Love It To Life CD (2010)

Artist: Jesse Malin

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Product Overview


Label Sideonedummy Records/ada
SKU 215190622
UPC 603967141528
UPC 14 00603967141528
Format CD
Release Date 4/27/2010
Author Jesse Malin
Artist Influence Bruce Springsteen
Artist Influence Johnny Thunders
Artist Influence Neil Young
Artist Influence Paul Westerberg
Artist Influence Steve Earle
Artist Influence Stiv Bators
Artist Influence The Jayhawks (Rock/Alternative Country-Rock)
Artist Influence Tom Petty
Artist Influence Tom Waits
Artist Influence Uncle Tupelo
Artist Contemporary David Gray
Artist Contemporary David Ramirez
Artist Contemporary Drive-By Truckers
Artist Contemporary Freedy Johnston
Artist Contemporary Grant Lee Buffalo
Artist Contemporary Jay Farrar
Artist Contemporary Jeff Buckley
Artist Contemporary Joseph Arthur
Artist Contemporary Josh Ritter
Artist Contemporary Kings of Leon
Artist Contemporary Lucinda Williams
Artist Contemporary Mark Lanegan
Artist Contemporary Patterson Hood
Artist Contemporary Paul Westerberg
Artist Contemporary Pete Yorn
Artist Contemporary Rhett Miller
Artist Contemporary Richard Buckner
Artist Contemporary Ryan Adams
Artist Contemporary The Hold Steady
Artist Contemporary The Wallflowers
Artist Contemporary Wilco
Technical Info
Engineer Ryan Mall
Producer Ted Hutt
CatalogID SD 14152
Lable Name Side One Dummy
Released 04/26/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 34m : 50s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00603967141528
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Jesse Malin (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Ted Hutt (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, percussion, background vocals); Randy Schrager (piano, drums, percussion, background vocals); Don DiLego (percussion, background vocals); Matty "Hoboken" Madly (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Ryan Mall; Ted Hutt.
Recording information: Kingsize Studios, Eagle Rock, CA; Mission Studios, Brooklyn, NY; Sonora Recorders, Atwater Village, CA; Think Tank Studios, Hoboken, NY.
Photographers: Hanna Toresson; Josh Cheuse; Steven Sebring; Jackie Roman; Alyssa Taylor Wendt; Petteri Sulonen.
For a guy who virtually grew up in a spotlight -- fronting hardcore punk band Heart Attack and glam punk sensations D Generation, and as a solo artist -- Jesse Malin is still out there trying to prove himself. With a new band and ten solid songs, Malin's Love It to Life sounds world-weary and wise, but still crackling with New York's rock & roll, live-wire energy. The band recorded with producer Ted Hutt and whoever happened to be hanging out around the Bowery: Ryan Adams is here, Brian Fallon, and former teen star Mandy Moore, among others. Musically, Malin is more literate, disciplined, and even tougher than on previous offerings; his lyrics are more poignant, leaner, and raw; his melodies have muscle and taut hooks. Stinging electric guitars usher in the opener, "Burning the Bowery." Its near Celtic melody is tempered by layers of high-strung acoustics, a raggedy drum kit, and an in-the-red bassline. Malin lays out a tale of a kid growing up and burning through life at alarming speed; yet no matter how fast his protagonist moves, he always ends up in the same place. "All the Way from Moscow," is faster, harder. Malin's voice bursts with alley poetry. He's close to the bone lyrically and melodically; his dynamic is pure street romance without delusion or false irony as guitars roil around him and drums thunder under his sung lines. "Low Life in a Highrise" is a slower, fingerpopping soul-ish tale of times gone by. The protagonist observes life passing him by and wonders how to find a place in the flow of what he observes. Another beautiful aspect of this record lies in the places Malin comes close to stumbling; he doesn't try to mask it. (Check some of the lines and guitar parts in "Disco Ghetto.") "Burn the Bridge" is a street rock anthem from a survivor of the life wars -- he knows that the losses, cuts, and bruises are always worth the gamble. "Black Boombox" is full of fire, romance, and swagger; Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, and Mitch Ryder could once write like this -- and perhaps wish they still could. The set ends with "Lonely at Heart," which contains more bald-faced truth than Malin's ever let himself reveal before; it's sad, powerful, naked. Love It to Life is Malin at his most vital, writing and singing the best material of his career thus far with a scarred heart and bloody but unbowed attitude and genuine laughter on full display. There isn't anything left to prove: as a fine straight-up rock & roll poet and songwriter, he's as fine as they come; the only places to go now are wider and deeper. ~ Thom Jurek
Artist Overview
After stints in the 1980s and `90s with hardcore bands and the glam-punk revival act D Generation, Jesse Malin found his true calling in the 2000s with a series of genre-bending solo efforts that found an urban toughness in roots-rock. Garnering critical accolades and the high-profile endorsements of both Ryan Adams and Lucinda Williams, the native New Yorker fused the catchy grit of Tom Petty, the vulnerability of Neil Young, and the street romanticism of Bruce Springsteen in one undeniably accomplished body of work.
Professional Reviews
Alternative Press (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is an album filled with highlights. Malin has never sounded better."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "With his new band, he's a singer/songwriter reborn -- punchy and at once forlorn, ultimately doing what he does best."
Disc 1
1 Burning the Bowery
2 All the Way From Moscow
3 Archer, The
4 St. Marks Sunset
5 Lowlife In a High Rise
6 Disco Ghetto
7 Burn the Bridge
8 Revelations
9 Black Boombox
10 Lonely At Heart
Product Attributes
Artist Malin,Jesse
Label Sideonedummy Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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