New Times CD (1994)

Artist: Violent Femmes

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Label Wea/elektra Entertainment
SKU 60077422
UPC 075596155328
UPC 14 00075596155328
Format CD
Release Date 5/17/1994
Author Violent Femmes
Technical Info
Producer Gordon Gano; Warren Bruleigh; Brian Ritchie
CatalogID 7559615532
Lable Name Elektra (Label)
Released 05/01/1994
Original Release 1994
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 50m : 18s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075596155328
Album Notes and Credits
Violent Femmes: Gordan Gano (vocals, guitar, violin, organ, baglama); Brian Ritchie (vocals, electric sitar, noseflute, piano, electric piano, organ, keyboards, theremin, acoustic & electric basses, baglama); Guy Hoffman (vocals, drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Luisa Mann (vocals).
Engineers: David Vartanian, Warren A. Bruleigh, Brian Ritchie, Scott Finch.
Recorded at DV's Perversion Room, Ocean O'Pus and Velvet Sky Studio, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Kampo Audio, New York, New York.
Personnel: Brian Ritchie (vocals, guitar, baglama, electric sitar, piano, electric piano, organ, reed organ, keyboards, acoustic bass, upright bass, bass guitar, 12-string bass, Theremin); Gordon Gano (vocals, guitar, baglama, violin, organ); Guy Hoffman (vocals, drums, snare drum, percussion).
Audio Mixer: David Vartanian.
Photographers: Francis Ford ; Donna Ranieri.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Gordon Gano; Guy Hoffman; Brian Ritchie.
The Violent Femmes' sixth album, 1994's NEW TIMES, features the addition of a new drummer and is a solid addition to the band's canon. Opening with the straightforward--for the Femmes, anyway--"Don't Start Me on the Liquor," another Gordon Gano tale of decaying humans set to a jaunty beat, and a title track vaguely reminiscent of "The Monster Mash," the album settles down.
The sinister acoustic guitar base of "Breaking Up" gives way to a weird, haunted-house organ mid-section. "4 Seasons" offers a nod to the band's propulsive, jangling past, complete with Gano's particularly strange vocal inflections. "Machine" features a theremin in a one-joke song about taking over the world. Fortunately, it is a good joke. "Agamemnon" recalls some of the more out-there moments of the They Might Be Giants catalogue, and "I Saw You in the Crowd" employs a Beatles-esque riff before accelerating into a scale-climbing middle section. The album ends on the more bleakly toned "Jesus of Rio," an odd combination of Gano's personal failures, religious sentiments, and political statements.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (5/20/94, p.62) - "...No longer the poet laureate of puberty, the top [Gordon Gano] ushers his Milwaukee trio into maturity with a new drummer and a new label...the Femmes cook up some real steam, something they haven't done since 1984's rowdy HALLOWED GROUND...." - Rating: A-
Disc 1
1 Don't Start Me On The Liquor
2 New Times
3 Breakin' Up
4 Key Of 2
5 4 Seasons
6 Machine
7 I'm Nothing
8 When Everybody's Happy
9 Agamemnon
10 This Island Life
11 I Saw You In The Crowd
12 Mirror Mirror (I See A Damsel)
13 Jesus Of Rio

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