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What It Is

by Cordelia's Dad

Raging guitars, catchy choruses, and solemn hymns combined in the band's latest album, a return to its most rocking iteration.
Genre: Rock: 90's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Camille ('s Not Afraid of the Barn)
2:58 $0.99
2. Upswing
3:32 $0.99
3. Inhaler
4:09 $0.99
4. Eyelovemusic
2:48 $0.99
5. Five Way Flashlight
3:28 $0.99
6. Little Speckled Egg
2:55 $0.99
7. Despair
1:25 $0.99
8. Hammer
3:48 $0.99
9. Rock Me (To Sleep)
5:57 $0.99
10. Brother Judson
5:17 $0.99
11. Dark & Rolling Eye
3:48 $0.99
12. Leave Your Light On
3:44 $0.99
13. Song of the Heads
4:24 $0.99
14. Brethren Sing
1:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
Masterful chameleon rockers Cordelia's Dad are back with a stunning collection of 14 rock songs on What It Is. It's a voltage-enhanced thing that was exercised under Steve Albini's (Nirvana, The Jesus Lizard) tutelage in 1997 and Mark Alan Miller's (Dinosaur Jr., Pernice Brothers) engineering hand in 1999.

There are collaborations with traditional fiddler Laura Risk (Greenfire), experimental trombonist Mike Heffley (Anthony Braxton) and even some overtone singing. From pure unaccompanied harmonies to hellish feedback, from the dreadfully bleak to the irrepressibly sunny, What it is demands that all who have up to now followed Cordelia's Dad's "folk" career scrub up a fresh ear for the rock side of the band. This is the most American of musics. Read more at

Chuck Eddy of the Village Voice compares "Camille" to the best of Jane's Addiction. Perfect for cranking up as you put the top down in the convertible and head for the coast. As the sun sets on the way home, put on the second half of the album, stark and mysterious lullabies and love songs culminating in the romantic 'ghost' story "Leave Your Light On." As a sort of bonus track, "Brethren Sing," sung "a capella" in dense 3-part harmony answers the lament "music alas too long has been, pressed to obey the devil" with an optimistic note.



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very good
a very good cd, with the middle being a little slow, but the rest very worth it. soulful, folky rock.