1. Beretta
  2. City Life
  3. Hate Ilene
  4. Mary Ann
  5. Undercover
  6. Back in the Day
  7. Private Lines
  8. Rainy Day Revolution
  9. Colorado Shore

Manishevitz are a bunch of introverts trying their hardest to make extroverted music (and failing).

City Life is the third Manishevitz album, but it is truly the first product of the band Manishevitz. The first two albums, Grammar Bell and the All Fall Down (1999) and Rollover (2000), were largely composed by Adam Busch and Via Nuon. But after extensive touring in support of Rollover, a new larger band nucleus evolved to also now include cohorts Joe Adamik, Ryan Hembrey, Nate Lepine and Fred Lonberg-Holm.

Vocalist Adam Busch has foregone his oft-indiscernible mumbling-like singing for a more articulated and attitude-fueled vocal performance. His delivery resembles that of Bryan Ferry's 70's work, while the rest of Manishevitz play foil to his Ferry. Most immediately noticeable are Nuon's historical leads, Adamik's rock steady drumming, and Lepine's snotty sax riffs. City Life is about wonderment, estrangement, mania, exhaustion, solitude, and togetherness. Manishevitz bounces these themes back and forth as the songs thoughtfully bleed into each other (check out the wall of sound climax of Hate Ilene as it is hard spliced into the groove-y rock charge of Mary Ann). Sleazing, sweating, grunting and moaning through each tune, Manishevitz have created something that will endure.

Produced by Michael Krassner and engineered by Andy Bosnak, the album was tracked in Chicago at Clava and then mixed and over-dubbed in Los Angeles at Kingsize with long time friend of the band, Wil Hendricks.

(JAG050 released: 10/07/03)

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