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Known for his lonesome characters who live on society's margins in distressed situations, Mark Eitzel gives voice to a romanticism that's been nearly gentrified out of modern existence. Yet as long as he has a beautiful voice to add to the conversation, those concerns will be heard. Eitzel—once named "Songwriter of the Year" by Rolling Stone critics—writes songs that only he could pull together. Eitzel's lyricism is second to none. Stretched metaphors, pained analogies, and wicked and dark humor turn songs such as "I Love You but You're Dead," "Lament for Bobo the Clown," and "Costume Characters Face Dangers in the Workplace" into earnest protestations of undying love and devotion. Sweetly picked acoustic guitar and mild, airy keyboards create textures that leave plenty of room for Eitzel to sing at his warmest. His life was once changed by Nick Drake's music, and here he pays it back with a sound aiming for Five Leaves Left. The bonus track version adds "In Your House," with eerie keyboard sweeps, and the jaunty "Things Slip Through Your Hands." 

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Great Album From A Great Songwriter

Don't Be A Stranger stands with the best of Eitzel's solo records. Great stuff.


Born: January 30, 1959 in Walnut Creek, CA

Genre: Alternative

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

One of the most celebrated and idiosyncratic American songwriters of his generation, Mark Eitzel is best known as the leader of the iconic indie rock band American Music Club, who spun beautifully chaotic webs of guitar from Eitzel's gloomy but compassionate studies of lost souls and alcohol; since striking out on his own, Eitzel has embraced a number of different musical approaches, while his witty but downcast lyrical style has remained constant. John Mark Eitzel was born in the Northern California...
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