Eulene Sherman | Bicycle

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Bicycle

by Eulene Sherman

Collaborating with Producers: Angelo (Kings Of Leon, Be Your Own Pet, Patty Griffin) & Caleb Sherman to create an soulful album where classic pop hooks sit beside lean, groove based interludes that get under your skin.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. only for you
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2. don't wake me up
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3. multiply
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4. all i need to know now
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5. stay
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6. give you everything
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7. when you go away
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8. time to time
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The best music being made today has a hybrid quality. You can hear it in Outkast, you can hear it in Wilco. It's the stuff that sits-thankfully--beyond the grip of genre. Eulene Sherman lands squarely at the center of this new and crucial tradition. She makes songs that are in a zone where musical histories and the textures born of them move in out with a kind of grace that does sly work on the listener. Classic pop hooks sit beside lean, groove-based interludes. At times it punches-and at times it pulls. In both ways, it gets under your skin.

Eulene builds some big open musical spaces and then populates the landscape there, dropping in the people and their places, as if she's setting it up so she can move in herself. There's an intimacy to it all, like she's going to live next door to you when she gets there. Then she's gone. Which is to say, this is both the sound of things being built and the sound of people moving on. The mystery that makes the music of the Band some of our most haunted American song, the production that has made Emmylou Harris's last decade of recordings so moving: I hear traces of both these things in there.

If artist bios are meant to give us a few facts, spit out a little history, the best I can give you are rumors. She's supposed to live in New York but always seems to be out of town. When I left her a message, she didn't call me back. Everyone I know who has met her tells me they love her. She has twelve brothers. She worked with producers Angelo (Kings of Leon, Patty Griffin) and Caleb Sherman, both of whom have logged some good miles in the music-making mobile. I could go after more facts, but even a pile of them never means much. I'm happy with the music alone. Do yourself the favor, move in.


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Stephanie Cain

This is a terrific CD.
This is a terrific CD. It starts sultry and mellow, builds to a groove, adds a few tugs on your hearstrings, then winds down to a thoughtful, poignant finish. Eulene Sherman's voice -- hauntingly powerful and resonating -- is reason enough to listen to this over and over again. Other reasons are the gorgeous melodies and her sometimes playful, sometimes soulful thought process, which shines particularly bright in Multiply and Give You Everything. It's unlike anything else I have, though I wish that wasn't the case. She takes some risks, and because of it, her work is real. The world could use a lot more of Eulene Sherman.

Bob Wratz


It's been quite a while since I've found anything of interest in the contemporary pop or rock scene . Sure, I hear some nice tunes now and again that grab my attention for short periods of time. There is just so much music that is so generic in nature that the artists and their music seem to blend together to form a sort of "stew" of mediocrity and sameness. So it was only with the prompting of a friend that I decided to bet twelve bucks and give a listen to Eulene Sherman's "Bicycle", even though I was relatively certain of its fitting in the same category (and poor me, I am not in the habit of brooking disappointment gracefully). Now, having had my listen, let me be rightly understood - this "Bicycle" is a gem! A genuine find, definitely desert island caliber. From start to finish Eulene Sherman's musical voice enchants, delights, and draws the listener along her wonderfully emotional, but sensible, musical adventure. Eulene sings her songs with a conviction and soulfulness that is honest and true to the core, that cuts through and rises above that "stew" of the mediocre, something rare amongst the crowd of similar artists. You'll not find a single weak track here, either. Equally (and pleasantly) surprising is the instrumentation of Caleb Sherman (twelve brothers?) and the artist known only as Angelo. Listen to the wonderful sound of the upright bass in the intro to "Don't Wake Me Up", and the sparing, but effective use of violin and cello on several tracks. There are no cheesy orchestrations to dilute the subtle edginess of the songs. It is obvious that the self-described "three thieves" know exactly what they're doing in a recording studio. As a self-avowed elitist on all things musical, it's easy for me to find fault with, and take issue with much that I hear. However, "Bicycle" is one of those rare releases that I just can't find anything wrong with! Would that there were more like it. This is delightfully infectious music, and as stated in the first review, it can definitely get under your skin, in your mind, and in your heart. So go ahead, place your twelve dollar bet, and see if you don't want to hop on Eulene's "Bicycle" and cherish the ride again, and again, and again. I'm confident that you'll find, as I did, that this bet is a sure winner.