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Wicked Immigrant
White Nuns On Red Wine (2005, Friendly Psychics)

Wicked Immigrant's second full-length release relies on the very same principles and techniques as their debut, Reunion Of Cynics. The band consists primarily of John Wenzel (vocals, acoustic guitars, keys) and Chris Jones on the bass. The two, once again, found themselves painstakingly exchanging Zip discs via mail - John lives in Denver and Chris in Dayton, OH. However, you'd be hard-pressed to believe that given White Nuns sounds like a collective of musicians putting on a show right in your very own living room - definitely a welcome step up from their debut.

While all of the songs are fueled primarily by acoustic strumming, friends help out occasionally adding cello (more, please), sighing electric guitar lines and harmonica (nice touch on 'Sentimental Coffin'). The focus is more or less centered on Wenzel's storytelling approach and not necessarily the musical arrangements. John's comforting vocals will no doubt recall Lou Barlow during his softer, less abrasive moments and the album employs the very same working-class ethics of the last few Mountain Goats albums, neither too rough nor too glossy.

Aside from subject matter (dealing with tales of regret, troubled souls and blood allergy research(!)) there isn't any real variation from one song to another on White Nuns On Red Wine. Therefore, the album may come off terribly redundant to those who rely on diversity to keep themselves interested. On the flipside, others like myself, will appreciate the somber feel of the whole. Somewhere around my 3rd or 4th listen, after most of this review was written, I slowly drifted off to childhood adventures and random high school moments - back when life was less complicated and much more notable. If you are looking for music to simply ease your mind and help you relax for a half hour White Nuns is more than up to the task. Another fine release from the Friendly Psychics corps.

Standout tracks: 'Pod Children', 'Brittle Sisters' and 'Fake Virgins Arrested!'

RIYL: (the quiet moments of) Sebadoh, Matt Pond PA, Mountain Goats

mp3: Fake Virgins Arrested!

-TheBeat 7/25/05

P.S. Listen to a track from Reunion Of Cynics on BTID's June 2004 monthly mix


 

 

 

 

 

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