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Sorry Vampire
     

Sorry Vampire

by John Ralston
 
John Ralston may have received an early career boost from his association with emo kingpin Chris Carrabba, but Sorry Vampire has more in common with sedate power pop than Dashboard Confessional's insular acoustics. Ralston places as much emphasis on the album's expansive production as the

Overview

John Ralston may have received an early career boost from his association with emo kingpin Chris Carrabba, but Sorry Vampire has more in common with sedate power pop than Dashboard Confessional's insular acoustics. Ralston places as much emphasis on the album's expansive production as the songs themselves, with gauzy layers of acoustic guitar, strings, and omnipresent harmonies piling themselves atop his double-tracked voice. Give him an Ambien, and Ralston's artfully weary vocals might stray into overwrought Conor Oberst territory. As it stands, however, his voice is calmly confident and flanked by miniature indie pop symphonies -- so that even when Ralston sings about loneliness and depression (which he does on the bulk of this sophomore effort), he rarely sounds lonely and depressed. "You never cared, so why would you start now?" he asks during the whimsical "A Small Clearing," whose effervescent keyboards and insistent percussion help offset the song's somber content. Similarly, the leadoff track "Fragile" is actually quite sturdy, its alt rock riff boosted by syncopated handclaps and cooing harmonies. The contrast is effective, especially on the gorgeous set-closer "Where You Used to Sleep" (whose outro comprises 90 seconds of Beach Boys-styled a cappella), but Sorry Vampire shines just as bright when instrumental uplift is paired with likeminded lyrics. "No One Loves You Like I Do" is an unapologetic anthem, complete with a chiming glockenspiel-filled chorus and drums lifted from Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head. It's the only genuinely positive track on the album, but it also proves that Ralston's music doesn't hinge completely on the singer's melancholy. And really, what does Ralston have to be sad about? Sorry Vampire easily matches -- if not eclipses -- his Needle Bed debut.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2007
Label:
Vagrant Records
UPC:
0601091047020
catalogNumber:
470

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Performance Credits

John Ralston   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Bells,Hand Clapping,Mellotron,ARP,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Tongue Drum,Stylophone,Echo,Portasound
Jay Bennett   Bass,Hand Clapping
Dan Bonebrake   Bass
John Lefler   Electric Guitar
Jeff Snow   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
Michael Seaman   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Susan Sherouse   Violin,Vocals
David Vandervelde   Drums,Hand Clapping
Tim Yehezkely   Vocals
Jon Wilkins   Organ,Dulcimer,Percussion,Drums,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Clavinet,Vocoder
Dustin Dobering   Synthesizer,Piano,Tongue Drum
Daniel Padgett   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Jay Bennett   Engineer
Charles Dye   Programming,Engineer
Jesse LeDoux   Artwork
John Ralston   Producer
Michael Seaman   Programming,Producer,Engineer
David Vandervelde   Contributor
Jon Wilkins   Producer
Michael Schoenbeck   Management
Josip Vilisic   Engineer
Amy Welch   Publicity

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