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Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home
     

Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home

by Angels of Light
 
Having created some of the strongest music in his life on the previous Angels of Light album, Michael Gira maintains the winning streak but explores a newer, more controlled delicacy on Everything is Good Here. It's hardly a new move for him, of course, but in ways this album, the third

Overview

Having created some of the strongest music in his life on the previous Angels of Light album, Michael Gira maintains the winning streak but explores a newer, more controlled delicacy on Everything is Good Here. It's hardly a new move for him, of course, but in ways this album, the third in the Angels of Light guise, finds his extremes of harrowing, wrenching music and performance, and a calmer, almost mystical approach, more integrated than ever before. The drama in his vocals and arrangements are more than ever implicit instead of directly blasting, to beautiful and powerful effect. "Palisades" sets this tone from the start, incorporating everything from backing choirs and dank, dark riffs to the quietest of arrangements into one cohesive performance. Other songs that hit the balance just right include "Nations," with its quiet, persistent vibes part a counterbalance to the more insistent guitars and piano, and the incredible "Sunset Park," with the words delivered as a steady mantra over a surging, slow burn performance that feels like a triumphant march. Gira's gift for ritualistic theatricality certainly hasn't left him, as even a casual listen to the increasingly frenetic "All Souls' Rising" -- keep an ear out for the almost stabbing vocal bursts -- or the even more freaked out "Rose of Los Angeles" show. On the quieter side through and through, "What You Were," with Gira's cracking vocals and piano providing the centerpiece, is the album's hidden treasure, the lyrics of loss, regret, and mystery particularly compelling. Both Gira's core backing musicians, and the many guests throughout, contribute incalculably to the end result, whether it's Larry Mullins' always excellent percussion, or David Coulter's work with everything from violin ("Kosinski") to a children's choir.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2003
Label:
Young God Records
UPC:
0658457002223
catalogNumber:
22

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Angels of Light   Primary Artist
David Coulter   Banjo,Violin,Drones,Children's Chorus
Siobhan Duffy   Vocals,Voices
David Garland   Flute,Accordion
Michael Gira   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Voices,Various,Sounds
Joe McGinty   Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Larry Moses   Trumpet
Larry Mullins   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Voices,Vibes,farfisa organ
Kevin O'Connor   Banjo
Eszter Balint   Violin
DC   Conductor
Christopher Hahn   Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Thor Harris   Dulcimer,Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Voices,Vibes
Devendra Banhart   Vocals,Voices
Steve Moses   Trombone

Technical Credits

Miklós Rózsa   Composer
Martin Bisi   Engineer
Siobhan Duffy   Images
Michael Gira   Producer
DC   Arranger,Director
Jason LaFarge   Engineer,Engineering

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