Dump - Superpowerless Remastered (2013)
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Dump - Superpowerless Remastered (2013)

Artist: Dump
Title Of Album: Superpowerless
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Morr Records / LC10387
Genre: Lo-Fi, Indie Rock
Total Time: 1:15:04 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 180 mb / 426 mb
Recorded between 1991 and 1993, the 19 tracks on James McNew's first album under the name Dump are considerably different from his later albums. For one thing, McNew uncharacteristically enlists the help of his Yo La Tengo bandmates Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley on a handful of songs (he also covers "So Sedimentary," a song from a cartoon by Hubley's animator parents, Faith and John Hubley, co-written by a young Quincy Jones), as well as his buddy Dave Ramirez from Hypnolovewheel. The outside influence lets McNew's songs breathe a little more than they do on the more lo-fi follow-ups, and the fact that these songs were recorded one at a time over the course of a couple of years gives them more variety; McNew's vocals are also a little bit more self-assured here, with less of the tremulousness that characterizes his singing on the later albums. The problem is that the songs are all over the place in terms of quality, and even some of the best, like the propulsive instrumental "The Sea Wall," feel underwritten. There's a difference between rough-edged and half-baked, and parts of Superpowerless, unfortunately, fall toward the latter. However, McNew's legendary sense of which songs to cover is absolutely spot-on here. Besides a pair of great Wreckless Eric and NRBQ covers, McNew essays Sun Ra's "Outer Spaceways, Inc." and a terrific reconstruction of the Shaggs' "Shaggs' Own Thing," turning the naïve original into something closer to a normal pop song. The album's highlight, though, is a perfectly sincere, utterly lovely version of Henry Mancini's "Moon River" that honestly belongs in any consideration of the best versions of this much-covered tune. [Morr's 2013 reissue adds nine bonus tracks: McNew's debut six-song single from 1992 on 18 Wheeler, two tracks from Brinkman's Fast Fwd compilation and one from the Walt Records "I Like Walt" 7" comp.]
TRACKLIST:
01] Hands of Fear
02] So Sedimentary
03] Secret Blood
04] Good Medicine
05] Formerly One-Eye
06] Dark Road
07] Just For You
08] Outer Spaceways, Inc.
09] The Sea Wall
10] Broken Conscience
11] Throw Out The Lifeline
12] The Quality of Hurt
13] 19 1/2
14] Moon River
15] Superpowerless
16] Ode to Shaggs' Own Thing
17] Love Theme From 'Providence'
18] Knox's Lament
19] How Many Bells?
20] Intro/Nothing Left
21] Down to the Sea in Ships
22] Pennies from Heaven
23] Christmas Card
24] Snowman
25] Bunny Boy
26] Jaundice
27] Bus-Kicker's Theme
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