The Ordeal of Civility

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
With Jerry Harrison producing, fellow ex-Modern Lover Ernie Brooks on bass, and Television drummer Billy Ficca, Gary Lucas has support from considerable talent on The Ordeal of Civility. It's still very much Lucas' record, however, from the rather incredibly varied songs and guitar playing to the less distinguished but amiable vocals. Not fitting into any category or trend, though he's certainly not mainstream, Lucas gets into rather Bowie-esque foreboding rock; whispered creepiness strongly reminiscent of some of Leonard Cohen's bleaker work on "Jedwabne"; a song "Swamp T'ing" liberally echoing the chorus to Run-D.M.C.'s rap classic "That's the Way It Is"; the kind ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
With Jerry Harrison producing, fellow ex-Modern Lover Ernie Brooks on bass, and Television drummer Billy Ficca, Gary Lucas has support from considerable talent on The Ordeal of Civility. It's still very much Lucas' record, however, from the rather incredibly varied songs and guitar playing to the less distinguished but amiable vocals. Not fitting into any category or trend, though he's certainly not mainstream, Lucas gets into rather Bowie-esque foreboding rock; whispered creepiness strongly reminiscent of some of Leonard Cohen's bleaker work on "Jedwabne"; a song "Swamp T'ing" liberally echoing the chorus to Run-D.M.C.'s rap classic "That's the Way It Is"; the kind of knotty, eccentric bluesy rock that makes you remember he played guitar for Captain Beefheart especially on "Hot and Cold Everything"; delicate picking on a haunting piece reminiscent of an English folk ballad "Lady of Shalott"; and folk-blues with virtuosic rapid guitar "Whirlygig". There's more, too like the faintly Van Morrison-like soul-rock of "Climb the Highest Mountain," although Lucas will never be confused with Van the Man as a vocalist, but that gives you an idea of both how much ground is covered and how much it resists being pigeonholed. Critics might be tempted to wonder how this will find a commercial niche, even on college radio, but that's never seemed like something with which Lucas is overly concerned. It's not game-changing, but it's versatile, gutsy alternative rock that's consistently likable, even when he tries to sing and play somewhat downbeat or ominous material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • Label: Knitting Factory
  • UPC: 720841111122
  • Catalog Number: 1111
  • Sales rank: 179,362

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Luvsoldsweetsong (6:00)
  2. 2 Chime On (4:00)
  3. 3 Swamp T'ing (4:24)
  4. 4 Climb the Highest Mountain (5:42)
  5. 5 Hot and Cold Everything (4:06)
  6. 6 Lady of Shalott (6:29)
  7. 7 Peep Show Bible (5:50)
  8. 8 Whirlygig (2:45)
  9. 9 Depression (3:25)
  10. 10 Lazy Flowers (2:15)
  11. 11 Jedwabne (6:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gary Lucas' Gods & Monsters Primary Artist
Gary Lucas Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Jerry Harrison Keyboards, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ernie Brooks Bass, Vocals
Billy Ficca Drums
Frank London Trumpet, Guest Appearance
Jenni Muldaur Vocals, Guest Appearance
Alva Rogers Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jason Candler Saxophone, Vocals
Joe Hendel Trombone, Keyboards, Vocals
Jack McKeever Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Jerry Harrison Producer
Gary Lucas Composer
Ernie Brooks Composer
Jay Mark Engineer
Michel Delsol Back Cover
Jason Candler Engineer, Mastering
David Dalton Composer
Zach Jaeger Layout
Jack McKeever Engineer
Paul McGowan Cover Painting
Cheyenne Schiavone Drawing
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