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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Pete Bernhard, lead singer and main songwriter of the punky ragtime folk band Devil Makes Three, delivers his third solo album with a bit of studio polish and a somewhat more expansive sound than that of the typical Devil Makes Three album. It's a bit more country and a bit more rock, which is not to say that Bernhard's going to be making any kind of mainstream move in the future. The music is still ragged and unpolished in the best possible way, and features his solo band -- producer Max Hart on organ and bass, Jason Chase on drums, Keith Cary on harmonica, and Jessica Cook on harmony vocals. "Warning" is a rock song that warns you of the dangers of being in a rock band, a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
Pete Bernhard, lead singer and main songwriter of the punky ragtime folk band Devil Makes Three, delivers his third solo album with a bit of studio polish and a somewhat more expansive sound than that of the typical Devil Makes Three album. It's a bit more country and a bit more rock, which is not to say that Bernhard's going to be making any kind of mainstream move in the future. The music is still ragged and unpolished in the best possible way, and features his solo band -- producer Max Hart on organ and bass, Jason Chase on drums, Keith Cary on harmonica, and Jessica Cook on harmony vocals. "Warning" is a rock song that warns you of the dangers of being in a rock band, a genre that's been done to death. Bernhard manages to make the subject fresh with his playful lyrics and deadpan humor. "Lights on Me" is a punchy folk-rock tune that sounds like Devil Makes Three on steroids. Hart's bass rumbles the speakers, Chase's drums rush the beat, and Bernhard's vocal is full of his wailing country soul and fatalistic humor. "Orphan" is a talking blues that brings to mind early Dylan with its freewheeling lyrics and Bernhard's offhand delivery. Two songs, "Pray for Rain" and "Mint Condition," were improvised during the sessions and they have the unpolished energy of a band hitting on all cylinders. "Rain" is a jaunty ragtime tune featuring Cary's wailing harp, Chase's galloping rhythms, and the kind of hooky chorus Bernhard's so good at. "Mint Condition" is a moody bad-man ballad with a bragging, over the top lyric and Bernhard on electric guitar. He also does an interesting cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold." Bernhard slows it down, making the lyric sound even cryptic while Hart's organ gives the track a classic '60s folk-rock feel.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • Label: Milan Records
  • UPC: 731383644023
  • Catalog Number: 36440
  • Sales rank: 120,109

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Orphan (4:32)
  2. 2 Lights on Me (3:44)
  3. 3 Warning (3:44)
  4. 4 Mint Condition (4:01)
  5. 5 Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold (4:15)
  6. 6 Pray for Rain (3:56)
  7. 7 Straight Line (3:40)
  8. 8 Satisfied (4:21)
  9. 9 Sugar Cane (3:34)
  10. 10 8th and Main (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Bernhard Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Keith Carey Harmonia
Max Hart Bass, Piano, Pedal Steel Guitar, Hammond Organ, Vocals
Lucia Turino Bass
Jessica Cooke Vocals
Max Hart Bass, Piano, Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals, Hammond B3
Technical Credits
Townes Van Zandt Composer
Eric Broyhill Mastering
Pete Bernhard Composer
Nick Bobetsky Executive Producer
Max Hart Producer, Engineer
Shawn Lyon Graphic Design
Max Hart Producer, Engineer
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