Boomtown CD (1989)

Artist: David & David

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Label Uni/a&m
SKU 60078556
UPC 075021513426
UPC 14 00075021513426
Format CD
Release Date 2/6/1989
Author David & David
Technical Info
Engineer John Beverly Jones
Producer Davitt Sigerson
CatalogID AA7502151342
Lable Name A&M (USA)
Released 03/03/2003
Original Release 1986
Number of Discs 1
Length 40m : 56s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075021513426
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Camille Henry, Toni Childs (vocals); Ed Greene (drums).
Audio Mixer: John Beverly Jones.
Recording information: A & M; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Mad Hatter; Skyline.
Photographer: Melanie Nissen.
David David's Boomtown is a hard look at urban life in the 1980s, a time when many were fulfilling the American Dream of financial success and upward mobility. It is not an easy album to listen to, as the characters depicted in the songs are often dealing with major problems such as drugs and domestic violence. But it is an artful record, full of poetry and convincing stories of the hard times that many silently endured. At times the record is full of pop hooks, and at other stages a more bleak sound dominates. The vocals of David David are also effective in telling the tales, as often there is a shrill, despondent quality that complements what is being related to the listener. In particular, the drums have kind of a hushed sound to them, and the guitars often purvey sounds of doom through distortion or other means. "Welcome to the Boomtown" is the hit off the album, and is one of various cuts that convincingly detail the many trials of the characters such as Kevin, who "deals dope out of Denny's keeps a table in the back." Although there are often hints of hope and seemingly a sense of compassion toward the subjects in the songs, it is not apparent that most will eventually pull themselves out of their predicaments. One may not want to listen to this record to lift the spirit, but it is a strong reminder of difficult situations faced during what can be perceived by many as the best of times. ~ Michael Ofjord
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - "...a spare, painful chronicle of how ugly disappointment can be when it's California's golden promise that fails..."
Disc 1
1 Welcome To The Boomtown
2 Swallowed By The Cracks
3 Ain't So Easy
4 Being Alone Together
5 Rock For The Forgotten, A
6 River's Gonna Rise
7 Swimming In The Ocean
8 All Alone In The Big City
9 Heroes

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