Tell Another Joke at the Ol' Choppin' Block

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All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
Daniel Smith and family jump out of the gate with fervent heavens-praising energy and never let up on Tell Another Joke at the Ol' Choppin' Block. Sounding like a Pixies tribute band performing at a carnival sideshow, Smith and company spout strange lyrics that give props to the Lord, examine mother-child bonds, and explore the "deep kind of love" of a "Jersey Loverboy." Highlights include the banjo workout opening track where Smith proclaims, "Bring it down now...I love my Lord, I love my Lord, I love my Lord" until he's out of breath, and "Ye Olde Battleaxe" with its repeated refrain of "mothers and their daughters" and a comic highpoint of Smith nonchalantly telling ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
Daniel Smith and family jump out of the gate with fervent heavens-praising energy and never let up on Tell Another Joke at the Ol' Choppin' Block. Sounding like a Pixies tribute band performing at a carnival sideshow, Smith and company spout strange lyrics that give props to the Lord, examine mother-child bonds, and explore the "deep kind of love" of a "Jersey Loverboy." Highlights include the banjo workout opening track where Smith proclaims, "Bring it down now...I love my Lord, I love my Lord, I love my Lord" until he's out of breath, and "Ye Olde Battleaxe" with its repeated refrain of "mothers and their daughters" and a comic highpoint of Smith nonchalantly telling one to "give it up for your momma." "Flesh Thang" is particularly thrilling, with a racing piano attempting to keep pace with Smith's Black Francis-style yelps about "looking like a baby" and "shedding withered skin." At this early stage in the band's career, their trademark sound was already fully developed with cowbells, xylophones, ragged guitars, and all sorts of whimsical gizmos making for quite a lush cacophony. Sing-song harmonies, call-and-response-style song elements, wild tempo changes, and lyrics that are about as subtle as sledgehammers rule the day. Kramer's excellent, clean production makes sure the wild arrangements never fly off the handle. Tell Another Joke at the Ol' Choppin' Block is an accessible, bubbly joy from start to finish.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2008
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • UPC: 656605004211
  • Catalog Number: 42
  • Sales rank: 219,286

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A No No (3:51)
  2. 2 Ye Olde Battle Axe (4:39)
  3. 3 Me to Datee (3:32)
  4. 4 The Lord's Rest (4:57)
  5. 5 Flesh Thang (2:25)
  6. 6 Jersey Loverboy (4:53)
  7. 7 I Am My Beloved's (2:18)
  8. 8 Big Baby (3:13)
  9. 9 Deviled Egg (4:23)
  10. 10 Quest for Thrills (4:29)
  11. 11 Smooth Death (3:19)
  12. 12 Jokin' at the Block (12:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Danielson Famile Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Andrew Smith Percussion, Vocals, Snare Drums
Megan Smith Vocals, Bells
Daniel Smith Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Teddy Banjo
Matt Smith Snare Drums
Ed Kell Bass, Drums, Bass Drums, Gong
Stacy McGuil Saxophone
Becky Tait Flute, Bassoon
Rachel Smith Flute, Keyboards, Vocals
Barbara Smith Clarinet
Andrew Danielson Percussion, Vocals
David Danielson Drums, Vocals
Daniel Danielson Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Teddy Danielson Banjo, Bass
Joe Gehring Tuba
Keleana Holland Flute
Jessica Moran Flute
Chris Palladino Organ, Keyboards, Vocals
Ted Valekis Banjo
Christian Wargo Trumpet
Scott Knies spanish guitar
Andrew ? Percussion
Chris P. Keyboards
Dan Smith Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, spanish guitar
David Smith Drums
Rachel Keyboards
Becky Pezzino Violin
Brother Chorus Choir, Chorus
David Smith Drums
Technical Credits
Kramer Producer, Mastering
Patt Daley Contributor
Alan Douches Mastering
Steve Watson Engineer
Brandon Ebel Executive Producer
Marc d'Agusto Contributor, Computer Editing
Kramer Douches Mastering
Adam Omelanjiuk Engineer
Dan Smith Producer, Engineer
Kyle Kutchler Engineer
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