Sorry Vampire

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2007
  • Label: Vagrant Records
  • UPC: 601091047020
  • Catalog Number: 470

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Ralston Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, 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
Roger Seibel Mastering
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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