Palace and Stage

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
After mining the intersection of rock, alt-country, and campfire folk during 2007's First You Live, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band introduce a stronger jam band ethic with Palace and Stage. The River Band's sophomore effort is still grounded in the 1970s, with a mixture of swirling organs, cowbell, and Southern-styled guitars all evoking the decade. Yet the band's eager diversity -- the willingness to puddle-jump from genre to genre, connected only by a string of clear, simple choruses -- is more indebted to the jam movement of the '90s, which wields particular influence during the album's most energized tracks. As before, songwriting credits are shared among the entire ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
After mining the intersection of rock, alt-country, and campfire folk during 2007's First You Live, Dusty Rhodes and the River Band introduce a stronger jam band ethic with Palace and Stage. The River Band's sophomore effort is still grounded in the 1970s, with a mixture of swirling organs, cowbell, and Southern-styled guitars all evoking the decade. Yet the band's eager diversity -- the willingness to puddle-jump from genre to genre, connected only by a string of clear, simple choruses -- is more indebted to the jam movement of the '90s, which wields particular influence during the album's most energized tracks. As before, songwriting credits are shared among the entire lineup, and lead singer Dustin Apodaca often relinquishes the microphone to other members. All vocalists aren't created equal, however, and Apodaca is surprisingly upstaged by several of his more vocally competent bandmates. The breezy, soulful "Andy" (written and presumably sung by guitarist Kyle Divine, who colors his voice with a hint of vibrato) is performed with understated grace, a welcome change from the overzealous grit that Apodaca shoehorns into the previous three tunes. Meanwhile, violinist Andrea Babinski also helms a song to pleasant effect, and her voice turns "So Low" into a fun nugget of diverse, indie folk whimsy. Palace and Stage takes strength in such variety, and the album ultimately emerges as a fairly solid group effort -- greater than the sum of its parts, wide-ranging, and a nice follow-up to the band's debut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • Label: Side One Dummy
  • UPC: 603967138320
  • Catalog Number: 71383
  • Sales rank: 198,009

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All One (3:48)
  2. 2 Blind Lead the Blind (3:13)
  3. 3 Palace and Stage (4:24)
  4. 4 Andy (4:06)
  5. 5 Sorry for Now (3:53)
  6. 6 W.W.M.D.? (3:19)
  7. 7 Fire in the Sky (3:39)
  8. 8 Magic Words (3:32)
  9. 9 The Ballad of Jim and Casey (4:17)
  10. 10 So Low (3:30)
  11. 11 Davidians (3:28)
  12. 12 [Untitled Hidden Track] (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dusty Rhodes and the River Band Primary Artist
Luis Beza Trumpet
Andrea Babinski Violin, Vocals, Group Member
Kyle Divine Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals, Group Member
Dustin Apodaca Keyboards, Vocals, Bells, Group Member
Edson Choi Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Vibes, Group Member
Eric Chirco Drums, Marimbas, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ted Hutt Producer
Ryan Mall Engineer
Andrea Babinski Composer, Artwork, String Arrangements
Kyle Divine Composer
Dustin Apodaca Composer, Artwork
Edson Choi Composer
Allen Van Orman Composer
Tom Baker Mastering
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