by The Verve Pipe


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The Verve Pipe weren't inactive in the 2000s but they chose to toil away far from the spotlight, turning out a pair of very good family records before returning to action in 2014 with Overboard. This is their first collection of mainstream pop songs since 2001's Underneath and a lot has changed for the Michigan band since then: they've lost Donny Brown, the only other member to stay in the group for as long as leader Brian Vander Ark, and they've returned to independent status. The latter is perhaps expected, as the post-grunge gold rush of the '90s is long gone and there's more room for a veteran rock band to roam on an indie than there is on a major. The fascinating thing about Overboard is that the band sound much more comfortable here than they did in the wake of the success of Villain. They still spend perhaps a little too much time on ballads -- they're sweet and not florid, but they are often clustered together and slow the album's momentum -- but they've traded in sheets of overdriven guitars for nimbly arranged pop that isn't overblown, not even when strings are added to the equation. As on the finely crafted family albums, Vander Ark's classic pop instincts are on full display, often flourishing on the faster songs but just apparent as those that march by at a stately pace. This melodic facility gives Overboard some verve even as it underscores that, at its core, it's a classicist pop record, relying on old-fashioned virtues of tightly written songs, colorful production, and tight arrangements that bring the whole thing in at under 37 minutes. By returning to these core values, the Verve Pipe have opened up a new, mature chapter in their career.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/17/2014
Label: Lmno Pop
UPC: 0616892209942
catalogNumber: 2013
Rank: 96189

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Performance Credits

Verve Pipe   Primary Artist
John Holbrook   Keyboards
Donny Brown   Drums,Vocals
Brian Vander Ark   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Chris Carmichael   Strings
Joel Ferguson   Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Andy Reed   Bass
Lou Musa   Banjo,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Ukulele,Vocals
Randy Sly   Keyboards
Jay Ottenwess   Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Scott Alexander   Composer
Geoff Michael   Engineer
Brian Vander Ark   Composer,Producer
Chris Carmichael   String Arrangements
Mcavoy   Engineer
Joel Ferguson   Composer,Engineer
Jeff Daniels   Composer
Lou Musa   Composer,Engineer
Randy Sly   Composer
Cris Logan   Art Direction

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