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Poison in the Russian Room
The Green Pajamas
Poison in the Russian Room
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Poison In The Russian Room is veteran Seattle combo The Green Pajamas' new album, a conceptual piece split into two distinct parts. This is their seventh release for Hidden Agenda Records, seven among several dozen officia...  more »


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All Artists: The Green Pajamas
Title: Poison in the Russian Room
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Hidden Agenda
Original Release Date: 1/1/2009
Re-Release Date: 4/28/2009
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, Power Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 795306509325


Product Description
Poison In The Russian Room is veteran Seattle combo The Green Pajamas' new album, a conceptual piece split into two distinct parts. This is their seventh release for Hidden Agenda Records, seven among several dozen official releases since their inception in the mid 80s. While The Green Pajamas' trademark psychedelia has gone through many moon phases (both gibbous and crescent) on the last 25 years, here in 2009 the band might rock harder than ever (they're from Seattle after all; grunge finds a way), but also invert all expectations with a Pentangle-influenced acid-folkiness that will charm and enchant.

CD Reviews

A Green Pajamas Masterpiece!
Tom Dyer | Seattle USA | 06/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Since 1984 Jeff Kelly has put out 24 albums with the Green Pajamas, 7 solo albums and 2 albums with Goblin Market, his band with Laura Vanderpool of the PJ's and Capping Day. I've got them all. Some of them have been pivotal pieces in my musical life. In 1983, I bought their first cassette release, "Summer of Lust," at a small Seattle record store, absolutely loved it, tracked them down and made a few records with Jeff on my little Green Monkey Records label. By 1997, I had long since moved on to other things when the PJs put out the brilliant "Strung Behind the Sun." As I told Jeff, it made me want to listen to music again. In 2000 I had the pleasure of doing a little work on the fine "This Is Where We Disappear." Along the way there have been many more albums, some better than others.

And now we arrive at "Poison in the Russian Room." Plain and simple, this is a great record. It is one of their very best, on par with "Strung Behind the Sun," "All Clues Lead to Megan's Bed" and "Ghosts Of Love." Or maybe even better.

So what makes it so damn good? Sound. Songs. Performance. Magic. At a sonic level, this album is roams between powerful and gorgeous. The album opens with the in-your-face guitar riff of "The Lonesome End of the Lake." By the time you get to Craig Florey's sax on "Who's That Calling" the sound has become lush and pleasurable. There is an attention to detail and craft in the production of this album that draws you in.

Songs? A great record has great songs. This does. "This Angels on Fire." "Some Pleasure Unknown." "Suicide Subways." "Queen of Broken Hearts." Too many to count. This album delivers inventive and perfect playing and pacing. It dances from mood to mood as each three-minute minuet spins between the band's three singers while remaining a united whole.

So what, at the end of the day, makes this great? It has all the same elements of every Green Pajamas record. Rocking pop-songs with a pinch of psychedelia and great guitar solos. I get it. I know those elements well. All I can tell you is that when it works it is magic and this is magic.

If music still matters to you in your life or ever did, you want this. It is a record for the ages.
Absolutely infectious
TheDrollCommando | 07/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Kelly's passion and obsessiveness are once again, likely to induce a contact high (Eric Lichter's insouciant-yet-haunted pieces as always, provide an excellent foil).

I was almost looking to be underwhelmed, because I didn't expect this release would approach the craft and inspiration of previous pathos-ridden masterworks such as Ten White Stones and All Clues Lead to Meghan's bed.

It was not to be though - every subsequent listen reveals another lyric, solo, image or emotion that becomes a clue in the mystery and allure of this great, underappreciated band."
Again and Again
Gary D. Garles | Fairfield, IA USA | 06/27/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Here is the latest example of a high quality band putting together a high quality album. Individual songs like end of the Lake and Fairy Queen 1 are thrilling, but the best way to listen is to hear it as a whole. Jeff Kelly is a brilliant songwriter."