Public Places

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Not surprisingly, Russell Simins' first solo excursion Public Places feels like a culmination of the work he's done with his various side projects as well as his main gig, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Fortunately, most of Public Places recalls the JSBE and Butter 08 rather than Crunt; the album opener "I'm Not a Model" mixes cheesy, sleazy samples with a sludgy, bottom-heavy groove. Many of the best songs, such as the flute-laden "Don't You Believe" and the stream-of-consciousness hip-pop of "Scope" and "Cookies and Cream" sound uncannily like unreleased Beck tracks -- but that's a good thing. The unapologetically dumb title track which features the line "She likes ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Not surprisingly, Russell Simins' first solo excursion Public Places feels like a culmination of the work he's done with his various side projects as well as his main gig, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Fortunately, most of Public Places recalls the JSBE and Butter 08 rather than Crunt; the album opener "I'm Not a Model" mixes cheesy, sleazy samples with a sludgy, bottom-heavy groove. Many of the best songs, such as the flute-laden "Don't You Believe" and the stream-of-consciousness hip-pop of "Scope" and "Cookies and Cream" sound uncannily like unreleased Beck tracks -- but that's a good thing. The unapologetically dumb title track which features the line "She likes girls/But she likes me better!" even feels like a slightly whiter version of the sex-machine pose Beck adopted on Midnite Vultures. Public Places falters a bit when Simins tries to out-and-out rock, as on "No 90210" and "World Over," which just aren't as distinctive as his artier work. However, the distant, moody ballad "Comfortable Place" and the final song "Stay" which also features Cibo Mato/Butter 08 vocalist Miho Hatori tip the album's balance toward Simins' strengths. Though it's not a consistent album, Public Places is a surprisingly diverse debut that will intrigue fans of Simins' other groups.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2000
  • Label: Grand Royal Records
  • UPC: 758148008920
  • Catalog Number: 89
  • Sales rank: 297,903

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Not a Model (4:43)
  2. 2 Public Places (3:43)
  3. 3 Jim's Problem (2:59)
  4. 4 Don't You Believe (4:20)
  5. 5 No 80210 (3:16)
  6. 6 Comfortable Place (4:14)
  7. 7 World Over (2:59)
  8. 8 Feel the Emotion (3:55)
  9. 9 Scope (4:20)
  10. 10 Cookies and Cream (3:28)
  11. 11 No Straight Line (4:19)
  12. 12 Everything Falls Apart (3:31)
  13. 13 Stay (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Russell Simins Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Rick Lee Bass, Guitar, Drums, Noise
Chynna Phillips Background Vocals
Christopher Shaw Guitar, Vocals
Jamey Staub Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Vivian Trimble Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Pete Rock scratching, Beat Box
Eric Tew Guitar
Danny Madorsky Organ, Hand Clapping
Miho Hatori Background Vocals
Bijou Phillips Background Vocals
Mike Diamond Drums
Technical Credits
Rick Lee Loop
Christopher Shaw Programming
Jamey Staub Programming, Producer, Engineer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Russell Simins Producer, Concept
Terry Richardson Cover Photo
James Staub Producer, Engineer
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