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Old Dreams
Parlor James
Old Dreams
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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Ryan Hedgecock (of Lone Justice fame), harmonizing with Amy Allison's distinctive, nasal croon, has undertaken the challenge of making the familiar new again with Old Dreams, the first full-length release from Palmer James...  more »

      
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All Artists: Parlor James
Title: Old Dreams
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Label: Sire / London/Rhino
Release Date: 5/19/1998
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: Americana
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 643443101523

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Ryan Hedgecock (of Lone Justice fame), harmonizing with Amy Allison's distinctive, nasal croon, has undertaken the challenge of making the familiar new again with Old Dreams, the first full-length release from Palmer James. Utilizing the talents of producer/collaborator Malcolm Burn, the duo has created a deceptively dark-toned, characteristically folksy follow-up to their debut EP Dreadful Sorry while also exploring some of the sonic possibilities of nontraditional instrumentation. Check out the album-opening burst of electronica on Tom Petty's "Turning Point" before Hedgecock and Allison's harmonic counterpoint sets in to provide equilibrium. It can be rather unsettling even, as when they try the old standard "Clementine" over a plunking, Casio keyboard-like rhythm track. Snaking into the next track, "The Pain I'm In," however, with Hedgecock's delicate Neil Young-like vocal line wrapping around a brooding, percussive groove, it's apparent they've made a convincing case for their success. --Matthew Cooke

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A Feast of Sound and Songs
Vijay Ramani | Singapore | 08/24/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It was after a year and half of searching that I found their debut ep "Dreadful Sorry". Within a month I proceeded to buy this lp. Though it hardly seems possible, Parlor James have incorporated new ideas and dynamics into their already rich sonic palette.Most of the songs have a sense of doom which is exemplified by their cover of the traditional song "Clemetine". Though Allison's voice is often said to be 'nasal', it is perfect for these songs, the songs need her. The two songs which Clementine straddles....Face in the Leaves and Pain I'm In are lengthy murder (death) ballad workouts, with no wasted moments. And then there are the pop songs with a twist(This Misery, Everything and Nothing Too) which have reduced atmospherics and are given over to vocals. These songs demand to be played and heard widely.The best lp of the Year..."