- Audio CD (28 April 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Warner
- ASIN: B0015435IY
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,519 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Junkie Faithful/Sparkle in the Finish CD
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Ike Reilly's debut UK release provides a hefty introduction. It's his second and third album repackaged as a single entity on two CDs. It's an awful lot to take in. Happily Reilly's an interesting enough songwriter to carry it off. The band plays a splendidly loose version of American rock `n' roll, the sort of thing any Replacements or Hold Steady fan would feel instantly at home with, and Reilly's wordplay is full of smarts and scathing humour.
Of the two albums here, perhaps Sparkle In The Finish just shades it, but other days may well offer a different result. I see their new album, Poison The Hit Parade has just been released in the States. Money may have to be spent. 8/10.
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Now - just so you don't think that Ike and his assassins are some geriatric fix for this old fart, my two daughters aged 16 and 19 are fighting over who gets to borrow Junkie Faithful.
And speaking of Junkie Faithful - it's a wonderful CD - not one bad cut. Versatility rules and the band has never sounded better.
"22 hours of darkness" is a haunting song about self examination and depression and blatantly asks "do you think that this is just your life".
"The Mixture" is a masterful mixture of Ike Reilly lyrics. How can you describe this song? You can't. You just have to listen.
"God and Money" starts out with an almost psychedelic "strawberry fields" flavor and asks some critical questions. I don't know if I completely understand exactly what Ike is saying but it's all right because I'm "living a good life".
"Kara Dean" is a jaunty, clever tune which talks about "wiggling in the rain" and later tells of Ike checking out his neighbors wife while she's bending down to pull out weeds. Very catchy - one of those numbers that you end up humming for days.
"Farm Girl" is funny. Something happens at the grain elevator at the co-op then after five times we hear that the farm girl somehow has grass in her teeth.
"Suffer for the Trust" is a great song. Provocative lyrics! My wife and kids spent about half an hour discussing the meaning of the song. Listen and tell me exactly what the "face on the monument pays me a compliment" means.
"Edge of the Universe Cafe" almost sounds like an Irish folk song. Another solid song which showcases Ike's lyrical genius.
"Heroin" describes the evil of this poison in a way that Lou Reed and Neil Young never could. I love the guitar work - simple but beautiful.
"What a Day" talks of the day that "we buried my mother". Everyone said that she "looked pretty and peaceful" so Ike concludes that that means "I guess that means she's better off dead". Having just come back from my mother in law's funeral I agree with Ike - "what a day, what a day, what a day".
"I Will Let You Down" is witty and Dylanesque. Ike describes coming home late to his sleeping lady. While drunk he mumbles "Wake up pretty baby, we're gonna party hard tonight. I heard about your birthday so I brought you home a clown."
"Devil's Valentine" is short and melodic. Lovely.
"Everything is Gonna Be Alright" intros with Ike's harmonica with shades of Neil Young. It changes course with a melodic "everything is gonna be alright" then redirects.
This is a great song!! My favorite cut on the CD. This can stand up to anything I've heard in the past ten years.
In closing, I'd like to say that as good as the CD is, Ike shines even more in concert. My daughter, Hannah and I were lucky enough to see the band in North Carolina and it proved to be a nice father daughter bonding experience. After the concert I asked Hannah what she thought - she replied, "Dad, he is REALLY COOL!"