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The Quiet Party

by Alec James

Warm, low off-hand vocals accompanied by an understated backup band, lots of slow songs, and sarcastic, depressing lyrics about alienation, failed relationships, melancholy memories, and dreams.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Never Be The Same
3:46 $0.99
2. Your Own World
3:58 $0.99
3. Spiral Staircase
5:10 $0.99
4. Auburn Days
4:05 $0.99
5. Cigarette Girl
5:39 $0.99
6. Lose My Mind
3:12 $0.99
7. Women As A Second Language
5:21 $0.99
8. Stephanie Says
3:22 $0.99
9. Either Way
4:07 $0.99
10. Bluegreen
6:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
With The Quiet Party, Alec James presents himself as pop-folk singer/songwriter/guitarist with a warm, low voice, and melancholy lyrics spiked with sarcasm. The music maintains a relaxed feel throughout, with all ten songs in the slow-to-midtempo range. "I wanted to make a late-night type of record that never destroyed the mood with some upbeat number," James explains, "you know, a long drive record, or an ambient mood type of record. A record you can enjoy and ignore at the same time."

The Quiet Party has found airplay on a number of college stations, including charting for 6 weeks on WSIA in Staten Island, and James' songs have been featured in such independent films as "," "Strings," "The Perfect Wife," and "Eight Lanes in Hamilton". In addition to gigs in Los Angeles and San Diego, Alec James performed at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City.

James has explored a variety of styles over the years, including postpunk (The UnSound), traditional country (Dan Janisch band, The Hankshow), rock (Miles of Slack), garage (Sinkhole) and solo acoustic, and currently plays piano for pleasure and the occasional gig.



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Eric O'connor

The ultimate mood-setter
whether you're kicking back on a mellow summer afternoon with something fruity and alcoholic (and i don't mean your aunt dorothy), or wooing that special someone after a perfect candle light dinner, you'd be hard pressed to do better than this collection of downbeat but tuneful folk-pop songs.

Jesse Ramirez

This is one of my favorite CD's
This is one of my favorite CD's that I play time and time again, yet never grow tired of. It is perfectly enjoyable for both ambiance and dedicated listening. Good for a party and good for a mellow ride with one's girlfriend (or may be even a little cuddling).

Anti-Elitist Audiozine

Good late night listening with a frosty bottle of beer
With songs like "Women as a Second Language", "Cigarette Girl", and "Lose My Mind" this singer/songwriter articulates love lost and love explored with exceptional lyrical prose. He breaches these easily cliched topics and manages to come off genuine and uninhibited. I can hear some Leonard Cohen influence as well as Lou Reed, which I guess is obvious since he covers "Stephanie Says"... my favorite Velvet Underground song. He captures consistently good performances throughout the disc, however, the best song by far is the first track "Never Be The Same."

Scott Zagar

The Right Disc to Play After A 19-hour Nap
This is the most non-intrusive CD in my collection - think of Mazzy Star meeting the mellow genius of Paul Westerberg, and then forget about categorization (but don't ever forget Lou Reed), and just imagine what it would be like to wake up in a foggy, centuries-old Parisian flat, overlooking some Truffaut-style wet streets...

The Quiet Party is one of those CD's that you'll have autoplayed about four times before you recognize the gray morning poking through the Venetian blinds. I'm thus inspired to spare myself any further music rag contrivances and simply state that The Quiet Party is the best CD I've woken up to in a long time.

Tom Hobbs

Nice Mellow
Nice easiy listening, Great end of the day CD. I really liked "Women as a Second Language."

Titus Dawson

crooning rock
a romantic croon rock album that has calmed my anxiety with its melodic humor more times than i can remember... definattly a fave in my collection!!

Lane Hewitt

Latenight Slowburner
James’ muffler-warm, immaculately-phrased baritone booms and echoes throughout the lonesome landscapes of his tunes, capturing a late ‘60s country vibe on "Your Own World" and "Lose My Mind," and even classier romance on slow-burners "Spiral Staircase" and the chilling "Auburn Days". The best and wryest track is "Women As A Second Language", in which James croons gorgeously, "Do you have to be so shy?/so sly and enigmatic/or do I have to take women as a second language?"

Most of the album finds James in this emotional wasteland, either winding down one relationship or doggedly pursuing another as lights go down and barrooms empty around him. Meanwhile, the mostly acoustic music collects gently at his back like a 3 am coastal wind (could he be the last escapee
from Hotel California?). Fans of Chris Isaak’s saddest material and grand mopers like Mark Eitzel, Mark Lanegan and Red House Painters should swiftly add Alec James to their list of dusk-til-dawn narrators.

Reducer 62

quietly disquieting
Alec James makes music that is by turns both quiet and disquieting. Musically gentle for the most part yet lyrically brutal at the same time. Not brutal in a punk rock fuck you sort of way, but subtly sarcastic with an overall effect that approaches brutality.

Kirk J

Pleasantly surprized
Well worth the 10 bucks!....