Tri-Danielson, Vol. 1 (Alpha)

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All Music Guide - Jon Pruett
Beginning with the family's repeated chant of "Tri-Danielson, followed by a round of hooting and applause, the Danielson Famile's third LP is the one that sees them at their strongest. This is their brightest collection of songs so far, and it's definitely the album to start with. Beginning with "Southern Paws" -- a simple acoustic melody with Daniel Smith and harmonies courtesy of sisters Megan and Rachel -- it's apparent that the group has finally become comfortable enough to make the music they were on the verge of with 1997's Tell Another Joke at the Ol' Choppin' Block. "Rubbernecker" takes a sort of quirky, straight rhythm and punches it up with Wurlitzer effects and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon Pruett
Beginning with the family's repeated chant of "Tri-Danielson, followed by a round of hooting and applause, the Danielson Famile's third LP is the one that sees them at their strongest. This is their brightest collection of songs so far, and it's definitely the album to start with. Beginning with "Southern Paws" -- a simple acoustic melody with Daniel Smith and harmonies courtesy of sisters Megan and Rachel -- it's apparent that the group has finally become comfortable enough to make the music they were on the verge of with 1997's Tell Another Joke at the Ol' Choppin' Block. "Rubbernecker" takes a sort of quirky, straight rhythm and punches it up with Wurlitzer effects and horns, while Daniel Smith sings about people with "hungry eyes," "homemade thighs," and "greasy talk." In the end, it sounds like nothing else and is certainly one of the tracks that will either endear you to or steer you away from the band. The carnival comparisons begin with this track, as do their ties to soul music. Near the end of the song, the band turns the track briefly into Don Covay's "Chain of Fools" and, oddly enough, it's convincing. Other songs add banjo amidst all the pianos, and acoustic guitars amid all the tinkling keyboards. Daniel finds poetry in his spiritual affirmations, crying out "nourishment will come from the many-breasted one" and "the sooner we become is the sooner we be one." All this and hymns, too. "Between the Lines of the Scout Signs" is the sound of a man possessed -- possessed by the idea of taking the power away from the middle finger. "Release the social burden," he says, and "shake hands with that middle finger." However you might feel about the lyrical content, there's no doubting his zeal and there's certainly no doubting the effective, stripped-down punch of the music. Not content to take down the middle finger, the Danielson Family speak out on "Pottymouth" about, yes, swearing. The song works as a skit between the sisters as they discuss a date from the night before, who not only swore at every opportunity, but also leaned in for a kiss at the end of the evening. The music keeps the conversation at bay until the final moments, when Daniel himself comes in, shouting out "zip up that pottymouth!" Imagine an after-school special with music done by indie rock gypsies. If that's not enough, the band throws in a somewhat straightforward cover of Ken Nordine's "Flesh."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2001
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • UPC: 656605004327
  • Catalog Number: 43
  • Sales rank: 171,296

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Southern Paws (0:21)
  2. 2 Southern Paws (2:57)
  3. 3 Rubbernecker (1:46)
  4. 4 Body English (2:07)
  5. 5 Runnin' to Brother (3:00)
  6. 6 Between the Lines of the Scout Signs (1:36)
  7. 7 A Meeting With Your Maker (3:36)
  8. 8 Gorgeous (3:07)
  9. 9 Potty Mouth (3:33)
  10. 10 The Elderly (6:15)
  11. 11 Holy Kisser's Block Party (3:51)
  12. 12 Flesh (1:44)
  13. 13 Lord Did You Hear Harrison? (5:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Danielson Famile Primary Artist
Andrew Smith Gong, Vocals, Bells
Megan Smith Vocals, Bells
Ron Smith Vocals
Teddy Smith Banjo, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Daniel Smith Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Dictaphone
Teddy Banjo
Brenda Vocals
Becky Tait Bassoon, Saxophone, Vocals
Rachel Smith Flute, Percussion, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Dialogue
Dan Zimmerman Vocals
Chris Palladino Vocals
Ted Valekis Vocals
Chris P. Keyboards, Vocals, Pipe organ, electronics
Dan Smith Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
David Smith Vocals
Becky Pezzino Violin
Nicholas Marantz Vocals
Brother Chorus Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Kramer Producer
Alan Douches Engineer, Mastering
Daniel Smith Producer, Engineer
Brandon Ebel Executive Producer
Marc d'Agusto Artwork
Adam Omelanjiuk Engineer
Chris Palladino Arranger, Cut
Dan Smith Producer, Engineer
Kyle Kutchler Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE DANIELSON!!!!!!!

    omg I love DANIELSON!! I'm their number1 fan! And I've loved them ever since they first came out! They are so great because nonchristians are going to Christ because of them,my friend came to christ after listening to their music for about 2 years, which was amazing because she was such an atheist. neway just telling how much i love them!

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