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Paramour

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Album Review

There's a dreamlike quality to Deadman's Paramour, and a sense of hushed open space that makes them seem like an unlikely mating between American Music Club, Chris Isaak, and Mazzy Star. Stephen Collins is a writer with a sense of depth and history, which he demonstrates in "The Ballad of Padre Miguel" and "Three Murders." There's something ineffably Western (not to mention a taste of the Mexican border) about his compositions, a feel for the desert and open spaces that fill the West, without ever resorting to outlaw mythology. And in "Lonely Times" there are moments when he seems to conjure up America's best roots band, the Band, in the ruggedness of his words and melodies. And that leads fairly naturally to a cover of Paul Simon's "America," performed in hushed tones by Stephen and Sherilyn Collins before floating out some minutes later on the hidden ambient instrumental. In "The Pale Rider," "Rosa Marie," and "La Zapatista," Collins has created three of the best roots compositions in many years; it's hard to classify them as rock or country because they refuse to fall into any pigeonhole — and the band fires quiet sparks throughout them, indeed on the entire album. A small masterpiece of Americana.

Customer Reviews

best of them

If you are going to pick any of deadman's music make this your choice. you won't be disappointed.

Great Sound

I discovered this group recently. I love their sound. Not sure if they are still recording but they should be. Wonderful tones to their voices. I love their instrument work also. Their songs are very thought provoking. Love them.

GREAT album but... where is America?

I have the CD of this album and I love it. But I notice from the track listing that the Simon and Garfunkel cover "America" is missing. Why? That is SUCH a good version of the song. Worth buying the CD!

Biography

Formed: 1999

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Deadman emerged from mid-'90s grunge to formulate an infectious rock sound. The band, which is comprised of singer/songwriter Steven Collins, pianist Sherilyn Collins, bassist Britton Beisenherz, and drummer John Scully, spent two years culminating a raw rock sound and playing shows in and around their native Texas. They inked a deal with Paramount's Lakeshore Records in spring 2001 and headed to the studio with producer Mark Howard (U2, Bob Dylan, and Emmylou Harris). Deadman's...
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