Seemingly Solid Reality CD (2010)

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Label Alive Records/redeye
SKU 215401275
UPC 095081010826
UPC 14 00095081010826
Format CD
Release Date 6/1/2010
Author Outrageous Cherry
Technical Info
Engineer Jason Fisher
Producer Matthew Smith
CatalogID ALIVE 0108CD
Lable Name Alive Naturalsound Records
Released 06/01/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 35m : 31s
UPC 00095081010826
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Matthew Smith (vocals, guitar, organ, synthesizer); Larry Ray (guitar); Samantha Linn (drums).
Recording information: Hamtramck, MI.
Editor: Tony Hamera.
On Seemingly Solid Reality, Outrageous Cherry back away from the glam rock excursions of their previous album, Universal Malcontents, and return to their quintessential acid-laced pop. These songs emphasize the "seemingly" in the album's title -- from the title track's jammy intro onward, it feels like they could melt or disappear into a puff of psychedelic smoke at any moment. Matthew Smith and company use this familiar sonic terrain for some soul-searching, spanning "Unbalanced in the City" and "My Ghetto"'s metropolitan meditations to inner reflections like "Self-Made Monster." As always, Smith has a gift for boiling situations down to a few pithy words, as on "Nothing's Changed"'s lyric "sometimes it's hard to be who you are," or on "The Happy Hologram," where he manages to say that much of life is a fleeting illusion without sounding self-pitying. The album also offers a couple of classic Outrageous Cherry pop moments: "Fell" is fantastic, with a classic melody, twice-shy lyrics, and a relentless drone that recall the band's self-titled debut (and reaffirms why peers like the New Pornographers and Wilco love this band), while "Un-American Girls" backs its sly subversion with jet-engine guitars. But most of Seemingly Solid Reality is much more introspective, edging closer to singer/songwriter territory than the group usually does. Even "Forces of Evil"'s spiraling guitar solo feels somehow inward-looking, while "I Like It" and "The Unimportant Things" are as confessional as Smith and crew have ever gotten. Seemingly Solid Reality drifts by in a thoughtful haze, and if it's not as immediate as what came before it, that might be the point. ~ Heather Phares
Disc 1
1 Seemingly Solid Reality
2 Unbalanced in the City
3 Fell
4 My Ghetto
5 Self-Made Monster
6 Happy Hologram, The
7 Nothing's Changed
8 Forces of Evil
9 I Like It
10 Unamerican Girls
11 Unimportant Things, The
Product Attributes
Artist Outrageous Cherry
Label Alive Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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