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Union Themes (2000)

Artist: Maffeo/Canty
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Format: CD
Sku: 60382149
UPC: 759656035620
UPC 14: 00759656035620
Release Date: 3/21/2000
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. These Parts ~ Lois Maffeo/Brendan Canty
2. Being Blind ~ Lois Maffeo/Brendan Canty
3. How I Came To Know ~ Lois Maffeo/Brendan Canty
4. Best Believe ~ Lois Maffeo/Brendan Canty
5. You Love Your Wounds ~ Lois Maffeo/Brendan Canty
6. Hollow Reed ~ Lois Maffeo/Brendan Canty
7. Give Faith ~ Lois Maffeo/Brendan Canty
8. Con Job ~ Lois Maffeo/Brendan Canty
9. Handwriting ~ Lois Maffeo/Brendan Canty
10. Monument ~ Lois Maffeo/Brendan Canty

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Lois Maffeo (vocals, guitar, flute); Brendan Canty (acoustic & electric guitars, piano, Mellotron, bass, drums); Pete Chramiec (acoustic & electric guitars).
Muze PNote Produced and performed on by Brendan Canty and written and sung entirely by Lois Maffeo, The Union Themes is a simple, breathy collection of love songs. A collaboration between the indie folk chanteuse and Fugazi's drummer may be a pretty improbable pairing, but Maffeo's songs benefit so much from Canty's electric guitar lines and calm but purposeful percussion that it leaves some of her previous records sounding unrealized and half-baked. Sure, it helps that the ten tunes here are among Maffeo's best ever, with only the overwhelmingly silly "Give Faith" clunking up the sequence. But, for overlooking that one moment of unabashed sentimentality (which, to be honest, has one or two nice moments), the listener is rewarded with nine lovely acoustic-based heartstring tuggers -- the best of which ("Con Job," "How I Came to Know," and the wonderful "You Love Your Wounds") offer bona fide indie pop singalong greatness. A nice, breezy album that's not exactly exciting but never boring, The Union Themes is the kind of relaxed relationship album listeners have grown to expect from Maffeo, only it's expertly and unexpectedly fleshed out this time around by, of all people, a hardcore drummer. Hope against hope that they'll do this again, and often. ~ Bryan Carroll

Producer: Brendan Canty

Engineer: Stuart Hellerman

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Casablanca Kids 42913 Various Artists - Exercise Party CD

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/01/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2000
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 356
Music Label Name Label : Kill Rock Stars
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 : 00759656035620

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (6/22/00, pp.133-4)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...She's one of the finest singer-songwriters around, right up there with Cat Power's Chan Marshall, Beth Orton and Elliot Smith..."

CMJ (4/3/00, p.27)
- "...Evokes everything from Carole King to George Harrison to music halls to Mazzy Star....impressive..."

No Depression (5-6/00, pp.122-3)
- "...Quiet beauty....the music flows with a wistful surety of graceful melody....[The album] is a gem of modest, intimate proportions, the restraint of its creators letting it shine all the more brightly."

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