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Viva la RCPM

Monkey from Ohio,

Another solid album from Roger & the boys. Mostly upbeat stuff as usual. On first listen cant say it's as good as Americano (that would be hard to top). Looking forward to the tour and hearing some of this stuff live, sounds like there are some great new sing-a-longs. If you are not familiar with RCPM, you can't go wrong with this or any of their releases

RCPM: "No More Beautiful World"

Dr. Del,

This is one great album. Admittedly, it didn't really grab my attention the first round through, but it's definitely one of those albums that develops and gets better over time as you listen to it. It is clearly different than Americano, mainly because of the reggae-inspired tracks (which is my least favorite part of the album), but also because the song-writing (on paper) is WAAAY more developed and mature. After reading through Roger's lyrics, I noticed that some of the themes actually build upon those in Americano---especially issues of inequality and the loss of our human potential. The songs are generally less happy and/or poppy than, say Fizzy-Fuzzy, but there are really some interesting messages contained in these songs. Here's my bias: my favorite work of Roger's was the last Refreshments album---the bottle and fresh horses. Having said that, it is not at that level, but is definitely better than most of the other albums and is clearly worth buying. Larson's guitar parts are absolutely amazing in almost every song, although I do prefer him in DHW, because that seems to be more his style of music and he fits in better. My least favorite songs are "lemons" and "noisy head," but pretty much every other song is great! "Hourglass," the last track is perfect, and in classic Clyne fashion, the last song on the album may be the one that grabs you the most and is the most memorable. "Andale" and "Plenty" are overtly political and inspired with a sense that we, as humans, have so much more to achieve, yet there is still much hope......

About Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers

Formed from the ashes of the Refreshments, Dead Hot Workshop, and the Gin Blossoms, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers emerged in 1999 as a Southwestern supergroup specializing in literate, pop-tinged Americana. The Arizona-bred frontman Roger Clyne had previously established himself with the Refreshments during the post-grunge heyday of the '90s. Although the cheeky pop anthem "Banditos" earned the band some national recognition in 1996, the Refreshments were dropped from Mercury Records after their sophomore effort failed to chart as high as its predecessor. Clyne and drummer P.H. Naffah subsequently retreated to Tempe, Arizona, where the two composed a slew of new songs during a week-long excursion through the Sonoran Desert. Intimate shows at local bars followed, and the pair steadily pieced together a lineup of local veterans that would soon comprise Roger Clyne & the Peaceamkers. By 1999, Clyne and Naffah had been joined by ex-Gin Blossoms guitarist Scott Johnson, ex-Dead Hot Workshop guitarist Steve Larson, and bassist Danny White.

Embracing their frontman's reflective side, not to mention his country influences (which had made themselves known on the Refreshments' sophisticated sophomore effort, The Bottle & Fresh Horses), the Peacemakers introduced a twangy hard rock on 1999's Honky Tonk Union. Released on the band's own label, Emma Java, the album debuted in the Top Ten of the Billboard Internet Sales charts (a feat the group would repeat on their subsequent five releases, making them the only independent band ever to do so). Shows throughout the Southwest and Mexico kept the Peacemakers busy, and the live album Real to Reel (released in fall 2001) established the group as a dynamic live act. Clyne took his lyrical poetics a step further for the band's second studio effort. Released in February 2002, Sonoran Hope & Madness combined a sultry mix of country and folk while sifting through Clyne's visions of nature encumbered by human recklessness. Americano followed in 2004, featuring a slimmed-down band (Johnson had since left to join the reunited Gin Blossoms) whose rugged take on heartland rock had grown steadily cohesive since their late-'90s debut. Following those recording sessions, White left the group to pursue work as a Nashville producer and was replaced by former Gloritone bassist Nick Scropos. The new lineup immediately hit the road, releasing one of their raucous shows as Live at Billy Bob's in 2005 before issuing the Four Unlike Before EP the following year. 2007 saw the release of No More Beautiful World, which toned down the band's rollicking style in favor of mariachi beats and humorous narratives. That winter, the Peacemakers decamped to Mexico to write and record a wealth of material in eight straight days. Daily video installments broadcast their efforts on the internet, allowing the group's audience to watch the eight songs take shape. The resulting Turbo Ocho was released in the spring of 2008. After touring extensively in the United States and Mexico, the Peacemakers made their first ever U.K. tour. They resumed recording in late 2010 with guitarist Jim Dalton (the Railbenders) replacing Johnson, and emerged in the spring of 2011 with Unida Cantina. ~ Andrew Leahey

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