BN.com Gift Guide

The Palace Guards

( 1 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
David Lowery made his first record with Camper Van Beethoven in 1985, and in the quarter-century that's followed, he's been content to project his distinctive musical and lyrical persona through the framework of CVB, and later, Cracker. But in 2011, Lowery has finally gotten around to releasing a solo album; The Palace Guards was recorded with a revolving cast of musicians at Lowery's own studio in Richmond, VA, and though parts of it sound and feel quite a bit like his work with Cracker and occasionally it reveals shadows of CVB's eclectic gumbo of sounds, the mood of The Palace Guards is decidedly different than what Lowery has offered us in the past. The Palace Guards is...
See more details below
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $9.34   
  • New (3) from $9.34   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
David Lowery made his first record with Camper Van Beethoven in 1985, and in the quarter-century that's followed, he's been content to project his distinctive musical and lyrical persona through the framework of CVB, and later, Cracker. But in 2011, Lowery has finally gotten around to releasing a solo album; The Palace Guards was recorded with a revolving cast of musicians at Lowery's own studio in Richmond, VA, and though parts of it sound and feel quite a bit like his work with Cracker and occasionally it reveals shadows of CVB's eclectic gumbo of sounds, the mood of The Palace Guards is decidedly different than what Lowery has offered us in the past. The Palace Guards is a far cry from a serious statement on the world, but for a guy who has built a career out of being a surreal smart aleck, this album embraces a worldview that's decidedly somber and contemplative. "I Sold the Arabs the Moon" offers a symbolic history of deceit and armed conflict set to a moody waltz-time melody, "Baby, All Those Girls Meant Nothing to Me" is a crunchy rocker complete with big guitars and shouted vocals as some guy tries to explain his lousy attitude toward women to his significant other, and the title tune is a shambolic acoustic number about a hero whose motives seem more than a bit suspect. The Palace Guards isn't an album without a sense of humor, but given that Cracker and CVB were funny bands in the best sense of the word, the relatively dour tone of this album feels significant; these songs are rich and clever, and Lowery's many friends and collaborators offer excellent musical support on a piece of work that in subtle but important ways is an album he couldn't or wouldn't have made with either of his usual bands. Lowery might not want to make a career out of his serious side, but The Palace Guards shows he can wise up and still make music that's smart and satisfying.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2011
  • Label: 429 Records
  • UPC: 795041781024
  • Catalog Number: 17810
  • Sales rank: 227,880

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Lowery Primary Artist, Drums, Background Vocals
David Immergl├╝ck Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Mark Linkous Keyboards
Sal Maida Bass
Johnny Hickman Guitar
Shannon Worrell Vocals
Alan Weatherhead Banjo, Bass, Pedal Steel Guitar, Keyboards
Craig Harmon Piano, Hammond B3
Miguel Urbiztondo Drums
Kristen Hott Vocals
Ferd Moyse Fiddle, Upright Bass
Technical Credits
David Lowery Composer, Engineer, Liner Notes
John Morand Engineer
Alan Weatherhead Engineer
Craig Harmon Legal Counsel
Bryan Walthall Engineer
Brett Lambert Mastering
Michael Wertz Illustrations
Shannon Keeter Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Posted February 6, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Highly recommended!

    A really nice solo debut from the Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven front man. Some really charming introspective sorts of songs, combined with some fun and quirky ones... and a really good record all the way through. I'm really enjoying it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews