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by John Shipe

Diverse Freeform Americana. Folk/country with deep pop melodies. Gorgeous singing. Vivid characters & stories. From quirky to epic, some humor, with gut-level emotion. Production enhanced by mandolin, glockenspiel, accordion, ukulele, cello, trumpet.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lion
3:34 $0.99
2. Villain
3:34 $0.99
3. Love Belongs to Everyone
4:29 $0.99
4. Some Hidden Things
3:01 $0.99
5. Hard to Believe
3:22 $0.99
6. What Right Do We Have to Fall In Love?
3:38 $0.99
7. Little Boats
2:46 $0.99
8. Another Disaster
3:09 $0.99
9. No Use Crying Over A Spilt Life
3:26 $0.99
10. Dead Kite
2:45 $0.99
11. Feel Good Song
3:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album should reap glowing sound-bites like his past work: "Multitude of delights." "Remarkable vocalist and songsmith." "Explosion of creativity." The opening cut, "Lion" hits like the sun shining through. While sitting steadily amid modern sounds in the modern era, the irresistible tunefulness evokes past greats Elvis Costello and Beatles. On "Another Disaster," he sings about futile love in a high-octane, surreal blend of surf-rock & broadway. "Love Belongs to Everyone" is epic and sorrowful. But an uplifting spirit pervades. The title cut, "Villain" keeps the sense of humor: "Some girls can't help it. They love the villain." This album's victory is that it is fun, in spite of the losing ways of its hapless characters. The instrumentation is usually light, but with depth, as producer Ehren Ebbage (The Dimes) maintains a sense of ensemble. The tones bristle with both polish and grit.



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Brad at CD Baby

You can see from the cover of this compelling collection of folk-pop tunes that the villain Shipe has in mind is the old-timey, tie-the-damsel-to-the-train-tracks type of evildoer. Thankfully, the 11 tracks here aren't antiquated throwbacks as much as they are timeless, and Shipe's intentions are anything but dastardly. The carefully chosen mix of instruments yields a layered, clean combination of guitar and piano, often with string accompaniment or additional vibes from ukulele, mandolin, and tastefully executed percussion. Shipe's voice is as stark and straightforward as his lyrics, with songs like "Another Disaster" and "No Use Crying Over a Spilt Life" taking strength from their complete avoidance of punch-pulling. These are compositions that can initially sound light, even playful, but also reserve the ability to chill to the bone. Shipe's vision is a focused one, but you'll want to settle in for multiple listens to make sure you take it all in.