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True Love Cast Out All Evil

Roky Erickson Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (19 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chemikal Underground Records
  • ASIN: B003CSS17Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,367 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Devotional Number One
2. Ain't Blues Too Sad
3. Goodbye Sweet Dreams
4. Be and Bring Me Home
5. Bring Back the Past
6. Please Judge
7. John Lawman
8. True Love Cast Out All Evil
9. Forever
10. Think of As One
11. Birds'd Crash
12. God Is Everywhere

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rehabbed Roky 21 April 2010
By Moz
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Before I'd played a track the sleeve notes had me a lump in my throat. Poor old Roky's certainly been there and got the T shirt. It opens with "Devotional Numer One" and closes with "God is Everywhere" made in Rusk State Prison for the Criminally Insane, when he was doing his stint there, so the quality is ropey. You sorta need these bookends to give you the perspective. Other than that though the quality is pristine (well pristine might be a slight exageration)- you get it all instantly. There are simple arrangements and complicated ones, country influence, rock at its most raucous. It's Roky's sensitive lyrics that shine through though. This isn't his schlock horror set at all. It's introspective honest material, written largely during his lost (painful) years. To see him emerging after so long - positive and full of good energies - it's beautiful. To say Roky's been fully rehabilitated (an overused word really) may be an overstatement but he's come a bloody long way towards it. It makes a great read if you're after biography try Eye Mind: Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators

I'd heard bits like "Goodbye Sweet Dreams" (from his documentry), "John Lawman" and "Please Judge" but these are reworked versions."Sweet Dreams", in particular, is plaintif assertion of everything Roky felt that he had lost and is a seminal song for me. On the flip side, "John Lawman" here is pared down to just three lines and an insistent riff - Why? Only Roky can answer that. Me, I'm just over the moon to have a new album, a great retrospective that adds so much to what's gone before. It lives up to my expectations. Some of the arrangements are a bit thin and probably owe more to Okkervil River than to Roky.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sizzling Effort a master and his contemparies! 23 May 2010
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If you want a comprehensive review of this album read the other reviews (which seem extensive!) I checked this out being a big fan of the backing band - Okkervil River. I know little of Roky's music, so cannot judge it by his standards or by his fans expectations. However, if such classic tracks as 'Goodbye Sweet Dreams', the driving power of 'John Lawman' and the gorgeous, melt in the mouth, 'Forever' reflect his other output, I could have a hefty shopping trip in store!

Okkervil River provide superb, often understated, sweeping and grand colour to support Roky's weary lovelorn vocal. There is a wide variety of styles on display here, and an obvious affinity between the two parties (Okkervil River, I believe, have been supporting Roky in concerts recently).

As I have stated, I can't offer any great insights into the lyrics and feelings that Roky's fans might have on this return. To me, though, the quality of many tracks on this album justify its five star rating. Well worth the money!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Roky's first new album for 15 years! 17 April 2010
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Roky Erickson's catalogue is a rather confusing beast - whilst there are many gems throughout, the vast range of available titles (official and otherwise) can be quite bewildering!

One glance at the tracklisting for this album shows several familiar song titles but this is, for the most part, a collection of brand new recordings. Roky is in better shape now than he has been for many years having recovered from debilitating mental illness and self-imposed isolation.

Released by Chemikal Underground in the UK, the CD is housed in an attractive digipak that features some striking black and white photos of Roky. There's also a 24-page booklet with more photos, full lyrics and a detailed sleeve note by Will Sheff (a member of the band Okkervil River who provide backing throughout). Sheff gives a fascinating insight into working with Roky and how this album came about. He also provides a detailed history for the uninitiated.

Roky and Okkervil River's paths first crossed in 2008 when a writer for the Austin Chronicle thought it would be fun to put them together to play a short set at the Austin Music Awards. Several weeks later, Will Sheff received a call from Roky's manager asking if he wanted to produce a brand new album. He was mailed three CDs containing songs written by Roky - ranging from unreleased 13th Floor Elevators material to songs recorded on an old reel-to-reel at Rusk State Hospital, from home cassettes to rough mixes of stalled Aliens studio sessions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Love Cast Out All Evil 27 Sep 2010
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Sometimes you come across an album that stands out from the very first listen and then only gets better after repeated listening and `True Love Cast Out All Evil' is one of those. This features Roky Erickson, ably supported by Okkervil River and the combination is something really quite special. This has a wonderfully brooding feel to it and Roky reminded me of Neil Young in places, when Neil was at his very best and turning out music of the highest calibre, but he also has his own distinctive feel and voice that I adore. `Goodbye Sweet Dreams' is one of my favourite tracks on this album and I have played it frequently since this dropped though my letterbox. `Please Judge' has some heart wrenching lyrics, `True Love Cast Out All Evil' is a subtle, but moving track and `Forever' is one of those tracks that can be listened to for the same duration for it's simple elegance and grace. `John Lawman' is one of the more angry sounding tracks on the album and yet it is perfectly placed on the album and gives you a fresh perspective before kicking back into the more nuanced music on offer. This has an excellent booklet with extensive liner notes and photography and this really adds to the overall package. This is a short album that is very near to perfection and once you start listening to it you will want to leave the CD in your stereo (or the album on repeat on your MP3 player) and soak up the atmosphere again and again until it is rooted within you. Excellent music to get you through good times or bad.

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