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Down Beside Your Beauty
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
In 2005, Ken Griffin (Rollerskate Skinny) joined forces with four members of Jagjaguwar's now defunct psych-pop band Aspera. They released their first 7-inch, toured, and now offer this stellar debut, mixed by Victor Van V... more »
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In 2005, Ken Griffin (Rollerskate Skinny) joined forces with four members of Jagjaguwar's now defunct psych-pop band Aspera. They released their first 7-inch, toured, and now offer this stellar debut, mixed by Victor Van Vugt (P.J. Harvey, The Fall, The Pogues). With songs reveling in emotional extremes, the album is at once intimate, muscular, vulnerable, and arrestingly beautiful.
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A fearless record
C. L. White | Minneapolis, MN | 09/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the first essential rock record I've heard this year. Ken Griffin (Rollerskate Skinny, Kid Silver) has returned from bartending anonymity and chained his vocal, lyrical and musical talents onto a juggernaut of rock and roll power. Delivered with the urgency of a shout and the caress of a whisper, Griffin's weary old despair rides an undulating current of melodic salvation into the inferno.
This record will not make you cool. It deserves to be the sleeper hit of the year. Now I'm going to hide under a rock so I can pretend that it's mine alone."
Caterwauling + Trite Lyrics = Sad fan.
Morgan Dontanville | New York, NY USA | 07/09/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I keep hoping that someday I'll get another Horsedrawn Wishes out of Ken Griffin, after buying this I don't have much hope. Perhaps I don't understand this record because I skipped Kid Silver, but I've heard my fair share of tunes and this just sounds like a drunk reeking of a 5 week bender reeling off his teenage sons' angry poetry (and not in a good Waits or Cave way). This album sounds like it was churned from an unpleasant bar band and where it does try to shake things up it remains assaultively eye-rolling. Looks like I'm sticking to Rollerskate Skinny."