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Athens By Night
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock
Coming at you like an indie Pet Sounds and reminiscent of Big Star's SisterLovers, this one is JC's materpiece. A seamless patchwork of sound and theme from the title cut, Hopkins' calm demeanor defies his depth as a song... more »
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Coming at you like an indie Pet Sounds and reminiscent of Big Star's SisterLovers, this one is JC's materpiece. A seamless patchwork of sound and theme from the title cut, Hopkins' calm demeanor defies his depth as a songwriter and arranger in the footsteps of Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks. Acoustic guitar and haunting lap-steel open Athens By Night, moving smoothly into the intricate "Superglue" which cooly asseses a lying, obsessive love. Baroque "Diva Antipathy" is a soaring tapestry of classic and folk instrumentation. "Amsterdam," a waltz-time homage to a small-town big city, captures the intoxicating feel of those cobblestone streets. Hopkins' work with Barbara Manning, particularly on "Abigail" and "Can't Apologize," reveals a playfulness, and an uncommon honesty. "Emission in Blue" finds poet Pete Simonelli reading his gravelly ode to love over the beatnick strains of bongos and saxophones. The trumpet heard throughout the record evokes at times a lone voice and at others a Beatle-esque brassiness. Tying it all together are the velvet-crooned lyrics and natural melodies of JC Hopkins. Featuring a supporting cast of San Francisco's underground finest, Athens By Night was recorded over the course of a year with Greg Freeman at his Lowdown Recording Studio. Barbara Manning lends a hand as co-writer of the song "Abigail," and she also plays some bass and provides ethereal vocals. Violinist Carrie Bradley(the Breeders, 100 Watt Smile); accordianist Melanie Clarin, and lap-steel guitarist Corey Allen Porter skillfully add to the proceedings. Also featured are the romantis strains of trumpeter Danny Cao and the rhythmsof drummer Leor Beary. Under the direction of Hopkins, these diverse contributions arrive together in one thoroughly listenable release.
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Athens by night
Victoria A. Pope | 10/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"J.C. and Shell...I lived above you when you were writing this wonderful CD. I knew you would be successfull. I'll never forget going to the Red Vic watching the Buster Keaton film with your live soundtrack. Contact me, please, I would like to talk to both of you.