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Dope Box
Jack Drag
Dope Box
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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Earlier albums (1996's Pop Spelled Backwards and 1997's Unisex Headwave) found Jack Drag mastermind John Dragonetti to be a studio-obsessed indie rocker who liked to play with effects and sounds on his otherwise lo-fi reco...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Jack Drag
Title: Dope Box
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: A&M
Release Date: 9/1/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 731454090926, 731454090919, 731454090940

Synopsis

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Earlier albums (1996's Pop Spelled Backwards and 1997's Unisex Headwave) found Jack Drag mastermind John Dragonetti to be a studio-obsessed indie rocker who liked to play with effects and sounds on his otherwise lo-fi recordings. Dope Box, the band's major-label debut, is Dragonetti's first opportunity to really wig out in the studio, and he takes full advantage of the freedom. His songwriting is as catchy as ever, mixing influences from the Stone Roses to Folk Implosion, but the songs are enhanced by vocal effects, tape loops, and a willingness to play that equals whatever the Dust Brothers did with Beck on Odelay. As a result, Dope Box is a hell of a lot of fun to listen to--and sounds like it was just as much fun to make. --Randy Silver

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Jack Drag, Flaming Lips Aesthetic with Brit-pop Sensibility
billmoss@billmoss.com | Washington, DC | 09/07/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Got an advance copy of "Dope Box" from work and haven't been able to get it out of my player!So, I saw Jack Drag September 2, 1998 at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC and was thoroughly impressed. Got an autograph on my CD too! John seems to be a nice guy as well as an excellent guitar player and popster. What is most impressive is the tone and sound John Dragonetti (Jack Drag) achieves with his black Gibson and carefully selected (much adjusted) multitude of tremolo, distortion, delay, etc. Run through twin miked vintage Fender Vibroverbs, the sound is pure sonic nirvana.Fortunately Dope Box captures this essence -- that's the Flaming Lips, AM radio, underwater aesthetic. The rest of the Jack Drag trio is as strong, with amazing bass player (really!) Joe Klompus and fine drummer Jason Sutter.The song writing is very nice as well. You might get these songs looped in your head, they're that catchy -- that's the Brit-pop sensibility a la Teenage Fanclub, Pastels, etc. It should be mentioned John Dragonetti does an excellent job in the singing department with suprisingly sweet harmonies and lush vocals.My favorite songs are:1) Surfing the Charles ...for it's dreamy Everlyesque tremolo-y chorus.2) Debutante3) Seem So Tired ...can you believe there's no guitar on this song -- it's all bass, Joe's and JD's 25 year old Swedish bass that according to legend has never had its strings changed.4) Tall Buildings ...very inspirational!5) Sinner's Delight ...check out that super-phased and distorted in-out tremolo!I've listened to both versions of Surfing the Charles (compliments of Amazon's real audio preview) and have found the comparison interesting. Both versions are excellent but Unisex Headweave's is more mellow.I thought I'd review Dope Box today before picking up the earlier Unisex Headweave.I would recommend this record to my mom.-Bill Moss"
F__king great!!!!!
02/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"it is just a great cd. especially when you may be surfing the net!!almost every song is a "repeater"if there is a such thing as 90's psychedelic music... well... this is it!!R.I.Y.L.:brian jonestown massacre, remy zero, flick, the dandy warhols andspacehog!! and this is all coming from a 42 year old guy!Michael B(good) :)"
Wow!
billmoss@billmoss.com | 07/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Why the hell aren't these guys around the top of the music scene? This album is amazing. Buy it!"