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How It Ends
     

How It Ends

4.5 2
by Devotchka
 
Listening to DeVotchKa's third album, any aging '80s indie kid will fall into a what-if daydream. Remember when Morrissey broke up the Smiths? Maybe instead of going solo, the Mozzer should have hooked up with Peter Solowka, who at the time was starting up his own solo project

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Listening to DeVotchKa's third album, any aging '80s indie kid will fall into a what-if daydream. Remember when Morrissey broke up the Smiths? Maybe instead of going solo, the Mozzer should have hooked up with Peter Solowka, who at the time was starting up his own solo project outside the confines of the Wedding Present, a tongue-in-cheek blending of U.K. indie guitar pop and the sounds of his Eastern European homeland called the Ukrainians. DeVotchKa's How It Ends is a dead-brilliant amplification of what that fantasy collaboration might have sounded like. Singer Nick Urata only occasionally leans on the Morrissey-like qualities of his voice, most notably on the opening "You Love Me," but the album explores the amalgam of Eastern European folk melodies and instrumentation with otherwise straightforward indie rock to a much greater extent than the Ukrainians ever managed (and unlike the somewhat similar 3 Mustaphas 3, they have a solid grasp of how to write a catchy pop song as well). They even go so far as to interject a little Calexico-style mariachi influence into the mix, possibly under the influence of producer Craig Schumacher, who's worked with that band and Giant Sand. This is a wide-ranging and thoroughly enjoyable album from start to finish.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2004
Label:
Cicero Recordings
UPC:
0744626996322
catalogNumber:
4

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Performance Credits

Devotchka   Primary Artist
Craig Schumacher   Harmonica,Percussion,Bass Harmonica
Chris Schultz   Hand Clapping
Paul Niehaus   Pedal Steel Guitar
Nick Luca   Guitar
Naim Amor   Vocals
Tom Hagerman   Piano,Violin,Accordion,Triangle,Vibes,Bowed Vibes
Shawn King   Organ,Piano,Trumpet,Drums,Glockenspiel,Vibes
Jeanie Schroder   Bass,Tuba,Vocals,Vibes,Bowed Vibes
Nick Urata   Bouzouki,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Theremin,Vocals
Disco Stu   Track Performer
Sarah Thorpe   Vocals
Lindsay Emmett   Violin

Technical Credits

Craig Schumacher   Engineer
Chris Schultz   Engineer
Devotchka   Composer
Brad K. Evans   Video Engineer

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