Sympathy (3:26)
  3. 3 Favor Tree (2:54)
  4. 4 Dreaming (1:35)
  5. 5 Sufferer (2:17)
  6. 6 Tower of Thought (3:11)
  7. 7 Right Direction (2:07)
  8. 8 Slight Pain (2:59)
  9. 9 All My Living Goes to You (3:02)
  10. 10 How is There Always Room? (3:29)
  11. 11 Tired of Mulling (3:30)
  12. 12 La La La La (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Devon Williams Primary Artist
Wayne Faler Guitar
Joey Valentine Drums
Julie Carpenter Violin
Jessica Catron Cello
Bill Gray Bass
Marty Sataman Keyboards
Natalie Brejcha Viola
Nick Murray Drums
Rachel Neveu Flute
Elizabeth Saller Flute
Eric Clark Violin
Technical Credits
Rod Cervera Engineer
Bryan Lasley Art Direction
David Carswell Engineer
Gage Taylor Cover Art
Carlos de la Garza Engineer, String Mixing
Devon Williams Composer
Jimi Hey Arranger
Steve Gregoropoulos String Arrangements, Flute Arrangement
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