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Elvis Perkins: Ash Wednesday

Jeff Weiss, Stylus, 22 February 2007

ELVIS PERKINS'S OUTSTANDING DEBUT RECORD, Ash Wednesday, is sad. Eleven meditations on the fleeting nature of existence filled with china-delicate melodies, sparkling acoustic chords, and surrealist imagistic verse. Song titles include 'Emile's Vietnam in the Sky', 'Night and Liquor', and 'It's a Sad World After All'. On first examination, it'd be easy for naysayers to dismiss Perkins as another whiny white guy in the vein of Bright Eyes, bitching about how much life sucks despite running trains on half the B-list actresses in Hollywood.

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