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Album: Worse for the Wear
# Song Title   Time
1)    Vignette
2)    Spoils of the Spoiled, The
3)    Hover Near Fame
4)    From California
5)    Hanging on for Hope
6)    Smoking Gun, The
7)    Are You True
8)    Asleep at the Wheel
9)    Poison in the Ink
10)    All Our Vice
11)    Worse for the Wear
12)    Slight Return
 

Album: Worse for the Wear
# Song Title   Time
1)    Vignette
2)    Spoils of the Spoiled, The
3)    Hover Near Fame
4)    From California
5)    Hanging on for Hope
6)    Smoking Gun, The
7)    Are You True
8)    Asleep at the Wheel
9)    Poison in the Ink
10)    All Our Vice
11)    Worse for the Wear
12)    Slight Return
 
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Performer Notes
  • The New Amsterdams: Matthew Pryor (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, Mellotron); Ed Rose (acoustic & electric guitars, drums); Kory Willis (lap steel guitar, banjo); Robert Pope (bass); Ryan Pope (drums, percussion).
  • Recorded at The Black Lodge, Eudora, Kansas between December 2002 & February 2003.
  • Personnel: Matthew Pryor (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap steel guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, pump organ, Mellotron); Ed Rose (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, percussion); Kory Willis (lap steel guitar, banjo); Robert Pope (bass guitar); Ryan Pope (drums, percussion).
  • Audio Mixer: Ed Rose .
  • Recording information: Black Lodge, Eudora, KS (12/2002-02/2003).
  • Photographer: Joseph Carenza.
  • The third album by Matthew Pryor's Get Up Kids' side project, the New Amsterdams, splits the difference between the full-band Never You Mind, and the entirely solo Para Toda Vida, returning the rhythm section of the former, while keeping the largely acoustic focus of the latter. With its touches of banjo, flashes of wry humor, and more sprightly tempos -- all attributes heard to good effect on the sardonic road diary "Asleep at the Wheel" -- Worse for the Wear is the most relaxed-sounding and brightest New Amsterdams record yet, and with songs as catchy as "The Spoils of the Spoiled," and the oddly '70s rock piano-based tune, "From California," the New Amsterdams are in danger of taking over from the Get Up Kids as Pryor's most interesting and memorable band. ~ Stewart Mason
Professional Reviews
Spin (11/03, p.117) - "...Matt Pryor goes for broke with an excellently Beatlesesque album..." - Grade: A-

Alternative Press (9/03, p.102) - 4 out of 5 - "...These songs sometimes drift toward stark territory, but the landscape of smartly melodic pop remains reassuringly familiar..."

CMJ (7/28/03, p.7) - "...Pryor expresses his bittersweer candor through overlapping vocals, melifluous piano cadences and a punchy bassline...[and] guides us on a trip through the wasteland of American nostalgia."
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