Jason Morphew | Duke Of Arkansas

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Duke Of Arkansas

by Jason Morphew

Tremendously catchy alternative country rock by this Arkansas native, of whom The Oxford American said, "He takes from ABBA as fast as he steals from fellow Arkansan Sleepy LaBeef and he combines the two in a jointed way
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Courting Another's Muse
3:37 album only
2. Sex
3:24 album only
3. Bull in the China Shop of Love
3:55 album only
4. High School Cliques
3:10 album only
5. Lipstick Stains
4:14 album only
6. Badass With A Heart of Gold
2:22 album only
7. Psychedelia
2:36 album only
8. My Love Makes Me Stoned
3:25 album only
9. Inconsolable
2:56 album only
10. Far Beyond Love
3:33 album only
11. The Living End
3:57 album only


Album Notes
"He takes from ABBA as fast as he steals from fellow Arkansan Sleepy LaBeef, and he combines the two in a jointed way that makes you think of Jimmie Rodgers before you think of Beck." -Oxford American

"What the material does make clear...is that Morphew's got the soul - and more specifically, the lyrics - of a poet." -CMJ

Jason Morphew is known mostly for his mournful ballads, but Duke is a huge departure from his previous work. It features a big supporting cast: Ikey Owens of The Mars Volta plays keyboards on almost every track, current and former members of the Beachwood Sparks are on most of the songs -- strings, loud guitars, synthesizers, and pedal steel parts (performed by famous LA studio musician Doug Livingston) abound. Recorded mostly by former Ratt bassist Matt Thorne at his home studio, the emphasis here is on rock and roll. The women who sang the theme song to the TV show The Jeffersons ("Movin' On Up") sing backup on two of the tracks. Morphew, a duke from Arkansas himself, has come from the heartland to mess up any concept of boundaries in music. Rather, in the end, it's all American rock.



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B. Miller

This is pound for pound the best CD I've heard in a long while. It definitely transcends genre, it's not alt-country or americana. It's really, really catchy and smart and good. It strikes me as the kind of quality songmaking that people took for granted in the 60s, though it sounds very modern and now. Just buy it.