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Richmond Fontaine - You Can't Go Back... - 03.05.16

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nacho
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Album of the Year.

Yes.

 
Posted : 07/04/2016 3:45 pm
Scot Halpin
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I bought the deluxe vinyl version(despite not currently having a turntable) because it comes with a nine song bonus CD. Six new songs plus three demo's, nothing earth shattering but still worth having. I love this band so no surprise that I really like this album, but still would only put it somewhere in the middle of the pack of their discography. I would probably rank them something like this:

1. Thirteen Cities
2. We Used to Think...
3. Obliteration by Time
4. The Fitzgerald
5. Winnemucca
6. You Can't Go Back...
7. Lost Son
8. Post to Wire
9. The High Country
10. Miles From
11. Safety

 
Posted : 07/04/2016 10:28 pm
3legcat
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Thirteen Cities so good

I want out of this thread. - Jesse

 
Posted : 08/04/2016 12:04 pm
3legcat
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think my favorite is still The Fizgerald

I want out of this thread. - Jesse

 
Posted : 08/04/2016 12:06 pm
nacho
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I bought the deluxe vinyl version(despite not currently having a turntable) because it comes with a nine song bonus CD. Six new songs plus three demo's, nothing earth shattering but still worth having. I love this band so no surprise that I really like this album, but still would only put it somewhere in the middle of the pack of their discography. I would probably rank them something like this:

1. Thirteen Cities
2. We Used to Think...
3. Obliteration by Time
4. The Fitzgerald
5. Winnemucca
6. You Can't Go Back...
7. Lost Son
8. Post to Wire
9. The High Country
10. Miles From
11. Safety

At this moment:

1. Post to Wire
2. Thirteen Cities
3. You Can't Go Back...
4. We Used to Think...
5. Winnemucca
6. The Fitzgerald
7. Miles From
8. Lost Son
9. Obliteration by Time
10. The High Country
11. Safety

 
Posted : 08/04/2016 1:00 pm
Blaze
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I'm going to buy this ASAP, but probably the CD version. Does anyone think we can get a PM of support of the bonus tunes?

I used to be a very big fan, but somehow fell along the wayside and did not pick up 13 Cities and We Used to Think the Freeway, so these lists are exciting of what I have to look forward to.

I've always been a fan of neon signs, but I think it was Willy Vlautin that stoked my fire for the love of the hotel sign variety. I like to see that Joe Nacho is somewhere along this spectrum.

“What is it about a beautiful sunny afternoon, with the birds singing and the wind rustling through the leaves, that makes you want to get drunk?”

 
Posted : 08/04/2016 1:41 pm
nacho
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I've always been a fan of neon signs, but I think it was Willy Vlautin that stoked my fire for the love of the hotel sign variety. I like to see that Joe Nacho is somewhere along this spectrum.

It took awhile for Willy to hone his songwriting, and you can really tell the progression as they went along. I get the sense he writes like a novelist, and then tries to edit his words into songs. On the older albums, he wasn't as successful at this, with too many words being crammed into lines and whatnot. Some early flashes of songwriting brilliance (ex. "Calm" off of Miles From), but it really started to kick in around Winnemucca ("Winners Casino") and get better with each successive album.

I don't rate The High Country all that much cause it really seemed more like a novel set to music than an album full of story songs. I guess there's a distinction there for me and it didn't work. With the new one though, it really is like a "best of with new songs."

And as to your point about the signs, you and me are totally simpatico there. Mixed with the words and music, the imagery takes it to a whole other level. At any given time they could be my favorite band ever depending on my mood. Too bad you don't live out here, Blaze. There's something about driving up Highway 395 (or through the Mojave on I-15), listening to any of the post-Winnemucca albums. You ever make it out here, let me know. We could hit up some shitty towns, truck stops, and casinos.

^Might have been a tad too bromantic, but I'ma leave it in even though Beldo will be here any minute to mock us mercilessly.

 
Posted : 08/04/2016 1:59 pm
nacho
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Too bad you don't live out here, Blaze. There's something about driving up Highway 395 (or through the Mojave on I-15), listening to any of the post-Winnemucca albums. You ever make it out here, let me know. We could hit up some shitty towns, truck stops, and casinos.

On second thought, would probably just be a boatload of awkward silence in between "Hey look at that sign, you wanna pull over?" Let's just stay internet buddies, whatdoyousay? 😉

 
Posted : 08/04/2016 2:03 pm
Beldo
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You guys could start up with Richmond Fontaine street team, which, appropriately would just consist of taking pictures of roadside casinos and diners in the middle of the desert.

"I thought, ‘That looks like a nice tree, I’m going to climb that f*cking tree.’ Climbed it and sat there with my hood up for about 10 minutes." - Liam Gallagher

 
Posted : 08/04/2016 2:17 pm
KnobTwister
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I've only listened and not taken a look at any liner notes from this, but beyond the great songwriting, the production is fantastic. The music is rich and full, but still retains so much space. Just a perfect backdrop to Willy's honed songwriting.

 
Posted : 08/04/2016 3:47 pm
Blaze
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Too bad you don't live out here, Blaze. There's something about driving up Highway 395 (or through the Mojave on I-15), listening to any of the post-Winnemucca albums. You ever make it out here, let me know. We could hit up some shitty towns, truck stops, and casinos.

On second thought, would probably just be a boatload of awkward silence in between "Hey look at that sign, you wanna pull over?" Let's just stay internet buddies, whatdoyousay? 😉

Too late. Already booked a Greyhound.

“What is it about a beautiful sunny afternoon, with the birds singing and the wind rustling through the leaves, that makes you want to get drunk?”

 
Posted : 10/04/2016 4:20 pm
nacho
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Too bad you don't live out here, Blaze. There's something about driving up Highway 395 (or through the Mojave on I-15), listening to any of the post-Winnemucca albums. You ever make it out here, let me know. We could hit up some shitty towns, truck stops, and casinos.

On second thought, would probably just be a boatload of awkward silence in between "Hey look at that sign, you wanna pull over?" Let's just stay internet buddies, whatdoyousay? 😉

Too late. Already booked a Greyhound.

Don't miss that right turn in Cucamonga. I'm not picking you up in Beaumont. No way.

 
Posted : 11/04/2016 5:44 pm
Tabbedout
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Wow, this is good. Right up there with Winnemucca and Post To Wire. Stunning. Album of the Year.

i don't get why people moan about dark albums. This thing is a thing of beauty. Dark albums are great! If you want happy, listen to Bob Marley.

I wasn't moaning. I was just saying. It's fucking dark. And it's album of the year for me. Got to see Willy in Oslo last week. Talked to him again for 15 minutes. Such a sweet guy. The new novel is called "Don't Skip out on me" btw.

 
Posted : 15/04/2016 3:43 pm
Blaze
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I got caught up on "Thirteen Cities" and "Freeway" and have started this...will post my thoughts later, but I noticed that he is writing in a more structured way with regards to the songs. They are more song-like and less like the flash fiction type of stuff he had before. I noticed this on The Delines record as well.

“What is it about a beautiful sunny afternoon, with the birds singing and the wind rustling through the leaves, that makes you want to get drunk?”

 
Posted : 23/04/2016 3:36 pm
Blaze
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My rankings:

1. Winnemucca....this was my first exposure to RF and it still kinda holds a special place for me.
2. Lost Son.....this one still sticks out for me. I like that it was mixing the hardcore punk rock sounds with country at the time. It is a hard album to get through from a thematic standpoint.
3. Post to Wire
4. You Can't Go Back....this could end up number two for me.
5. Thirteen Cities
6. Safety.....this one is kinda underrated if you ask me.
7. Freeway....Still haven't spent enough time with this one.
8. Miles From
9. The Fitzgerald

"Obliteration by Time" is a combo of Miles From and Safety, so I haven't included it. I never bothered with "The High Country".

“What is it about a beautiful sunny afternoon, with the birds singing and the wind rustling through the leaves, that makes you want to get drunk?”

 
Posted : 24/04/2016 9:01 pm
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