Nature's Assembly Line

Nature's Assembly Line

by Jack Logan


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Nature's Assembly Line

I can't help but wonder -- how did Robert Pollard become the grand poobah of lo-fi pop songwriting while Jack Logan has been around? Like Pollard, Logan has mastered the art of writing hooky, memorable songs, and can do so at the drop of a hat, but unlike Pollard, Logan's lyrics usually make sense, and there's a solid regular-guy vibe to Logan's work that tends to buffer the edges of his intelligence and sharp wit. Nature's Assembly Line was created by Logan with a group of pals who called themselves "the Monday Night Recorders" -- every Monday night in 2003, they would gather at Kevin Lane's makeshift home studio, write three new songs, and then commit them to tape. At the end of the year, they had 94 completed tracks, and Logan and Lane selected 15 of those to appear on Nature's Assembly Line. While the album certainly has a casual, homemade feel to it, much of the time you wouldn't guess that these songs were written from the ground up the same evening they were recorded; the litany of old odds and ends from "Dad's Suitcase" carries an unexpected resonance, the cryptic "Associate" shows the guy can be engaging and mysterious at the same time, and "Brothers Grimm and the Cowboy Band" is a pithy tale of ill-tempered losers searching for the limelight. Nature's Assembly Line is neither a stunning resumé like Bulk or a superb pop
ock set like Mood Elevator or Monkey Paw, but Logan's tossed-off odds and ends still add up to a pretty impressive album, and I'd certainly take this any day of the week over Fiction Man or Waved Out from that certified genius guy.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2005
Label: Orange Twin
UPC: 0656605602127
catalogNumber: 21
Rank: 170624

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Logan   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Neff   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar
Aaron Phillips   Acoustic Guitar,Drums
William Tonks   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Harmonica,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,E-bow,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Rob Veal   Organ,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Robert Keller   Percussion
Kevin Lane   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jake Mosely   Keyboards
Rob Keller   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Kevin Lane   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Kevin Lane   Liner Notes

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