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Oh Tall Tree In the Ear


Download links and information about Oh Tall Tree In the Ear by Roman Candle. This album was released in 2009 and it belongs to Rock, Indie Rock, Country, Alternative Country, Alternative genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 40:55 minutes.

Artist: Roman Candle
Release date: 2009
Genre: Rock, Indie Rock, Country, Alternative Country, Alternative
Tracks: 11
Duration: 40:55
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No. Title Length
1. Eden Was a Garden 3:14
2. One More Road 4:10
3. Why Modern Radio Is a-OK 3:49
4. They Say 4:17
5. Big Light 3:57
6. Sonnet 46 1:55
7. A Heartbeat 2:51
8. Woke Up This Morning 5:21
9. I Was a Fool 4:10
10. Starting from Scratch 3:31
11. Early Aubade 3:40



The Matheny family from Chapel Hill offers another album of power pop-infused alternative country songs with Oh Tall Tree in the Ear. As on Roman Candle's previous releases, Skip Matheny sings passionately about romance, heartbreak, and life on the road while his wife, Timshel, riffs away on guitar and brother Logan attacks or cuddles the drums as appropriate. Obvious influences the dB's, Van Morrison, and Big Star inform most of the album's 11 songs; dBer Chris Stamey returns to co-produce with Jason Lehning, and the result is a bright, bold, and somewhat epic concoction that too frequently drowns out the vocals, making the lyrics a little hard to grasp. The first half of the album greatly outpaces the somewhat lazy-feeling second half, with openers "Eden Was a Garden" and "One More Road" setting a standard that isn't really met again until the Phil Spector production-style closer, "Early Aubade." Literary references are littered throughout, but they'll slip past most listeners' radar. "Why Modern Radio Is A-OK" is kind of funny in its satirical take on lost love. In the song, Matheny sings that it's just fine to listen to "high school emo bands...versin' and chorusin'," because hearing good old mainstays like Sam Cooke, Van Morrison, and Bob Dylan on the jukebox brings back too many memories of a past relationship. "Big Light" is another winner, a mini-stunner that builds and builds its guitar, Farfisa, and drums symphony, and Matheny provides some of his most expressive vocals. As much as the production could be taken to task in the first half for the guitars being too loud in the mix, the second half of the album slows down almost to the point of blandness and some of the songs feel like rushed throwaways. That's not to say Roman Candle or genre fans won't appreciate the second half of the album, but there's almost a sense it could have benefited from being broken into two decent EPs with the lesser songs removed. That being said, Oh Tall Tree in the Ear is a sometimes exhilarating, often winning slice-of-life affair in the best tradition of catchy alt-country. It might not be a classic, but there's a sense Roman Candle are capable of crafting one.