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Format: CD
Sku: 60440252
UPC: 098787020724
UPC 14: 00098787020724
Release Date: 10/3/2000
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Realize ~ Codeine
2. Jr. ~ Codeine
3. Barely Real ~ Codeine
4. Hard To Find ~ Codeine
5. W. ~ Codeine
6. Promise Of Love ~ Codeine
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Codeine: Stephen Immerwahr (vocals, bass); John Engle (guitar); Chris Brokaw (drums).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Jon Fine (guitar); David Grubbs (piano).
Muze PNote Personnel: Jon Fine (guitar); David Grubbs (piano).
Muze PNote Recording information: 1992.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: Brokaw; Stephen Immerwahr; Jon Fine; Engle.
Muze PNote Arranger: David Grubbs.
Muze PNote A six-song EP that appeared between the two albums proper, without sharing any songs with either, Barely Real essentially extends the same musical and lyrical spirit of Frigid Stars with a couple of slight but intriguing changes woven in. Admittedly, that won't be apparent on the first song, "Realize," which fully confirms that Codeine's combination of deliberate pace and electric guitar playing, along with a softly sung rumination courtesy of Stephen Immerwahr, is pretty much its compositional mode rather than affectation. Those put off by earlier Codeine CDs won't want to continue; those taken by the band's way of doing things will happily embrace it. From there, Barely Real makes its careful way over about 25 minutes, with some guest performers popping up to leaven things. One Jon Fine adds "noisy guitar" to the mix on "Jr.," with a quick, stuttering main riff to its credit, while David Grubbs contributes both piano and arrangement for "W." It's a highlight of Barely Real, essentially a Grubbs solo performance, but still sounds exactly like something Codeine would write. Other high points include the echo and burying in the mix of Immerwahr's voice on "Hard to Find," and the slightly surprising conclusion, a cover of MX-80 Sound's "Promise of Love" done in a bit of a late-night jazz club style with more typical Codeine interjections towards the end. ~ Ned Raggett

Producer: Codeine; Mike McMackin

Engineer: Codeine; Mike McMackin

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist David Grubbs

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 12/07/1998
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1992
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : SP 207B
Music Label Name Label : Sub Pop (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00098787020724

Professional Reviews

Q (Magazine)
(p.117)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[N]otes progressed in astronaut steps: each hanging in the air before the next one tumbled down, longing and isolation written into the spaces in between."

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