Songs of Vice and Sorrow

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The love child of Mississippi John Hurt and Billy Childish, Julian Fauth is an interesting mix of the old, the very old, and the merely retro. "Cobalt," the opening track on Songs of Vice and Sorrow, is a punky, five-minute blues for heavily distorted electric guitar and ghostly harmonica that trades in the post-punk atmospherics of Nick Cave as much as it does the old Delta blues. Fauth also bears a strong vocal resemblance to Richard Thompson at times, but never more so than on this particular song. Other songs find Fauth pounding a rollicking Texas-style piano blues, assaying a handful of traditional blues and folk tunes, kicking it boogie-woogie style and throwing in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The love child of Mississippi John Hurt and Billy Childish, Julian Fauth is an interesting mix of the old, the very old, and the merely retro. "Cobalt," the opening track on Songs of Vice and Sorrow, is a punky, five-minute blues for heavily distorted electric guitar and ghostly harmonica that trades in the post-punk atmospherics of Nick Cave as much as it does the old Delta blues. Fauth also bears a strong vocal resemblance to Richard Thompson at times, but never more so than on this particular song. Other songs find Fauth pounding a rollicking Texas-style piano blues, assaying a handful of traditional blues and folk tunes, kicking it boogie-woogie style and throwing in a Mose Allison-styled, strangely tuned, soul-jazz piano pounder called "Spadina Avenue Stomp" in honor of one of his adopted hometown's major thoroughfares. That sense of local color is important: if Fauth was a middle-aged, balding Canadian dude trying to be "Mister Authentic Blues", that would be exceedingly lame. But from the Victorian ragamuffin cover photo to the weird mix of influences all over this double-album-length CD, Songs of Vice and Sorrow is a unique, idiosyncratic, and often fascinating statement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: Electro-Fi Records
  • UPC: 775020657229
  • Catalog Number: 3391
  • Sales rank: 194,220

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cobalt (5:13)
  2. 2 Running (3:38)
  3. 3 Red Richard (3:40)
  4. 4 When My Mother Died (5:15)
  5. 5 Winter of '99 (4:36)
  6. 6 Big Brazos (4:23)
  7. 7 Highway 61 (3:55)
  8. 8 Spadina Avenue Stomp (4:12)
  9. 9 Liza (3:11)
  10. 10 Suicide Note (5:35)
  11. 11 Flying Crow (4:33)
  12. 12 Caving In (3:43)
  13. 13 Cocaine (6:23)
  14. 14 Poor Lazarus (6:38)
  15. 15 Mojo Boogie (J. B. Lenoir) (2:53)
  16. 16 You Can't Choose the World You Live In (6:08)
  17. 17 [Untitled] (0:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Julian Fauth Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Foot Stomping
Mel Brown Guitar, Guest Appearance
Al Lerman Harmonica, Guest Appearance
Alec Fraser Bass, Percussion
Paul Reddick Harmonica, Guest Appearance
David Rotundo Harmonica, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Andy Krehm Mastering
Traditional Composer
Alec Fraser Engineer
Andrew Galloway Producer, Liner Notes
Julian Fauth Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
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