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Ash Wednesday (+Bonus) Import

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  • Audio CD (15 Dec. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • ASIN: B0011EUMJ8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,806 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I saw Elvis Perkins supporting Willy Mason in Liverpool a couple of nights ago, from his opening song "While you were Sleeping" it goes without saying I was very impressed. Reminiscent of Bob Dylan with perhaps some Van Morrison thrown in there this guy writes amazing music. Original, catchy tunes that seem to carry an ethereal sound to them that's addictive. Haunting and mysterious lyrics at times, sung beautifully by a great artist. Watch this space, this guy's going places.
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Ash Wednesday , the debut album from Elvis Perkins is a very melancholy album .But given that his father the actor Anthony Perkins died of AIDS and his mother was aboard the plane that hit the first tower on 9/11 that's sort of understandable. I fear many potential listeners will be put off by it's morose surfaces and there is no denying that this is an album that requires concerted effort to come to terms with but stick around and it reveals a modern troubadour with songs , for the main part, worth investing some time in.
Elvis Perkins will invite comparisons with Bob Dylan , his voice has an evocative timbre worthy of the icon though he is a superior singer , while his feverishly strummed guitar recalls the mans earlier work. Others will chuck him in with the raft of more contemporary singer/songwriters but he has none of their mostly superficial glossiness and airy radio friendliness. The songs are mostly accompanied by chunky double bass but there is diversity here with strings, piano , trumpet , trombone, banjo, organ, tympani, glockenspiel and vibraphone popping up throughout the album. There are also some perceptible backing vocals , particularly on the contradictory sing-a-long of "May Day" and the excellent Tim Buckley like "All The Night Without Love".
Occasionally the music and the artists lyrical ambitiousness cross over into the slightly absurd and pretentious like on "Emiles Vietnam In The Sky" or it can be just plain dull like "It's Only Me" which is literally only him and his guitar. Mostly though it's solemnly compelling with the six minute "While You Were Sleeping" , the lugubrious lullaby "The Night And The Liquor" ,the eerie harmonium led drones of "Good Friday" that recalls Nico,s "The Marble Index" and the incremental sorrow of "Sleep Sandwich" standing out.
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Maybe this is what Neutral Milk Hotel would sound like, were they a few years older. Beautiful, melancholic and yet seeing them live is so much a very joyous, uplifting even, experience. Love the recording, now I love the man even more. Cannot recommend enough
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A bit of a find this. It turns out that screen Icon's Anthony Perkins son, Elvis, is an indie singer/songwriter of no mean talent. In this album he explores his vision of the world - it's a bit dark - through the medium of gentle folk/rock. He sings songs of love and life gone wrong with a pleasantly slightly off key voice that is full of expression and has an overtone of world weariness. This is his debut, even though at 31 he was a little older than most debuting artists. These extra years give his sound and lyrics an extra layer of maturity not often found on debut albums, and really makes the record stand out. The production is understated, supporting and underscoring the lyrics rather than overpowering them. His lyrics tend to the darker side of life, especially on songs such as `It's a sad world after all' or `all the night without love', my personal favourite on this album.

It's an excellent opener for this artist, 4 stars.
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A great album which rewards repeated listening, beautifully arranged, and recorded, this has become a favourite of mine. You can feel a sadness in Elvis Perkins that is explained by the tragedy of his mothers death and the timing of his fathers. An album that has something to convey....always refreshing !!
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