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Stay Close

Stay Close

by Death Vessel
     
 
The terrible band name makes Death Vessel sound like they're probably a Swedish black metal group, but in fact, their debut album is a charming exercise in country-ish folk-rock led by singer/songwriter Joel Thibodeau. There is no insult or judgment implied by this statement, but it must be said: Thibodeau sings like a girl. Seriously,

Overview

The terrible band name makes Death Vessel sound like they're probably a Swedish black metal group, but in fact, their debut album is a charming exercise in country-ish folk-rock led by singer/songwriter Joel Thibodeau. There is no insult or judgment implied by this statement, but it must be said: Thibodeau sings like a girl. Seriously, anyone approaching this album without foreknowledge would simply assume that Death Vessel had a female lead singer with a voice along the lines of Gillian Welch or Tift Merritt. Thibodeau's twangy vocal style is the band's most immediately appealing element, followed by the easygoing lope of the band's arrangements, built mostly on acoustic instruments but with none of the straining for folk or country "authenticity" that hampers many similar albums. Thibodeau's primary musical partner, Erik Carlsson, formerly of the Rhode Island-based dream poppers Purple Ivy Shadows, is likely responsible for some of the more atmospheric touches that decorate these songs, but mandolin and banjo are equally well represented throughout. A low-key, unpretentious album, Stay Close is well worth a listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
Label:
North East Indie
UPC:
0666917003727
catalogNumber:
37

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Death Vessel   Primary Artist
Pete Donnelly   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Optigan
Brendan Skwire   Upright Bass
Joel Thibodeau   Organ,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,bass pedals,fender rhodes,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Hollow Body),Guitar (Nylon String)
Micah Blue Smaldone   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guitar (Resonator)
Laura Baird   Background Vocals,Claw Hammer Banjo
Meg Baird   Background Vocals
Todd Barneson   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Pete Donnelly   Producer,Engineer
Alec Thibodeau   Illustrations
Joel Thibodeau   Contributor
Barry MaGuire   Engineer
William Schaff   Illustrations
Todd Barneson   Engineer
Jesse Honig   Engineer
Death Vessel   Composer

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