Elvis Perkins In Dearland

March 25, 2009

elvisperkinsindearlandThough this is the second release from Elvis Perkins, Elvis Perkins In Dearland is the first release with him billed as part of his band. Though I enjoyed Ash Wednesday, Perkins’ debut, this second album is even better, as the songwriting on Elvis Perkins In Dearland is even more assured this time around. If there’s a single influence that comes through the most, it’s maybe Tom Waits, whose mastery at combining sentiment and sly humor with the most experimental of music surely inspired Perkins and his band here, especially on tracks like “I’ll Be Arriving” and “Doomsday.” The music, a sometimes lush, sometimes raucous mix of folk, Americana, rock and jazz, is first rate, performed by a band with an impressive range. Definitely recommended. Standout cuts: “Shampoo,” “I Heard Your Voice In Dresden,” “Send My Fond Regards To Lonelyville” and “123 Goodbye.”



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