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The Shellye Valauskas Experience | History of Panic

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History of Panic

by The Shellye Valauskas Experience

Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Do Over (feat. Jon Auer & Dave Mattacks)
3:18 $0.99
2. Over the Top (feat. Jon Auer & Dave Mattacks)
3:43 $0.99
3. Gravity (feat. Dave Mattacks)
4:20 $0.99
4. Cracked Up (feat. Dave Mattacks)
3:08 $0.99
5. Mandocello
4:24 $0.99
6. Leftover Mistake (feat. Jon Auer)
3:32 $0.99
7. Options (feat. Jon Auer & Dave Mattacks)
3:34 $0.99
8. Cheap Shot (feat. Dave Mattacks)
3:34 $0.99
9. Take It Back
4:18 $0.99
10. Tuck Me In (feat. Dave Mattacks)
2:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
In 1999, power pop veteran Dean Falcone (The Excerpts with Jon Brion) paired up with singer-guitarist Shellye Valauskas. As the Shellye Valauskas Experience, the debut album The History of Panic has been in the works for many years, and it sounds worth the wait. They are aided by Jon Auer (The Posies, Big Star) and drummer Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention, XTC, Nick Drake, Paul McCartney).

The opener “Do Over” is a rich, meticulously multi-layered single anchored by Shellye’s crisp vocal style and some great chord changes. “Gravity” has a sweetly smooth chorus, very much like Aimee Mann but with a lot less detached angst. I could not find a bit of filler here, as the style varies from the bouncy “Cracked Up” to a quiet folky version of Cheap Trick’s “Mandocello.” And the band rocks out on the grand “Leftover Mistake,” one of the best songs here. Highlights include “Cheap Shot” and the final track “Tuck Me In,” which is brimming with good feeling. Highly Recommended.
-Aaron Kupferberg, Powerpopaholic



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