- Vinyl (23 May 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Downtown Records/Red
- ASIN: B004VDSVGW
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Hailing from Austin Texas this band has won the best live act at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival so many times that they promoters ought to shamed into letting keep the old trophy and start again. They are an unlikely band with a bespectacled and rather nerdy bass player Steve Terebecki who appears to find it increasingly impossible to keep his shirt on during photos and a range of musical influences that are utterly eclectic. Their new album "D" sees them build on the wonders of "Fits" classics like "Regina Holding Hands" and `Mirrored and Reverse" and at last deliver that all round great album which they have threatened for so long.
D is a set of tracks, which for musical detectives will provide hours of fun. From this album you will draw a dizzying range of classic rock influences with some Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Allman Brothers, The Mothers of Invention, Gentle Giant and even Yes thrown into the mix. This is mingled and stirred into a great original stew and ends up in an intoxicating set of songs that the band describe as "Southern Prog", listen to "Anvil Everything" on here and you will understand.Read more ›
There is too much going on to include all the musical references on offer here, but to me it sounds like Stephen Stills' Manassas playing Little Feat with a spoonful of Led Zep, Yes and Frank Zappa thrown in for good measure, but all played with an infectious punk energy and topped-off with melodies you can hang your hat on.
The musicianship is breathtaking, being perky, tight and busy, with the bass player in particular shining brightly throughout like a cooler Chris Squire.
If there's any justice this will be at the top of the end-of-year album lists, leaving the big hitters trailing in its wake.
The 70's psych comparisons are valid but the sound has been brought up to date with a dose of punk energy, sounding fresh and original. The comparison which most struck me though, (and I'm surprised noone's mentioned it yet) is the Meat Puppets. Many of the little guitar runs and chord progressions really reminded me of their stuff. I should probably add that I'm not a massive Meat Puppets fan and would take this record over their stuff any day.
White Denim have got better with every album but this is their first truly great one. If enough people got to hear it I'm pretty sure it would appeal to quite a wide audience too. Buy, you won't be sorry.
The outright rocking tracks are complimented by a few acoustic driven numbers. Street Joy is plaintive and when we break into the solo it is reminiscent of a more straight forward Pink Floyd number. It is only when you reach Anvil Everything that you are reminded that this is an album from 2011. It starts off sounding absolutely of this moment, returns to a 70's guitar experience and then morphs again into a Led Zeppelin like experience with some of their outro's.
River to Consider is when you fully understand that this band wants to flaunt the 70's references without any shame. The flute is Jethro Tull, the percussion is almost Caribbean and yet it works. Drug works well as a rock number with the sound of an upbeat Beta Band that has had the Life On Mars treatment.
Sometimes the instrumentals almost feel too self indulgent. I do feel Bess St pushes this to its limits. Its starts off at break-neck speed and evolves into the instrumental I have already mentioned. Lots of guitars and drums pick the pace of this up as it ducks and dives about.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic. Every track really good. Interesting that this is the only album that Cerys plays tracks from on Radio 6 on a Sunday morning!Published 10 months ago by Mrs. C. A. Granville-edge
Wow - some of the reviewers here are grasping at some mighty bands in an effort to describe this platter. Just to confuse things further can I add my 10d's worth. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2013 by Ianham
I delayed getting this for quite a while, wish I hadn't ; it's a stunning album. To put it in context I love progressive rock and this fits really well into that genre. Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2012 by smartie
I almost did not buy this cd because people wrote it was difficult music, chaotic, prog rock jamming and lacking melody. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2012 by Oostrijck
Probably my favourite album of the past 12 months, I can not recommend it highly enough.... Slightly psychedelic rock, slightly progressive rock, slightly southern rock - all good! Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2012 by Mr. A. R. Thomas
Just purchased White Demin's latest offering "D" and although this is a great sounding CD it doesn't compare to their latest live stuff which I viewed on YouTube (which lead me to... Read morePublished on 5 April 2012 by Goulhoy
This album isn't my usual sort of thing, but I love it. Swirling, noodling, widescreen and altogether epic psychedelia, with high energy, country, prog and punk inflections and a... Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2012 by Nedj