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Tells the Story
Brian Dewan
Tells the Story
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Brian Dewan
Title: Tells the Story
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Bar/None Records
Original Release Date: 11/23/1993
Re-Release Date: 4/13/1994
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 032862003325, 032862003349

CD Reviews

Yankee Paranoia
Casey Schreiner | Los Angeles, CA | 04/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Brian Dewan's lyrics are paranoid, idiosynchratic, and dark. Often funny and always intriguing, Dewan sings his narrative tales in a distinctive baritone over light accompaniment from his own homemade instruments. The music itself is unlike anything I've heard before, yet is still somehow inherantly catchy. Personal favorites are "The Cowboy Outlaw," "The Creatures," and "Drinking Bird," although every song is truly a fine creation on its own. Too bad his later releases aren't avaliable through mainstream dealers..."
A nearly perfect record, but skip the first track.
paranymph | New York, NY | 09/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an almost completely cohesive recording -- listening to the CD is being invited into his world, which may (or may not!) be a different affair than consensual reality! This is not a record that can be used as background music -- the way he combines and plays with Puritan earnestness, a nearly musicological approach, unusual instruments, and poker-faced humor demand strict attention! The only exception is the first track. "99 Cops" has little to do with the rest of the record -- it's as if someone decided that the subtle sense of humor of the rest of the record would be incomprehensible to listeners and this heavy handed, barely humorous, borderline offensive song had to be included to make the record "relevant" and/or a "hit". It's a great record -- his second record, "The Operating Table", is also WELL worth seeking out!"
I Hope He Doesn't Live Near Me
paranymph | 03/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An eccentric collection by an eccentric dude. Playing a homemade electric zither (which sounds very cool), Mr. Dewan spins pseudo-happy tales like "The Letter" (about a chain-letter, and the horrific deaths suffered by those who didn't send it on) and "Cowboy Outlaw" (chronicling what happens to the outlaw's *corpse* over 100 years). His salute to "Drinking Bird" is duly noted. Fans of the slightly odd (or really odd) should give it a try."