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Album Review

Eight years after Chris Stamey left the dB's (and three years after the group finally sputtered to a halt), he reunited with former bandmate Peter Holsapple (who became the group's de facto leader in Stamey's absence) for this duo album. Mavericks finds both Holsapple and Stamey sounding a bit older, quieter, and more pensive than they did in the old days; while one can see many flashes of the bright, angular power pop that dominated the dB's first two albums, most of the songs are dominated by acoustic instruments, somewhat slower tempos, and a more "mature" tone. The introspective overtones of "Angels," "I Know You Will," or "Close Your Eyes" mark a switch from what these guys were doing on Repercussion or Stands for Decibels, but if you're looking for clever and well-crafted pop tunes, both Holsapple and Stamey deliver the goods, and they do rock out a bit here and there (most notably on "Lovers Rock" and the wonderfully sardonic "I Want to Break Your Heart"). Both Chris and Peter are at the top of their form as vocalists and players, and they get plenty of welcome assistance from such Hoboken-scene notables as Dave Schramm, James MacMillan, and Jane Scarpantoni (fellow former dB Gene Holder even pops up on one cut). Mavericks often sounds like semi-acoustic post-new wave pop for grownups, but it's a good bit more fun (and less academic) than that description would suggest.

Customer Reviews

A little-known classic

Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, the original frontmen of the power-pop group the dB's, reunited in 1990 to make a lush, beautifully textured album. At the forefront, of course, were each of their finely-crafted original songs (and one co-write, "Angels"). With a production sound that warmly blended acoustic and electric guitars with vocal harmonies, Holsapple and Stamey proved their partnership was still dynamic. Highlights include: the pop gems, "Geometry," "The Child in You," and the delicate "Close Your Eyes."

Two great songwriters

Most any mix tape/cd I'd ever think about making would include the song "Angels." And "She Was The One" is one of the best relationship songs I've ever heard. Okay, I admit, I prefer Holsapple to Stamey, and I think Peter's songs are the better ones on here. But the give and take clearly brings out the best in both. There are at least 5 really, really great songs on this CD. How many CDs can claim that? Explore and download.

Songs that Last

These guys don't write cliches. Every song is unique and shimmers with the Jangle sound and excellent mucisianship. Angels should have been a huge hit - everyone I ever play the song for loves it. The rest grow on you but She was the one manages to stand out. Play theChild in you at a graduation party and watch the eyes get misty. Stamey retreated to the studio and Holsapple kicked around in a number of bands - helping to put the sparkle on the best albums by REM during their golden age (he left when he got screwed out of co-writing credits by the giant gasbag Stipe). So check them out - and the DBs as well! And a new album is coming SOON!

Mavericks, Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey
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