Tears of the Valedictorian

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Now four albums in, Northwest Canada-based, Dante's Inferno outfitters Frog Eyes seem less like a band and more like a movement. While the quartet's intentions are suspect, one listen to Tears of the Valedictorian confirms the group's uncanny talent for creating manic, beautiful, and upsetting songs that seem to exist wholly for themselves. Trying to pull any meaning from Carey Mercer's pulpit-pounding rants is a course in futility "When you bottom the boats/the weeds deign to sigh/but the admiral's chicken/the general's chicken/how painful they rise", but his conviction is so intense that it both captivates and worries the listener, much like a cogent, holy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Now four albums in, Northwest Canada-based, Dante's Inferno outfitters Frog Eyes seem less like a band and more like a movement. While the quartet's intentions are suspect, one listen to Tears of the Valedictorian confirms the group's uncanny talent for creating manic, beautiful, and upsetting songs that seem to exist wholly for themselves. Trying to pull any meaning from Carey Mercer's pulpit-pounding rants is a course in futility "When you bottom the boats/the weeds deign to sigh/but the admiral's chicken/the general's chicken/how painful they rise", but his conviction is so intense that it both captivates and worries the listener, much like a cogent, holy spirit-possessed homeless person challenging passerby with Bible passages laced with profanity. Musically, the band continues to push the envelope of pop music by speeding it up, chopping it into bite-size psychedelic pieces, feeding it back to themselves, then throwing it up through your speakers. A truly keen sense of melody keeps their twitchy, angular armaments from flying out the window, especially on the gorgeous "Stockades," the Joe Meek-inspired "Idle Songs," and the epic "Bushels," a mammoth piece of work that stomps around in a fit, continuously changing course and descending into a mad scat section that dissipates into an oddly endearing mantra of self-awareness "I was a singer and I sang in your home". Indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2007
  • Label: Absolutely Kosher
  • UPC: 653225005314
  • Catalog Number: 53
  • Sales rank: 140,699

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frog Eyes Primary Artist
Melanie Campbell Group Member
Carey Mercer Group Member
Spencer Krug Group Member
McCloud Zicmuse Group Member
Technical Credits
Daryl Smith Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Tolan McNeil Sequencers
Harris Newman Mastering
Carey Mercer Producer, Engineer, Paintings, Audio Production
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