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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Parplar might be in some ways a folk record, or at least a folky singer/songwriter one. But if so, it's at the freakiest margins of those genres -- not in a distasteful outsider way, but in a pretty impressive and certainly very eclectic one. A major aspect of that eclecticism is the sheer number of instruments employed, including not just Larkin Grimm's own acoustic guitar, dulcimer banjo, Casio, and Chinese harp, but also accordion, dobro, viola, trumpet, violin, trombone, electric guitar, and more by numerous supporting musicians. But the most important element of the music -- and one that's just as varied in timbre as the instrumentation -- is Grimm's voice, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Parplar might be in some ways a folk record, or at least a folky singer/songwriter one. But if so, it's at the freakiest margins of those genres -- not in a distasteful outsider way, but in a pretty impressive and certainly very eclectic one. A major aspect of that eclecticism is the sheer number of instruments employed, including not just Larkin Grimm's own acoustic guitar, dulcimer banjo, Casio, and Chinese harp, but also accordion, dobro, viola, trumpet, violin, trombone, electric guitar, and more by numerous supporting musicians. But the most important element of the music -- and one that's just as varied in timbre as the instrumentation -- is Grimm's voice, which can go from angelic high crooning to mischievous, low, whispery phrasing, as well as more rustic basic folky singing and nerve-jangling, almost munchkin-ish high-pitched vibrations. It can get almost as accessible as some of Joni Mitchell or Phoebe Snow's work, or as weird as some of the odder early 21st century acid folk. Never settling into predictable moods, there's something for a wide range of adventurous folk and rock fans here, whether the near alt-country folk of some tunes; the "Ghost Riders in the Sky"-like "Ride That Cyclone"; the haunting classical chamber music-tinged aura of some tracks; the reserved and remote starkness of "They Were Wrong," which might be most in line with what many underground female folk vocalists were offering around this era; or the sheer eccentric whimsy of "How to Catch a Lizard," whose weirdness is in the Holy Modal Rounders' league. If there's any criticism, it's that the sheer variety, a strength in many ways, can also be a weakness in that it sometimes seems as though Grimm is an actor playing numerous parts, making one wonder, at times, whether the versatility is coming at expense of personal expression.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Young God Records
  • UPC: 658457003725
  • Catalog Number: 37
  • Sales rank: 272,658

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 They Were Wrong (3:42)
  2. 2 Ride That Cyclone (4:01)
  3. 3 Blond and Golden Johns (3:07)
  4. 4 Dominican Rum (3:54)
  5. 5 Parplar (2:08)
  6. 6 Durge (2:26)
  7. 7 Be My Host (3:01)
  8. 8 Mina Minou (1:35)
  9. 9 My Justine (4:34)
  10. 10 Anger in Your Liver (1:35)
  11. 11 All the Pleasures in the World (1:29)
  12. 12 Fall on Your Knees (2:50)
  13. 13 How to Catch a Lizard (1:55)
  14. 14 The Dip (1:12)
  15. 15 Hope for the Hopeless (2:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Larkin Grimm Primary Artist, Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Autoharp, Vocals, Classical Guitar, Casio, Egyptian Tambourine, Gu-Zheng, Frame Drum
Michael Gira Vocals
Philip Puleo Hammered Dulcimer
Kenny Siegal Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Arrington de Dionyso Throat Singing
Eszter Balint Fiddle
Caleb Mulkerin Banjo, Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Chriss Sutherland Tambourine, Vocals, Upright Bass, Doumbek, Guest Appearance
Jason LaFarge Electric Guitar
Micah Blue Smaldone Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Upright Bass, Guest Appearance
Colleen Kinsella Accordion, Drums, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jordan Voelker Viola
Steve Moses Trombone
Technical Credits
Michael Gira Producer
Fred Kevorkian Mastering
Kenny Siegal Producer, Engineer
Jim Gavenus Tray Photo
Jason LaFarge Engineer
Larkin Grimm Composer, Producer
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