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All Music Guide - Gregory McIntosh
Produced by 16 Horsepower's Bob Ferbache, DeVotchKa's debut, Supermelodrama, shows a band filled with vigor and paranoia, but with a much distilled and prominent vision. At their most dark and forceful, DeVotchKa sit somewhere between the nervous Radiohead and the most melodic of Talking Heads, due to vocalist Nick Urata's vocal likeness to Thom Yorke and David Byrne, but the band is much more than these influences. To mix it up, DeVotchKa mix regular references to European folk, hints of sunny pop melodies, and angular post-punk ruminations via a mesh of clarinet, accordion, sousaphone, trumpet, percussion, and violin falling over the staggering peaks of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory McIntosh
Produced by 16 Horsepower's Bob Ferbache, DeVotchKa's debut, Supermelodrama, shows a band filled with vigor and paranoia, but with a much distilled and prominent vision. At their most dark and forceful, DeVotchKa sit somewhere between the nervous Radiohead and the most melodic of Talking Heads, due to vocalist Nick Urata's vocal likeness to Thom Yorke and David Byrne, but the band is much more than these influences. To mix it up, DeVotchKa mix regular references to European folk, hints of sunny pop melodies, and angular post-punk ruminations via a mesh of clarinet, accordion, sousaphone, trumpet, percussion, and violin falling over the staggering peaks of the traditional rock & roll bed of guitar, bass, and drums. "Danglin' Feet" leads the album off with the opening bars joyously capturing a vibe similar to the irresistible charm of Joe Meek's classic "Telstar," but the likeness ends when Urata's fevered vocals take over and terrorize the listener through the plans of a suicide. It is followed by the furious and engaging theme song for the band, an intoxicating, Slavic gypsy-sounding melody reaching similar territory in cadence and vitality as the amazing Taraf de Haïdouks often do, and this is what the band is all about. In the first five minutes of Supermelodrama, DeVotchKa travel around the globe without knowledge of or care for the boundaries that have separated popular cultures for centuries, and furthermore do it without sounding choppy or forced. This is the same approach George Harrison took when molding the sitar into John Lennon's "Norwegian Wood This Bird Has Flown" and fills a very interesting distinction of rock which, surprisingly, has been visited by very few since. At the roots of the clever arrangements, it is nice to find DeVotchKa's songwriting is just as realized and appealing as their sound, and moreover is surprisingly accessible which makes the fact that Supermelodrama is the group's debut all the more impressive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Cicero Recordings
  • UPC: 661617800027
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 166,760

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Danglin' Feet (2:24)
  2. 2 Devotchka! (2:58)
  3. 3 Gasoline Serpent (3:03)
  4. 4 Head Honcho (3:11)
  5. 5 Dark Eyes (2:47)
  6. 6 Whiskey Breath (2:45)
  7. 7 Sunrise on Cicero (3:14)
  8. 8 Cuba Libra (2:05)
  9. 9 The Jaws of the World (2:49)
  10. 10 Life Is Short (3:28)
  11. 11 Tragedy (3:31)
  12. 12 Curse Your Little (2:55)
  13. 13 In the Tower (2:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Devotchka Primary Artist
Michael Crow Banjo, Jew's Harp
Tom Hagerman Violin
Nick Urata Guitar, Trumpet, Vocals
Tom Echols Guitar, Cello, Vocals
Young Sam Young Drums
Steve Pang Double Bass
David Rastetter Percussion, Drums
Sweet Jonny V Accordion, Bass Guitar
Tom Echols Guitar, Cello, Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Koppe Engineer
Bob Ferbrache Engineer
Michael Crow Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Devotchka Producer, Audio Production
Brad K. Evans Video Engineer
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