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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the four-year wait., 15 Jun 2010
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M. Raymond - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Goodbye, Killer (Audio CD)
'Goodbye, Killer' is the long-awaited sixth studio album by the Pernice Brothers, their first since 'Live A Little' in 2006. It's also their most intimate-sounding record, in the sense that proceedings are perhaps a little more lo-fi and a little less extravagant. The title track is a good example - barely containing much percussion until two thirds of the way in with just vocal melodies, acoustic guitar and a very country-esque guitar line driving the song forward. Other highlights include the short and sweet 'Jacqueline Susann' and the equally punchy 'Bechamel'.

The lyrics of Joe Pernice are once again ridiculously witty and clever. He's a man who can rhyme 'cellophane' with 'aspartame', can equate a great depression with a messy end to a relationship and mention 'coq au vin' in song and get away with it - surely that counts for something, right? It's this kind of flair that brings his characters to life. In the end, there's something for everyone: familiarity for the old fans and something to draw new fans in. The Pernice Brothers are the definition of a band who go by the mantra of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something of a return to form, 10 Nov 2012
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Mr. P. M. Norrie "Peter N" (Leicester, Leics United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Goodbye, Killer (Audio CD)
Some excellent tracks. As has been pointed out elsewhere, the production values are quite garage- but that is not a bad thing. This has all the main Pernice elements, the upbeat indie rocker (bechamel, something for you), the stoner prince (goodbye killer, the end of faith), and some good old gloom (Newport news, the loving kind). This latter is a Pernice classic- what do you do when the other person wants more than you can give? A great anti-love song. Some problems too (hence the loss of a star); Newport news is a great song, but then at the end of it James Walbourne seems to wander in from some other planet and sticks in as many notes in his solo as he can manage- this pointless pseudo mastery jars and spoils the atmosphere, it is painful- come on Joe, dust off Peyton Pinkerton, he is a much more tasteful guitarist, who doesn't try to take over the song, instead he integrates his contribution rather than try to upstage it.
Incidentally I saw JP playing solo in London (Oct 2012), he was fabulous live, really committed and funny too- he said there was a new Pernice Brothers album in the can, plus a Scud Mountain Brothers too! Bring them on!
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