The Black Dirt Sessions

The Black Dirt Sessions

by Deer Tick


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The Black Dirt Sessions, Deer Tick's third full studio album, combines the easy balladry and boozy rock tunes of the band's prior two releases, but does away with the old-timey blues and country influences. The new sound of the group, which includes new member Ian O'Neil of Titus Andronicus on guitar, is contemporary and sincere. Vocalist John McCauley, the chief songwriter of the group, seems to have found his own distinct voice and is comfortable reeling back and singing quietly, harnessing his muscular, grainy timbre into a sweet instrument. The first half of the album never breaks a sweat, concentrating solely on stripped-down, melancholy ballads. Side two breaks away from the acoustic aspects, and kicks up a laid-back Nashville groove with honky tonk piano, Stonesy guitar riffs, and classic Americana harmonies. McCauley sounds liberated, calling up '70s hooks and harmonies that feel classic without being overtly retro. For The Black Dirt Sessions, the sepia tones are faded and less distracting. Songs written to sound like old pub standards helped to gain the group attention, but these heartfelt tunes gleam with McCauley's individuality.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2010
Label: Partisan Records
UPC: 0720841900825
catalogNumber: 8
Rank: 91569

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deer Tick   Primary Artist
John McAuley   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Christopher Dale Ryan   Bass,Percussion,Group Member
Dennis Michael Ryan   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Andrew Grant Tobiassen   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist,Group Member
Elizabeth Rodgers Isenberg   Vocals,Help
Ian Patrick O'Neil   Electric Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

John McAuley   Composer
Juan Ramirez   Cover Photo
Deer Tick   Producer
Zach Jaeger   Layout
Jason Meagher   Producer
Ian Patrick O'Neil   Layout

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