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West of Lincoln

by Blue-Eyed Son

Venice surfer, Andrew Heilprin, creates the new wave of acoustic rock.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Step Away From The Cliff
2:48 album only
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2. The Tide
2:55 album only
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3. Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
4:21 album only
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4. Mary
3:38 album only
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5. Outside The Main
3:06 album only
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6. I Threw It All Away
4:14 album only
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7. When I Come Home
2:49 album only
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8. Cafe des Amis
3:26 album only
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9. Suffering Sea
4:24 album only
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10. Time To Rise
2:12 album only
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11. Fairview
3:45 album only
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12. Where Have I Been?
3:54 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Drew Heilprin, the lead singer and mastermind behind Blue-Eyed Son, was born in Madison, Wisconsin and raised in Santa Barbara, California. He now lives in Venice Beach, which is literally, as the title of his new album confirms, West of Lincoln. At the age of 10, Drew started playing the trumpet a few years before forming a punk rock band and learning to surf. A decade later, Drew still devotes 365 days out of the year to music and surfing.

In 1996, Drew joined forces with local Los Angeles musicians, formed 40 Watt Domain and named their distinctive sound "Sonic Surf Smoke Punk." In 1997, 40 Watt Domain went on tour with Blink 182 and Rancid, but as a songwriter, Drew started thinking about devoting himself to music that involved more acoustic and organic sensations. West of Lincoln on Eenie Meenie Records is a stunning work of Drew's compelling and graceful musical maturation.

Drew's lyrics have always been poetic while often expressing inner conflicts. Drew's debut album as Blue-Eyed Son, West of Lincoln, marks a dynamic turning point as an artist. West of Lincoln features 12 tracks that Drew selected during a surfing trip in Maui from a large amount of songs written in the past seven years. "The Tide," a favorite of Los Angeles based radio stations KCRW and Indie 103.1, is an alluring collaboration of Drew's wistful vocals and acoustic guitar with Scott McPherson's drumming and Rusty Logsdon's (The Eels, Scapegoat Wax) driving piano playing. "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy" is a rhythmical piece with Drew's self-enlightenment and complexity swelling in a brilliant acoustic bounce. In the Bob Dylan cover song, "I Threw it All Away," Drew's airy voice changes the tone of the original tune into a more confessional unraveling.

"This album was the biggest challenge in my life and in a way, it felt like I was giving birth," said Drew about the writing and recording of West of Lincoln. "Occasionally, several parts of a song might be in my head and then the natural melody will rise up to the surface."

Rusty Logsdon, Doug Boehm, engineer of Elliot Smith and The Vines, along with Drew, helped produce West of Lincoln. Former drummer of Elliot Smith, Scott McPherson, and other talented musicians join the recording.

Until he leaves his home west of Lincoln to spread his music across the country, Drew is participating in the "Heal The Bay" organization, which helps to clean the beaches he loves. Drew also teaches surfing to other musicians and grows organic vegetables while continuing to write songs. Making good use of his experience as a film editor, Drew always carries his video camera and gathers visual elements for the projections displayed at his shows.

On his tour, Drew will be performing at national surfing events and the Ocean Festival in Alaska in July. Blue-Eyed Son plans to tour around the nation this summer. Five percent of West of Lincoln's profit will be donated to The Ocean Conservancy for the purpose of environment protection.

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mike b

great cd
THIS IS A GREAT CD, BUT I WOULD NOT GROUP THIS WITH THE LIKES OF JOHNSON AND FRANKENREITER. THIS PARTICULAR CD IS TEXTBOOK ELLIOTT SMITH WITHOUT A DOUBT. EVERYTHING FROM THE WHISPERY VOCALS TO THE PIANO, I COULD MISTAKE IT FOR XO PART 2. SO I WOULD AGREE THAT ITS GREAT MUSIC, ITS JUST A LITTLE "DOWN THE BEACH" FROM JACK JOHNSON AND LITTLE CLOSER TO SHORE FROM ELLIOTT SMITH.
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Jamie

Surf Soul
If you live near the beach and don't have a copy of this record than you are missing out. Influences from Elliot Smith to Jack Johnson create an interesting vibe on this CD, one part sad, one part optimistic. I heard him on Grey's Anatomy this season and was hooked.
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Raymond Kim

The summer soundtrack of 2004
The versatility of "West of Lincoln" is really great. This is something you'd put on while you drive to the beach on a bright, sunny day, or perhaps when you go camping or have a bonfire.

This is attributed to Blue-Eyed Son's mellow, laidback, yet diverse sound. The singer has a very sweet, ethereal voice that immediately lends itself to the background. This is not to say that his voice is weak or lacks originality, of course.

The standout tracks are:
1. Step Away from the Cliff - A great track to start the album with. It is very upbeat with a contemporary country/folk feel to it.
3. Self-fulfilling Prophecy - This is a great song to sing along with. It has a soaring chorus that will get you shouting.
5. Outside the Main
8. Cafe des Amis - When I first listened to this CD, I was a bit apprehensive that it might lack any atmosphere, until I listened to this track. It is a very downtempo, mellow track that is yet optimistic, with a great texture to boot.
9. Suffering Sea

My only complaint with this CD is that it lacks focus and/or excitement towards the end. I would have liked to hear tracks akin to "Self-fulfilling Prophecy" at that point. But I'm just nitpicking.

This is definitely the summer soundtrack of 2004, check it out.
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Bee Clever


finally, an album from the surfer's-who-like-to-rock category that is actually worth its weight in salt water. gone are the frat boy lyrics of jack johnson, leaving a wave (get it, wave...) of catchy hooks and memorable melodies. more importantly, song writing that recalls an age of confusion, before it was confused with pretention. songs like "self-fulfilling prophecy" and "the tide" are uptempo enough to stir the insides of the casual listener and deep enough to satisfy the snooty critics and the like. based around an acoustic guitar and swimming (ok, i need to stop the surf puns, but no, i refuse) with additional instrumentation, the shining moments on this album are the lead singer's crooning voice. he may sound a bit like elliott smith - which may turn some of his more committed fans off - but it is done in respect, not blatant commercialism or lack of integrity. how do i know this? i can just feel it in the reverberations of his vocal chords. this is a great album for the acoustic rock lovin' folks and for those jack johnson/donavon frankfurter/frankwiper/frankenrieghter/whatever...its a step forward, for sure.
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