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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.

Immensely satisfying new collection from alt-pop masters

Falling Off the Sky is an immensely satisfying collection of alternative pop music. It beguiles you, it draws you in, and sounds better and better the more you hear it. As with all great bands, there’s some mysterious X-factor at work here. Call it “musical group chemistry” if you like. Whatever it is, this extraordinary something makes Falling Off the Sky a far greater achievement than the mere sum of its parts.

Some seven years in the making, Falling Off the Sky assures everyone that The dB’s sterling reputation remains unblemished. Really, “unblemished” isn’t the right word. The new album not only preserves, but extends and improves the group’s well-deserved legacy as creators of uniquely wonderful music. Is the new album “jangle pop”? Is it 1980s “New Wave”? "Indie Pop"? Or, to use my preferred term, is it masterful “alt-pop” music? In the end, it doesn’t matter. Falling Off the Sky transcends whatever category you might choose.

First in 30 years. May be the best ever.

Having gone to school at UNC and lived in North Carolina off and on for many years, I've always been a huge fan of the dBs. I give them a lot of credit for being among the pioneers of "indie" rock. Hugely influential then and now - Peter Holsapple playing with R.E.M., Hootie, The Continental Drifters and his duo work with fellow db Chris Stamey. Chris is also hugely important as a producer around these parts - Tift Merritt, Roman Candle, Tres Chicas, Alejandro Escovedo and many others. Plus he has a wonderful body of work as a solo artist. Will Rigby has been Steve Earle's touring and studio drummer for years as well. And Gene Holder a fine producer in the Hoboken and NYC recording community. But this new record - the first in over 30 years, is about as fine a record as you'll find. And I hope it will spur a new generation of fans to discover the older dBs records. Enjoy!


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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