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Attention Dimension
     

Attention Dimension

by Jack Irons
 
Jack Irons' status as an alternative rock prime mover can't be argued. With onetime roles in both Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, he watched the music develop, expand, and change from the perch of a drum stool. That said, Attention Dimension has little to do with his past. Dabbled in, worked

Overview

Jack Irons' status as an alternative rock prime mover can't be argued. With onetime roles in both Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, he watched the music develop, expand, and change from the perch of a drum stool. That said, Attention Dimension has little to do with his past. Dabbled in, worked on, and conceived of over a period of years -- while Irons was still ironing out the insecurities and static in his soul -- Dimension is an extended mood piece of soft gestures and pattering percussion. The drummer details his array in the liners; it includes "assorted bells, bell tree, big bass drum," "marimba, shakers, slap pipes," "and the whole kit and kaboodle." And this is true. From the gentle keen of opener "Jackie Groove" through "Hearing It Doubled"'s acoustic guitar/smattering snare hippie funk, nothing on Attention Dimension sounds like a traditional rock album, but it nevertheless is. Old pal Eddie Vedder contributes vocals to a crazy, underwater version of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"; it sounds like Pink Floyd performed by precogs. Other highlights of the album include "Dunes," which seems to have a gamelan quality about it, and "Water Song," an epic 12-plus minutes of consistently developing sound. Flea contributes a slippery, elastic bassline, Stone Gossard's guitar is a hand-holding friend, and Irons' consistent drum stutter is right out of mood-elevation hour. Let's emphasize again this album's utter lack of funky monk posturing or Ten-era sleeveless flannel wearing. For sure, Attention Dimension is closer at times to Keith Jarrett or Mickey Hart. But it's that rare thing in rock and, it proves, something that should probably be heard more often. There's no frontman hooting here, no lead guitar prima donna drama. Instead, Attention Dimension is the drummer's chance to be in the bright white klieg light. Give him a chance, will ya?

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
Label:
BREACHING WHALE
UPC:
0751937248125
catalogNumber:
1

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Irons   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Horn,Keyboards,Vocals,Sarod,Slide Guitar,Santur,keyboard bass,Sounds
Jeff Ament   Fretless Bass Guitar
Claypool   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Flea   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Stone Gossard   Guitar
Alain Johannes   Banjo,Flute,Guitar,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals,Sarod,Slide Guitar,Sounds,Marxophone,Santoor
Natasha Shneider   Piano,Electric Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Eddie Vedder   Vocals
Natasha Schneider   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Roger Waters   Composer
David Gilmour   Composer
Jack Irons   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Artwork,Audio Production
Alain Johannes   Engineer
Rick White   Composer
Sam Hofstedt   Engineer
Floyd Reitsman   Engineer
Charles Bates   Logo Design

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