The Fine Art of Self Destruction

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Jesse Malin has come a long way from his glam rock heyday of fronting D Generation, and his solo debut, The Fine Art of Self Destruction, is an impressive look at Malin's musical maturation. He's a crooner, an Americana caterwaul, and a picaro of his native New York City, but a lonesome one at that. The Fine Art of Self Destruction displays a hearty mix of bittersweet alt-country "Queen of the Underworld" and ballsy roots rock "Wendy", but the album is fully supported with a punk rock edge that Malin's most familiar with. Having ex-Whiskeytown frontman Ryan Adams in the production seat is a great fit, for both he and Malin's love-sucker hearts dance around the ...
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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Jesse Malin has come a long way from his glam rock heyday of fronting D Generation, and his solo debut, The Fine Art of Self Destruction, is an impressive look at Malin's musical maturation. He's a crooner, an Americana caterwaul, and a picaro of his native New York City, but a lonesome one at that. The Fine Art of Self Destruction displays a hearty mix of bittersweet alt-country "Queen of the Underworld" and ballsy roots rock "Wendy", but the album is fully supported with a punk rock edge that Malin's most familiar with. Having ex-Whiskeytown frontman Ryan Adams in the production seat is a great fit, for both he and Malin's love-sucker hearts dance around the soft-hued beauty of each song. One might sense a slight hesitation in Malin's presentation, but it's not distracting. Malin's flight-or-fight theme on The Fine Art of Self Destruction is what makes this album an enjoyable introduction. He sifts through personal confusion on all different levels, and Adams has captured Malin's most intimate moments. "Almost Grown," layered with candied guitar licks, recounts being a child of divorce, while "Xmas" is a bit more angelic with its lush string arrangements. Those tender years of being a kid are hell, and Malin isn't afraid in reminding all of his listeners that time shapes one's character as well, and that's what The Fine Art of Self Destruction is about: regardless of where your home is, find your focus and don't get lost. In "Cigarettes and Violets," Malin warbles: "Messed up like a prizefight/At least you could have tried/Messed up like the system/You used to call a sin," and it's so raw you can tell Malin's heart is breaking and mending ten times over. There's no regret here, but Malin makes it alright to talk about what could have happened. He's done an intricate, stunning job.
Entertainment Weekly - Tom Sinclair
Meet the Springsteen of Avenue D. (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2003
  • Label: Indieblue Music
  • UPC: 699675115821
  • Catalog Number: 51158
  • Sales rank: 237,281

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Queen of the Underworld
  2. 2 TKO
  3. 3 Wendy
  4. 4 Downliner
  5. 5 Brooklyn (Acoustic)
  6. 6 The Fine Art of Self-Destruction
  7. 7 Riding On The Subway
  8. 8 High Lonesome
  9. 9 Solitaire
  10. 10 Almost Grown
  11. 11 Xmas
  12. 12 Cigarettes & Violets
  13. 13 Brooklyn
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jesse Malin Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Knox Cello
Paul Garisto Drums
Richard Fortus Guitar
Melissa Auf der Maur Background Vocals
Johnny "Shoes" Pisano Bass, Background Vocals, Upright Bass
Ryan Adams Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Toby Dammit Percussion
Esko Guitar
Fil Izler Bass
Technical Credits
Fred Kevorkian Mastering
Tom Schick Engineer
Ryan Adams Producer
Merle Chornuk Engineer
Dave Stekart Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    seen jesse twice in l.a. cant get enough best music in a long time much better live album is aso great

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