Illuminated by the Light

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Weird War's Illuminated by the Light is indeed a weird album, not so much for intrinsic oddity of the music, but for the general strangeness of releasing such a 1970s-sounding record in 2005. The opening track, "Illuminated," sounds so much like a competent sub-T. Rex early- to mid-'70s British glam outing that you could probably throw it on a '70s glam rarity compilation without raising many suspicions as to its authenticity. "See About Me," too, would be at home in the climate of musicians heavily influenced by David Bowie in his Hunky Dory era. Fortunately, Weird War doesn't stick to that bag throughout this album, though there's a general debt to early- to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Weird War's Illuminated by the Light is indeed a weird album, not so much for intrinsic oddity of the music, but for the general strangeness of releasing such a 1970s-sounding record in 2005. The opening track, "Illuminated," sounds so much like a competent sub-T. Rex early- to mid-'70s British glam outing that you could probably throw it on a '70s glam rarity compilation without raising many suspicions as to its authenticity. "See About Me," too, would be at home in the climate of musicians heavily influenced by David Bowie in his Hunky Dory era. Fortunately, Weird War doesn't stick to that bag throughout this album, though there's a general debt to early- to mid-'70s arty British feyness. Elsewhere, they get into more modified funk-rock grooves, though with a slightly goofy, laconic delivery and trifling lyrics that indicate there's a bit of a tongue in the band's cheek. As a bridge between glam and white funk, the material's more amusing than inspirational. But perhaps as a consequence of not setting their ambitions too high, the vibe is more unforced than it is on records by many other semi-retro bands with similar influences.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2005
  • Label: Drag City
  • UPC: 781484028826
  • Catalog Number: 288
  • Sales rank: 181,539

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Weird War Primary Artist
Ian Svenonius Vocals
Michelle Mae Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Bells, Hand Clapping
Sebastian Thomson Bongos, Conga, Drums, Hand Clapping, cowbell, Roto Toms
Alex Minoff Guitar, Piano, Gong, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Slide Guitar
Technical Credits
Roger Seibel Mastering
Brendan Canty Vocal Engineer
Dan Koretzky Concept
Rian Murphy Concept
Dan Osborn Contributor
Weird War Producer, Artwork, Concept
Jessica Ruffins Engineer
Bill Skibbe Engineer
Matt Baker Contributor
Golan Globus Management
Nikhil Ranade Guitar Engineer
Phil Manley Contributor
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