When I Pretend to Fall

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Building upon the Long Winters' first album, The Worst You Can Do Is Harm, frontman John Roderick compiled enough hooks to create the solid, delectably pop sophomore effort When I Pretend to Fall. The Long Winters get happy on this one, and Roderick's vibrant, newfound confidence as a showman and songwriter allows the Long Winters' sound to finally gel. Chris Walla, Sean Nelson, Eric Corson, and Michael Schilling return for some sonic goodness, while ex-Posies guitarist/vocalist Ken Stringfellow joins the Long Winters to polish things up a bit. Extra help from R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Pedro the Lion's Blake Wescott is a bonus in adding to Roderick's nearly accessible ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Building upon the Long Winters' first album, The Worst You Can Do Is Harm, frontman John Roderick compiled enough hooks to create the solid, delectably pop sophomore effort When I Pretend to Fall. The Long Winters get happy on this one, and Roderick's vibrant, newfound confidence as a showman and songwriter allows the Long Winters' sound to finally gel. Chris Walla, Sean Nelson, Eric Corson, and Michael Schilling return for some sonic goodness, while ex-Posies guitarist/vocalist Ken Stringfellow joins the Long Winters to polish things up a bit. Extra help from R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Pedro the Lion's Blake Wescott is a bonus in adding to Roderick's nearly accessible candied rock sound. Album opener "Blue Diamonds" kicks things off with a swanky brass section. Roderick's self-assured vocals are a touch shy at first, but the Michael Stipe comparisons immediately disappear mid-chorus. Roderick takes control and he likes it; it sounds so good on the synth-driven '60s pop of "Scared Straight." Shimmering space rock guitars and budding string arrangements carry the melodies of "Blanket Hog" for one of the album's brightest moments, while "Prom Night at Hater High" is equally energetic with its hoedown-like appeal. When it seems like the Long Winters could use a break or at least a breather, "New Girl" gets cheeky with classic power pop. When I Pretend to Fall aptly suggests that things could go one way, but Roderick and company push and pull with harmony and emotion for a full, tangible set of songs. One listen to "Nora" and you'll sense Roderick's soft heart. It charms you; a soft heart doesn't equal a simple album, however.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • Label: Barsuk
  • UPC: 655173103128
  • Catalog Number: 31031
  • Sales rank: 211,459

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Diamonds (3:49)
  2. 2 Scared Straight (4:17)
  3. 3 Shapes (4:03)
  4. 4 Cinnamon (4:12)
  5. 5 Bride and Bridle (3:32)
  6. 6 Blanket Hog (6:06)
  7. 7 It'll Be a Breeze (2:59)
  8. 8 Stupid (4:01)
  9. 9 Prom Night at Hater High (4:06)
  10. 10 New Girl (2:31)
  11. 11 The Sound of Coming Down (3:51)
  12. 12 Nora (4:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Long Winters Primary Artist
Scott McCaughey Harmonica
Jon Auer Guitar, Electric Guitar
Peter Buck Mandolin
Craig Flory Tenor Saxophone
Ken Stringfellow Bass, Piano, Vocals, kurzweil, Kurzweil PC88
Sean Nelson Keyboards, Vocals, Juno
Mike Simpson French Horn
Blake Wescott Tambourine
Chris Walla Guitar
Sean Ripple Vibes
Stephanie Wicker Vocals, Background Vocals
John Roderick Guitar, Keyboards, Tambourine, Vocals, farfisa organ, Loops, fender rhodes, Lap Steel Guitar, Wurlitzer, Vox Organ, Juno
Chris Caniglia Keyboards, kurzweil, Juno, Kurzweil PC88
Katrina Cordi Violin
Jennifer Faulkner Vocals
Eric Corson Bass, Accordion
Nathan Harrison Cello
Kerry Downing Johnson Viola
Bart Roderick Organ, Piano
Steve Scalfati Alto Saxophone
Michael Shilling Drums
Sarah Standard Viola
Megan Thompson Vocals, Background Vocals
Krista Wells Vocals, Background Vocals
Gloria Wu Vocals, Background Vocals
Dave Carter Trumpet
Technical Credits
Ed Brooks Mastering
Ken Stringfellow Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Kip Beelman Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Chris Walla Producer, Engineer, Mixing Advisor, Engineering
John Roderick Composer, Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Shawn Wolfe Artwork
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