iTunes

Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator
iTunes

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Half Way Down by A.C. Cotton, download iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Half Way Down

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.

Album Review

The opening "The Death of Me" sets the tone for the entirety of half way down. Armed with just an acoustic guitar and his voice, Alan Charing, in just over a minute of strummed country-folk, symbolically kills his solo self, takes the new name "Cotton," and heads south. His new four-piece then erupts with an explosive sound that is equal parts Southern rock, propulsively country-tinged lo-fi pop, and sardonic punk catharsis. Whiskey-pickled electric guitars and A.C. Cotton's powerful rhythm section shreds Charing's previous Bob Dylan leanings and replaces them with invigorating punch that is tough as a two-day drunk, and just as deeply felt. The album has a raggedly soulful heart, perfectly in keeping with the track record of its already semi-legendary (at least in indie circles) producer, Luther Russell. Russell makes sure to let Charing's songs stand on their own two road-worn legs, which is appropriate, since the majority are wonderfully dusted and cynical treats, charting their creator's often bitter disappointments and resentments with life. Russell also managed to harness A.C. Cotton's potent brawn, and the songs end up sounding like hard and agitated gems as a result, loaded with an attitude that — with only a couple exceptions, like the breezy twang of "Lucky Thirteen" — could pass muster at CBGB's as well as in hardcore honky tonks. The band also enables Charing to free himself of some of his burdens, to finally come to a "New Independence Morning," a fresh break. By the time half way down gets to gorgeous piano ballad "All the Way Back to Zero," a dead ringer for Randy Newman, you feel like you've made quite a liberating journey too, all the way back to where you began.

Biography

Formed: 2000

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

A vehicle for singer/songwriter Alan Charing, A.C. Cotton came together in 2000 when Charing hooked up with bassist Todd Corbett, guitarist Brett Davis, and drummer Sean Oldham. Charing had already received critical recognition with the release of his 1999 solo album Seconds West on Seattle-based indie label LazyBones (it was preceded by a 1997 EP, A Boy and His Dog, and followed by another EP, 2000's All This All or Nothing, credited to the Alan Charing Controversy). That album earned raves from...
Full Bio
Half Way Down, A.C. Cotton
View In iTunes

Customer Ratings

We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this album.

Contemporaries