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Album Review

While 2004's Americano found the Peacemakers stomping their way through a blend of Southwestern roots rock and evocative storytelling, No More Beautiful World finds them taking a long siesta. Gone are the earnest ballads, the rock & roll swagger, and the storybook sparkle of Roger Clyne's lyrics. Filling that empty hole is a newfound appreciation for Jimmy Buffett, with a scoop of Mexican flavor thrown into the mix. As a result, No More Beautiful World is a lighthearted and breezy record; even when Clyne takes on the lackluster president, he does so with tongue-in-cheek relaxation, rechristening the Bush Administration "the goon squad" while guitars chime brightly beneath him. Elsewhere, he sings about Mexico's drug trade (the corrido number "Contraband"), examines America's love for material things ("Plenty"), and — in one of the album's more clever moments — delivers a narrative in which a pair of Special Ops soldiers decide to abandon their post and take an extended vacation ("Wake Up Call").

The band is in fine form throughout, particularly lead guitarist Steve Larson, who crafts a signature tone with his love for reverb and whammy-bar vibrato. Bassist Nick Scropos makes his studio debut with the band, having joined the lineup immediately after Americano's release, and drummer P.H. Naffah is as precise as ever. Nevertheless, No More Beautiful World has too many languid songs to measure up to its predecessor, and the album ends up being a suitable soundtrack for a summer day spent drinking margaritas in an inflatable swimming pool chair. Perhaps that's exactly what the guys wanted it to be, and heaven knows this independent band could use a break or two to catch its breath. But this simply isn't Roger Clyne's most work, and a handful of solid songs can't quench one's thirst for something on par with Americano.

Customer Reviews

Viva la RCPM

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"

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......


Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers never cease to amaze me. Great lyrics and Great Music. New album won't dissappoint. Thanks Roger and the band for another great offering!


Genre: Rock

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...
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