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4.0 out of 5 stars
A more sinister follow up to August and Everything After., 8 Aug. 2001
Listeners might be forgiven for expecting a dissappointment given the acclaim that surrounded 1993's August and Everything After, or perhaps just maybe more of the same. Their debut was very much a summer record; a blend of acoustic guitars and mandolins layered beneath Adum Duritz's floating voice. It was Duritz's striking vocal depth which gave the first album it's identity. Recovering the Satellites doesn't rely so heavily on Duritz vocal talent. From the very outset- the haunting organ that opens Catapault- this album is built on a range of musical experiments that range from the heavy guitar rock of Angels of the Silences- the first single- to the dry modern folk of Millers Angels. This is a dark record, the lyrics read like a collection of ghost stories and the haunting vocal finds it's proper home in the heavier overall sound. The songwriting only slips a little when it descends into country, but this only happens once (on Daylight Fading, another UK single release)otherwise the record stays away from the twanging guitars that betray the bands mid-western origins. Overall Recovering the Satellites is a very well written, performed and produced record (Listen for the spiralling stereo guitar on the title track) and evidence that old musicians in a young band can be a formula for critical success, even if the misplaced publicity campaign over here destroyed any chance of a commercial one. Some better chosen simgles and Counting Crows might have enjoyed a larger slice of the limelight they deserve.