The Dolorean frontman usually sings in a distant whisper -- at the very most, a conversational croon -- and his band, while certainly capable of bringing the noise, is the model of restraint. Amos gets plenty of chances to cut loose on You Can't Win , but without fail, his playing is tasteful, even refined definitely check out his standout work on "Beachcomber Blues".
Likewise, the rest of Dolorean play in a relaxed lockstep befitting James' tales of emotional drift. It's not that James creates some kind of Van-Morrison-in-his-prime trance over his bandmates, but you do get the sense that others naturally get swept along by his quiet vision. Even on a record like You Can't Win , which was reportedly recorded after only a few live warmups, and with no instructions to the bandmembers on how they should fill the spaces. Under such circumstances, it would be amazing for most albums to be even remotely coherent.
You Can't Win , though, feels completely organic, as if these guys read each others' thoughts as they played. So there is a bit of a spell at work on You Can't Win. Maybe it's James' hushed delivery, maybe it's the warm organ and guitar tones that fold over his lyrics, maybe it's the fact that James wallows in mantra-like repetition on songs like the title track in which he merely recites the title phrase over and over.
We Winter Wrens. Beachcomber Blues. You Don't Want to Know. Buffalo Gal. In Love with the Doubt. After 's Not Exotic and 's Violence in the Snowy Fields , Dolorean became an underdog favorite with national critics, writers, and a loyal following of fans. Now, with You Can't Win , their third Yep Roc release, Dolorean delivers another collection of melancholy and stunningly beautiful folk pop songs. Singer Al James completed the eleven new songs here after Dolorean's European tour, and before long, the band performed the set live at two gigs within two weeks at one bar in their hometown of Portland, OR.
Al James told TheWaster. There was a lot of touring, a lot of time in the studio On October 26, the band released the EP Anticipation Blues on Partisan Records , which included three new tracks that hadn't been included in their upcoming album. The Unfazed is the fourth full-length by Dolorean, released in on Partisan.
It reached No. Club wrote the album "blends the dreamy psychedelia of Pink Floyd with the yearning balladry of Gene Clark. Dolorean's single "What Could You Do? The band announced their break up in and played their last show at Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon on May 31, During the show, Al James joked that it's time to call it quits when all the band members show up to gigs in separate cars.
February 28, Categories : albums Dolorean albums Yep Roc Records albums. Hidden categories: Articles with short description Articles with hAudio microformats.Overall, although You Can't Win could be bettered by a bit of variation in tempo and energy, it's still a solid release from James and company. Though it might not be the perfect album to accompany any situation, fans of Dolorean definitely won't be disappointed by the new set of songs and a new chance to experience James' moving melancholy/5(11).