When I Pretend to Fall

When I Pretend to Fall

by The Long Winters


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When I Pretend to Fall

Building upon the Long Winters' first album, The Worst You Can Do Is Harm, frontman John Roderick compiled enough hooks to create the solid, delectably pop sophomore effort When I Pretend to Fall. The Long Winters get happy on this one, and Roderick's vibrant, newfound confidence as a showman and songwriter allows the Long Winters' sound to finally gel. Chris Walla, Sean Nelson, Eric Corson, and Michael Schilling return for some sonic goodness, while ex-Posies guitarist/vocalist Ken Stringfellow joins the Long Winters to polish things up a bit. Extra help from R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Pedro the Lion's Blake Wescott is a bonus in adding to Roderick's nearly accessible candied rock sound. Album opener "Blue Diamonds" kicks things off with a swanky brass section. Roderick's self-assured vocals are a touch shy at first, but the Michael Stipe comparisons immediately disappear mid-chorus. Roderick takes control and he likes it; it sounds so good on the synth-driven '60s pop of "Scared Straight." Shimmering space rock guitars and budding string arrangements carry the melodies of "Blanket Hog" for one of the album's brightest moments, while "Prom Night at Hater High" is equally energetic with its hoedown-like appeal. When it seems like the Long Winters could use a break or at least a breather, "New Girl" gets cheeky with classic power pop. When I Pretend to Fall aptly suggests that things could go one way, but Roderick and company push and pull with harmony and emotion for a full, tangible set of songs. One listen to "Nora" and you'll sense Roderick's soft heart. It charms you; a soft heart doesn't equal a simple album, however.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2003
Label: Barsuk
UPC: 0655173103128
catalogNumber: 31031
Rank: 285211

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Long Winters   Primary Artist
Scott McCaughey   Harmonica
Jon Auer   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Peter Buck   Mandolin
Craig Flory   Tenor Saxophone
Ken Stringfellow   Bass,Piano,Vocals,kurzweil,Kurzweil PC88
Sean Nelson   Keyboards,Vocals,Juno
Mike Simpson   French Horn
Blake Wescott   Tambourine
Chris Walla   Guitar
Sean Ripple   Vibes
Stephanie Wicker   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Roderick   Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,farfisa organ,Loops,fender rhodes,Lap Steel Guitar,Wurlitzer,Vox Organ,Juno
Chris Caniglia   Keyboards,kurzweil,Juno,Kurzweil PC88
Katrina Cordi   Violin
Jennifer Faulkner   Vocals
Eric Corson   Bass,Accordion
Nathan Harrison   Cello
Kerry Downing Johnson   Viola
Bart Roderick   Organ,Piano
Steve Scalfati   Alto Saxophone
Michael Shilling   Drums
Sarah Standard   Viola
Megan Thompson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Krista Wells   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gloria Wu   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave Carter   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ken Stringfellow   Producer,Engineer,Engineering
Kip Beelman   Producer,Engineer,Engineering
Chris Walla   Producer,Engineer,Mixing Advisor,Engineering
John Roderick   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Engineering
Shawn Wolfe   Artwork

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