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Main » 2007 » February » 13 » Thin White Rope - Exploring The Axis (1985) Sack Full Of Silver (1990)
Thin White Rope - Exploring The Axis (1985) Sack Full Of Silver (1990)
Thin White  Rope - 1990 - Sack Full Of Silver

1 Hidden Lands (3:04) 
2 Sack Full of  Silver (2:13)
3 Yoo Doo Right (6:04) 
4 Napkin Song  (1:31)
5  Americana/The Ghost (4:34)
6 Whirling Dervish (3:43) 
7 Triangle  (5:39)
8  Diesel Man (4:42)
9 On the Floe (3:43) 
10 On the Floe  (4:51)

Sack Full of Silver  is, in many ways, one of Thin White Rope's most fully realized sets, blending  the group's early alt-psychedelic influences and a growing taste for dusty  Americana flavors. Having completed a 16-date tour of the Soviet Union, the  group collected covers of Marty Robbins, Lee Hazlewood, and others for the Red  Sun EP, followed shortly by this batch of originals penned during the trip  overseas. Like all Thin White Rope releases, Sack Full of Silver is defined by  the voice of Guy Kyser: the aural equivalent of the flat, parched, endless  landscape his characters seem to inhabit. Sobering realizations, like dead ends,  await them around every corner. In an environment where failure, desperation,  and hopelessness are common currency, adding up one's losses and moving on feels  like a great victory. It's clearly  no easy task. "The Ghost" catches its subject in the moment before that turning  point, looking ahead as a life of loss begins to flood in.

Emerging out of the final chords of "Americana"  and "Desert Rock"  it rises from the sound of wind-swept sand to a triumphant anthem in the mold of  an old folk song. Revealing that they are working within a wider frame of  reference, the group adapt Can's "Yoo Doo Right," distilling the original's 20  minutes into a compact, bursting rock number. Though the gray area in between  these two styles produces less memorable results, Thin White Rope's brand of American roots has  aged more gracefully than the work of some of their contemporaries. Sack Full of  Silver remains as fine an introduction to Kyser's vision as any. ~ Nathan Bush,  All Music Guide

Thin White  Rope - 1985 - Exploring The Axis

1. Down In The  Desert
2.  Disney Girl
3. Soundtrack

4. Lithium

5. Dead Grammas On A  Train
6.  Three Song, The

7. Eleven

8. Atomic Imagery
9. Real West,  The

10.  Exploring The Axis

11. Macy's Window
12. Rocket USA -  (live)

13.  Roger's Tongue

Review by Nathan  Bush

Hailing from the northern  California town of Davis, Thin White Rope was initially pegged as a proponent of  the paisley underground movement. Such labeling, however, tells half the story  at best. The list of bands the group went on to cover over the course of their  ten-year career is actually more revealing. Songs by Suicide, the Stooges, Lee  Hazlewood, Marty Robbins, Bob Dylan, Can, and a James Bond theme have all been  rendered by the band in the studio and on-stage. That list goes a long way in  explaining the mixture of raw, angular riffs, southern twang, and icy  psychedelia that characterizes Exploring the Axis, the group's 1985 debut. What  it does not convey, perhaps, is the relative bleakness of Thin White Rope's  music.

Frontman Guy Kyser,  guitarist Roger Kunkel, bassist Stephen Tesluk, and drummer Jozef Becker outline  a series of barren landscapes, their instruments kicking up clouds of dust from  the parched earth like a rollicking, rickety ghost-train headed south. At times  Jeff Eyrich's productions approach the wintry heir of Martin Hannett's work with  Joy Division. This climate is ideal for Kyser, who delivers tales of isolation,  allusion, and death; his voice a perpetually unsteady  quake.

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