True Love Cast Out All Evil

True Love Cast Out All Evil

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by Roky Erickson
     
 
One of the most remarkable things about Roky Erickson's collaboration with Okkervil River, 2010's True Love Cast Out All Evil, is the simple fact it exists at all. The story of Erickson's long struggle to regain his physical and mental health has been told often enough by now, and even after making a nearly miraculous recovery and returning to the concert stage

Overview

One of the most remarkable things about Roky Erickson's collaboration with Okkervil River, 2010's True Love Cast Out All Evil, is the simple fact it exists at all. The story of Erickson's long struggle to regain his physical and mental health has been told often enough by now, and even after making a nearly miraculous recovery and returning to the concert stage sounding strong, fiery, and confident, it was anyone's guess if Erickson still had a good record left in him. Thankfully, Erickson's manager, Darren Hill, had the idea of pairing Erickson with Okkervil River in the studio, and the match proved to be both surprising and inspired. True Love Cast Out All Evil is easily the most ambitious and imaginative album to carry Erickson's name since the 13th Floor Elevators' Easter Everywhere, and it's a bold, evocative effort to present Erickson's music in a fresh context. Rather than mimic the sound of the Elevators or Erickson's solo work of the 1970s and '80s, Okkervil's Will Sheff (who produced the sessions) has used Erickson's songs as the centerpiece of an elaborate aural collage that transforms these 12 tunes into a cycle that runs in intriguing parallels to the dominant themes of Roky's life and music. True Love Cast Out All Evil begins and ends with augmented versions of amateur recordings Erickson made during his stay at the infamous Rusk Maximum Security Prison for the Criminally Insane, and in between these songs, the album moves back and forth between the themes of love and redemption and the pain and chaos he witnessed under incarceration. While the positive themes outweigh the negative, the songs and their presentation make it clear none of this came easily; "Be and Bring Me Home" and the title cut walk a fine line between weariness and strength, the gospel-influenced "Ain't Blues Too Sad" searches for succor amidst his life's many trials, and "Bring Back the Past" and "Goodbye Sweet Dreams" match Erickson's philosophizing with spirited rock & roll. Sheff and his bandmates perform with vigor and vision on all 12 songs, and they chose wisely from Erickson's archive of unrecorded and under-recognized material. Of course, none of this would matter if Erickson wasn't up to the challenge of making new music, and every moment of this album bears his stamp. Erickson's vocals are simply superb, and if the material often demands a more contemplative tone than the feral howl of "You're Gonna Miss Me," he clearly has plenty of vocal colors in his palette, and he applies them with soulful wisdom that's the perfect match for his elliptical lyrical style. After spending decades in a personal hell, it wouldn't be unreasonable to wonder if Roky Erickson had anything left to say in the recording studio, but True Love Cast Out All Evil is more than just a comeback, it's the best and most deeply moving album of his solo career.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2010
Label:
Anti
UPC:
0045778707829
catalogNumber:
87078
Rank:
95081

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roky Erickson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Brian Cassidy   Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Will Sheff   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Jug,Mellotron
Jonathan Meiburg   Piano,Electric Guitar
Beth Wawerna   Vocals
Travis Nelsen   Percussion,Drums
Scott Brackett   Percussion,Trumpet,Hammond Organ
Patrick Pestorius   Bass
Caitlin Bailey   Cello
Will Thothong   Viola
Tara Szczygielski   Electric Violin
Josh Levy   Baritone Saxophone
Sarah Pizzichemi   Violin
Justin Sherburn   Piano,Pump Organ,Wurlitzer
Mark Gonzalez   Trombone
Lauren Gurgiolo   Electric Guitar
Jose Galiano   Conga,Guira
Annalise Ohse   Violin

Technical Credits

Roky Erickson   Composer
Brian Beattie   Engineer
Brian Cassidy   String Arrangements
Stuart Sullivan   overdub engineer,Basic Track
Stephanie Chernikowski   Back Cover Photo
Phil Palazzolo   Engineer
Will Sheff   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Art Direction,Text
Trevor Hernandez   Layout
Justin Sherburn   Horn Arrangements
Todd Wolfson   Cover Image
Dana Erickson   Cover Photo
Evelyn Erickson   Photo Courtesy

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True Love Cast Out All Evil 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Bearlover More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Roky Erickson, then there is no doubt that you must purchase and listen to this new CD of his. This is some of the purest music with some of the most intensely personal lyrics that Roky has ever sung. His backing band is one of the finest groups of musicians I think he has ever played with. If you love Roky, buy this CD. True love really does cast out all evil and true Roky really does sing some of his most powerful songs on this new collection.