Needle Bed [Enhanced]

Needle Bed [Enhanced]

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by John Ralston
     
 
Several years after his group Legends of Rodeo released their first album, John Ralston returned with his own debut full-length, Needle Bed. And it's an album that has several highs and very few lows. After the light, flighty "No Catcher in the Rye," which would fall somewhere between Elliott Smith and the

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Several years after his group Legends of Rodeo released their first album, John Ralston returned with his own debut full-length, Needle Bed. And it's an album that has several highs and very few lows. After the light, flighty "No Catcher in the Rye," which would fall somewhere between Elliott Smith and the Beatles' "Day in the Life," the record takes off with a punchy and well-crafted toe-tapper entitled "It's Not Your Fault," which slowly adds a guitar and a fuller arrangement. The only drawback might be that it's not fleshed out, ending a tad abruptly. The rudimentary but refined pop melodies are in full force with the winding but precious "Hang a Sign," which brings a band like Spoon to mind. Ralston sounds like he didn't waste much time recording these songs, wanting to capture the moment in its purest form. This is especially true with the roots pop ballad called "When We Are Cats" and the nearly perfect XTC-ish highbrow pop of "I Believe in Ghosts," even when the singer reaches for the higher notes. Again, it could go on, but Ralston quits while he is quite far ahead. After a lovely, pace-changing "No One Said It Was Easy," the album suffers a slight hiccup with "Gone Gone Gone," which is a little too rich, coming off like something the Goo Goo Dolls might take a stab at. He atones for this with "Keep Me," a rousing, fist-pumping roots rock track that hits the ground running. [This enhanced edition features bonus material on CD-ROM.]

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Release Date:
06/06/2006
Label:
Vagrant Records
UPC:
0601091043428
catalogNumber:
434

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Needle Bed 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
john ralston came out of nowhere, and goodness am i sure glad he did. his amazing voice paired with the upbeat and catchy tunes, make this cd a must. but hurry up and grab one before they are all "gone gone gone"