- Audio CD (3 May 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: One Little Indian Records
- ASIN: B00007L6SW
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,208 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Everybody Loves a Winner CD
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In the world of the miserable singer-songwriter, Texas' Jeff Klein is a rare and admirable man. Although undeniably depressed, the lonesome small town country and ragged rock of Everybody Loves a Winner adhere doggedly to the theory that no matter how bad things are, they could always be worse. Coupled with dusty back porch melodies, such tragic--and by the sound of his crumbled relationships and impending mental collapse--unfounded optimism, turns dead beat ballads like "I'm Sorry Sweet Emily" and "Goodbye" into heartbreaking tales from a world weary troubadour. "Everything Is Alright" may not be the typical lullaby with lines like "This old house is burning down in a blaze of gasoline / you've been writing out your suicide notes since you were thirteen" but in the comatose vocals and tinkling music box innocence there is sweetness and light. Similarly, "California" dreams of seeing his love one last time, and despite the exhaustingly slow chug, the suggestion is he'll probably make it, meanwhile the bleary-eyed stomp of "Another Breakdown" practically taunts his demons, with a "give it your best shot" sneer. Like an against the odds road movie, Everyone Loves a Winner tells the story of one man against the world, who's just about holding his own. And while he certainly isn't the winner in the title, there's no shortage of things to love. --Dan Gennoe
Top Customer Reviews
Most of the songs are slow/medium tempo and several have very sparse musical accompaniment. The only uptempo number, 'Another Breakdown',still cannot be called 'upbeat'- Klein wishes that "they'd come and put me away".His voice is at its most Tom Waits-ish on this track.The opener,'Everything Is Alright' sets the tone for the rest of the album - Klein sings about a partner who's "been writing out your suicide note since you were thirteen" while Patty Griffin's backing vocals are gorgeous.The beauty of the song however does not make me believe Klein when he tells me that "everything is alright".This uneasy feeling is confirmed in the next song,'California',with its crunching guitar chords and cymbal-heavy percussion.This is not a joyous ode to the West coast of the USA but a meditation on what the singer will do when he returns home to the woman he doesn't love as much as he did the night before.Brian Standefer's cello is introduced on this track and goes on to play a major role in the overall feel of melancholy prevalent on the album.
'I'm Sorry Sweet Emily' is a bright and breezy pop ditty which wouldn't be out of place at the top of the singles chart.Er,actually it isn't.It's Klein's apology to the titular woman because he knows he can't be faithful to her.J J Johnson plays a march on the snare drum as Klein marches to the tune played by his insistent libido(he "can't resist the swaying of their hips").Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This is one of those rare albums where you can put it on and not have to worry about skipping over the bad songs. It is so damn good that it deserves the "repeat all" feature. Stand out tracks would be: Everything Is Alright, California, Holding In the World, Good-bye, and Take the Wheel. The amazing Patty Griffin even sings back-up on a couple of songs!
I know a lot of people depend on the whole "sounds like so-and-so" game when buying music. So for that reason, I will tell you I think Jeff Klein reminds me of Ryan Adams... everything from the intense, haunting vocals to the "slit your wrist" songs. But do not let that discourage you... the boy can rock, too!
If you are searching for something new that is not going to just end up being a waste of your money, BUY THIS CD! You will not regret it! And if you have the chance, go see one of his shows! He definitely brings his songs alive on the stage!
I saw Jeff klein in Boston, he opened for Bob Schneider and I talked to him and we drank beers and listened to Bob. Jeff's music is amazing and his songwritting is deep and not flaky, and at the same time, the kind of record you want playing in the background while chilling with a beer and you dont want to think about anything, just really great music. Jeff is awesome and I would definitely recomend this CD to anyone, buy the CD, this kid is going places and quick, so take it from me, this guy is talented and the music will not let you down.