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The Ruminant Band

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Primitive Man
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The Ruminant Band
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Tegucigalpa
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Beautiful Morning Light
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The Hobo Girl
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Being On Our Own
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My Unusual Friend
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Singing Joy To The World
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The Blessed Breeze
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 39:41

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Amanda Petrusich

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Amanda Petrusich is the author of the forthcoming DO NOT SELL AT ANY PRICE (Scribner), a book about collectors of rare 78 rpm records (if you’ve got a basement...more »

03.15.10
Fruit Bats, The Ruminant Band
Label: Sub Pop Records

Fruit Bats is the alias of Eric Johnson, a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist who also logs time playing keyboards in the Shins, guitar for Vetiver and occasionally collaborates with Califone. The Ruminant Band, Johnson's fourth LP as Fruit Bats, recalls the dreamiest singer-songwriter albums of the late '70s: It's a soothing, impeccably crafted collection of AM Gold, infused with the tiniest hint of psychedelia.

Johnson's high, yawning voice is preternaturally suited to these… read more »

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Finally

OldSchool2000

Another FB CD - I absolutely loved their last effort - this one has more bounce and brightness, which is nice. The time with The Shins shows in E. Johnson's writing.

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Commanding Attention

ParadiseMissouri

Heard the Fruit Bats for the first time at the Loufest. They command attention.

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One of the Albums of 2009

GPOS

My God, this is a fantastic album. It seemed to drop without a trace in the UK, but deserved as much attention as anything by The Shins or Vetiver (Johnson's 'other bands'). Choogles like CCR, reminding me of The Mother Hips. Download without delay!

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Eric Johnson has poked and prodded at the Fruit Bats for years, reinventing the band’s lineup with every album and continually stretching the boundaries between pop, Americana, and sun-soaked folk. Released after a four-year hiatus, during which time Johnson worked as a sideman for Vetiver and the Shins, The Ruminant Band features yet another cast of characters, few of whom have worked with the Fruit Bats before. Nonetheless, this is a thoroughly collaborative release, featuring production from the band’s own drummer and contributions from the whole five-piece family. Johnson remains in the director’s chair, but he looks to his bandmates to add depth to the material, from the title track’s ’70s-styled strut to the saloon-bound twang of “The Hobo Girl.” “I’ll always keep you warm, I’ll always keep you nice, I’ll never snow on your parade,” he promises during “Tegucigalpa,” and most of the album follows that pledge, eschewing any sort of inclement weather in favor of sunny country-rock and summery ambiance. Johnson’s lyrics do explore darker territory, including the “aching dehydrated dawn” that arises during “My Unusual Friend” and the loveless trip to a Three Dog Night concert that’s detailed in “Singing Joy to the World.” The Ruminant Band is generally a happy affair, though, and cameo appearances by Califone’s Tim Rutili and Jim Becker help chart the Fruit Bats’ migration from bedroom side project to full-fledged band. – Andrew Leahey

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