Help Wanted

Help Wanted

by Eric Avery
     
 
Nearly a decade after the demise of his Polarbear project, former Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery released his first solo album, Help Wanted, in 2008. The icy dark majestic sound of Help Wanted has little to do with 2008, and despite the occasional flourish (like the trip-hop loop that

Overview

Nearly a decade after the demise of his Polarbear project, former Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery released his first solo album, Help Wanted, in 2008. The icy dark majestic sound of Help Wanted has little to do with 2008, and despite the occasional flourish (like the trip-hop loop that propels "Beside the Fire"), the album doesn't feel all that connected to the '90s either. Instead, it's an evocation of arty British underground rock from the '80s, with the ghosts of Bauhaus and Bowie looming large throughout these 12 stately tracks. Avery can occasionally indulge himself too much here, but he's saved by his mastery of atmosphere, as he maintains a richly nuanced, scarily seductive vibe from beginning to end. Perhaps it's a minor achievement, but it's an achievement all the same, as it illustrates that it is possible to turn this kind of gothically romantic art rock into something that feels mature, not sophomoric.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2008
Label:
Dangerbird
UPC:
0842803001620
catalogNumber:
25

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Avery   Primary Artist
Shirley Manson   Vocals
Mark Pritchard   Guitar
Christian Stone   Guitar
Taylor Hawkins   Drums
Chris Chaney   Bass
Adam Somers   Synthesizer
Zac Rae   Keyboards,Wurlitzer
David Levita   Guitar,Marxophone
Jason Orme   Guitar
Jonathan Larroquette   Synthesizer
Harold Barefoot Sanders   Synthesizer
Zane Smythe   Guitar
Eamon Ryland   Guitar
Chris McClure   Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Eric Avery   Producer
Billy Bush   Producer,Engineer
Harold Barefoot Sanders   Drum Samples
Matt Taylor   Art Direction

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