Illuminated by the Light

Illuminated by the Light

by Weird War


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Illuminated by the Light

Weird War's Illuminated by the Light is indeed a weird album, not so much for intrinsic oddity of the music, but for the general strangeness of releasing such a 1970s-sounding record in 2005. The opening track, "Illuminated," sounds so much like a competent sub-T. Rex early- to mid-'70s British glam outing that you could probably throw it on a '70s glam rarity compilation without raising many suspicions as to its authenticity. "See About Me," too, would be at home in the climate of musicians heavily influenced by David Bowie in his Hunky Dory era. Fortunately, Weird War doesn't stick to that bag throughout this album, though there's a general debt to early- to mid-'70s arty British feyness. Elsewhere, they get into more modified funk-rock grooves, though with a slightly goofy, laconic delivery and trifling lyrics that indicate there's a bit of a tongue in the band's cheek. As a bridge between glam and white funk, the material's more amusing than inspirational. But perhaps as a consequence of not setting their ambitions too high, the vibe is more unforced than it is on records by many other semi-retro bands with similar influences.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2005
Label: Drag City
UPC: 0781484028826
catalogNumber: 288
Rank: 261089

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Weird War   Primary Artist
Ian Svenonius   Vocals
Michelle Mae   Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Bells,Hand Clapping
Sebastian Thomson   Bongos,Conga,Drums,Hand Clapping,cowbell,Roto Toms
Alex Minoff   Guitar,Piano,Gong,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Brendan Canty   Vocal Engineer
Dan Koretzky   Concept
Rian Murphy   Concept
Dan Osborn   Contributor
Weird War   Producer,Artwork,Concept
Jessica Ruffins   Engineer
Bill Skibbe   Engineer
Matt Baker   Contributor
Golan Globus   Management
Nikhil Ranade   Guitar Engineer
Phil Manley   Contributor

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