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Debbie Does Nothing

by Deluxe Leisure King

The kings of today's Southern Jangle return with a smart new collection of roots rock and power pop
Genre: Pop: 80's Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Resemble Someone
3:29 $0.99
2. Anne Marie (Ooh La La)
3:51 $0.99
3. Debbie Does Nothing
3:01 $0.99
4. Helicopter
4:03 $0.99
5. Whole
3:32 $0.99
6. Good Morning Duplicity
3:48 $0.99
7. I Hope You're There
4:25 $0.99
8. 23 Dollar Run Down Motel Blues
3:56 $0.99
9. A Lot Like A Dylan Song
4:00 $0.99
10. Stole Your Thunder
4:27 $0.99
11. Sticker On Your Car
3:19 $0.99
12. Great Big Hat
3:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
The anticipated, sophmore follow up to 2004's "15 Minutes of Shame", Deluxe Leisure King pays homage to the American sound: power pop, psychedelia, the punk ethic, and folk while holding fast to their southern, jangle roots.

"Debbie Does Nothing" delves into the more grown up topics of suburban disillusionment, political apathy, sexual, social and religious ambivalance while throwing in a mindless pop gem or two about heartbreak or frustration.

"...the album certainly has a shot at finding listeners thanks to its buoyant, retro sound. The disc brims with echoes of the R.E.M. that once made music that college students played loud. And it's a somewhat more mature album than "15 Minutes," though the frequent irony in its lyrics never runs deep enough interfere with the overall sense of fun. "

- Lawrence Specker, Mobile Register

"Owing to the vocals, this band reminds me of the sober and pop-oriented Replacements. "I Hope You're There" is a very catchy, jangly tune that features a melody quite similar to the Yardbirds' 'Heart Full of Soul.' The title track is also very catchy. Another solid collection of tunes from the Deluxe Leisure Kings."

- Eric Sorenson,



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Hannibal Heredia

If you like the 80's
For those who wouldn’t know the difference between Rilo Kiley and Okkervil River; for those to whom the Artic Monkeys are a new exhibit to take the kids to; for those who have every R.E.M record (CD) including the “bad” ones; and for those who had Will Kimbrough, the db’s, or Alex Chilton play their fraternity house, this CD is for you. Deluxe Leisure King whip up 80’s jangly pop with a hint of the 60’s peppered in.
On this their second release there is much more control over the production that lifts the songs rather than detract from them as had been prevalent on their first release (so those of you who enjoyed those multiple nods to the 60’s you may be a tad disappointed). With half the CD mixed by Dave Farrell (Elvis Costello, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Robbie Robertson) the other half mixed by LIJ (The Living Things, The Shazam, Will Kimbrough , The Autumn Defense) and the Kernals producing, this CD has a more down home feel bringing out the Southern/Americana undertones in these tunes.
Resemble Someone – catchy 80’s pop that sets the tone for most of the record with a wonderful counter melody in the chorus.
Anne Marie (Ooh La La) – While who doesn’t love multiple refrains of “Ooh La La,” this one tends to drag on a bit too long yet succeeds in planting some more pop.
Debbie Does Nothing – The title track and another strong one – great narrative lyrics that make you listen all the way to the end.
Helicopter – Kudos to the band for branching out but staying within the feel of the record. This one tracks “Life’s Rich Pageant” R.E.M and hints at explorative Wilco/Ryan Adams territory. It doesn’t completely hit the mark, but it keeps the album interesting.
Whole – The first of the great ones on this CD. A beautiful simple waltz embellished by David Farrell’s string programming, which is easy to imagine on the soundtrack of many a movie to come.
Good Morning Duplicity – more of what DLK is known for.
23 Dollar Run Down Motel Blues – great title, but the songs does little for me or little to add to the whole album, but maybe I just don’t like the Blooooozzzzs.
A Lot Like A Dylan Song – The next great song! This writer has heard versions of this song for 5 years since its humble beginnings on a 4 track cassette. It’s a keeper and the one that really brings out the Southern/Americana stylings that lead singer/songwriter Seth Cherniak should definitely explore more of. The “Rainy Day Women” production is nice and surprisingly does not detract from the song – however, something is missing to help the awesome chorus. However, once discovered you will catch yourself singing it – a lot.
Stole Your Thunder – is the third great tune with great production emphasizing the laid back vibe and its strong chorus. Thunder is another strong lyrical tune with instrumentation and engineering of the instruments to support the song.
Sticker on Your Car // Great Big Hat – These two finish up the record and once again more of the DLK signature sound – clever lyrics, jangly guitars – I give em a six on a scale of ten.
Overall, the aforementioned “target audience” will find multiple delights in this record (the title track, Resemble Someone, Good Morning Duplicity, the two closers). However there should be a song here for all tastes – Americana (Dylan Song); Retro indie (Helicopter); mature introspective Sunday morning hangover music (Whole) but all within the same feel of the record. I hope that Cherniak continues to explore the latter and l look forward to album three.

Zydeco Elvis

DLK deliver the jangly goods on new album....
The Second Album Jinx is a well known phenomenon in the music industry-anyone remember The Knack?- and one that DLK flies straight past with nary a second glance. The song-writing, production and playing are all markedly improved on Debbie Does Nothing. Which is really saying something as 15 Minutes Of Shame, was anything but shabby.
Seth Cherniak is emerging as a heck of a gifted writer. Time and again on this album he manages to explore the complexities of modern relationships in near perfect pop/rock gems wihout ever losing touch with his wicked sense of humour. Standout tracks include, Helicopter, Good Morning Duplicity, I Hope You're There,and Whole(which somehow takes me back to a day I spent watching the movie Garden State with a paticularly attractive girl...)
Strong from start to finish this album is Highly recommended. Don't be surprised to find it nestled highly on more than one best of the year list.