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Essentially the alter ego of frontman Anders Parker, Varnaline released three relatively well-respected albums on Zero Hour before the indie label went under. Fortunately, they were rescued from the ashes by longtime fan Steve Earle, who released this album on his label and co-mixed it with Twangtrust partner Ray Kennedy. Musically, the album is more of the same indie rock/alt-country blend, veering from the pastoral acoustic balladry of "Still Dream" to the dissonant noise of "Song" as if it were the most natural contrast in the world. Though Parker plays most of the instruments himself, contributions from Jud Ehrbar drums, synths, vocals, Dean Jones trombone, piano, vibes, ...
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All Music Guide - Bret Love
Essentially the alter ego of frontman Anders Parker, Varnaline released three relatively well-respected albums on Zero Hour before the indie label went under. Fortunately, they were rescued from the ashes by longtime fan Steve Earle, who released this album on his label and co-mixed it with Twangtrust partner Ray Kennedy. Musically, the album is more of the same indie rock/alt-country blend, veering from the pastoral acoustic balladry of "Still Dream" to the dissonant noise of "Song" as if it were the most natural contrast in the world. Though Parker plays most of the instruments himself, contributions from Jud Ehrbar drums, synths, vocals, Dean Jones trombone, piano, vibes, and Anders' brother, John Parker bass, pump organ, add some intriguing new dimensions to the Varnaline sound. But while Songs in a Northern Key achieves occasional moments of brilliance see: "I Don't Want" and "Murder Crow", it ultimately falls just short of being the classic album that one senses Anders Parker may have in him.
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  • Release Date: 7/31/2001
  • Label: Artemis Records
  • UPC: 699675107727
  • Catalog Number: 51077

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Still Dream
  2. 2 Song
  3. 3 Indian Summer Takedown
  4. 4 Blackbird Fields
  5. 5 Blue Flowers on the Highway
  6. 6 The Drunkard's Wish
  7. 7 Difference
  8. 8 Anything from Now
  9. 9 Down the Street
  10. 10 Green Eyed Stars
  11. 11 Sister and the Chrome Waves
  12. 12 I Don't Want
  13. 13 Let It All Come Down
  14. 14 Broken Song
  15. 15 Murder Crow
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Varnaline Primary Artist
Dean Jones Piano, Trombone, Vibes, Pump Organ
Judson Ehrbar Drums, Vocals
Anders Parker Various
Kendall Meade Vocals
John Parker Pump Organ
Technical Credits
Ray Kennedy Audio Production
Steve Earle Audio Production
Lorraine "Reparata" Mazzola Contributor
Kelley Walker Introduction
Anders Parker Producer, Audio Production
Hank Williams Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant!

    Feeling subdued right after the 9/11 attacks, I went out and bought a bunch of cds to get lost in for awhile (my way of coping, I guess), but this one stood out from the rest of the pack from the get-go. It had been so long since a work of music had conjured up such vivid imagery for me. There are lots of goodies on this disc, plus a couple of brief tidbits like the banjo-led "The Drunkard's Wish". I've always felt that what separates a great cd from a pretty good one, is how the cd wraps up with the final song, and on this one there was no disappointment - "Murder Crow" caps this one off in a most beautiful, bittersweet way. More than 4 years after my first listening, this disc still transports me to somewhere else.

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