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Private Eleanor - "Sweethearting" cd (Beechfields)
I remember enjoying this Baltimore band's previous album, "No Straight Lines", a couple years back, and this new album finds the band progressing nicely. Although this album marks the fourth release from Private Eleanor, this is only the second outing for its full-band incarnation (previous releases were primarily solo records from main songwriter, Austin Stahl, with some occasional help from friends). This time around, the album was recorded in a professional studio, resulting in a better (and more varied) sound throughout the record, although the actual songs themselves are just as enjoyable as the ones on the previous releases. Similarly, the music falls in much the same vein as the last full-length, mixing Red House Painters and Ida-styled melancholic pop (with singers Austin and Marian frequently sharing lead vocal duties) with hints of folk and country. You'll find a few upbeat tunes here and there, like "A Better Way To Run" and "Weeds", but the overall mood of the album is generally more subdued, though not quite as sleepy as their last record. MTQ=9/11
Also, head over to Catbird Records. The quickly sold out Cat Prairie is as toe-tappingly catchy as anything Bread or Ambrosia ever recorded.
The Official Soundtrack to the new Farrelly Brothers film, ‘THE HEARTBREAK KID’ will be available Tuesday, October 2nd. It features The Flaming Lips, World Party, David Bowie, Matthew Sweet with Susanna Hoffs playing Michael Nesmith's classic "Different Drum" and many others.
On November 6, the 1979 Nick Drake box set "Fruit Tree" will be reissued. In addition to all three of Drake's studio albums - Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter and Pink Moon- it includes a DVD of the film 'A Skin Too Few' and a 108-page book. Limited to 8,000 copies, the sleeves feature replicas of the original artwork. Also, there will be a limited release of 2000 vinyl copies, which also includes the DVD and book.
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