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Dancing Under Water
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Rereleased in 1997, Freakwater's 1991 full-length debut shows a band that's enthralled by country's dark, dismal, and austere acoustic tradition, but one that's bold enough to forge a new dirt path. They aim right for life... more »
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Rereleased in 1997, Freakwater's 1991 full-length debut shows a band that's enthralled by country's dark, dismal, and austere acoustic tradition, but one that's bold enough to forge a new dirt path. They aim right for life's tough questions, but most are left unresolved. Catherine Ann Irwin daringly commands you to "tell your God that he's a liar" on her own "Blood and Fire," then calls out for "His great wisdom" on the very next song, Leon Payne's "Selfishness in Man." Classics such as the crying "Rank Strangers," Bill Monroe's "Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake," and Merle Travis's "Dark as a Dungeon" perfectly mesh with Freakwater's bleak aesthetic. Irwin's originals discuss subjects like companionship-in-a-bottle and unfulfilled expectations, and with such weighty matters abound, a song about getting bombed over lost love (George Jones's "You're Still on My Mind") becomes the album's happiest song. Jon Spiegel's Dobro and pedal steel and John Rice's fiddle and mandolin accent the rusty-nail harmonies of Irwin and Janet Beveridge Bean and contribute to the far-away tone. --Marc Greilsamer
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mcdunno | Chicago, IL United States | 03/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw a stripped-down show at South by Southwest with Catherine Irwin on acoustic and vocals and David Gay on bass and was hooked. When I got home, I ordered this CD and haven't been able to stop listening. Having only been exposed to how rich the sound of an acoustic and bass sounded, I was scarcely prepared for the full band. Forget what you hear on TNN and CMT, this is how modern country should sound."
mcdunno | 10/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album has changed my entire state of consciousness. I'm serious. GET THIS CD!!!"