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What's this -- the Tom Waits Concert Choir? No, it's just the notorious Seattle fixture Jeff Suffering and his cohorts, taking an old gospel song and turning it into a cross between a queasy barroom ballad and a louche cabaret torch song. And that's just what happens in the first minute of this album; the rest alternates between a sort of jazzy film-noir alt rock "Burning World" and a more straightforward guitar-based alt rock "Her Blood," "There's Nothing More Beautiful Than Loving You", much of it sprinkled with fairly subtle religious language -- though there's nothing very subtle about the fact that the album opens with gospel standards "There Is a Fountain Filled ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
What's this -- the Tom Waits Concert Choir? No, it's just the notorious Seattle fixture Jeff Suffering and his cohorts, taking an old gospel song and turning it into a cross between a queasy barroom ballad and a louche cabaret torch song. And that's just what happens in the first minute of this album; the rest alternates between a sort of jazzy film-noir alt rock "Burning World" and a more straightforward guitar-based alt rock "Her Blood," "There's Nothing More Beautiful Than Loving You", much of it sprinkled with fairly subtle religious language -- though there's nothing very subtle about the fact that the album opens with gospel standards "There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood" and ends with "Amazing Grace." Throughout the program, Suffering works hard to maintain an air of weirdness, maintaining a delicate balance between charming idiosyncrasy and simple chaos. When he teeters to one side, its usually in the direction of self-indulgent twaddle and he ends up sounding like a loopier version of Nick Cave. But as long as his balance holds, you get nice surprises like the string arrangement on "Potter's Field" and the disarmingly straight take on "Amazing Grace" that ends the program. Recommended with only minor reservations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • Label: Lujo Records
  • UPC: 751937244127
  • Catalog Number: 9

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Suffering and the Hideous Thieves Primary Artist
Joel Brown Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Lee Brown Drums, Group Member
Shelley Jennings Vocals
Evan Morris Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Josh Myers Synthesizer, Piano, electronics
Marcio Doctor Percussion, Drums
Lilly Isaac Vocals
Jeff Suffering Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Noise, screams, Group Member
Andy Myers Vocals
David Broecker Vocals
Dave Martin Vocals, Saw
Rose Johnson Vocals
Kevin Laurence Barrans Flute, Percussion, Accordion, Drums, Vocals, Penny Whistle, Irish Flute, Toy Piano
Alicia Blake Piano
Joel Cuplin Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Saxophone, Vocals, Group Member
Matt Dammer Trombone
Matt Johnson Drums
Bubba Jennings Bass, Group Member
Bubba Jennings Bass Guitar
Gavin Tull-Eaterbrook Percussion, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Adam Merkl Electric Guitar
Jeff Suffering Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, electronics
Evan Morris Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Herbie Hancock Composer
Ed Brooks Mastering
Joel Brown Programming, Producer, Engineer, Sound Manipulation
Eric Fisher Art Direction
Josh Myers Engineer, Orchestration
Marcio Doctor Engineer
Jeff Suffering Producer, Engineer, Art Direction, Atmosphere, Soundscape, Sound Manipulation
Andy Myers Art Direction
Kory Kruckenberg Engineer
Nick Dyakanoff Engineer
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