Marah / If You Didn't Laugh You'd Cry
Album: If You Didn't Laugh You'd Cry   Collection:General
Artist:Marah   Added:Jan 2006
Label:Yep Roc Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-02-19 Pull Date: 2006-04-23
Week Ending: Apr 23 Apr 9 Apr 2 Mar 19 Mar 12 Mar 5 Feb 26
Airplays: 1 1 1 3 2 2 5

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 19, 2006: the evil twins
The Closer
4. Mar 17, 2006: dogs and ponies
City Of Dreams
2. Apr 07, 2006: Distraction-Limited
City Of Dreams
5. Mar 17, 2006: The Ground State
City Of Dreams
3. Mar 31, 2006: Distraction-Limited
Sooner Or Later
6. Mar 14, 2006: The Sad Men's Club (Hipster vs. Hip-Hop)
The Hustle

Album Review
Wicked Child
Reviewed 2006-02-12
"Folk-punk". Blue collar rock, that touches on standard rock, alt-country punk, and rockabilly. Lots of engaging guitar riffs, and a good mix of slow ballads and uptempo rock. Singing duties are split between the brothers who make up the core of the band, with lots of endearing harmonies. These songs are all pretty catchy and pleasant. -- Apparently Marah puts on a great live show that they have never even come close to capturing that energy on a disc, so they recorded this live-in-studio in an apartment in Brooklyn with just one or two takes. It worked pretty well. FCC Clean. Picks: 3, 5, 1, 8. Label Picks: 1, 6, 9.

-Wicked Child

*1. Twangy opening, then straight rockabilly (Brian Setzer/Stray Cats), spoken phone-call section @ 1:45
2. Up-tempo rollicking rock, some harmonies and ba-ba-bas. Lots of guitars.
**3. Dainty fingerpicking throughout, nice vocal harmonies.
4. Rockabilly. Uptempo, handclaps. Harmonica breakdown @ end.
**5. Mid-tempo. Awesome slide guitar intro. Love the tap-taps. Fake-out ending with 1min left. Switches to mournful organ (wtf?).
6. Fingerpicked guitar, mid-tempo ballad. Cute & plaintive.
7. Electric Guitars, John Mayer vocals meets Wilco.
*8. Acoustic country-punk.
9. Tom-toms open. Up-tempo rock. Sounds like they're having fun recording it.
10. Very Dylan-esque harmonica intro & throughout. Acoustic & folky. Slow.
11. Slow, twangy electric folk. Summerteeth-era Wilco meets Calexico. Horns at end.
12. Opens with the instrumental from track 5. Silence 00:16-00:32. Then a pretty good uptempo number about love & smiling, with great guitars.

Track Listing
1. The Closer   7. Demon Of White Sadness
2. The Hustle   8. The Dishwasher's Dreams
3. City Of Dreams   9. Poor People
4. Fat Boy   10. Walt Whitman Bridge
5. Sooner Or Later   11. The Apartment
6. Out Of Tune   12. The Sooner Or Later Interlude