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Product details

  • 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)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. It's Him!
  2. Burnished
  3. At The Farm
  4. Street Joy
  5. Anvil Everything
  6. River To Consider
  7. Drug
  8. Bess St.
  9. Is and Is and Is
  10. Keys

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Format: Audio CD
Two years ago after going through all sorts of hell on whether to give a four or five star review I concluded at the end of a review of White Denim's last full album "Fits" that the band "probably have a truly great album up their sleeve. "Fits" is not quite it but watching them seek to achieve it will be fascinating". In that time they also released the free consolidation album "Last days of summer" which you can probably still download for the price of the electricity required to turn your PC on.

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.
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Format: Audio CD
Wow. I must admit that I wasn't grabbed by White Denim's previous Lp 'Fits', and didn't have high hopes for this, but I was completely broadsided by just how wonderful this collection of songs is. It is the most enjoyable, life-affirming album I've heard this year.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
'D' is an absolutely blinding album. One of those rare ones that has enough hooks to make you like it almost immediately, but is also quite complex with brilliant song dynamics and requires several listens to really appreciate. It's a different league from 'Fits' which, whilst it was a good album, somehow didn't quite click in places.
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.
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By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Jun. 2011
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Brian Wilson and his Beach Boys once sang that 'they weren't made for these times.' After hearing the third long player from White Denim (to call it a CD seems out of place) you get the feeling they would empathise with that. This is an album straight out of the 70's. Big guitars and drums and lots of instrumental breaks with duelling solo's and Fleetwood Mac style guitar sound. In fact its when the big sounding Burnished goes seamlessly into the instrumental At The Farm (Jethro Tull is really a touch point here) that you realise where this gains over the previous effort Fits. Its an album. Coherent and whilst with lots of influences and sounds it is of a piece. That's the real development.

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.
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