Like, Love, Lust and the Open Halls of the Soul

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On their third offering, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter widen their musical palette ever so slightly. The first noticeable difference is in the grain of Sykes' voice. She is far more world-worn this time out. She's raspier, digging into the meat of her lyrics more and stubbornly holding on to her syllables to open her lyrics enough to let her intent and emotion drip from them like raw, bittersweet honey. The Sweet Hereafter, led by Phil Wandscher, is tighter, louder, and -- while still slow and purposeful -- more forceful. Check Wandscher's smoking guitar roar on "LLL," a song wrenched from sexual memory and emotional desolation: "Like love, lust/Sometimes you have to...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On their third offering, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter widen their musical palette ever so slightly. The first noticeable difference is in the grain of Sykes' voice. She is far more world-worn this time out. She's raspier, digging into the meat of her lyrics more and stubbornly holding on to her syllables to open her lyrics enough to let her intent and emotion drip from them like raw, bittersweet honey. The Sweet Hereafter, led by Phil Wandscher, is tighter, louder, and -- while still slow and purposeful -- more forceful. Check Wandscher's smoking guitar roar on "LLL," a song wrenched from sexual memory and emotional desolation: "Like love, lust/Sometimes you have to kill/The one you trust" (if the French writer Georges Bataille had been a woman born in the late 20th century perhaps). The band has been augmented by some curious guests as well, enlisted by producer and engineer Tucker Martine: jazz trumpeter Dave Carter leads the horn section, and vanguard violinist Eyvind Kang and Wayne Horvitz also appear. The bigger arrangements and lusher sound separate this set from its predecessors. Yes, that is a good thing. "You Might Walk Away" is a straight-up rock tune, tempered only by the hushed tension on Sykes' voice. The insistently hyper Farfisa sounds like an outtake form Forever Changes. Elsewhere, "I Like the Sound" is a rocking take on six-o psychedelic pop and Sykes' delivery feels almost like Grace Slick's. That's not to say this is a derivative record. Far from it. If anything, the Sweet Hereafter are stretching themselves, incorporating different textures, sonics, and even song structures to build bridges for that understated, intensely expressive voice to articulate a poetic view that's decidedly subterranean and perhaps even sublingual. Country and folk music hasn't been abandoned -- it's still ever present in tracks like "The Air Is Thin," the haunted "Spectral Beings," "Morning, It Comes," and "The Open Halls of the Soul." If anything, this is the most satisfying offering from Sykes and her band yet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • Label: Barsuk
  • UPC: 655173106228
  • Catalog Number: 31062
  • Sales rank: 139,191

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Eisenhower Moon (3:32)
  2. 2 LLL (3:57)
  3. 3 You Might Walk Away (2:49)
  4. 4 The Air Is Thin (4:19)
  5. 5 Spectral Beings (4:13)
  6. 6 How Will We Know? (5:24)
  7. 7 Hard Not to Believe (4:35)
  8. 8 Aftermath (3:27)
  9. 9 Station Grey (5:03)
  10. 10 I Like the Sound (3:51)
  11. 11 Morning, It Comes (6:07)
  12. 12 The Open Halls of the Soul (5:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter Primary Artist
Craig Flory Saxophone
Wayne Horvitz Hammond Organ
Christy McWilson Choir, Chorus
Carla Torgerson Choir, Chorus
Tucker Martine Percussion, Hand Clapping
Phil Wandscher Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Lap Steel Guitar
Eyvind Kang Violin, Viola
Bill Herzog Electric Bass, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Upright Bass
Gretchen Yanover Cello
Nicolai Dunger Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jesse Sykes Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Indexed Contributor
Billy Joe Huels Trumpet
Anne Marie Ruljancich Viola, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Eric Eagle Percussion, Drums, Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping
Angie Benintendu Choir, Chorus
Ron Weinstein Hammond Organ
Ben OShea Trombone
Barton Carroll Choir, Chorus
Steve Moore Organ, Keyboards, Hand Clapping
Vivian Linden Choir, Chorus
Josiah Boothby French Horn
Micah Hulscher Piano, Harmonium
Apple Martine Choir, Chorus
Mike McNaughton Choir, Chorus
Dave Carter Trumpet
Technical Credits
Roger Seibel Mastering
Martin Feveyear Producer, Engineer
Tucker Martine Producer, Engineer
Phil Wandscher Composer
Eyvind Kang Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Randall Dunn Producer, Engineer
Jesse Sykes Composer
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