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City Life (2003)

Artist: Manishevitz
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Format: CD
Sku: 60617268
UPC: 656605205021
UPC 14: 00656605205021
Release Date: 10/7/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Beretta ~ Manishevitz
2. City Life ~ Manishevitz
3. Hate Ilene ~ Manishevitz
4. Mary Ann ~ Manishevitz
5. Undercover ~ Manishevitz
6. Back In The Day ~ Manishevitz
7. Private Lines ~ Manishevitz
8. Rainy Day Revolution ~ Manishevitz
9. Colorado Shore ~ Manishevitz

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Manishevitz includes: Adam Busch, Via Nuon, Joe Adamik, Ryan Hembrey, Nate Lepine, Fred Lonberg-Holm.
Muze PNote Manishevitz: Ryan Hembrey (bass instrument); Joe Adamik, Adam Busch.
Muze PNote Personnel: Adam Busch (vocals, guitar); Wil Hendricks (guitar, piano, keyboards); Via Nuon (guitar); Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello, cornet); Nate Lepine (flute, saxophone); Joe Adamik (keyboards, drums, percussion); Michael Krassner (keyboards); Gerald Dowd, Jason Adasiewicz (drums).
Muze PNote Recording information: Clava, Chicago, IL (12/2002-06/2003); Kingsize, Los Angeles, CA (12/2002-06/2003).
Muze PNote Photographer: Audrey Cho.
Muze PNote Manishevitz' third album, City Life, is a shocking departure from the group's first two. Gone are the low-key, melancholy chamber folk-pop songs; they are replaced by shiny pop songs that draw inspiration from arty glam bands like Roxy Music as well as early Eno and a large dose of the Fall. Their 2002 EP, Private Lines, gave a clue to the shift with its Roxy Music cover and generally shiny and upbeat feel. What that EP began is fully realized on City Life. Adam Busch's voice has blossomed from a quiet mumble to a swaggering croon that is equal parts smooth Bryan Ferry and stuttering Mark E. Smith. The rest of the group has helped the transformation by giving the songs a loose strutting feel. New member Nate Lepine is the most obvious difference; his sax and flute lines give bright splashes of color to the songs. Once you get over the shock of the way the band sounds, you realize that the songs have remained as strong as before. In fact, the new approach musically meshes with a hookier, more effusive brand of songwriting. Tracks like "City Life," "Mary Ann," and the gorgeously lilting "Back in the Day" (which appeared on Private Lines) burst out of the speakers and may even inspire listeners to dance spastically around the room. There is still a strong trace of the old brooding Manishevitz on City Life; "Hate Ilene" is a dirge-y, atmospheric track; "Undercover" is a meandering, beautiful song that makes full use of Lepine's flute skills and sounds like an unholy meeting of the Beach Boys and Eno. Actually, that sounds like a very holy meeting. If only it had happened in 1972. Still, this track gives you an idea of what might have transpired. One could see this new post-punk-inspired direction as a cynical shift toward a style of music that made commercial headway in 2003. More likely the members of the band heard some Fall or Eno records and were inspired to make a change. Hopefully, fans of the band will be swayed by the stellar songwriting and the wild energy of the music, because City Life is a very good record. If it had come out in 1972, kids everywhere would be lining up to claim Manishevitz as an influence. ~ Tim Sendra

Producer: Michael Krassner; Michael Krassner

Engineer: Michael Krassner; Andy Bosnak; Wil Hendricks

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/13/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : JAG 50
Music Label Name Label : Jagjaguwar
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 : 00656605205021

Professional Reviews

Mojo (Publisher)
(1/04, p.98)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "[A] band with many fine influences pinned to their sleeves..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Manishevitz
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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