On Fire [On Fire & Peel Sessions]

On Fire [On Fire & Peel Sessions]

by Galaxie 500
     
 

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Having already made a fine account of themselves on Today, the three members of Galaxie 500 got even better with On Fire, recording another lovely classic of late-'80s rock. As with all the band's work, Kramer once again handles the production, the perfect person to bring out Galaxie 500's particular

Overview

Having already made a fine account of themselves on Today, the three members of Galaxie 500 got even better with On Fire, recording another lovely classic of late-'80s rock. As with all the band's work, Kramer once again handles the production, the perfect person to bring out Galaxie 500's particular approach. The combination of his continued use of reverb and the sudden, dramatic shifts in the music -- never exploding, just delivering enough of a change -- makes for fine results. Consider "Snowstorm," with Krukowski's soft-then-strong drums and Wareham's liquid solo and how they're placed in the mix, leading without dominating. Yang's vocals became more prominent and her bass work more quietly narcotic than before, while Krukowski adds more heft to his playing without running roughshod over everything, even at the band's loudest. In contrast, Wareham more or less continues along, his glazed, haunting voice simply a joy to hear, while adding subtle touches in the arrangements -- acoustic guitar is often prominent -- to contrast his beautifully frazzled soloing. Leadoff track "Blue Thunder" is the most well-known song, and deservedly so, another instance of the trio's ability to combine subtle uplift with blissed-out melancholia, building to an inspiring ending. There's more overt variety throughout On Fire, from the more direct loner-in-the-crowd sentiments and musical punch of "Strange" to the Yang-sung "Another Day," a chance for her to shine individually before Wareham joins in at the end. Again, a cover nods to past inspirations, with George Harrison being the songwriter of choice; his "Isn't It a Pity" closes out the album wonderfully, Kramer adding vocals and "cheap organ." Inspired guest appearance -- Ralph Carney, Tom Waits' horn player of choice, adds some great tenor sax to the increasing volume and drive of "Decomposing Trees." [The 2010 re-release of On Fire, on Krukowski and Yang's 20/20/20 label, adds the Peel Sessions collection previously released on 20/20/20 in 2005, as a bonus disc].

Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/2010
Label:
20/20/20
UPC:
0600197100929
catalogNumber:
8
Rank:
44882

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Galaxie 500   Primary Artist
Ralph Carney   Tenor Saxophone
Dean Wareham   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Damon Krukowski   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Naomi Yang   Bass,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Buffy Sainte-Marie   Composer
Galaxie 500   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
Jonathan Richman   Composer
Dale "Buffin" Griffin   Producer
Johnny Rotten   Composer
Naomi Yang   Cover Photo
Mike Walter   Producer
Byron Coley   Liner Notes
Harrison   Composer
Andrew Rogers   Engineer
Dave Dade   Engineer

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