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Key Lime Pie

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart closed with Lowery singing about how "Life Is Grand" in pointed response to "those of you who have appointed yourselves to expect us to say something darker." So when Key Lime Pie came out, its moodier music and imagery, not to mention that soon after the fact the band fell apart on the tour for the album, led more than one person to think those darker times had finally arrived. As it is, the group had already gone through one major shake-up between the two albums -- founding member Segel had taken a powder to concentrate on other efforts, with Morgan Fichter brought in as a replacement violinist. Her abilities were certainly ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart closed with Lowery singing about how "Life Is Grand" in pointed response to "those of you who have appointed yourselves to expect us to say something darker." So when Key Lime Pie came out, its moodier music and imagery, not to mention that soon after the fact the band fell apart on the tour for the album, led more than one person to think those darker times had finally arrived. As it is, the group had already gone through one major shake-up between the two albums -- founding member Segel had taken a powder to concentrate on other efforts, with Morgan Fichter brought in as a replacement violinist. Her abilities were certainly praiseworthy, as the album-starting instrumental "Opening Theme" shows quite well. However, it's definitely not the same band that did Telephone Free Landslide Victory a mere four years previous -- things are more straightforwardly rock here most of the time, perhaps not too surprising in light of Lowery's subsequent work in Cracker. As it is, though, it's excellently conceived rock, with space, moodiness, and more to spare. Consider "Jack Ruby," with its wordless backing vocals, tense rhythms, and thick soloing, or "Laundromat" and its steady but unnerving crunch. It's not all potential melancholia, though -- "June" in particular is an underrated number, celebrating the early summer with sweetness and love (at least up to the increasingly stranger ending). Lowery's singing is his best yet, perhaps a little less prone to wackiness but an emergent, distinct voice all the same, and certainly prone to sing a quirky lyric or two still. The oddest thing of all was that the band actually gained a little mainstream attention on MTV and radio via a cover of Status Quo's psych-era nugget "Pictures of Matchstick Men." [The 2014 Omnivore Records remastered edition features nine bonus tracks including the unreleased "Closing Theme (aka Guitar Hero)" along with several live cuts from the Key Lime Pie touring era and selected album-related demos, edits, and radio performances.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2014
  • Label: Omnivore Recordings
  • UPC: 816651015450
  • Catalog Number: 1015450
  • Sales rank: 58,647

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Camper Van Beethoven Primary Artist
Tim Steelbone Cook Pedal Steel Guitar
Davey Faragher Background Vocals
Danny Faragher Background Vocals
Morgan Fichter Violin, Vocals
Garth Hudson Talking, Pump Organ
Victor Krummenacher Bass, Vocals
Don Lax Fiddle, Strings
Greg Lisher Guitar, Vocals
David Lowery Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
Mary O'Neil Background Vocals
Chris Pedersen Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Hammer Smith Harmonica
Wally Sound Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jonathan Segel Composer
Greg Ginn Composer
Greg Allen Producer
Dennis Herring Producer, overdub engineer
Garth Hudson Instrumentation
David Immergl├╝ck Composer
Victor Krummenacher Composer
Greg Lisher Composer
David Lowery Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Chris Molla Composer
Keith Morris Composer
Chris Pedersen Composer
Csaba Petocz Engineer
Francis Rossi Composer
Chuck Seitz Composer
Bryan George Licensing
Elmar Rader Composer
Joe Lewis Composer
Eileen Lucero Copy Editing, Proof Reading
Jill Stauffer Liner Notes
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