A Place in the Sun

A Place in the Sun

by Friends of Dean Martinez


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A Place in the Sun

A Place in the Sun marks another departure for Friends of Dean Martinez, who travel further away from their somewhat kitschy-sounding early work with each following effort. On their second album for Knitting Factory, the band aims for -- and achieves -- the filmic expansiveness of Rachel's, the Dirty Three, and Godspeed You Black Emperor while retaining their essentially Southwestern sound. The results sound like the soundtrack to a spaghetti western set in modern-day Arizona, especially on the epic title track, which remains compelling yet subtle over its nine-minute duration. "White Lake"'s scorched guitars, "When You're Gone"'s simple, spacious folk, and the Bill Frisell-like cover of "Summertime" testify to the band's increasingly wide musical range, while the brooding "Broken Bell" (which features the Tosca String Quartet) reveals Friends of Dean Martinez's growing emotive power. "Siempre Que" and "Nothing at All" recall the group's loungey
etro roots, and song titles like "Aluminium" and "Pistola Agua" show they haven't lost their sense of humor, but A Place in the Sun deals more with their potential and ambitions than it does with their previous successes.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2004
Label: Evolver
UPC: 0823276202929
catalogNumber: 762029
Rank: 86374

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Performance Credits

Friends of Dean Martinez   Primary Artist
Bill Elm   Bass,Percussion,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Theremin,Guitar (Nylon String),Guitar (Baritone)
Tom Larkins   Percussion
Mike   Electric Guitar
Ames Asbell   Track Performer
Lara Hicks   Track Performer
Sara Nelson   Track Performer
Tom   Percussion
Dave   Snare Drums
Leigh Mahoney   Track Performer
Tosca String Quartet   Strings
Mike Semple   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Dave Lachance   Drums

Technical Credits

Bill Elm   Engineer
Todd Cole   Still Pictures
Buzz Moran   Engineer

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