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7th Nov 2013 Posted in: Blog, Stuff People Have Published About Me Comments Off on YES. The first Dutch review for MEN.

I love Google translate. But even with a computerized translation, I can tell this is a very sweet review. Thank you, .

From Real Roots Cafe:

Rain Perry , MenVanaf the albums Cinderblock Bookshelves and Internal Combustion I’m a fan of Rain Perry , singer- songwriter from California. Not that I instantly fell for her folk songs , because it requires patience before the glare of the melodies and lush instrumentation radiate at times . For her fourth album One is that in particular , because they use a number of songs of rhythmic elements and funky bass / guitar riffs from the disco and new wave era and also here and there adds some electronics . Normally quite allergic to something, I find it very nicely done by her . Why ? No idea . A mystery that music is hot.

There is much beauty to be found on this ten track album ( two covers of Robert Earl Keen , Chuck Prophet ) that , in his own words , an ode to men who inspired her and stood by . Her beautiful lyrics deal with many matters of the heart , and his strong personal appeal to the imagination . Alternately inserted into a folk/gitaarrock- and singer- songwriter grid and a melancholic undertone as a connecting factor , thanks to its delightful folk voice. Soft, hard , talking or singing whisper , she always sounds powerful, charming and convincing.

About the same crew was present as the recordings of Internal Combustion . Central man here is Mark Halmann , the instrumental rounder (drums , bass , guitars , accordion , clarinet , banjo , keyboards) and great arranger and producer . Reabsorbed in Austin , TX during the sessions where Perry was joined by a number of local musicians, including Matt The Electrician ( for a beautiful duet ) , Scrappy Jud Newcomb and Sara Hickman . ( Independent)

30th Sep 2013 Posted in: Stuff People Have Published About Me Comments Off on MEN – Lee Zimmerman’s review in No Depression

Rain Perry’s honed her talents well over the past few years, releasing four exemplary albums while still managing to maintain a presence that sadly lingers well below the radar. Her latest, auspiciously entitled Men, affirms those talents, and the presence of producer Mark Hallman further assures the fact that recognition will finally be accorded any day now. Or at least it ought to be. From the first effusive notes of “Get in the Car,” Perry procures a buoyant pop style that blends well with her sturdily crafted singer/songwriter stance. She exudes the requisite sensitivity required by songs like “Done,” but she never falls into the mopey melancholia exuded by her less able contemporaries. Mallman’s production helps keep things on an upward spiral, and even her most despondent moments retain an aura of resolve and resilience. “Umami” is an ideal example; whereas the basic tone boasts a stealth-like stance, the feisty pulse prevents the proceedings from falling into a lethargic haze. Likewise, contributions from such stellar players as Matt the Electrician, Sara Hickman, Scrappy Jud Newcomb and others help maintain the studio sheen, even though it’s also clear that it’s Perry’s purposeful approach that instills the inspiration. “You are a wreck today, shaky and sad,” Matt sings on the soothing duet, “One of Those Days,” but given the evidence presented herein, the truth is you’d never know that at all.

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30th Sep 2013 Posted in: Stuff People Have Published About Me Comments Off on Rain Perry Talks About MEN – No Depression

Rain Perry follows up  Internal Combustion (2010)  with the equally impressive  Men (Precipitous Records-July 30 2013). She kickstarts (pun intended-see the interview) the disc with “Get In The Car”,  a rocking song about rejuvenating a relationship, seduction and maybe almost abduction on a road trip to “where they burned the Grievous Angel”.  A talented genre-jumping singer-songwriter-folkster Rain somehow weaves the five tastes: sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness, and umami into a sizzling song, “Umami”, into metaphor about falling in love. But Men isn’t really so much a disc about falling in love or out of love but more staying in love and working to make it work.  “And the old couple on the front porch, Who’s starting to look the same”  in “Happily Ever After”, if you believe Rain, will be you and yours, will be me and mine.  The dark side/bad love rears its head on the soul-flavored “Photonegative of Love” complete with  strings and funky guitar.  Rain also demonstrates her ear for great songs written by others with covers of tunes from Chuck Prophet and Robert Earl Keen. Produced (and a whole lot more) by  Mark Hallman (Carole King, Eliza Gilkyson, Ani Difranco).  Men is an intelligent  infectious rewarding disc that proves Rain belongs in the company of  Tift Merritt, Vanessa Peters and Aimee Mann.  But you don’t have to believe me. Tom Russell  has covered a Rain song. Enough said. (more…)

30th Sep 2013 Posted in: Stuff People Have Published About Me Comments Off on Americana UK
  • Can’t live with them, can’t live without them

Rain Perry’s not a name that gets mentioned very often when discussing female singer/songwriters, but a quick search throws up an interesting and lauded career with her songs covered by the likes of Tom Russell and a host of favourable reviews of her previous albums. Living in the bohemian atmosphere of Ojai, California she’s a child of the sixties who recalls sitting in the wings while the Jerry Garcia Band  played, wishing she was up there on stage playing along with them. Despite living with rheumatoid arthritis which these days limits her guitar playing, she’s managed to release several albums and wrote the theme song for an American TV show Life Unexpected.  ‘Men’ is a Kickstarter funded venture that features her sultry vocals on a fine collection of songs and is very much a collaborative effort with producer Mark Hallman who plays most of the instruments.

Most of the songs are variations on the theme of relationships as Perry sings of strained partnerships, cheating men, and growing old together. The men she sings about are all flawed although some have or had redemptive qualities. The quarreling pair driving to Joshua Tree in Get In The Car may be beyond repair while the ‘Photonegative of Love’ portrays an empty emotionless affair but ‘Happily Ever After’ has an air of optimism as love lingers on. While several of the songs recall the earlier efforts of Suzanne Vega, Perry ranges from the zippy pop rock of ‘Get In The Car’ to the pessimistic folk tinged ‘One Of These Days’ which resembles Richard Thompson’s kitchen sink dramas. The album reaches its zenith with ‘Atlas’, a lengthy spoken word piece where Perry takes in the broken Titan who held the world on his shoulders hitting skid row once his burden is removed. She describes his redemption as he paints his way out of his confusion until finally he achieves a catharsis and becomes just another working man at the breakfast table preparing for the day ahead. It’s a parable of sorts and Perry delivers it with panache.

Rounding out the album Perry covers two songs that fit into the general concept of relationships and their perils. Robert Earle Keen’s ‘Then Came Lo Mein’ captures a couple in trouble with a flashpoint that could make or break them, but ultimately cements their bond. A country lament delivered by Perry in a country style it’s a powerful rendition. She closes with Chuck Prophet’s ‘Let’s Do Something Wrong’ where routine is stultifying and some excitement is required to reignite the fires of affection. With some rousing guitar squalls from Hallman and a great chorus which features assistance from Julie Christensen it ends the album in fine style.

30th Sep 2013 Posted in: Stuff People Have Published About Me Comments Off on Alternate Root

Angular guitar notes and razor sharp chords start “Get in the Car”, the lead track from Men, the latest Rain Perry album. The song picks up speed as it takes the quickest highway route out to the glory of the desert; feeling the heat and the burn from breathing in the hot air. Rain Perry songs are, at times, poetic (“Atlas”), folk country (“One of Those Days”), orchestral (“Photonegative of Love”) and always seem personal (“Done”). Her words are dipped in heart ink, keeping the stories familiar. Rain is our inner voice, parcelling out the issues in our lives with one line phrases that move the clouds of doubt away so that action can thrive.

Men delivers a ten-song storybook of what has worked well in the life of the author. Rain’s voice coaxes and pulls along as she teases with a countdown and searches for satisfaction in “Umami”, and she traces a line between now and the future in “Happily Ever After”, letting the good feeling from a hug stretch to sitting on a front porch in old age. Rain Perry uses Folk Rock to create her song foundations. Her website features her music, and expands on her art with stage work, reviews of her book, Cinderblock Bookshelves: A Guide for Children of Fame-Obsessed Bohemian Nomads, and her views on life outside of the song. Rain’s tune, “Beautiful Tree”, is the theme for the CW Series Life Unexpected.
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