Family Trees Or: Cope We Must

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All Music Guide - Margaret Reges
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Margaret Reges
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.
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  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Dim Mak Records
  • UPC: 827091010820
  • Catalog Number: 10108

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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
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