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Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter|Oh, My Girl

Oh, My Girl

Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter

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Oh, My Girl, the second album by singer/songwriter Jesse Sykes and her band the Sweet Hereafter -- led by Phil Wandscher -- picks up where her debut, Reckless Burning, left off. Songs are played at cough-syrup tempo, production is sparse, instrumentation equally so, offering just enough of a frame for the melody and lyrics to hang themselves on, and everything, absolutely everything, is underplayed. There is plenty of dynamic tension, but little to no dynamic range. Yes, this is a good thing. Sykes' ghostly voice, which hovers about her words more than inhabits them, has enough old-world folkiness, raw -- if intentionally muted -- willingness, and lonesome country pain in it to carry off these tunes with authority. Produced, mixed and engineered by multi-instrumentalist Tucker Martine, Oh, My Girl is full of slow, dipping passion, moody expressionism and poetic smarts to make it stand out in a sensual, narcotic way from the rest of the gothic alterna-twang pack. And one more thing: Sykes has more emotion in the grain of her halting, cracking voice than a whole army of Margo Timmins'es -- so let the comparisons stop now, please.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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Oh, My Girl Explicit
00:04:38

Tucker Martine, Producer - Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, MainArtist - Sykes (BMI), Composer - Spooky American Music, BMI (Adm. By BMG), MusicPublisher

(C) 2004 Station Grey Records (P) 2003 Station Grey Records

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You Are Not Gotten Here
00:04:17

Tucker Martine, Producer - Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, MainArtist - Sykes (BMI), Composer - Spooky American Music, BMI (Adm. By BMG), MusicPublisher

(C) 2004 Station Grey Records (P) 2003 Station Grey Records

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Troubled Soul
00:05:09

Tucker Martine, Producer - Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, MainArtist - Sykes (BMI), Composer - Spooky American Music, BMI (Adm. By BMG), MusicPublisher

(C) 2004 Station Grey Records (P) 2003 Station Grey Records

4
The Dreaming Dead
00:06:03

Tucker Martine, Producer - Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, MainArtist - Sykes (BMI), Composer - Spooky American Music, BMI (Adm. By BMG), MusicPublisher

(C) 2004 Station Grey Records (P) 2003 Station Grey Records

5
Your Eyes Told
00:05:31

Tucker Martine, Producer - Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, MainArtist - Sykes (BMI), Composer - Wandscher (BMI), Composer - Spooky American Music, BMI (Adm. By BMG), MusicPublisher - Maggot Brain Music, BMI (Adm. By BMG), MusicPublisher

(C) 2004 Station Grey Records (P) 2003 Station Grey Records

6
Tell the Boys
00:03:52

Tucker Martine, Producer - Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, MainArtist - Sykes (BMI), Composer - Wandscher (BMI), Composer - Spooky American Music, BMI (Adm. By BMG), MusicPublisher - Maggot Brain Music, BMI (Adm. By BMG), MusicPublisher

(C) 2004 Station Grey Records (P) 2003 Station Grey Records

7
Birds over Water
00:06:36

Tucker Martine, Producer - Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, MainArtist - Sykes (BMI), Composer - Spooky American Music, BMI (Adm. By BMG), MusicPublisher

(C) 2004 Station Grey Records (P) 2003 Station Grey Records

8
Winter Hunter
00:05:27

Tucker Martine, Producer - Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, MainArtist - Sykes (BMI), Composer - Spooky American Music, BMI (Adm. By BMG), MusicPublisher

(C) 2004 Station Grey Records (P) 2003 Station Grey Records

9
House by the Lake
00:05:31

Tucker Martine, Producer - Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, MainArtist - Sykes (BMI), Composer - Wandscher (BMI), Composer - Spooky American Music, BMI (Adm. By BMG), MusicPublisher - Maggot Brain Music, BMI (Adm. By BMG), MusicPublisher

(C) 2004 Station Grey Records (P) 2003 Station Grey Records

10
Grow a New Heart
00:05:34

Tucker Martine, Producer - Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, MainArtist - Sykes (BMI), Composer - Wandscher (BMI), Composer - Spooky American Music, BMI (Adm. By BMG), MusicPublisher - Maggot Brain Music, BMI (Adm. By BMG), MusicPublisher

(C) 2004 Station Grey Records (P) 2003 Station Grey Records

Album Description

Oh, My Girl, the second album by singer/songwriter Jesse Sykes and her band the Sweet Hereafter -- led by Phil Wandscher -- picks up where her debut, Reckless Burning, left off. Songs are played at cough-syrup tempo, production is sparse, instrumentation equally so, offering just enough of a frame for the melody and lyrics to hang themselves on, and everything, absolutely everything, is underplayed. There is plenty of dynamic tension, but little to no dynamic range. Yes, this is a good thing. Sykes' ghostly voice, which hovers about her words more than inhabits them, has enough old-world folkiness, raw -- if intentionally muted -- willingness, and lonesome country pain in it to carry off these tunes with authority. Produced, mixed and engineered by multi-instrumentalist Tucker Martine, Oh, My Girl is full of slow, dipping passion, moody expressionism and poetic smarts to make it stand out in a sensual, narcotic way from the rest of the gothic alterna-twang pack. And one more thing: Sykes has more emotion in the grain of her halting, cracking voice than a whole army of Margo Timmins'es -- so let the comparisons stop now, please.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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