VII

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VII is the seventh studio album by alternative country-folk band Blitzen Trapper. On this vivid and ambitious record, the Eric Earley-led band crafts its most intimate songs to date. The album includes the tracks "Don't Be a Stranger" and "Ever Loved Once.,"
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
On 2011's Jack and Coke-infused American Goldwing, Blitzen Trapper ditched the pastoral Pacific Northwest luster of previous outings in favor of a more Southern-fried constitution, picking out the tastiest bits of Skynyrd and the Band and adding their own signature blend of mystic Americana and crafty, decidedly non-Portlandia indie folk-rock into the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
VII is the seventh studio album by alternative country-folk band Blitzen Trapper. On this vivid and ambitious record, the Eric Earley-led band crafts its most intimate songs to date. The album includes the tracks "Don't Be a Stranger" and "Ever Loved Once.,"
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
On 2011's Jack and Coke-infused American Goldwing, Blitzen Trapper ditched the pastoral Pacific Northwest luster of previous outings in favor of a more Southern-fried constitution, picking out the tastiest bits of Skynyrd and the Band and adding their own signature blend of mystic Americana and crafty, decidedly non-Portlandia indie folk-rock into the mix. Blitzen Trapper's Roman numeral-adorned seventh long-player adopts a similar disposition, but adds elements of countrypolitan and suburban hip-hop into the pot, seasoning their already heady brew with a little North Mississippi Allstars and Odelay-era Beck, especially on cuts like "Feel the Chill" and "Ever Loved Once," resulting in a sort of cosmic, high-def honky tonk that for the most part proves tasty, injecting some much needed brevity into windy frontman Eric Earley's colorful yet often perfunctory tales of sin and redemption. It's not all just Paisley Park meets Muscle Shoals-inspired mash-ups though, as evidenced by more measured and nuanced tracks like the soulful, gospel-tinged "Shine On" and the earthy, highway-bound closer "Don't Be a Stranger," but VII certainly finds the Oregon-based group jettisoning the more Dylanesque aspects of its sound. Puckish yet ultimately forgettable late-album cuts like "Drive on Up" and "Heart Attack," the latter of which wouldn't have sounded out of place on an Eagles album Earley's throaty, commanding voice is often a dead ringer for "Long Run"-era Don Henley, sound like extras from the American Goldwing sessions, and the abrasive sonically "Oregon Geography," with its faux field recording hiss and fractured dub foundation, feels gimmicky instead of subversive, but at least they're poking around in different corners of the room, which is ultimately what makes each new Blitzen Trapper offering worth taking out for a spin or two, or four, or ten.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2013
  • Label: Vagrant Records
  • UPC: 601091411920
  • Catalog Number: 4119
  • Sales rank: 44,806

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Feel the Chill (3:36)
  2. 2 Shine On (3:13)
  3. 3 Ever Loved Once (3:43)
  4. 4 Thirsty Man (3:41)
  5. 5 Valley of Death (3:27)
  6. 6 Oregon Geography (2:38)
  7. 7 Neck Tatts, Cadillacs (2:34)
  8. 8 Earth (Fever Called Love) (4:38)
  9. 9 Drive on Up (3:47)
  10. 10 Heart Attack (4:36)
  11. 11 Faces of You (4:06)
  12. 12 Don't Be a Stranger (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blitzen Trapper Primary Artist
Paul Brainard Pedal Steel Guitar
Eric Earley Group Member
Erik Menteer Group Member
Michael Van Pelt Group Member
Marty Marquis Group Member
Brian Adrian Koch Group Member
Sean Barry Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Liz Vice Vocals
David "Papi" Fimbres Conga, Timbales
Technical Credits
Paul Gold Mastering
Jeff Lipton Mastering
Ben Goetting Layout
Eric Earley Composer, Producer
Michael Van Pelt Producer
Greg Williams Engineer
Danny O'Hanion Engineer
Blakely Dadson Artwork
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