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So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness
     

So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness

by Joan of Arc
 
So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness is hardly a leap into Jimmy Eat World-style pop emo (check that wildly cheerful album title, for one thing), but Joan of Arc's fourth studio album is a huge change from 2000's deliberately "difficult" release, The Gap. Where that album took leader/sole

Overview

So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness is hardly a leap into Jimmy Eat World-style pop emo (check that wildly cheerful album title, for one thing), but Joan of Arc's fourth studio album is a huge change from 2000's deliberately "difficult" release, The Gap. Where that album took leader/sole constant member Tim Kinsella's penchant for post-rock experimentalism way, way over the top, the comparatively subdued So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness is a much more streamlined affair. The songs take at most one or two unexpected left turns each, and even songs like the spiky "Hello Goodnight Good Morning Goodbye" and the dissonant, quirky "Diane Cool and Beautiful" (which sounds like it could have come from an early Soft Machine album) have a less opaque feel to their lyrics than before. It's not necessarily a pretty album -- the centerpiece, "Mr. Participation Billy," is a bizarre, piano-based waltz with freakishly violent lyrics crooned in the most deadpan voice -- but on songs like the surprisingly catchy and straightforward "The Infinite Blessed Yes" and the halting but delicately lovely "Madelleine Laughing," Joan of Arc sounds like the band is at least considering the idea of an audience beyond the confines of post-rock's artistic ghetto. And rather than being a sellout, So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness is the group's finest creation yet.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2003
Label:
Ada Mod Afw
UPC:
0792258108125
catalogNumber:
1081

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joan of Arc   Primary Artist
Rob Mazurek   Cornet
Ben Massarella   Percussion
Jacob Smith   Piano,Electric Piano
Tim Kinsella   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jim Becker   Pedal Steel Guitar,Violin
Mike Kinsella   Bass,Drums
Graeme Gibson   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Steel Drums
Todd Mattei   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals
Sam Zurick   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,cowbell,Wurlitzer
Jamie Robinson   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals
Rob Roy Campbell   Piano,Drums,Electric Piano
Joe Tricoli   Drums

Technical Credits

Califone   Executive Producer
Graeme Gibson   Engineer,Engineering

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