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Advance Base / Wall of Tears & Other Songs I Didn't Write
Album:Wall of Tears & Other Songs I Didn't Write Collection:General
Artist:Advance Base Added:02/2022

Album Review
DJ Away
Reviewed 2022-03-17 
Master songwriter Owen Ashworth (formerly Casiotone for the Painfully Alone) calls this covers album "an album-length karaoke performance," done with his characteristcally spare and poignant arrangements for keyboard and drum machine. (Fun fact: Ashworth regularly listened to KZSU when he was a teenager in Redwood City.) Here he interprets several country-folk songs, including three by John Prine, as well as a few tunes by artists on the label Orindal Records, which he runs. Charming, earnest, smart, cozy. Favorites: 3, 4, 5, 6. No FCCs detected.

1. (3:27)—Written by Richard Leigh and Peter McCann. Medium-slow, with thick low-end.
2. (4:05)—Written by Lucinda Williams. Medium-slow. Slow dance to close out the disco.
3. *(4:26)—Written by Nanci Griffith. Mid-tempo. Endearing story song about a couple's ups and downs, lovely pedal steel solo.
4. *(2:49)—Written by Karla Matana Hartzman of the band Wednesday. Slow, with synth wobbles. Music for a slo-mo walk.
5. *(4:35)—Written by Iris Dement, with superb lyrics about a languishing life. Very slow, devastating, the standout. So well done that Iris Dement bought it on Bandcamp herself.
6. *(2:16)—Written by John Prine. Spare, just slow and peaceful keyboard chords for accompaniment. "Probably wouldn't believe you if you told me / what I never knew and never will forget."
7. (3:36)—Written by John Prine. Slow, with gentle keyboard.
8. (3:49)—Written by John Prine. Slow, watery beat and organ. "If heartaches were commercials, we'd all be on TV."
9. (3:35)—Written by Dan Wriggins of the band Friendship. Medium-slow, somewhere between grand and weary.
10. (3:44)—Written by Gia Margaret. Another end-of-the-night slow dance.

Track Listing
1.Wall of Tears 
6.One Red Rose
2.Sweet Old World 
7.Unwed Fathers
3.Love at the Five & Dime 
8.Come Back To Us Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard
4.How Can You Live If You Can't Love How Can You If You Do 
9.Mr. Chill
5.Easy's Gettin' Harder Every Day 
10.Solid Heart