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David Baerwald
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
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CD Details

All Artists: David Baerwald
Title: Triage
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: A&M
Release Date: 3/9/1993
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075021539228, 075021539242

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CD Reviews

An Unheralded Work of Substance and Vision
Todd and In Charge | Miami, FL | 02/02/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is one album that does not deserve its obscurity -- it's a staggering, monumental concept album of decay, corruption, and cobbled-together life amid the angels and demons of modern American society. Serious themes, presented in an antiseptic yet apocalyptic fashion, drive home the deep skepticism of the artist toward our leaders, our corporate culture, and our ever-coarsening society. Try to imagine Steely Dan, with Tom Waits on board, only more cynical and jaded, and you have started to capture the mood of Triage. Truly not what you would expect from a member of David and David, this album is a Los Angeles bookend to Roger Water's equally bleak Amused to Death. A must-have if you are in a bad mood (or want to be in one)."
Now More Than Ever
Robert Carlberg | Seattle | 04/13/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is an album I bought when it first came out, in 1992, and I played it to death. Baerwald's gleeful cynicism and weary pessimism were perfectly in tune with the "read-my-lips" presidency of George H.W. Bush. The nihilistic lyrics and extravagant production made an interesting dynamic contrast, and I found Baerwald's take on the issues of the day -- AIDS, nuclear armeggedon, homelessness, government corruption and corporate greed -- to be invigorating.

Then January '93 rolled around and Bush was ceremoniously thrown out of office. In the giddy optimism of the era [misplaced, it turned out], Baerwald's relentless negativity sounded completely out of place and I couldn't listen to this album anymore.

Ten years passed. Suddenly I kept hearing new bands that reminded me of "Triage" -- The Books, Aki Peltonen, Clothesline Revival, Robert Een, Johann Johannsson -- eventually the draw became irresistible and I had to buy "Triage" again.

And you know what? It's 1992 all over again. Only worse."
Thinker's Rock
J. Merritt | 12/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Triage" is the somber wake-up call to 1990's "Bedtime Stories." Where the first album had its moments of humor and light, "Triage" is a headlong journey into hearts of darkness; sexual degradation, defeated love, Bremerian isolation, government abuse, and blind cultism, to name a few. Stylistically, it varies with its subject matter, from the languid and haunting pace of "Secret Silken World" and "Brand New Morning," to the mechanical chopping of "Got No Shotgun Hydra Head Octopus Blues," to the bitten-off beats of "The Waiter," to the spare notes of "China Lake" and "The Postman." It isn't as easy an album to like as "Bedtime Stories," but it's every bit as good and even more thought-provoking. Springsteen sells more copies, but Baerwald has more to say. Now if only it were possible to actually buy it."