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Love and Curses

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Break It
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Trash Talk
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Call Me
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The Bells
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If I Can't Come Back
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Something to Hold Onto
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Dangerous Game
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Broken Things
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Debris
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Stick Up for Me
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Love Won't Leave You a Song
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Polly Anne
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Is It True?
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Banker and a Liar
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 36:04

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Review 48

Lenny Kaye

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As musician, writer, and producer, Lenny Kaye is intimately involved with the creative impulse. He has been a guitarist for poet-rocker Patti Smith since her ba...more »

05.26.10
Reigning Sound, Love and Curses
Label: In The Red / Revolver

There can never be Too Much Guitar, but on the last Reigning Sound studio album (titled thusly in 2004), it did seem as if the balancing act that is Greg Cartwright's musical breadth was being mixed into mono. As a member of Memphis' well-traveled Oblivians (I remember a jaw dropping show in the late '90s at the Continental in New York), and later the Stones-ish alt-country of the early let-it-Reigning Sound, he has slithered… read more »

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Verdunguy

The voice is great. The band is excellent. If you don't listen closely, it's a five star pick. All they need for greatness is for someone to spend eight bucks and buy them a rhyming dictionary. They hit their rhymes with the subtle grace of a boozer with a rubber mallet. If you listen from afar while doing other things, it's an excellent album, but up close?

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This one's my favorite

Hollerachya

I love Reigning Sound, like their other albums, but this is the one I like best. I love just about every song on this album, but favorites are "Break It," "Call Me," "Love Won't Leave You A Song," and the gloriously angry "Banker and a Liar."

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Try this one - it'll surprise you

Eclectic

good garage rock!

eMusic Features

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This Is Your Life: Greg Cartwright

By Stephen M. Deusner, Contributor

[In 2013, Stephen M. Deusner met Reigning Sound frontman Greg Cartwright at a hotel in Memphis to talk about some of his most memorable songs. In honor of the release of the group's sixth album, Shattered, we present their conversation. — Ed.] When I walk into Greg Cartwright's hotel room, the first thing I see is a pile of 45s spread out over the bed. There must be hundreds there. Most are in old sleeves, some… more »

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Label Profile: Goner Records

By Austin L. Ray, Contributor

File under: Blistering punk, scrappy garage, other assorted oddities Flagship Acts: Jay Reatard, Ty Segall, Reigning Sound, Eddy Current Suppression Ring Based In: Memphis, Tennessee Memphis label Goner Records was born out of - and has been sustained by - happy accidents. The first occurred in 1993 at the second-annual Garage Shock festival in Bellingham, Wash. Japanese rockers Guitar Wolf showed up to the fest uninvited, accompanying fellow Japanese bands Jackie & the Cedrics and the 5.6.7.8's (the… more »

They Say All Music Guide

As good as Reigning Sound’s 2004 album Too Much Guitar was, the title was both an accurate self-review and a preview of what was inside; the deep soul influences that made the group’s first two albums so memorable were pushed to the side, and while the album rocked hard and strong, it seemed as if bandleader and songwriter Greg Cartwright was ignoring an integral part of his musical personality in favor of making his music better understood to the nuevo-garage crowd. After a three-year layoff and a rewarding detour backing up Shangri-Las’ vocalist Mary Weiss on her fine solo album Dangerous Game (with Cartwright producing and writing most of the material), Reigning Sound have returned to the studio with Love and Curses. The album finds the group getting most of their balance back, and while calling it a return to form suggests Too Much Guitar was more flawed than it really was, Love and Curses gives a clearer and more compelling picture of what Reigning Sound does best. “Call Me,” “Only Want You More,” and “Is It True” confirm that Cartwright and his partners’ rock & roll is as tough as ever and bassist David Wayne Gay and drummer Lance Wille are a powerful and elemental rhythm section, but here they also make more room for the soulful edges of Cartwright’s voice and Dave Amels’ keyboards. And when the band turns down the tempo and lets their R&B influences step forward, Cartwright reaffirms that he’s one of the most powerful and affecting blue-eyed soul men recording today, and the spirit and passion in “Trash Talk,” “Something to Hold Onto,” and “Love Won’t Leave You a Song” is thrilling stuff that hardly anyone on the indie scene today can touch. Reigning Sound also dip their toes into the social relevance thing with the working class anthem “Stick Up for Me” and “Banker and a Liar,” a curious but fascinating finale which matches a slightly Dylan-esque lyric about the wealthy and corrupt backed with an accordion and a mandolin. Love and Curses features 14 songs driven by soul, strength and fierce belief, and with a voice as strong as Greg Cartwright fronting a band this tight and effective, Reigning Sound are just about unbeatable; they’re one of America’s great bands and they’re firing on all cylinders with Love and Curses. – Mark Deming

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