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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Joe Pernice and his compatriots have taken one step forward and one step back on the fifth studio album from the Pernice Brothers, Live a Little, and both moves have served them well. Live a Little finds the band teaming up again with Michael Deming, the producer who worked with Joe Pernice during the latter days of the Scud Mountain Boys and was behind the board for Overcome by Happiness, the Pernice Brothers' debut. Live a Little lacks the gloss of Discover a Lovelier You or the harder surfaces of Yours, Mine & Ours both of which were produced by Thom Monahan, but it also feels considerably fuller and more mature than the quiet, tentative texture of the debut. Live a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Joe Pernice and his compatriots have taken one step forward and one step back on the fifth studio album from the Pernice Brothers, Live a Little, and both moves have served them well. Live a Little finds the band teaming up again with Michael Deming, the producer who worked with Joe Pernice during the latter days of the Scud Mountain Boys and was behind the board for Overcome by Happiness, the Pernice Brothers' debut. Live a Little lacks the gloss of Discover a Lovelier You or the harder surfaces of Yours, Mine & Ours both of which were produced by Thom Monahan, but it also feels considerably fuller and more mature than the quiet, tentative texture of the debut. Live a Little sounds more open and roomy than the past few Pernice Brothers efforts, while at the same time reflecting the lusher pop sound the band has embraced since 1998; a bit of the gingerbread has been stripped away, but the sound is still classic-style pop at its most delicious, buoyed by Deming's subtle string charts. And while there's a bit less of the "sunshine pop for a cloudy day" mood of their previous albums on Live a Little, Joe Pernice remains one of the finest songwriters at work today, and these 11 new songs plus a remake of " Grudge F***" from the final Scud Mountain Boys album find him in superb form -- the melodies are intelligent but hooky, with the touches of tart sophistication never getting in the way of their sweetness, and his lyrics walk a glorious tightrope between the classic adolescent obsessions of rock i.e., girls and the more troubling concerns of adulthood i.e., women. And as usual, Joe's collaborators deliver the goods, especially Peyton Pinkerton on guitar and James Wallborne on keyboards, playing these songs with the passion and skill they richly deserve. No one in indie pop has consistently delivered such impressive results in the new millennium as Joe Pernice, and Live a Little makes it clear he isn't done making superb music anytime soon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • Label: Ashmont Records
  • UPC: 634457178427
  • Catalog Number: 10
  • Sales rank: 210,172

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Automaton (3:07)
  2. 2 Somerville (3:35)
  3. 3 Cruelty to Animals (3:22)
  4. 4 Zero Refills (4:49)
  5. 5 Microscopic View (3:18)
  6. 6 How Can I Compare (2:50)
  7. 7 B.S. Johnson (2:22)
  8. 8 PCH One (3:35)
  9. 9 Conscience Clean (I Went to Spain) (2:51)
  10. 10 Lightheaded (2:52)
  11. 11 High as a Kite (3:13)
  12. 12 Grudge F*** (4:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Pernice Brothers Primary Artist
Mike Deming Organ, Percussion, Conductor, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Track Performer, Finger Snapping, Analogue Synthesizer
Bob Pernice Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Joe Pernice Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Lisa Rautenberg Violin
Peyton Pinkerton Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Track Performer, Soloist, Guitar (Electric Baritone)
James Walbourne Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Track Performer, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Patrick Berkery Percussion, Bongos, Drums, Track Performer
Scott Bean Trombone
Kara Pernice Coyne Background Vocals
Dan Innaimo Bass Trombone
Martha Kayser Violin
Topher Logan Trombone
Arthur Masi Viola
Shane McMahon Trumpet, Soloist
Anne Pinkerton Background Vocals
Kathy Schiano Cello
Frank Tamburro Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Michael Deming Organ, Synthesizer, Percussion, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Bill Inglot Mastering
Mike Deming Producer, Engineer, Orchestral Arrangements
Joe Pernice Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Dave Schultz Mastering
Joyce Linehan Executive Producer, Management
Christopher Najewicz Web Design
Carrie Klein Publicity
Michael Deming Audio Production
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