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|Drivin N Cryin|
Wrapped in Sky
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
The unfairness of it all. For better than a decade DNC had pursued a recklessly idiosyncratic set of conflicting impulses, equal parts metal, southern rock, bluegrass, whatever. Made no sense, but they came gloriously clos... more »
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The unfairness of it all. For better than a decade DNC had pursued a recklessly idiosyncratic set of conflicting impulses, equal parts metal, southern rock, bluegrass, whatever. Made no sense, but they came gloriously close to pulling it off. Finally, with Wrapped in the Sky and (briefly) a new label, they concentrated on a smaller palette of musical colors and produced their finest, most coherent album. Nobody much cared. Kevin Kinney has evolved into a fine singer and songwriter (with two splendid solo albums), a curious synthesis of everything on Georgia radio while he grew up. Bent to their task, DNC choogle and bounce and languish in the shade, gracefully framing Kinney's songs. The result is a classic, durable, proud record, and all the more so for its comparative obscurity. --Grant Alden
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A Fine Comeback
Brian D. Rubendall | Oakton, VA | 11/04/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Drivin'n'Cryin made a play for arena rock stardom with their 1993 album "Smoke," and fell flat on their faces, ending up with the worst album of their careers. Fortunately, they then chucked the excessive guitar jamming and returned to their strengths for "Wrapped in Sky." Unfortunately, the album tanked commercially.Nevertheless, "Wrapped" challenges 1991's "Fly Me Courageous" as D'n'C's best album. Sonically, it is also the most diverse, with elements of Latin music thrown in on "Seniorita Louise" and "Pura Vida," for example. But its the typically idiosyncratic songwriting that really puts the album over the top. "Right Side of Town" is perhaps the band's best ever ballad, while "Indian Song" is social commentary sands heavy-handedness. Other first rate songs include the midtempo tracks "Telling Stories" and "Saving Grace," as well as the excellent closing title track. Only "Underground Umbrella" sounds like an unfortunate outtake from the previous album.Overall, an excellent final album from the band that kept the torch of Southern rock burning in the 1980s and 90s."
Back from the hinterlands . . .
L. B. Wisner | Knoxville, TN | 06/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Back from the hinterlands" of spandex rock, dnc delivers the goods on this under-appreciated 1995 album. Produced by ex-Smiths' knob-twister John Porter, dnc largely avoids balls-to-the-wall, Marshall-at-11 crunch on this record. While they erred on the side of caution here, sometimes allowing a flatness to creep onto the tape, this is one of Kevn Kinney and his mates' strongest collection of songs. The folk/psychedelia of "Wrapped in Sky" showcases such standouts as "(covered by an) Underground Umbrella," "Indian Song," "Telling Stories," and the title track. Mostly about growing up, and mostly revealing Kinney's Patti Smith influence at its height, "Wrapped in Sky" was shamefully under-promoted by Geffen and failed to capture the public's ear. If you like laid-back, psychedelic folk-rock, however, you will like this record."
Perfect title for a close-to-perfect album
Davy | Athens, GA | 07/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i hate to give this five stars, because it isn't perfect, but i like it more than four stars, so there you go. i believe it's the band's most successful album by far. and a surprisingly experimental and emotionally comfortable record at that. "right side of town" may be my favorite drivin' n cryin' song of all, and the experimental "underground umbrella"--as strange as it is--works surprisingly well."