Luminaria

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Ian Moore's sixth album -- the first for the North Carolina indie Yep Roc -- cements the singer/songwriter's slow detachment from his blues-rocking roots. Although the Texas-bred guitarist's self-titled 1993 debut earned comparisons to the work of the then recently deceased Stevie Ray Vaughan, Moore has been moving away from the blues ever since. In fact, the contemplative, slow-building songs on Luminaria sound basically like Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot minus the noise interludes: country-tinged folk-rock songs given imaginative, occasionally dissonant arrangements. For example, the choruses of the otherwise straightforward "New Day" are colored with enough guitar fuzz ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Ian Moore's sixth album -- the first for the North Carolina indie Yep Roc -- cements the singer/songwriter's slow detachment from his blues-rocking roots. Although the Texas-bred guitarist's self-titled 1993 debut earned comparisons to the work of the then recently deceased Stevie Ray Vaughan, Moore has been moving away from the blues ever since. In fact, the contemplative, slow-building songs on Luminaria sound basically like Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot minus the noise interludes: country-tinged folk-rock songs given imaginative, occasionally dissonant arrangements. For example, the choruses of the otherwise straightforward "New Day" are colored with enough guitar fuzz and "Penny Lane"-style trumpet fills to appeal to the most confirmed psychedelia fan, and the seven-plus minute "Caroline" shifts from its weepy country-rock melody into a lengthy waltz-time passage filled with dub-style echo and keening, wordless vocals. Not all of the songs are that adventurous although a song about Sir Robert Scott's disastrous 1902 Antarctic exploration shows a compelling disregard for the usual pop song clich├ęs, but there's not a duff track on Luminaria, and the songs are so varied and interesting that this is Ian Moore's best album by some distance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457208322
  • Catalog Number: 2083
  • Sales rank: 204,741

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What I've Done (3:56)
  2. 2 Caroline (7:13)
  3. 3 New Day (3:24)
  4. 4 April (3:05)
  5. 5 Kangaroo Lake (3:35)
  6. 6 Abilene (3:51)
  7. 7 Ordinary People (5:29)
  8. 8 Cinnamon (4:33)
  9. 9 Bastard (2:23)
  10. 10 Sir Robert Scott (2:51)
  11. 11 Susan (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ian Moore Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Vocals
Bukka Allen Piano, Accordion, Noise, Musician
J.J. Johnson Drums
J. Alan Johnson Drums, Musician
George Reiff Bass, Musician
Chris Searles Drums, Musician
Nina Singh Drums, Musician
Will Sexton Bass, Musician
Chris Dye Guitar, Korg, Omnichord, Musician, Guitar (Tremolo)
Paul Brainard Pedal Steel Guitar, Trumpet, Musician
Brian Standefer Cello, Musician
Jay Clarke Moog Synthesizer, Musician
Brian Standeford Cello
Chris Forshage Trumpet, Musician
Kullen Fuchs Trumpet, Musician
Rob Jersoe Dobro, Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Tremolo, Musician
Derek Morris Mellotron, Wurlitzer, Musician
Rob Jersoe Guitar
Derek Morris Mellotron
Technical Credits
Ian Moore Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Found Sounds
Bukka Allen Composer
George Reiff Composer
Jeff Saltzman Engineer, Mastering
Duncan Hudson Engineer
Mary Gunn Graphic Design
Britton Beisenherz Engineer
Brian Standefer Engineer, Contributor
Spencer Gibb Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Impressive blend of folk, country and psychedelia

    Those who already know Moore may only know him from his previous incarnation as a guitar-slinging Texan. Those who haven't heard his earlier work will have a hard time connecting his earlier blues-rock background to his current folk-rock inflected alt.country sound. His latest betrays few hints of his past, filling out this disc (his sixth) with superb pop melodies and adventurous arrangements that layer harmony and echo on meters that effortlessly flow from pop 4/4 to dreamy waltz-time interludes. ¶ Touch-points like Jeff Buckley's introspective folk and Wilco's pop constructs are fleshed out by loping tempos, as well as pedal steel that is more atmosphere than twang. The 7+ minute "Caroline" is a lush Badfinger-like construct that alternates between concise melodic pop and trippy psychedelia. Having recorded this album over many months with a revolving set of musicians in several cities and along the road, the songs explore a wide range of styles, including the shuffling country soul of "April," the jazzy blues of "Abilene," and the otherworldly Theramin-inspired "Ordinary People." It's a heady collection of sophisticated sounds that mixes primary elements with shadings of trip-hop. ¶ When Moore cranks up the rock 'n' roll electricity, as he does for "New Day," it's more a wall-of-buzz (with Penny Lane-ish trumpets) than Texas blues. Even the rootsy dobro rant "B*st*rd" sounds as though it were processed through a bit of Tom Waits' alley-way sensibility. Moore's lyrics are similarly sophisticated, mixing allegory with word play for poetic effect, but without destroying the narratives or characters. His sketch of Antarctic explorer Sir Robert Scott's dramatically portrays the mariner's failed attempt to reach the South Pole before anyone else (he was beaten by Norwegian Roald Amundsen), and his death on the return journey. ¶ Perhaps the album's greatest achievement is how effortlessly it combines its breadth of style and depth of experimentation. Rather than sounding constructed, it sounds like an organic whole that tumbled out of Moore's imagination. There's a great deal of craft in the unusual, detailed arrangements, but like the lyrics, singing and playing, it's in service of fashioning a superbly coherent result from often disparate ingredients. ¶ 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.

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