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A document of Cordelia's Dad's years as an electric folk-rock trio, the 1996 live CD Road Kill is also a farewell to that era of their career. After this release, the trio continued in a more traditional acoustic vein. With its 11-track lineup written out in the manner of a set list (only one or two key words of each song title), the album starts with the obsessively brooding "Brother Judson" and continues in a similarly dark and noisy vein for the next 35 minutes. Even the breakneck-paced version of the gospel standard "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" has an undercurrent of existential dread. Other highlights include an amazingly intense version of "Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still," a key song from the Anne and Frank Warner collection that was one of Cordelia's Dad's signature numbers in their early years. Noisier and more raucous than any of their studio albums, Road Kill is a powerful document, but novices should probably start with How Can I Sleep? or Comet.

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Not folk-rock by any means...

this is straight-up avant-punk Americore. Every track's a winner, especially the blistering performances of "Idumea," "Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still," "My Pretty Little Pink," and "Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier." As a longtime fan of the band (I was at one of the shows preserved here), for me this is the defining document of the rock side of the "classic" Eriksen/Irvine/Oss years.


Formed: 1987

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Although Cordelia's Dad started as a standard punk-influenced guitar-bass-drums rock band, their repertoire from the beginning has consisted entirely of traditional American folk tunes. Although the electric instrumentation became less pronounced in their music after their first few albums, Cordelia's Dad have remained known for both their intensity and playfulness. This element is particularly evident on-stage, where lead singer Tim Eriksen will spin humorous stream-of-consciousness stories between...
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