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Falling Off the Sky is the first dB's album to feature Peter Holsapple, Chris Stamey, Gene Holder, and Will Rigby in one place since the early-'80s days of Stands for deciBels and Repercussion. The North Carolina–to–NYC band was a key influence on the emerging alt-rock scene (Holsapple eventually played with R.E.M.), and the two songwriters, Holsapple and Stamey, teamed up for two solid albums. Here, the group's longtime associates Scott Litt and Mitch Easter join the production team. But the years have made The dB's different people and, therefore, a different band. Drummer Will Rigby receives his first songwriting credit on a dB's album with the power-pop number "Write Back." Stamey still writes dreamy ballads. "Far Away and Long Ago," with cello, is one for the ages. "Send Me Something Real" balances his interests in '60s psychedelia and '70s new wave. Holsapple's "She Won't Drive in the Rain Anymore" features a writer capable of engrossing narratives within the context of a five-minute pop song.

Customer Reviews

Holy Cow

I'm so glad these guys decided to reform for this. Holsapple and Stamey can't do wrong in my book. But I'm surprised that the DBs continue to raise them a bit higher. the songs are still quirkey with unusual harmonies, unexpected rythms and lyrics that are outside the box. Let's hope this is not a one time thing.

db's are back!

Love it. If you ever cherished this band in any way, you will to. Download now.


Being the cousin of Gene Holder, I was a instant fan in the 80's. Now listening to this album.....AWESOME.....


Formed: 1978 in Winston-Salem, NC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Playing sharp, tuneful songs with a hint of psychedelia and some challenging melodic angles, the dB's were the band that bridged the gap between classic '70s power pop (defined by bands such as Big Star, Badfinger, and the Scruffs) and the jangly new wave of smart pop, personified by R.E.M. And while the dB's spent the bunk of their career living and working on the East Coast, they were the among the first and most important representatives of the Southern branch of the new wave; most of the group's...
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