Eureka

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
It's a good bet to expect the unexpected with Jim O'Rourke -- no matter which hat he's wearing solo artist, bandmate, producer, remixer, etc., each of the endlessly prolific projects that bears his name takes on a shape and identity all its own while retaining the originality and ingenuity that have become the hallmarks of his singular body of work. Eureka is perhaps his most stunning and surprising detour yet, a full-blown excursion into lush, melodic pop; granted, there's something inherently perverse about the very notion of O'Rourke and Chicago underground cronies like trombonist Jeb Bishop and cornetist Rob Mazurek tackling such classicist stuff, but instead the album...
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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
It's a good bet to expect the unexpected with Jim O'Rourke -- no matter which hat he's wearing solo artist, bandmate, producer, remixer, etc., each of the endlessly prolific projects that bears his name takes on a shape and identity all its own while retaining the originality and ingenuity that have become the hallmarks of his singular body of work. Eureka is perhaps his most stunning and surprising detour yet, a full-blown excursion into lush, melodic pop; granted, there's something inherently perverse about the very notion of O'Rourke and Chicago underground cronies like trombonist Jeb Bishop and cornetist Rob Mazurek tackling such classicist stuff, but instead the album is short on irony and long on affection -- in fact, its most subversive dimension is its very real mainstream appeal. What's most fascinating about Eureka is that its big, bright pop is actually the perfect showcase for O'Rourke's mastery of sound -- highlights like the epic opener "Women of the World" and a joyously schmaltzy cover of the Bacharach/David chestnut "Something Big" are crafted with remarkable care and depth, the former in particular building and blooming in truly majestic fashion. On a conceptual level, of course, it's easy to view Eureka as another in a long line of deconstructionist experiments, a reading more overtly avant songs like "Movie on the Way Down" and "Through the Night Softly" certainly bears out; on a deeper level, however, it's a true labor of love, and its sheer exuberance and creativity go further in re-shaping the pop aesthetic than any pure intellectual exercise ever could.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/1999
  • Label: Drag City
  • UPC: 781484016229
  • Catalog Number: 162

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim O'Rourke Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Multi Instruments, Bells, fender rhodes, Lap Steel Guitar, Hammond Synth
Fred Lonberg-Holm Cello
Rob Mazurek Cornet
Bob Weston Trumpet
Ken Vandermark Saxophone
Julie Pomerleau Violin, Viola
Jeb Bishop Trombone
Steven Butters Steel Pan
Edith Frost Background Vocals
Rian Murphy Drums
Michael Colligan Clarinet
Darin Gray Bass
Brian Calvin Background Vocals
Ken Champion Piano, Pedal Steel Guitar
Feria Garteris Background Vocals
Tim Barnes Percussion
Jennifer Peterson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jim O'Rourke Composer
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