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Super Melodrama

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Danglin' Feet
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Gasoline Serpent
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Head Honcho
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Dark Eyes
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Whiskey Breath
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Sunrise On Ciero
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Cuba Libra
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The Jaws Of The World
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Life Is Short
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Curse Your Little Heart
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In The Tower
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 37:36

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Like your own personal theatre


There something just inherently appealing about each of Devotchka's albums however for me Super Melodrama speaks to a kind of playful theatrics going between tracks of chaotic gypsy instrumentals like Devotchka! to the more rockus tracks like Whisky Breath and The Jaws of the World, to the somber but almost jaunty ballads like Tragedy. This is for me an album that speaks to the drama queen in all of us but rather than trying to drag the rest of the world into the wallowing self-pity, it makes a show of it with trumpets and style.

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Unforgettable Live


I found Devotchka at the Hideout in Chicago maybe in 2001. They opened for Andrew Bird. They came through the front door playing their crazy instruments in a parade and then jammed out on stage for a good hour. I was in awe and bought their CD right there from their manager. Super Melodrama is a great album, with a perfect title. It is like a time capsule for me.

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Seriously dont know which album is my favorite, they are all amazing. At times I feel as if I should be apart of some huge celebration, at other times I feel as if I should be dancing in the most classical way. I have trouble tearing myself away from these albums. I should be asleep now, but I can't stop listening, it's that good.

They Say All Music Guide

Produced by 16 Horsepower’s Bob Ferbache, DeVotchKa’s debut, Supermelodrama, shows a band filled with vigor and paranoia, but with a much distilled and prominent vision. At their most dark and forceful, DeVotchKa sit somewhere between the nervous Radiohead and the most melodic of Talking Heads, due to vocalist Nick Urata’s vocal likeness to Thom Yorke and David Byrne, but the band is much more than these influences. To mix it up, DeVotchKa mix regular references to European folk, hints of sunny pop melodies, and angular post-punk ruminations via a mesh of clarinet, accordion, sousaphone, trumpet, percussion, and violin falling over the staggering peaks of the traditional rock & roll bed of guitar, bass, and drums. “Danglin’ Feet” leads the album off with the opening bars joyously capturing a vibe similar to the irresistible charm of Joe Meek’s classic “Telstar,” but the likeness ends when Urata’s fevered vocals take over and terrorize the listener through the plans of a suicide. It is followed by the furious and engaging theme song for the band, an intoxicating, Slavic gypsy-sounding melody reaching similar territory in cadence and vitality as the amazing Taraf de Haïdouks often do, and this is what the band is all about. In the first five minutes of Supermelodrama, DeVotchKa travel around the globe without knowledge of or care for the boundaries that have separated popular cultures for centuries, and furthermore do it without sounding choppy or forced. This is the same approach George Harrison took when molding the sitar into John Lennon’s “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” and fills a very interesting distinction of rock which, surprisingly, has been visited by very few since. At the roots of the clever arrangements, it is nice to find DeVotchKa’s songwriting is just as realized and appealing as their sound, and moreover is surprisingly accessible which makes the fact that Supermelodrama is the group’s debut all the more impressive. – Gregory McIntosh

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