The Golden Age

The Golden Age

by CrackerCracker


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Kerosene Hat, Cracker's second album, was an unexpected hit because of its off-kilter charm. Though Cracker rocked hard throughout the record, they also threw in fractured pop and country tunes that gave the album a broader appeal. The band's follow-up album, The Golden Age, tries to expand on that appeal by burying the weirdness inherent in David Lowery's songwriting with loud, grungy guitars and a more streamlined production. The change is evident from the record's leadoff track, "I Hate My Generation." With its pounding rhythms and grunge-drenched guitars, it may have been intended as a parody of '90s Generation-X angst, but the riffs and melodies are so slight that it fails embarrassingly. In fact, most of the louder numbers on The Golden Age are forced and underdeveloped. What saves the record is when Cracker turn the volume down, whether it's the country rock of the title track, the goofy pop of "How Can I Live Without You," or the dusty psychedelia of "Bicycle Spaniard." Once you dig past the surface of the loud guitars, it becomes apparent that there's an abundance of quiet gems scattered throughout The Golden Age, and that is what makes the album worthwhile listening.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/02/1996
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724384149826
catalogNumber: 41498

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cracker   Primary Artist
Sid Page   Violin,Concert Master
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Denyse Buffum   Viola
David Campbell   Conductor
Larry Corbett   Cello,Viola
Jim Cox   Piano
Chris Fuhrman   Overdubs
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Charlie Gillingham   Organ
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Richard Hasal   Overdubs
Dennis Herring   Acoustic Guitar,Hand Clapping,Mellotron
John Hobbs   Piano
David Immerglück   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
Peter Kent   Violin,Concert Master
David Lowery   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Mellotron
Tony Maimone   Bass,Bass Guitar
Katia Popov   Violin
Bonnie Douglas Shure   Violin
Paul Shure   Violin,Theremin
Joan Osborne   Background Vocals
Bob Rupe   Synthesizer,Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
Suzie Katayama   Cello,Celli
Kristin Asbury   Background Vocals
Johnny Hickman   Synthesizer,Guitar,Harmonica,Background Vocals,Talk Box
Johnny Hott   Percussion,Hand Clapping
Bob Peterson   Violin
Shannon Worrell   Background Vocals
Bob Becker   Viola
Michele Richards   Violin
Charlie Quintana   Drums

Technical Credits

David Campbell   Arranger,String Arrangements
Joe Chiccarelli   Engineer,Engineering
Wayne Cook   Engineer
Chris Fuhrman   Engineer
Richard Hasal   Engineer
Dennis Herring   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Contributor,String Arrangements,Microcassette,Amplifiers
David Lowery   Arranger,Producer,Contributor,String Arrangements
Csaba Petocz   Engineer
Paul Shure   Contributor
John Morand   Engineer
Suzie Katayama   String Contractor
Johnny Hott   Programming
Marc Mann   Engineer
David Work   Contributor,Digital Manipulation

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