Family Trees Or: Cope We Must

Family Trees Or: Cope We Must

by Sean Na-Na
     
 

Having spent a few years hamming it up as the breakdancing, sexalicious R&B god Har Mar Superstar, Sean Tillman returns to his indie alter ego Sean Na-Na on 2007's Family Trees. And as the title of the first track ("We've Been Here Before") might imply, it seems like we have been here before.See more details below

Overview

Having spent a few years hamming it up as the breakdancing, sexalicious R&B god Har Mar Superstar, Sean Tillman returns to his indie alter ego Sean Na-Na on 2007's Family Trees. And as the title of the first track ("We've Been Here Before") might imply, it seems like we have been here before. This is another helping of hot-and-ready power pop in the same vein as the first two Sean Na-Na albums, all bright and bouncy college rock guitar riffs and punchy drums. And Tillman still uses his cartoony palette of power pop chords to serve as the outlandish backdrop for his acerbic stories. Like the previous Sean Na-Na releases, Family Trees introduces a wide array of messed up, depressed, underemployed, and generally unsettled characters; but no matter how many folks are thrown into the mix, the focus is ultimately on Tillman. Family Trees raises questions about parenthood ("Fold, Hit, or Stand"), self-image ("Photo Booth"), and settling down ("Help Me Up the Hill"), and in this way the album is very much a story about getting older. It's the testimony of an aging rocker trying to make his way through a tangle of societal pressures that encourage one to settle down, have a kid, and maybe even give up being a performer. But if, as the cover art implies, Tillman has one foot in the grave, it sounds like he isn't going down without a fight. "It's human nature," Tillman says, "but I'm not ready to be tied down." Family Trees is a complicated examination of mortality, delivered with a jesterly smirk -- both an embrace and a middle-finger salute.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
Label:
Dim Mak Records
UPC:
0827091010820
catalogNumber:
10108

Related Subjects

Tracks

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sean Na-Na   Primary Artist
Ben Webster   Drums,Group Member
Kate Taylor   Vocals
Greg Dulli   Organ
Mike Rod   Choir, Chorus
Justin Chearno   Guitar
Bill Jeffery   Choir, Chorus
Sean Tillmann   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Conrad Keely   Piano
Maria Taylor   Vocals
Denver Dalley   Guitar
Clarke Wilson   Choir, Chorus
Lucky Jeremy   Keyboards
Tony Bevilacqua   Guitar,Group Member
Jeff 'Catfish' Quinn   Bass Guitar
St. Patrick   Bass Guitar
Dave Hernandez   Guitar

Technical Credits

Sean Tillmann   Composer,Producer
Phil Jordan   Vocal Engineer,Guitar Engineer,Keyboard Engineer
Dave Gardner   Mastering
Alex Lyon   Engineer
Sean Tillman   Audio Production

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >