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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Recorded between 1991 and 1993, the 19 tracks on James McNew's first album under the name Dump are considerably different from his later albums. For one thing, McNew uncharacteristically enlists the help of his Yo La Tengo bandmates Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley on a handful of songs (he also covers "So Sedimentary," a song from a cartoon by Hubley's animator parents, Faith and John Hubley, co-written by a young Quincy Jones), as well as his buddy Dave Ramirez from Hypnolovewheel. The outside influence lets McNew's songs breathe a little more than they do on the more lo-fi follow-ups, and the fact that these songs were recorded one at a time over the course of a couple of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Recorded between 1991 and 1993, the 19 tracks on James McNew's first album under the name Dump are considerably different from his later albums. For one thing, McNew uncharacteristically enlists the help of his Yo La Tengo bandmates Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley on a handful of songs (he also covers "So Sedimentary," a song from a cartoon by Hubley's animator parents, Faith and John Hubley, co-written by a young Quincy Jones), as well as his buddy Dave Ramirez from Hypnolovewheel. The outside influence lets McNew's songs breathe a little more than they do on the more lo-fi follow-ups, and the fact that these songs were recorded one at a time over the course of a couple of years gives them more variety; McNew's vocals are also a little bit more self-assured here, with less of the tremulousness that characterizes his singing on the later albums. The problem is that the songs are all over the place in terms of quality, and even some of the best, like the propulsive instrumental "The Sea Wall," feel underwritten. There's a difference between rough-edged and half-baked, and parts of Superpowerless, unfortunately, fall toward the latter. However, McNew's legendary sense of which songs to cover is absolutely spot-on here. Besides a pair of great Wreckless Eric and NRBQ covers, McNew essays Sun Ra's "Outer Spaceways, Inc." and a terrific reconstruction of the Shaggs' "Shaggs' Own Thing," turning the naïve original into something closer to a normal pop song. The album's highlight, though, is a perfectly sincere, utterly lovely version of Henry Mancini's "Moon River" that honestly belongs in any consideration of the best versions of this much-covered tune. [Morr's 2013 reissue adds nine bonus tracks: McNew's debut six-song single from 1992 on 18 Wheeler, two tracks from Brinkman's Fast Fwd compilation and one from the Walt Records "I Like Walt" 7" comp.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2013
  • Label: Morr Music / M.M.
  • UPC: 880918811529
  • Catalog Number: 115
  • Sales rank: 179,917

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hands of Fear (1:23)
  2. 2 So Sedimentary (1:11)
  3. 3 Secret Blood (2:41)
  4. 4 Good Medicine (2:23)
  5. 5 Formerly One-Eye (2:46)
  6. 6 Dark Road (2:03)
  7. 7 Just for You (5:11)
  8. 8 Outer Spaceways, Inc. (2:51)
  9. 9 The Sea Wall (1:35)
  10. 10 Broken Conscience (3:07)
  11. 11 Throw Out the Lifeline (1:51)
  12. 12 The Quality of Hurt (3:17)
  13. 13 19 1/2 (3:04)
  14. 14 Moon River (2:36)
  15. 15 Superpowerless (5:10)
  16. 16 Ode to Shaggs' Own Thing (2:51)
  17. 17 Love Theme from "Providence" (2:05)
  18. 18 Knox's Lament (2:43)
  19. 19 How Many Bells? (6:31)
  20. 20 Intro/Nothing Left (1:59)
  21. 21 Down to the Sea in Ships (1:38)
  22. 22 Pennies from Heaven (1:56)
  23. 23 Christmas Card (4:00)
  24. 24 Snowman (2:00)
  25. 25 Buddy Boy (2:51)
  26. 26 Jaundice (2:22)
  27. 27 Bus-Kicker's Theme (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dump Primary Artist
Georgia Hubley Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ira Kaplan Organ, Guitar, Slide Guitar, Guest Appearance
Dave Ramirez Guitar, Theremin, Vocals, Guest Appearance
James McNew Vocals
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
Wreckless Eric Composer
Terry Adams Composer
Lou Barlow Composer
Eric Gaffney Composer
Georgia Hubley Loop
Ira Kaplan Loop
Sun Ra Composer
Bob Weston Remastering
Dorothy Wiggin Composer
James McNew Composer, Liner Notes, Instrumentation
Jim Woodring Composer, Lyricist
Joe Puleo Illustrations, Photo Courtesy
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