F**k All the Perfect People

F**k All the Perfect People

by Chip Taylor & the New Ukrainians
     
 

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Chip Taylor has done a lot of things in his life. He's been a professional golfer, a professional gambler (black jack), and horse handicapper. He's recorded a children's album for Smithsonian Folkways and he oversees a website, Rock and Roll Joe, that features and preserves the stories of some of the unsung heroes of rock & roll. And of course, he's been a…  See more details below

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Chip Taylor has done a lot of things in his life. He's been a professional golfer, a professional gambler (black jack), and horse handicapper. He's recorded a children's album for Smithsonian Folkways and he oversees a website, Rock and Roll Joe, that features and preserves the stories of some of the unsung heroes of rock & roll. And of course, he's been a songwriter (his two biggest songs are "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning") and singer with several solo albums to his credit, which brings us to F**k All the Perfect People, an autumn-in-life release for this maverick artist. Sounding a bit like a country version of Leonard Cohen with hard-earned honky tonk lyrics, Taylor has delivered an oddly comforting album, even though the themes he touches on in these songs are for the most part dark and a little (to a lot) downcast. With a rough and hushed vocal delivery, and backed by his Scandinavian touring band the New Ukrainians, Taylor dispenses ragged wisdom on tracks like "F**k All the Perfect People" (a strangely comforting song somehow), the narrative "Me and Rohillio," and a pair of bleak monologues, "I Know Dark" and "Nothin' (I Suppose)," that are also kind of redemptive, being dark, yes, but not desperate. Then there's "Phoned in Dead," which contains the fantastic line "I used up all my sick days so I just phoned in dead," and could be a huge contemporary country hit if it were covered by the right hunky hat act. Chip Taylor may not come up with another "Wild Thing," and Lord knows, he isn't trying to, but he has found the perfect voice and tone for his cranky but still warm and assuring songs about dealing with age, time, and darkness in an impatient, rushing world that doesn't seem to want to bother with any of it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/2012
Label:
Trainwreck Records
UPC:
0670501004328
catalogNumber:
43
Rank:
104940

Tracks

  1. Be Kind  - Chip Taylor
  2. The Dutchman Blues  - Chip Taylor
  3. F**K All the Perfect People  - Chip Taylor
  4. Me and Rohillio  - Chip Taylor
  5. Passport Blues  - Chip Taylor
  6. New Things  - Chip Taylor
  7. Norrtälje Prison  - Chip Taylor
  8. Phoned In Dead  - Chip Taylor
  9. Outside the Human Condition  - Chip Taylor
  10. Too Dynamic  - Chip Taylor
  11. Weaker Moments  - Chip Taylor
  12. I Know Dark  - Tony Björkenvall
  13. Thoughts of a Child  - Chip Taylor
  14. The Baby  - Chip Taylor
  15. Nothin' (I Suppose)  - Chip Taylor
  16. This Darkest Day  - Ida Jenshus

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chip Taylor & the New Ukrainians   Primary Artist
Chip Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Indexed Contributor
John Platania   Electric Guitar
Zhana Saunders   Background Vocals
Fats Kaplin   Fiddle
Steven Bernstein   Flugelhorn
Paal Flaata   Vocals
Tony Björkenvall   Vocals
Magnus Olsson   Drums
Ida Jenshus   Vocals
Bjorn Pettersson   Bass
Gøran Grini   Piano,Bass Drums,Keyboards
Örjan Mäki   Pedal Steel Guitar
Terje Støldal   Bass
Audrey Martels   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Chip Taylor   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Kai Andersen   Producer,Engineer
Håkan Olsson   Executive Producer
Bjorn Pettersson   Producer,Concept
Gøran Grini   Producer
Elin Olsson   Artwork

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