Great American Bubble Factory

The Great American Bubble Factory

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by Drivin' n' Cryin'
     
 
Prior to the release of 2009's The Great American Bubble Factory, the last time Drivin' n' Cryin' had been heard from on record was a 1999 live album devoted to the band's greatest not-quite-hits. After more than ten years out of the ballpark and with lead singer and songwriter Kevn Kinney devoting most of his time to his solo

Overview

Prior to the release of 2009's The Great American Bubble Factory, the last time Drivin' n' Cryin' had been heard from on record was a 1999 live album devoted to the band's greatest not-quite-hits. After more than ten years out of the ballpark and with lead singer and songwriter Kevn Kinney devoting most of his time to his solo career, one could be forgiven for imagining Drivin' n' Cryin' were for all practical purposes over and done. But as it happens, The Great American Bubble Factory not only finds the band sounding surprisingly feisty, but filled with a sense of purpose, with most of the songs dealing with the economic and emotional malaise that took hold in America during the last year of the George W. Bush administration. While Kinney and his longtime foil Tim Nielsen allow their quieter side to come forward on songs like "Don't You Know That I Know That You Know?" and "Midwestern Blues," for the most part The Great American Bubble Factory rocks hard, moving with a combination of swagger and populist anger as working folks struggle to stay afloat in a land where jobs are short, credit card debt threatens to swallow everything in sight, and nearly everything that used to be made in America has "Made in China" branded on it. Kinney isn't naïve enough to imagine he knows all the answers to what's ailing America's heart, soul, and wallet, but he knows how to make the issues seem as real as the foreclosed house down the block, and Kinney and Mac Carter whip up a big wall of guitars that gives the songs the grand scale that suits them. Kinney's voice is starting to show its age on these sessions (he had surgery on his vocal cords in 2007 to remove nodes that were affecting his singing), and the cover of the Dictators' "I Stand Tall" suggests that Kinney doesn't quite get the joke, but for a band that was formed in 1985 and has been off the radar for over a decade, Drivin' n' Cryin' sound admirably vital and committed on The Great American Bubble Factory, and this album suggests they might have a great third act in them yet.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/2009
Label:
Thirty Tigers
UPC:
0616892055860
catalogNumber:
205586
Rank:
86002

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Performance Credits

Drivin' n' Cryin'   Primary Artist
Kevn Kinney   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Joey Huffman   Organ,Piano
Jeff Mosier   Banjo
Tim Nielsen   Bass,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Dave Bash Johnson   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Steven Bernstein   Trumpet
Erik Lawrence   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Kevn Kinney   Composer,Producer
Clay Johnson   Guitar Techician
Anton Fier   Producer
Tim Nielsen   Composer,Producer
Andy Shernoff   Composer
Stacey Williams   Art Direction
John Briglevich   Engineer
James Barber   Executive Producer,Direction,Advisor

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The Great American Bubble Factory 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
WKO-HHI More than 1 year ago
Great American songwriting. Consistently good musicianship, harmonies and vocals. Not so much a return to form as raising their game to a higher level. Guess if you wait a decade between records, you store up a pretty good set. Can't wait to see the songs live.