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Sir Slob

by Larry O. Dean

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Genre: Pop: Pop Underground
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1. Time to Kill
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2. Lies Return
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3. King of Close Enough
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4. Tail Wagging the Dog
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5. For the Best
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6. God Owes Us Nothing
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7. Cuts Both Ways
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8. Uneasy in That Town
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9. Panning For Gold in the Litterbox
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10. Take You Away From Here
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11. She's a Pacifist (hidden Track)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Larry O. Dean was born and raised in the rusty wasteland of Flint, Michigan. With a precocious talent for illustration and writing, he dabbled in comics and underground journalism (working with muckraking journalist and Oscar-winning director, Michael Moore) before being bitten by the musical bug. Inspired by The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, The Modern Lovers, Warren Zevon, and iconoclastic proto-punks Wire, XTC, and The Stranglers, he formed his first band in high school and has never looked back.

In San Francisco he found his voice, both as a solo acoustic troubadour and with witty and sardonic avant-pop combos, The Fussbudgets and Malcontent. Steeped in the soul-rock tradition of Big Star, The Flying Burrito Bros., and The dB's, as well as Yo La Tengo's noisy experimentalism and Television's bowery-bred aggression, LOD's songs embrace melodies with lyrics front-and-center, as expected from a widely-published and anthologized as well as award-winning poet. (He is the author of numerous books of poetry, the most recent being I AM SPAM.)

Yearning for a change in seasons, Larry moved to Chicago where, since 1996, he has performed in solo acoustic settings, as well as with critics' darling, hook-happy Anglo-pop ensemble, Post Office; string-driven sextet, The Me Decade; and most recently, pop power trio, The Injured Parties. He hosts a monthly singer-songwriter showcase, "Folk You!" and is a featured poetry reader when time allows.

He has showcased at music festivals in Toronto, Los Angeles, Memphis, Cleveland, and Chicago.


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The Music Attic

Clever pop that is tuneful and completely original!
Whether he's dissecting The King of Close Enough, or decrying fate by Panning for Gold in the Litterbox, Larry O. Dean's songs on Sir Slob are dense with smart, tuneful wordplay. This album is rueful, romantic and rockin'! The perfect, bracing antidote to a lousy work day or an episode of "American Idol."

Fred Mills

Psych-tinged power-pop damage
Larry O. Dean’s Sir Slob also has its share of not-unwelcome psych-tinged power-pop damage; you’ll detect everything from Shoes to Ray Davies to Love.

City Paper (Nashville)

Literate folk tunes with a rock backing
Dean is known for his Dylan-esque half-sung/half-spoken delivery of literate folk tunes with a rock backing. He can come off like Lou Reed or Matthew Sweet, depending on the tune.

Peter Cooper

Classical strings with buzzing, alterna-nerd rock guitars
Sir Slob has all sorts of nifty touchstones. You can hear bits of Lou Reed, Steve Wynn and Jonathan Richman, but he takes those influences, churns them around and makes something new. He’s good at sonic texturing, often blending classical strings with buzzing, alterna-nerd rock guitars.

Mountain Xpress

Appealing pop dossiers and laconic wit
Exhibiting the kind of deft self-mockery that made Paul Westerberg a disciple of Alex Chilton, Larry O. Dean puts the writer back in singer-songwriter with his appealing pop dossiers and laconic wit.

Amplifier

Buffalo Springfield, latter-day Byrds, Neil Young and Tom Petty ...
Dean and band deliver a tight primarily folk-rocking set, songs like Time to Kill, King of Close Enough, Tail Wagging the Dog, Panning for Gold in the Litterbox and Cuts Both Ways suggest a strong influence of the melodic country-folk rock of Buffalo Springfield, the latter-day Byrds, Neil Young and Tom Petty (albeit sung by Lou Reed!). Poetry and rock n roll, a combination of the sacred and the profane finds its balance in Sir Slob. Fans of singer-songwriter magic will relish every minute.

Shake It Up!

Somewhere between a poppier Neil Young and Lou Reed
Tremendous songs that fall somewhere between a poppier Neil Young and Lou Reed.

Bucketfull of Brains

Open twangy Americana with a dense and more complex instrumentation
Lyrically sharp, and big in a musical sense -- think a poppier Lou Reed -- Dean's second album proper provides a powerful and immediate aural rush. It is distanced from the standard singer-songwriter fare by a sound that is fleshed out by a full band, mixing open twangy Americana with a dense and more complex instrumentation.

All Music Guide

R.E.M. meets Bob Dylan
R.E.M. meets Bob Dylan, the two meet have some beer, or at least that’s where it sounds like Larry O. Dean’s strange mix of alt. country, folk, and 1960's rock and roll originated from ... Most reminiscent of Neil Young’s collection of 1970's recordings and in a lot of ways their styles are very similar, there's grit, and truth paired with guitars and low, almost pleading vocals.