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Kids in Philly
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Swaggering, yet passionate. Chaotic, yet charming. Opposites attract in the band Marah, as this Philadelphia foursome take an emphatic, erratic, poignant, and tension-filled ride through the dark and colorful streets of th... more »
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Swaggering, yet passionate. Chaotic, yet charming. Opposites attract in the band Marah, as this Philadelphia foursome take an emphatic, erratic, poignant, and tension-filled ride through the dark and colorful streets of their hometown with their second album. Alt-country king Steve Earle was stunned by the band's innovative debut, Let's Cut the Crap and Hook Up Later Tonight, and turned over the keys to his Nashville recording kingdom, releasing Kids in Philly on his own label. Led by the Bielanko brothers (guitarist Serge and singer Dave), Marah turns Philly into a raucous, 21st-century echoing of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska. The results (a roughshod entanglement of Pogues-style banjo, rock & roll mandolin, Memphis horns, and loud guitars) are remarkably original: imagine the Replacements' Pleased to Meet Me with Springsteen at the mic. --Scott Holter
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W J Sundermeyer | Kansas | 03/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When you're sitting in your flying car watching VH1 2050 they'll still be talking about this CD. One of the most original things I've ever heard, Kids in Philly is my pick for album of the year. The songwriting is as evocative and moving as any I've ever heard. "The Catfisherman" is an instant classic. If you've heard comparisons to Springsteen or The Replacements, forget 'em. Marah covers some of the same territory - the landmarks are there - but they've created a whole new landscape. Less sentimental than Bruce and closer to Tom Waits than Paul Westerberg, Marah's work is raucous, celebratory, touching, unnerving, and downright beautiful."
It's not the first listen...
engine_joe | St. Louis, MO USA | 07/28/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is one album that sure gets under your skin. I bought it because of all the good things I'd heard, but on the first listen, I wasn't that impressed. Sure it had a decent sound, but the songs don't have hooks, so to speak, so it didn't grab me. That said, I put it on again for another listen. This time it was for the long drive home through traffic on a beautiful afternoon, and what a difference! Suddenly the tunes flowed together perfectly, and it was just like I was at the coolest party in town. I can definitely see why folks who are Marah fans love them live.Sure it sounds like Springsteen and the Pogues put together. What a mix!"
engine_joe | 04/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I cannot stop listening to possibly the most joyous opening cut on a rock and roll album in decades. Faraway You has some Boss, some Stones, some Mats, but in the end it's Marah, and it's exhilarating.I also love the breathless move to Point Breeze, a great party record.Round Eye Blues is pretty powerful, a song Phil Spector may have produced after watching ApocNow.Philadelphia: Rocky Balboa, the '82-'83 76ers, Live Aid, the '93 Phillies, and Marah."