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Nice Dream If You Can Get It


Download links and information about Nice Dream If You Can Get It by James Combs. This album was released in 2004 and it belongs to Rock, Alternative genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 42:46 minutes.

Artist: James Combs
Release date: 2004
Genre: Rock, Alternative
Tracks: 12
Duration: 42:46
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No. Title Length
1. Ok It's Sunday 3:20
2. My Darling Enemy 4:12
3. Nice Dream If You Can Get It 3:37
4. Gold Star 3:17
5. Low Go Getter 3:39
6. Soft As Vapor 2:57
7. Lazy Son 3:55
8. Strange Attraction 4:06
9. Alive and Smiling 3:44
10. You're Firing Your Friends 3:01
11. Belle Epoch 3:26
12. Burning Car 3:32



James Combs' 2004 effort is an unexpected pleasure that should get more attention and hopefully yet will. Both the lyrics and something in the atmosphere of the album suggest a parallel to fellow L. A. denizen Tom Waits' portraits of lost souls and fractured emotional extremes (and there's even a bar song, "Gold Star"), but Combs carefully sugars the pill, singing his lyrics with a gentle grace and creating, with the help of various guest musicians, a variety of approaches from tightly wound rhythms and grooves to a glazed psych-into-Velvet Underground sonic atmosphere. The way that the opener "OK It's Sunday" slightly suggests "Sunday Morning" is perhaps a slight acknowledgement to that very band, down to the same way that a pretty arrangement is off-set against a lyric of wasted energy. Elsewhere there are string synth melodies that turn into queasy nightmares, jaunty waltz/cabaret-like dances, late Beatles-styled confections and solo acoustic folk efforts, all of which are tied together via Combs' singing quite nicely. The use of songtitles like "My Darling Enemy," "Lazy Son" and most memorably "You're Firing All Your Friends" demonstrate the bubbling anger and cutting character observation at play. Beyond simple song names, Nice Dream is suffused with images of failure and reaching after something that seems impossible to grasp, with the concluding "Burning Car" wrapping things up on a note that's both critical of another and self-lacerating. "Low Go Getter" is even better at this, being a perfectly quiet and entrancing song about two people so stuck in a rut that all they can do is look at the stars but can barely even get that far. Combs and Bryony Atkinson's singing, meanwhile, is simply lovely falsetto work, a soft balm.