Troubled Times

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Say this for AM: the man comes by his lazy roots rock sound honestly. Born in Oklahoma and raised in and around New Orleans, AM sings with a laid-back drawl and writes songs that rarely rise above a moderate level of emotional intensity or a cruising, middle-of-the-road tempo. Interestingly, his most obvious vocal referent is Ian McCullough -- try spinning "Playing the Game" for friends over the age of 35 and ask them to guess the band, and it's a good bet they'll ask you which Echo & the Bunnymen B-side it is. The album's feature single is "Mainstay," which features the program's most aggressive drums along with some really pretty 12-string guitar and the album's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Say this for AM: the man comes by his lazy roots rock sound honestly. Born in Oklahoma and raised in and around New Orleans, AM sings with a laid-back drawl and writes songs that rarely rise above a moderate level of emotional intensity or a cruising, middle-of-the-road tempo. Interestingly, his most obvious vocal referent is Ian McCullough -- try spinning "Playing the Game" for friends over the age of 35 and ask them to guess the band, and it's a good bet they'll ask you which Echo & the Bunnymen B-side it is. The album's feature single is "Mainstay," which features the program's most aggressive drums along with some really pretty 12-string guitar and the album's only truly indelible hook. "City Syndrome" is also noteworthy, though, with its Weezer-meets-the Beach Boys backing vocals and summer evening vibe. The album closes with the lovely, minimalist "Losing You." A year after AM's release in 2004, the label released a remix EP featuring "Mainstay" along with four drastic and often aggressively techno rearrangements of that song, as well as a CD-R video track. It's worth picking up, but good luck finding it -- as of this writing, very few online outlets were offering it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • Label: Defend Music
  • UPC: 898458001621
  • Catalog Number: 80016
  • Sales rank: 158,881

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gone Away (2:58)
  2. 2 Playing the Game (3:27)
  3. 3 Troubled Times (3:18)
  4. 4 So Lonely (4:03)
  5. 5 Running Away (3:39)
  6. 6 Mainstay (2:47)
  7. 7 City Syndrome (3:16)
  8. 8 Wayside (5:12)
  9. 9 Home (5:12)
  10. 10 Losing You (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
AM Primary Artist, Vocals
Jamie Myerson Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Various
Mark Getten Bass, Guitar
Brian Keitz Drums
Technical Credits
Jamie Myerson Programming, Producer, Audio Production
James O'Connell Guitar Engineer, Drum Engineering
AM Composer, Programming, Audio Production
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