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Approximate Hellhound


Approximate Hellhound follows the explosive and critically acclaimed Revival (produced by the legendary Eric Drew Feldman), and the much-lauded solo debut Lucky's Tune (produced by mythic rock deity and Pixies mastermind Frank Black a.k.a. Black Francis).
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  Song Share Time Download
1. See You Again
Reid Paley Trio
2:01 $0.99
2. Yr Polish Uncle
Reid Paley Trio
2:56 $0.99
3. Take What You Want
Reid Paley Trio
2:23 $0.99
4. Everything Is Going Wrong (& That's Alright)
Reid Paley Trio
2:39 $0.99
5. The Dark Sky
Reid Paley Trio
3:17 $0.99
6. Better Days
Reid Paley Trio
4:04 $0.99
7. Roses Red and Violets Black & Blue
Reid Paley Trio
3:25 $0.99
8. Someday I'll Be Okay
Reid Paley Trio
2:39 $0.99
9. The Sinner's Hand
Reid Paley Trio
2:55 $0.99
10. Stay Awhile
Reid Paley Trio
4:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
Reid Paley lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Here's what some other people have to say:

"What? You want some kind of description of the artist and his music? Just fucking listen to the guy and enjoy his prowess."
-- Frank Black a.k.a. Black Francis

"One of America's best -- and most underrated -- songwriters."
-- PopMatters (Jennifer Kelly)

"A voice to turn good girls bad...Maybe crazy but damn exciting."
--The Village Voice

"The bastard child of Sinatra and Lemmy. Great epic, minimalist rock tunes with that end of the night feel."
--Random Magazine UK (Jaz Rhodes)

“The deliciously gravelly voice and Weillian pomp of tracks like “Yr Polish Uncle” might put The Bad Seeds out of business. It’s not often that adjectives like ‘clever’ , ‘dark’, and ‘heartwrenching’ should be bandied about in the same sentence, but Reid Paley Trio’s a special case. They’re a special NY band.”
-- The Sentimentalist (Madeline Virbasius-Walsh)

"Possessed with the voice of a drunken wolf. Songs that roar."
--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Regis Behe)

"Paley’s visionary take on modern music brings something quite exciting to the table - syncopated rock with simplicity of feel, dark humour, cutting remarks, witty poetic ramblings - all feeling like a breath of fresh air. Wondrously intriguing, compelling as hell, and refreshingly original.”
--Toxic Pete UK

“Blues and jazz trip around his nocturnal growl in this accomplished collection. There’s no holding back the ferocious swing of Take What You Want, and the brooding Better Days manages to rouse the soul even when Paley is staring destruction in the face. A gem worth uncovering.”
-- The Big Issue UK (Lianne Steinberg)

"Straightforward, sarcastic, funny and gifted at putting a song together."
--New York Press (Ned Vizzini)

“As soon as Reid Paley sings you realize there’s something else in the mix. A jazz-blues-rockabilly sound so distinctive that it takes a while for your listening organs to balance the gruff, hoarse voice with the excellent playing. A dark wit that will have you spitting your dinner over the stereo in mirth.”
--SoundsXP UK (Ged M)

"Put simply, the Reid Paley Trio knows how to get down. He's got mischief in his eye, Elvis in his joints, and booze everywhere else."
--NYRock (Jean Fury)

"Reduce-you-to-tears razor wit...Reid Paley ought to be a household name."
--Pittsburgh City Paper (Justin Hopper)

"Best Actual Gig of the Year. Very very impressive."
--Sleazegrinder UK (Stu Gibson)

"For all his simplicity, Reid is like nobody else."
--Seattle Weekly (Kurt B. Reighley)

"A proudly weird talent with a nervy raw appeal."
--Time Out New York (Mike Wolf)

"More messy jazz from a drunken genius."
--City Life, Manchester UK (Emma Unsworth)

"A soot-black sense of humor as biting as an underfed Rottweiler."
--Cleveland Free Times (Jason Bracelin)

"Best Of Manhattan"
--New York Press

"One of the East Coast's best-kept secrets, his wryly misanthropic schtick is all his own. Live, he is the Bill Hicks of the blues. You need to see him."
--What's On In London (Joe Cushley)

Revival: "Best 50 Albums of the Year"
--Alternative Press

"Four Stars" for Revival (highest rating)

"As Baudelaire was the spleen of Paris, Reid Paley is the spleen of New York... How else could he write such messianic blues, such prophetic rock 'n' roll?"
--442éme Rue, Paris (Lionel Dekanel)

"An unholy howl of a voice."
--CMJ (Judy McGuire)

"Though records like Revival drip with talent, sweat and humor, live is the way to experience Paley."
--The Village Voice (Jason Gross)

"A legend waiting to happen." (Sheril Stanford)

"A great musical attraction...a sort of Sinatra for the disaffected."
--Mississippi Reflector (Jim Beaugez)

"Actually, it's more than one date with this vampiric Brooklyn songwriter - it's four. And lucky us. Paley lives on the darker side of Saturday night, his witty ballads backed by a Czechoslovakian upright bass, a trap kit, and a voice that sounds like a bag of gravel in a blender. Just remember - his drawl is worse than his bite."
--City Life, Manchester UK (Emma Unsworth)

"Reid Paley is the kind of artist Seattle loves."
--The Stranger (Erin Franzman)

"For fans of churlish honesty and unaffected one-man shows, REVIVAL is a nonstop riot."
--San Francisco Weekly (Silke Tudor)

"Paley's bare-boned and bloody-knuckled approach grabs you like a shot of tequila that's gone down the wrong pipe."
--Aquarian Weekly (Chris Uhl)

"A jarring reminder of what rock'n'roll once was and could be again."
--The Washington Times (Derek Simmonsen)



to write a review

Pete Matthews

Powerful return from Mr Paley
It's been a long time coming but Mr Paley does not disappoint. A Powerful mix of humour and spite delivered with passion and menace. Essential listening.

Schlanky Kitty

Great CD!
If you liked Revival, you definitely want to buy Approximate Hellhound. There's not a bad song on it & it was well worth the wait. CD Baby is a top-notch seller--fast shipment, good follow-up.


The best
Open a bottle of wine as the first song revs up and lick that last dribble off the lip of the bottle as the last song winds down. You can go through several bottles a night this way because you won\'t want to stop listening.


Reid does it again...
Another fine album from Mr. Paley. "Better Days" is worth the price of admission alone, but the whole album kicks ass in a way that'll have you singing along as you re-assemble your thoroughly cleaned and oiled AK-47. Maybe that's just me, though.

Josh K - random fandom

Great follow-up
I'm black and blue! This one is really great. Bear in mind that I've only listened to it 20 times in two days so, y'know, I might not know quite yet.


A necessity for your collection! Awesome... buy it now!!
Seeing The Reid Paley Trio live is the best thing since sliced bread, so hopefully you'll have the chance. Approximate Hellhound is essential to your collection and will become a favorite. It's like that t-shirt you just can't part with, a timeless love all its own.

Gary Mathieson

Awesome music!
I've had the pleasure of seeing Mr Paley several times opening for Frank Black over the last decade. It took a couple of shows to get used to his style, but I have to say that Revival became my favorite CD back in 2004. His newest work is just as good. Great songwriter! I look forward to seeing him open for Black Francis sometime in the spring.

Bette Noir

Worth the wait
It's amazing that this cd is just as good as the first two. His mix of dark humor and raw feeling are unmatchable. My only complaint about all his albums are that they aren't long enough!

Greg Lonesome

Everything is going wrong, and that's alright!
Approximate Hellhound is a burner! This is real rock n roll delivered with wit and a forked tongue. I can't say enough good things about Reid Paley's songwriting and delivery. Like a fine wine, they just keep getting better with age.


Shake your ass along with the Monkey Demon!
Approximate Hellhound, CD number three from Reid Paley, does more than satisfy. It leaves you aching for number four.
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