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It’s impossible not to compare Joe Pernice with the Zombies’ Colin Blunstone. Both sing with breathy, buttery-smooth inflections that sound whispered at times. Without being directly influenced by the Zombies, the Pernice Brothers play similarly sophisticated baroque-pop and their 2005 album Discover a Lovelier You is one of their best examples of this. Some new-wave sounding synthesizers keep “There Goes the Sun” from sounding too retro. Conversely, “Saddest Quo” opens with folk-rocking arpeggios on an old electric guitar with vintage tones that recall later day Byrds recordings. “Dumb It Down” gets breezy with lazy lap-steel slides and tastefully tucked Moog notes bubbling in the background. It’s curious as to why they picked “Discover a Lovelier You” for the title-track, as Pernice’s gossamer voice is strangely absent. Still, even as an instrumental it’s one of the catchiest songs here, with lilting keyboard touches dancing around 12-string guitar leads and bouncy rhythms. And while you’d expect a song titled “Pisshole In the Snow” to come from a high-school punk band, this one is a beautifully melancholic musing of Neil Halstead proportions.

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This is a really great record by the equally great Joe Pernice. I discovered the Pernice Brothers on here accidentally and now am a huge fan. Any of the records are good, but like all great acts, the newer albums are better than the ones before. A new album is slated for later this year (2006) so don't forget to check back at the end of the year!

One of the greats of our time

Joe Pernice accomponied by his brother Bob have created an incredible band filled with different sorts of music genres. I can not reccomend this album and any of their other albums highly enough. Here are some songs that you have to buy: 1.Snow 2.Weakest shade of blue 3.Monkey Suit 4.Baby in two 5.Prince Vallium. All of their songs are incredible and you should buy all of their albums.

Might very well be the best Pernice album.

"Saddest Quo", "My So-Called Celibate Life", "Subject Drop" and "Say Goodnight to the Lady" are sublime, but the wistful "Amazing Glow" is drop-dead gorgeous.


Formed: 1998 in Dorchester, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed after the 1997 breakup of singer/songwriter Joe Pernice's alt-country group the Scud Mountain Boys, the Pernice Brothers did an about-face from the lush '70s country sound of their final album, Massachusetts, and came up with the lush orchestrated pop of 1998's Overcome By Happiness. Recorded for Sub Pop, the album featured Joe's brother Bob (the lone holdover from the Scuds), guitarist Peyton Pinkerton from the New Radiant Storm Kings, bassist/producer Thom Monahan, drummer Aaron Sperske,...
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