Norfolk and Western
Dusk in Cold Parlours


3.5
great

Review

by FA USER (7 Reviews)
May 12th, 2006 | 2 replies | 2,325 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Norfolk and Western consists of multiple band members including couple Adam Selzer (band founder, guitar, lead vocals) and Rachel Blumberg (drums, keyboards, backing vocals). Other band members include:

Dave Depper - Bass, Vocals, Piano
Tony Moreno - Guitar, Banjo, Accordion, Oddities, Sound Collage, Film
Amanda Lawrence - Viola, Glockenspiel
Cory Gray - Trumpet, Piano, Wurlitzer
Peter Broderick - Violin, Banjo, Accordion, Musical Saw, Mandolin, Lap Steel, Guitar

Dusk in Cold Parlours truly delivers with Selzer's Nick Drake-esque vocals and the band's brilliant instruments. Beautifully strummed banjos make songs like "Oslo" and "A Marriage Proposal" soar with Selzer and Blumberg's delicate vocals. With the occasional eruption of guitars and drums, N&W juggles depressing tracks with up-beat tracks like "The Tired Words" perfectly. Folk music laced with creaky old instruments and atmospheric sound collages is the epitome of their sound. Blumberg, the former drummer of the well-known Decemberists is responsible for the beautiful album cover art on Dusk.

This album is incredibly warm and emotional at the same time. It's definitely an album worth multiple listens and as it captures you in its beautifully constructed instrumentals and jaunting lyrics, it never lets go.

Norfolk and Western didn't just write and record this album, they poured their hearts into each and every track. Each song played with pure beauty and elegance, carefully and delicately sung by Selzer, and the backing vocals of his girlfriend Rachel Blumberg. Blumberg's voice is almost that of an instrument, reaching rhythms without struggle and hitting every note on cue. Selzer's lyrics are that of love and spirituality, pouring his soul into each and every word. Although the album runs roughly 39 minutes long, it is one worthy of a listen.

Dusk is the fourth album from the Oregon-based group and they've recently released their latest album this year. Be on the lookout for N&W to explode in the Indie/Folk world soon.



Recent reviews by this author
Rocky Votolato MakersIron & Wine Woman King
Two Gallants The ThroesCat Stevens Mona Bone Jakon
Iron & Wine The Creek Drank the CradleDevendra Banhart Nino Rojo
user ratings (2)
Chart.
3.5
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
morrissey
Moderator
May 13th 2006



1688 Comments


Sweet nice to see you contributing over here. You and I have some overlapping taste so I would probably like this. This review is a little on the short side but it doesn't suffer for it.

The Sludge
May 28th 2006



2169 Comments


:thumb: i liked this review. Cant believe it went without any notice.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy