Simple Love

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All Music Guide - Tammy La Gorce
On his second Team Love outing, David Dondero's affiliation with Conor Oberst comes across more clearly -- the Bright Eyes brand of cool seeps straight through the music and into the quavering vocals. But big differences separate these two top-tier songwriters, and part of the fun of paying close attention to the tongue-in-cheek-titled Simple Love is figuring out how far apart they really are. Dondero, for one thing, has always been a wayfaring storyteller; here, true to form, he weaves narratives out of threads from American vistas that stifle him (Oakland, CA, in "Stuck on the Moon") or inspire him (the Mississippi River in "Mighty Mississip!"). But that's an easy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tammy La Gorce
On his second Team Love outing, David Dondero's affiliation with Conor Oberst comes across more clearly -- the Bright Eyes brand of cool seeps straight through the music and into the quavering vocals. But big differences separate these two top-tier songwriters, and part of the fun of paying close attention to the tongue-in-cheek-titled Simple Love is figuring out how far apart they really are. Dondero, for one thing, has always been a wayfaring storyteller; here, true to form, he weaves narratives out of threads from American vistas that stifle him (Oakland, CA, in "Stuck on the Moon") or inspire him (the Mississippi River in "Mighty Mississip!"). But that's an easy distinction to make. Where Dondero and Oberst are most alike is in their capacity for evoking a sense of well-founded unease, despair, and heavy-heartedness. Songs like "Rothko Chapel" and "When the Heart Breaks Deep" are streaked by them; they're as fogged by disillusion as sadness, and the same mood runs through some of the songs on Oberst's Cassadaga, also released in 2007. What makes these songs unmistakably Dondero's, though, is their gravity. When Dondero sings, hope has less wiggle room, uncertainty has less air to float in. Because of it, Simple Love sounds rooted in something deep. Older, world-wearier fans of Bright Eyes will love it, and so will Dondero devotees.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2007
  • Label: Team Love Records
  • UPC: 810430012326
  • Catalog Number: 23
  • Sales rank: 274,596

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Dondero Primary Artist
Tom Heyman Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
Travis Garaffa Drums
David Matysiak Bass, Guitar, Conga, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Lead
Craig D Drums
Edward Hobizal Piano
Ben Howard Bass, Bass Guitar
Renée Woodward Vocals
Lew Card Banjo, Mandolin
Jonathan Humphries Guitar, Piano, Wurlitzer, Lead
Lance Sollock Guitar
Lance Sollock Guitar
Lew Card Banjo
Renee Woodward Vocals
Craig D Drums
Technical Credits
David Dondero Composer
Brian Nelson Mastering
Mike Vasquez Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Doug Koepsel Paintings
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