Rats in Heaven

Rats in Heaven

by Suffering and the Hideous Thieves
     
 

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 ofSee more details below

Overview

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:
04/20/2004
Label:
Lujo Records
UPC:
0751937244127
catalogNumber:
9

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Suffering and the Hideous Thieves   Primary Artist
Joel Brown   Organ,Acoustic 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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