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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
On his latest album under the Phosphorescent guise, Mathew Houck continues his work with reflective folk music given a somewhat ethereal bent. If not as gone as some of the performers in the field in recent years who seem to balance between stability and the lack thereof, Houck beats the heck out of so many who seem to only want to become the new Dan Fogelberg sometimes with Tim Weisberg and sometimes without. Pride's eight songs are an almost fully solo effort, aside from some backing harmonies on a couple of tracks; as a one-man band, Houck shows he can re-create the as-if-it-was-a-live-jam feeling well; if by necessity songs like "A Picture of Our Torn Up Praise" can ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
On his latest album under the Phosphorescent guise, Mathew Houck continues his work with reflective folk music given a somewhat ethereal bent. If not as gone as some of the performers in the field in recent years who seem to balance between stability and the lack thereof, Houck beats the heck out of so many who seem to only want to become the new Dan Fogelberg sometimes with Tim Weisberg and sometimes without. Pride's eight songs are an almost fully solo effort, aside from some backing harmonies on a couple of tracks; as a one-man band, Houck shows he can re-create the as-if-it-was-a-live-jam feeling well; if by necessity songs like "A Picture of Our Torn Up Praise" can sometimes sound almost too perfect, their edges are sometimes just frayed enough. Tambourines stretch out towards the end of one song, while intercutting wordless harmonies, and soft yelps flesh out the arrangements further a combination used to excellent effect to close out the title track and album as a whole. His fondness for his own harmony overdubs partially explains why he's received mentions from the Animal Collective fan base in its various incarnations, but Houck has his own spin on a deeper and more reflective approach that sometimes suggests early Spiritualized circa "Feel So Sad." His arrangements at their lushest are beautifully ragged, a mélange of psych/Americana that don't suggest one era or group of performers as much as a careful mishmash of them all, as is readily heard on the downbeat epic of "Wolves," the album's clear standout, and the rich blend of acoustic and electric elements on "My Dove, My Lamb," one of the more interesting uses of Christian imagery in a seemingly non-Christian vein currently out there.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2007
  • Label: Dead Oceans
  • UPC: 656605130521
  • Catalog Number: 51305
  • Sales rank: 64,703

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Phosphorescent Primary Artist
Sam Rosen Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Nat Baldwin Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Liz Durrett Vocals, Voices
Raymond Raposa Vocals, Voices
Amber Coffman Clacker
Jana Hunter Vocals, Voices
Sayard Egan Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Annie Palmer Voices
Teresa Eggers Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Angel Deradoorian Background Vocals
Matthew Houck Various
Ben Bromley Background Vocals
Annie Palmer Vocals
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