11 April 2020

PERNICE BROTHERS Overcome By Happiness 1998


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Formed after the 1997 breakup of singer/songwriter Joe Pernice's alt-country group the Scud Mountain Boys, the Pernice Brothers did an about-face from the spare but well-crafted '70s country sound of their final album, Massachusetts, and came up with the lush, orchestrated pop of 1998's Overcome by Happiness. There were almost no traces of country left in Pernice's sound; instead, influences like Brian Wilson, the Left Banke, and Todd Rundgren seemed to be his main inspiration. The Pernice Brothers dug deeper into their journey into pop on their second LP, 2001's excellent The World Won't End, and to the end of the decade, they released a series of consistently strong albums, with 2006's Live a Little and 2010's Goodbye, Killer finding the group sounding less mannered and more straightforward. After nearly a decade spent pursuing other projects, the Pernice Brothers made an impressive return with 2019's Spread the Feeling.


1 Crestfallen 3:53
2 Overcome By Happiness 3:40
3 Sick Of You 1:23
4 Clear Spot 2:21
5 Dimmest Star 3:48
6 Monkey Suit 3:01
7 Chicken Wire 4:05
8 Wait To Stop 3:29
9 All I Know 2:51
10 Shoes And Clothes 2:47
11 Wherein Obscurely 3:02
12 Ferris Wheel 4:40

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