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Vanishing Act

by Edward O'Connell

The long-awaited follow up to "Our Little Secret," with guitars that chime and twang, incandescent harmonies, hooks galore and textured powerpop songcraft in the tradition of The Byrds, Tom Petty, and Elvis Costello.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Dumb Luck
2:32 $0.99
2. Lonely Crowd
3:43 $0.99
3. Every Precious Day
2:53 $0.99
4. What Have You Done?
3:37 $0.99
5. Same Old Faces
4:18 $0.99
6. I'm the Man
3:12 $0.99
7. Severance Kiss
3:55 $0.99
8. Odds Against Tomorrow
4:11 $0.99
9. Yesterday's World
2:35 $0.99
10. Last to Leave
2:32 $0.99
11. Vanishing Act
3:57 $0.99
12. The End of the Line
3:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Vanishing Act" is the long-awaited second album from Edward O’Connell, the Washington, D.C. songwriter whose 2010 release, "Our Little Secret," emerged from out of the blue to glowing reviews from the pop cognoscenti and was short-listed by many power pop music websites as one of the year’s best releases. MOJO: “Brilliant! -- A highly promising pop debut.” PowerPop Overdose: "This is what a Power Pop album should sound like! . . . One of the best albums in this genre since the 70's. Filled with fantastic pop goodies from cover to cover."

For an encore, "Vanishing Act" serves up 12 new O’Connell originals, including a handful of collaborations with Peter Gilstrap of D.C.’s much beloved 1980’s power pop band The Neighbors. With walls of chiming guitars, surging harmonies and indelible hooks, O'Connell's "Vanishing Act" ponders the mysteries of dumb luck, lonely crowds, time's winged chariot, homicidal spouses and the odds against tomorrow.

On "Vanishing Act," O’Connell again teams with a stellar band of kindred spirits with a particular affinity for vintage popcraft. The record features O’Connell on vocals, acoustic guitars and keyboards, joined by a band that includes Buddy Speir (The Blackjacks) on guitars, Jonathan Babu (The Grand Candy) on drums, and Jacob Chmara (The Grand Candy, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band) on bass, with backing vocal contributions from pop maestros Parthenon Huxley (P. Hux, The Orchestra), Todd Wright (Getaway Car, The Excentrics), David Kitchen (The David Kitchen Band, The Thrillbillys), Karl Straub (The Karl Straub Combo, The Graverobbers) and Kennedy Wright (The Crimestoppers).

Rounding out the lineup on "Vanishing Act" are multi-instrumentalist Americana legend Fats Kaplin (Jack White, Beck and other credits too numerous to list) on pedal steel, violin and banjo, and D.C. stalwarts Chris Watling (The Grandsons) on saxes and Kevin Cordt (Spottiswoode and His Enemies, Last Train Home) on trumpet.

"Vanishing Act" was produced, mixed and engineered by Jared Bartlett, whose production credits include records by Last Train Home and Luke Brindley, as well as "Our Little Secret," and he also contributed guitar and percussion to "Vanishing Act."



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Gary Ritchie

Fantastic Pop Album!
Wow! Ed has done it again. This is one very fine album. Well crafted songs, great playing, singing, stunning production. It's certainly in the vein of Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Graham Parker, Tom Petty, George Harrison...etc. Ed has a very....."soothing" voice. He sings, he doesn't yell at you, I like it! Most of the stuff would fit nicely in the mid-tempo Pop/Rock area. From the exceptional opening track "My Dumb Luck" this cd never tires or gets weak. Very smart lyrics are all over the place. This is a "grown up" record. Many Cheers!!!

John S

Did you love Rockpile, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello? Well, then...
this album is for YOU!!! I've listened to this about 25 times already and I have to say that there isn't a clinker in the bunch! "Every Precious Day" is my favorite song (but that might change tomorrow!). "I'm The Man" is the country song that Elvis Costello WISHED he wrote! Other standout tracks: "My Dumb Luck", "Severance Kiss", & "Odds Against Tomorrow". But, really, this is THE Power Pop lp of the year so far (and it's going to take A LOT to surpass it!). Believe the hype! And reward yourself with an hour of blissful melodies that you thought weren't being created anymore!!!