Uncivilized Love [DualDisc]

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All Music Guide - Michael Berick
Gus Black comes out of that fertile Los Angeles breeding ground that has spawned such eclectic singer/songwriters as Beck, E, and Grant Lee Phillips. Like those artists, Black enjoys dressing up the "guy-with-an-acoustic-guitar" conventions with interesting studio touches. Although the production on Uncivilized Love is thick with textures, it never proves distracting, and Black's strong melodic sense is allowed to shine through. He immediately grabs the listener's ear with the infectious, trip-folky opening cut, "Cadillac Tears," and follows it up with the terrific orchestral pop of "Dry Tears." His restrained but soulful crooning helps to make "When You Go" and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael Berick
Gus Black comes out of that fertile Los Angeles breeding ground that has spawned such eclectic singer/songwriters as Beck, E, and Grant Lee Phillips. Like those artists, Black enjoys dressing up the "guy-with-an-acoustic-guitar" conventions with interesting studio touches. Although the production on Uncivilized Love is thick with textures, it never proves distracting, and Black's strong melodic sense is allowed to shine through. He immediately grabs the listener's ear with the infectious, trip-folky opening cut, "Cadillac Tears," and follows it up with the terrific orchestral pop of "Dry Tears." His restrained but soulful crooning helps to make "When You Go" and the slinky "12345" soar. It is "City Life," however, that stands as the disc's centerpiece number; the rousing version of the tune serves as the record's most rocking effort and it is reprised, in a gentle acoustic arrangement, as the "title track" to close the album. Lyrically it combines the melancholic romanticism and social commentary that Black addresses throughout Uncivilized Love. The disc's primarily dark mood continues on the sole cover, the old Black Sabbath classic "Paranoid," reworked here into a brooding folk tune. Black does display a more hopeful and lighter side, particularly later on the album. The wonderful "Over a Great Wall" reveals glimmers of optimism, while "Despacio" is a tender look at parenthood. Black's pride over being a dad, however, gets the best of him on "Debut," a rather inconsequential (and appropriately short) piece built around his young son's giggles. Those who find David Gray a bit too sedate should find Gus Black a pleasing upgrade. Uncivilized Love -- his first as Gus Black -- after going by just Gus on his two earlier Almo Sounds discs -- is a lovely record full of artfully crafted, melodic folk-pop. [This DualDisc version contains bonus material.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2005
  • Label: Immergent
  • UPC: 676628411629
  • Catalog Number: 284116

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cadillac Tears (3:47)
  2. 2 Dry Kisses (4:00)
  3. 3 When You Go (4:02)
  4. 4 1 2 3 4 5 (3:30)
  5. 5 City Life (2:43)
  6. 6 Violent Rain (3:48)
  7. 7 Paranoid (3:25)
  8. 8 Over a Great Wall (3:40)
  9. 9 Catch Your Breath (3:49)
  10. 10 Debut (1:09)
  11. 11 Never Before Our Time (3:01)
  12. 12 Despacio (3:00)
  13. 13 Uncivilized Love (2:29)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cadillac Tears
  2. 2 Dry Kisses
  3. 3 When You Go
  4. 4 1 2 3 4 5
  5. 5 City Life
  6. 6 Violent Rain
  7. 7 Paranoid
  8. 8 Over a Great Wall
  9. 9 Catch Your Breath
  10. 10 Debut
  11. 11 Never Before Our Time
  12. 12 Despacio
  13. 13 Uncivilized Love
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gus Black Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Mellotron, ARP
Mark Goldenberg Bass, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Wally Gagel Bass, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Joey Waronker Drums
Jade Devitt Drums
Gianni Neiviller Bass
Rocco Bidlovski Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Korel Tunador Piano, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
James Lee Fish Illustrations
Mark Goldenberg Composer, Producer, Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Louie Teran Mastering
Wally Gagel Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
William Ward Composer
Rocco Bidlovski Composer, Engineer
Gus Black Composer, Producer
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