The Thorns [Bonus CD]

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The history of rock is scattered with the wreckage of supergroups that turned out to be less than super and one or two that turned out OK. The Thorns were built in the tradition of the supergroup, though the members are actually less than superstars. Two of the three Thorns, Pete Droge and Shawn Mullins, are best known as one-hit wonders 1994's "If You Don't Love Me, I'll Kill Myself" and 1998's "Lullaby," respectively, while the third, Matthew Sweet, has had a career with one great album 1991's Girlfriend and a few uneven ones. From their soaring vocal harmonies, chiming guitars, classic rock songs, and plaintive lead vocals, the obvious comparison to make is that the ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
The history of rock is scattered with the wreckage of supergroups that turned out to be less than super and one or two that turned out OK. The Thorns were built in the tradition of the supergroup, though the members are actually less than superstars. Two of the three Thorns, Pete Droge and Shawn Mullins, are best known as one-hit wonders 1994's "If You Don't Love Me, I'll Kill Myself" and 1998's "Lullaby," respectively, while the third, Matthew Sweet, has had a career with one great album 1991's Girlfriend and a few uneven ones. From their soaring vocal harmonies, chiming guitars, classic rock songs, and plaintive lead vocals, the obvious comparison to make is that the Thorns are a junior-league Crosby, Stills & Nash or a more earnest Traveling Wilburys with whom they share drummer Jim Keltner. Indeed, comparisons to classic rock acts come easily: America, the Beach Boys, Bread, Crosby, Stills & Nash no Young, Fleetwood Mac, the Jayhawks whose "Blue" the band does a nearly note-perfect cover of on the album, and Tom Petty are clearly influential. The Petty comparison is particularly useful because over half the songs on The Thorns sound like they could have shown up on a recent Tom Petty album. "Long Sweet Summer Ground," "No Blue Sky," and especially "Runaway Feeling" have the straight-ahead, chunky rhythm of late-period Petty, as well as the chiming guitars and, above all, the drawled, laconic vocals Droge at times sounds like he's channeling Petty's voice. That reliance on late-period Petty gets wearying, and it sounds at times like the three were more interested in replicating a classic rock band than producing any classic tracks. The most successful songs are those that either embrace their influences so fully that they become glorious reproductions or those that dispense with the idol worship altogether. In the first category is "Think It Over," a sure hit for CS&N or America if they had recorded it in the late '60s or early '70s that glides along on lush harmonies and a resigned yet hopeful lead vocal, underpinned by a graceful back-porch rhythm and some Beach Boys-style bass harmonica. It also benefits from what many of the songs here lack, a memorable melody. In the second category are two Sweet songs that venture to interesting places outside the group's somewhat restricted sound. "Thorns" is a fun and bouncy garage rocker that has a bit of attitude and fun; the backing vocals are a real kick. "Now I Know" is a nearly a cappella song with the group vocals backed by restrained strings. The harmonies, as they are throughout the entire record, are beautiful, and the song is quite affecting and unique. The Thorns have a warm and inviting sound, with entrancing harmonies, but too often there's no substance behind the sound. In fact, despite the good songs and decent performances, it's difficult to escape that classic let-down-by-a-superishgroup-again feeling. [The reissue contains a bonus disc that features all 13 album tracks presented acoustically.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969072325
  • Catalog Number: 90723

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Runaway Feeling (3:28)
  2. 2 I Can't Remember (3:31)
  3. 3 Blue (2:53)
  4. 4 Think It Over (3:26)
  5. 5 Thorns (2:56)
  6. 6 No Blue Sky (4:38)
  7. 7 Now I Know (1:56)
  8. 8 Dragonfly (3:06)
  9. 9 Long, Sweet Summer Night (3:12)
  10. 10 I Told You (3:07)
  11. 11 Such a Shame (3:36)
  12. 12 I Set the World on Fire (3:04)
  13. 13 Among the Living (4:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Runaway Feeling (3:31)
  2. 2 I Can't Remember (3:38)
  3. 3 Blue (2:51)
  4. 4 Think It Over (3:34)
  5. 5 Thorns (3:05)
  6. 6 No Blue Sky (4:21)
  7. 7 Now I Know (1:43)
  8. 8 Dragonfly (3:25)
  9. 9 Long, Sweet Summer Night (3:27)
  10. 10 I Told You (3:31)
  11. 11 Such a Shame (3:51)
  12. 12 I Set the World on Fire (2:50)
  13. 13 Among the Living (4:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Thorns Primary Artist
Matthew Sweet Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Vihuela, Marxophone, Mountain Dulcimer, Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Baritone Ukulele, Group Member
Jim Keltner Drums, Group Member
Pete Droge Acoustic Guitar, Cymbals, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Ukulele, Vocals, Drums, Guitar (Baritone), Group Member
Roy Bittan Piano, Electric Piano, Group Member
Rob Brill Percussion, Tambourine
Paul Buckmaster Conductor, Group Member
Ricky Keller Conductor, Group Member
Greg Leisz Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Mandola, Lap Steel Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric), Electric Dulcimer, Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Group Member
Tony Marsico Upright Bass
Brendan O'Brien Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Hurdy-Gurdy, Marxophone, Bass Harmonica, Group Member
Shawn Mullins Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Vihuela, Hi String, Group Member
Technical Credits
Matthew Sweet Composer
Pete Droge Composer
David Bianco Engineer
Paul Buckmaster Arranger, String Arrangements, String Conductor
Nick DiDia Engineer
Ricky Keller Arranger, String Arrangements, String Conductor
Gary Louris Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Brendan O'Brien Producer
Mark Olson Composer
Shawn Mullins Composer
Alex Lowe Engineer
Billy Bowers Engineer
Dan Rudin Engineer
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Gail Marowitz Art Direction
G. Phillips Composer
Karl Egsieker Engineer
The Thorns Author
Ryan Castle Digital Editing
James C. Hunter Graphic Design
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