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Barnes & Noble - Tristram Lozaw
On Wrong-Eyed Jesus, his first album for David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, Jim White struck some as a Southern-gothic Tom Waits. With his follow-up, No Such Place, some might be tempted to call his alt-country freak-blues "Beck with a banjo." While the comparisons aren't off base, they also don't tell the whole story. The divergent elements of White's past -- heavy religion, Appalachian twang, NYC cabdriving, surfer-dude slackerdom, and redneck surrealism, among others -- color No Such Place. The album, described by White as a "crackpot love letter," chronicles the broke-down-and-busted goings-on of a rural Southern anytown, detailing its dead cars, rusting souls, and ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tristram Lozaw
On Wrong-Eyed Jesus, his first album for David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, Jim White struck some as a Southern-gothic Tom Waits. With his follow-up, No Such Place, some might be tempted to call his alt-country freak-blues "Beck with a banjo." While the comparisons aren't off base, they also don't tell the whole story. The divergent elements of White's past -- heavy religion, Appalachian twang, NYC cabdriving, surfer-dude slackerdom, and redneck surrealism, among others -- color No Such Place. The album, described by White as a "crackpot love letter," chronicles the broke-down-and-busted goings-on of a rural Southern anytown, detailing its dead cars, rusting souls, and peculiar psychoses. White swaggers through the juke-joint jive of "God Was Drunk When He Made Me," kicks up dust driving "10 Miles to Go Down a 9 Mile Road," and divines a swamp-gas remake of Roger Miller's "King of the Road." But the CD's other side reveals the influence of back-hills death ballads on White's songwriting soul. It's a streak that runs though the spare, eerie "Corvair," "Christmas Day," and "Bound to Forget." These tracks reflect the aches of a country heart, sadly gentle as they pit redemption against despair, and make No Such Place the twisted, scrappy gem it is.
All Music Guide - Don Kline
Jim White's sophomore release on David Byrne's Luaka Bop imprint comes four years after the release of Wrong-Eyed Jesus!, an album that introduced him as a quirky, yet clever master of Southern gothic storytelling and lo-fi folk music. No Such Place is a brilliant follow-up and reveals White at his best. It's a bluesy, atmospheric-laced collection of songs about loners, ghosts, devils, love, and angels. Well skilled at providing listeners with a detailed look into his psyche, White simultaneously, and almost undetectably, provokes introspection throughout the album's 13 tracks. His songwriting is best exhibited when the album flows between gentle, dark, and spacy tunes like "Corvair" and "The Wrong Kind of Love," to all-out stompers like "10 Miles to Go on a 9 Mile Road," "Handcuffed to a Fence in Mississippi," and his unique cover of Roger Miller's "King of the Road." No Such Place is a classic storytelling affair. Continuing to draw from a lifetime's worth of experiences, including stints as a religious fanatic, drug addict, taxi driver, fashion model, and professional surfer, White generously offers up a collage of deeply personal thoughts and feelings. Although comparable to Beck's Mutations and Shawn Mullins' Beneath the Velvet Sun, No Such Place breaks new ground by pairing White's unique lyrical twists and vocal stylings with the slick production of Morcheeba, Sweetback co-founder and Sade musician Andrew Hale, DJ/producer Q-Burns Abstract Message, and Sohichiro Suzuki formerly of Yellow Magic Orchestra and currently with World Standard. The result is a cohesive effort that's bold, bizarre, and beautiful. His tales, often witty and dipped in irony, stream underneath samples of crickets, howls, sirens, whistles, and an ample filling of ambient clings and clangs. White is a master of exposing his world, while singing the majority of his songs under the guise of a third-person narrator. Combining banjos, harmonicas, and jaw harps with thick lo-fi beats, record scratches, and samples, No Such Place is an exciting and fresh collection of music. Add to the mix White's tongue-in-cheek storyteller talents and the result is a strong album that proves that he's closer to finding peace with his past and optimistic about the journey ahead.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2005
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • UPC: 680899004329
  • Catalog Number: 90043
  • Sales rank: 129,358

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim White Primary Artist, Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Trombone, Keyboards, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar, Slide Banjo
Andrew Hale Percussion, Piano, Celeste, Drums, Keyboards, Melodion, Kalimba, fender rhodes, Toy Piano
Toshihiro Nakanishi Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Human Whistle, Electric Sitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Dale Thomas Banjo, Mandolin, Autoharp, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Paul Godfrey scratching, Drums, Vocals
Ben Peeler Dobro, Hand Clapping, Lap Steel Guitar
Ross Godfrey Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Q-Burns Abstract Message Bass
Jeremiah Sullivan Mandolin
Sohichiro Suzuki Slide Guitar
Steve Maples Bass, Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Udu, Standup Bass
Linda Delgado Background Vocals
Steve Ferry Percussion, Drums, Vibes
Stephanie Simon Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Roger Miller Composer
Andrew Hale Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Jim White Composer, Producer, Engineer, Drawing
Peter Norris Producer
Paul Godfrey Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Ross Godfrey Producer
Q-Burns Abstract Message Programming, Producer
Sylvia Reed Associate Executive Producer
Sohichiro Suzuki Producer
Q Burns Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Country electronic backash fried on blacktop velvet

    Heard advance copy. This is like Dock Boggs meets Cornelius and fisticuffs break out while Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams wait at the bar. My favorite tracks were ''Handcuffed to a Fence in MS,'' ''The Wound that Never Heals,'' and ''Corvair.'' People didn't write songs like this ever. Very lyric-intense with funky, country instrumentals and understated electronics, this is a brown study in the section of Florida that supposedly gave up their vote because TV told them the polls were closed.

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