Falling Off The Sky CD (2012)

Artist: Db's

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Label BAR None Records/ada
SKU 231094878
UPC 032862021022
UPC 14 00032862021022
Format CD
Release Date 6/12/2012
Author Db's
Technical Info
Engineer Chris Stamey; Ryan Weitzel; George Cowan; John Plymale; Mitch Easter; Tim Harper; Wes Lachot; Brent Lambert
Producer The dB's
CatalogID BNN 202102
Lable Name Bar/None Records
Released 06/12/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 47m : 59s
UPC 00032862021022
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Peter Holsapple (guitars, keyboards); Chris Stamey, Mitch Easter (guitars); Gene Holder (electric bass); Will Rigby (drums, percussion).
Recording information: Exit Stencil Recordings, Cleveland, OH; Fidelitorium, Kernersville, NC; Kitchen Mastering, Carrboro, NC; Modern Recording, Chapel Hill, NC; Overdub Lane, Durham, NC; Water Music Recorders, Hoboken, NJ.
Photographers: Daniel Coston; Michael Traister.
People change. That's an inevitable fact of life, and nothing to be feared, but it does make for a real dilemma when a band that's been out of commission for a while decides to reunite and go back into the recording studio. Maybe they're the same folks who worked well together back in the day, but will they sound the same, or interact in the same way? That's the bugaboo about Falling Off the Sky, which is the first new album from the dB's since 1987, and the first to feature the original lineup of Chris Stamey, Peter Holsapple, Gene Holder, and Will Rigby since Repercussion in 1982. In the 30 years since that benchmark in smart, adventurous pop, the four members of the dB's have all gone on to impressive careers in music, and Falling Off the Sky is an album that was clearly made by four gifted players and songwriters who enjoy working together. But the funny thing about Falling Off the Sky is that one can clearly hear the personalities of all four members of the group, but the results don't really sound like the dB's, at least not as we knew them. This is not without precedent; after the band broke up, Stamey and Holsapple cut a pair of splendid duo albums (1991's Mavericks and 2009's Here and Now) that found them collaborating beautifully without sounding much like the dB's, and on Falling Off the Sky, the four individuals make strong, intelligent, and well-crafted pop music that's significantly less wiry and more thoughtful and mature (for lack of a better word) than the records they made in the 1980s. The psychedelic undertow of Stamey's songs is clearer and more melodically ambitious, Holsapple's songs sound bigger and he's (slightly) more willing to cop to his hard rock influences, Rigby gets a chance to show off his charm as a songwriter along with his solid and lively drumming, and Holder's bass playing still fits the pocket but with a shade more swagger. Put it all together, add some fine songs, and mix it up with a sympathetic production by the band and longtime associates Scott Litt and Mitch Easter, and you get an album that most folks who loved Stands for Decibels or Repercussion are likely to enjoy. They just aren't likely to know the same people made it if they don't look at the cover. ~ Mark Deming
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.82) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]heir writing now has a reflective depth that makes for music that's wise, as well as crafty."
Q (Magazine) (p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's no denying the old boys can still knock out pop thrills, particularly on opener 'The Time Is Gone''s locked groove and the regretful, Ric Ocasek-like 'I Didn't Mean To Say That.'"
Mojo (Publisher) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "FALLING OFF THE SKY is near vintage....It's knee-deep in lush curvature and angular salvos..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.82) - "[With] quirky, earwormy Stamey cuts, Peter Holsapple's pop-rock knockouts, rich harmonies, shimmering guitar leads, some playful sonic touches at the edges, and hooks galore."
Disc 1
1 That Time is Gone
2 Before We Were Born
3 Wonder of Love, The
4 Write Back
5 Far Away and Long Ago
6 Send Me Something Real
7 World To Cry
8 Adventures of Albatross and Doggerel, The
9 I Didn't Mean To Say That
10 Collide-oOo-Scope
11 She Won't Drive In the Rain Anymore
12 Remember (Falling Off the Sky)
Product Attributes
Artist Db's
Label Bar None Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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