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Joe Pernice is known these days as much for his writing — novels! — as his music career. He’s performed as himself, as the Scud Mountain Boys, as Chappaquiddick Skyline and with his brother Bob as the Pernice Brothers. A firm believer in the old-fashioned album, Pernice turns in a sharp and concise under-35 minute album with just ten cuts to better focus the listener’s attention on what is important. (Writing, after all, is often improved by smart editing.) The first two cuts come banging out of the gate with a manic pop-rock slant that is certainly jarring the first time around. But “Jacqueline Susann” (author of Valley of the Dolls) falls into line with the more serene Pernice-like fare of “We Love the Stage,” “The Loving Kind” and the guitar-dominating “Something for You.” With Peyton Pinkerton supplying the riffs, Pernice has all the support he needs to make something special. The soothing folk harmonies of the title track, the sing-along cheer of “The Great Depression” and the bucolic beauty behind “The End of Faith” make for a gratifying dichotomy between the lyrics and the emotions felt.

Customer Reviews

:( very disappointed

as a long time fan this album makes me sad. it sounds horrible with Pernice being off pitch in some of the songs. if that weren't enough to give this album a one star rating the fact that it's so different is. this doesn't sound like a Pernice album it sounds like a joke.

Excellent album

I've long since been a fan of the Pernice Brothers, and for that matter, Joe (a hugely under-rated and uncer-appreciated songwriter). While this album is better than "Live a Little", it's not quite as great as "Discover a Lovelier You" or "The World Won't End". Some highlights are 'Something for You', 'F*cking & Flowers', 'The Great Depression', and 'Loving Kind'. The presence of the great drummer, Ric Menck, gives this album an extra star. Joe & Co. are so much better than all that cookie cutter crap that's out there today. A lot of these "indie rock/pop" musicians could learn a thing or two from Joe Pernice.

Not terrible, but an odd turn...

My first reaction was, "Who's singing on this record?" On closer inspection, I realize it is in fact Joe Pernice, but his voice seems to have lost the old magic. Having seen him strain (at a few live shows) to maintain the breathiness of the former voice, I can't help but think this new version might be closer to the "real" Joe Pernice. If so, I'm glad he's found himself, but I unfortunately (?) grew fond of the earlier sound and am not so hot on this new version. The music, which to me was always carried by his voice, now seems a bit lifeless as well ("resignation" seems most appropriate)... thanks for all that came before, anyway.


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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