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Format: CD
Sku: 60620156
UPC: 781484025023
UPC 14: 00781484025023
Release Date: 11/4/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. My L'il Shocker ~ U.S. Maple
2. Sweet & Center ~ U.S. Maple
3. Oh Below ~ U.S. Maple
4. I'm Just A Bag ~ U.S. Maple
5. Dumb In The Wings ~ U.S. Maple
6. Whoopee Invader ~ U.S. Maple
7. Lay Lady Lay ~ U.S. Maple
8. Tan Loves Blue ~ U.S. Maple
9. Touch Me Judge ~ U.S. Maple
10. (untitled) - (hidden track) ~ U.S. Maple
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote U.S. Maple includes: Al Johnson (vocals).
Muze PNote Personnel: Alan Johnson (vocals); Mark Shippy (electric guitar, banjo); Todd Rittman (electric guitar, organ); Adam Vida (electric piano); Jeremy Key (sound effects).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: John McEntire.
Muze PNote After the somewhat disappointing Acre Thrills, U.S. Maple got a new drummer and, as Purple on Time reveals, a new sound. Coherence isn't necessarily the first word that comes to mind when describing albums like Talker and Long Hair in Three Stages, but it does apply to this collection of songs, particularly the album opener, "My Lil' Shocker." A Sonic Youth-like mix of shimmer and menace, the song is hardly Top 40 material -- it sounds like Al Johnson is saying "Yahweh" instead of "oh yeah" on the choruses -- but it does introduce the order that Purple on Time gives to U.S. Maple's chaos. Several of the songs, such as "Sweet & Center" and "Tan Loves Blue" even flirt with hooks, while "Oh Below" and a hazy, fragmented cover of "Lay Lady Lay" edge into prettiness and suggest an emotional side that the band never had before. This is still U.S. Maple though; the band's music is still viscous and volatile, with melodies and rhythms that take a while to coalesce before changing into something else entirely. "I'm Just a Bag" and "Whoopee Invader" sound the most like the group's old work, albeit slightly tighter. "Dumb in the Wings," one of Purple on Time's best tracks, is both brooding and unpredictable, staggering around like a drunk in the dark. Likewise, "Touch Me Judge" manages to be serene, chaotic, and romantic all at the same time. While very little can compare to U.S. Maple at its peak, Purple on Time is still quite a good album and offers the group some new possibilities; for a band as out there as U.S. Maple is, becoming a little more normal is one of the weirder things that it could do. ~ Heather Phares

Producer: Adam Vida; Todd Rittman; Mark Shippy; Alan Johnson

Engineer: Jeremy Key; John McEntire

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/04/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 250
Music Label Name Label : Drag City
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 : 00781484025023

Professional Reviews

CMJ (11/3/03, p.9)
- "...The group's newest genre-twister, swerves in out of control fast enough to leave those with an untamed ear dizzy with motion sickness..."

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   U.s. Maple
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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