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Ash Wednesday

Elvis Perkins Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B000M06KBQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,441 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. All The Night Without Love 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. May Day ! 5:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Moon Woman 2 4:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. It's Only Me 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Emile's Vietnam In The Sky 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ash Wednesday 6:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Night And The Liquor 4:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. It's A Sad World 4:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sleep Sandwich 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
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BBC Review

If you believe that first impressions are the be-all and end-all, Ash Wednesday perhaps isn't one to add to your playlist. Initially, the debut release from California native Elvis Perkins strikes you as unrelentingly morose, almost uninviting. It requires a conscious effort on the part of the listener to scratch beneath the surface - but put the effort in and the reward presents itself nicely.

Boasting a voice that's a stunning balance of capable gravel and silky easiness, both of these tones and everything in between display an insight and an expertise far beyond Perkins' 31 years. The highly emotive content supplies a solid base on which to utilise this, with 'Moon Woman (Pt 2)' encompassing the whole vocal spectrum in the space of one track. Elsewhere, the title track is a saddening, highly sensitive murmur, somewhat more indicative of the album overall.

It's during the few examples where Perkins strays from his own remit of melancholy that he truly demonstrates promise. While 'May Day' and the veiled hoedown of 'All The Night Without Love' are by no means strikingly different, they're diverse enough within the sphere of Ash Wednesday to provide an atypical showcase for Perkins' natural flair.

Not that he should be chided for producing an album so downbeat. The unapologetic, no-frills folk sound almost commands the stripped-bare substance found here (or possibly vice versa), the two complementing each other to great effect. It certainly doesn't mean it's in any way lacking passion - in fact, Perkins should be commended for managing to convey so much fervour in an ambience evidently not fashioned for it.

Without a doubt, Ash Wednesday is an album to suit - perhaps even induce - a specific mood. For all its artistry and intellect, the subdued feel reigns throughout, potentially meaning the consumption of it will be few and far between. Yet the quality is consistent, far more important in the bigger picture. However, Ash Wednesday serves most effectively as an advertisement for Elvis Perkins himself, a man who, on this evidence, could well be a Johnny Cash for the 21st century. --Al Fox

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Different 8 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
I saw Elvis Perkins supporting Willy Mason in Liverpool a couple of nights ago, from his opening song "While you were Sleeping" it goes without saying I was very impressed. Reminiscent of Bob Dylan with perhaps some Van Morrison thrown in there this guy writes amazing music. Original, catchy tunes that seem to carry an ethereal sound to them that's addictive. Haunting and mysterious lyrics at times, sung beautifully by a great artist. Watch this space, this guy's going places.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A melancholy grower 13 Aug 2007
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Ash Wednesday , the debut album from Elvis Perkins is a very melancholy album .But given that his father the actor Anthony Perkins died of AIDS and his mother was aboard the plane that hit the first tower on 9/11 that's sort of understandable. I fear many potential listeners will be put off by it's morose surfaces and there is no denying that this is an album that requires concerted effort to come to terms with but stick around and it reveals a modern troubadour with songs , for the main part, worth investing some time in.
Elvis Perkins will invite comparisons with Bob Dylan , his voice has an evocative timbre worthy of the icon though he is a superior singer , while his feverishly strummed guitar recalls the mans earlier work. Others will chuck him in with the raft of more contemporary singer/songwriters but he has none of their mostly superficial glossiness and airy radio friendliness. The songs are mostly accompanied by chunky double bass but there is diversity here with strings, piano , trumpet , trombone, banjo, organ, tympani, glockenspiel and vibraphone popping up throughout the album. There are also some perceptible backing vocals , particularly on the contradictory sing-a-long of "May Day" and the excellent Tim Buckley like "All The Night Without Love".
Occasionally the music and the artists lyrical ambitiousness cross over into the slightly absurd and pretentious like on "Emiles Vietnam In The Sky" or it can be just plain dull like "It's Only Me" which is literally only him and his guitar. Mostly though it's solemnly compelling with the six minute "While You Were Sleeping" , the lugubrious lullaby "The Night And The Liquor" ,the eerie harmonium led drones of "Good Friday" that recalls Nico,s "The Marble Index" and the incremental sorrow of "Sleep Sandwich" standing out.
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A bit of a find this. It turns out that screen Icon's Anthony Perkins son, Elvis, is an indie singer/songwriter of no mean talent. In this album he explores his vision of the world - it's a bit dark - through the medium of gentle folk/rock. He sings songs of love and life gone wrong with a pleasantly slightly off key voice that is full of expression and has an overtone of world weariness. This is his debut, even though at 31 he was a little older than most debuting artists. These extra years give his sound and lyrics an extra layer of maturity not often found on debut albums, and really makes the record stand out. The production is understated, supporting and underscoring the lyrics rather than overpowering them. His lyrics tend to the darker side of life, especially on songs such as `It's a sad world after all' or `all the night without love', my personal favourite on this album.

It's an excellent opener for this artist, 4 stars.
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