In a Bar, Under the Sea

In a Bar, Under the Sea



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Producing the opening track "I Don't Mind Whatever Happens" to sound like a scratchy blues track from 1930 may well be the little joke of either the band or producer Eric Drew Feldman in homage to his former boss Captain Beefheart. The results work pretty well anyway, though, and that characterizes the same "try it, let's see what happens" spirit through In a Bar. Having established its own sense of savvy white boy urban blues on Worst Case Scenario, the band explores more ways around it on its second effort, generally favoring a quieter, calmer result throughout. New guitarist Craig Ward fits into the lineup well, business carrying along as usual in its striking way. Feldman proves to be an excellent guy to have behind the boards; whether it's he or the band who figures out some of the fantastic stop on a dime shifts and arrangements throughout, all work together with great results. Clever sampling once again crops up: Mingus' "Far Wells, Mill Valley" gets a nod on the smoky snarl "Theme From Turnpike." "Fell Off the Floor, Man" is another high-point, so accomplished and sly in its genre shifting and moods that Beck could be envious. Scott McCloud of Girls Against Boys, a perfectly appropriate guest, takes a bow with some spoken word philosophy, but it's the band's blend of low, spoken vocals, weird harmonies, and sudden shifts between tight rhythms and slabs of feedback that make it all work. Another American takes a bow as well -- Dana Colley, saxophonist for Morphine, on the brief "Supermarketsong" -- but mostly it's all dEUS proving that Belgians can indeed rock. Whether it's the gentle strum and swing (then much more intense break) of "Little Arithmetics," the Built to Spill five years before its time pace and delivery of "Gimme the Heat," or the lovely piano-into-guitar anthem "Disappointed in the Sun," In a Bar is worth the finding.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/1997
Label: Island Uk
UPC: 0731452429629
catalogNumber: 524296
Rank: 56613

Album Credits

Performance Credits

dEUS   Primary Artist
Jim Brumby   Hand Clapping
Dana Colley   Saxophone
Eric Drew Feldman   Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Hammond Organ,Shaker,Egg Shaker
Rudy Trouvé   Guitar,Harmonica,Piccolo,Ukulele,Vocals
Tom Barman   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Sampling,Hand Clapping,Group Member
Stef Kamil Carlens   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Double Bass,Hand Clapping,Group Member
Ian Humphries   Violin
Klaas Janzoons   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Violin,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Beatbox,Group Member
Piet Jorens   Piano,Gong
Nic Pendlebury   Viola
Charles Mutter   Violin
Craig Ward   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Saxophone,Ukulele,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Hand Clapping,Group Member
Bart Maris   Trumpet
Didier Fontaine   Vocals

Technical Credits

dEUS   Composer
Eric Drew Feldman   Producer
Scott McCloud   Contributor
Rudy Trouvé   Paintings
Julle DeBorgher   Composer
Tom Doty   Engineer
Stef Kamil Carlens   Composer
Klaas Janzoons   Composer
Piet Jorens   Arranger
Peter Vermeersch   Arranger

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