The Golden Age (Bobby Conn album)


The Golden Age (Bobby Conn album)

Infobox Album
Name = The Golden Age
Type = studio
Artist = Bobby Conn


Released = October 23rd, 2001
Recorded =
Genre = Pop rock
Progressive rock
Length =
Label(s) = Thrill Jockey
Producer = Jim O'Rourke
Reviews =
*"NME" rating-10|8 [http://www.nme.com/reviews/bobby-conn/5771 link]
Last album = "Llovessonngs"
(1999)
This album = "The Golden Age"
(2001)
Next album = "The Homeland"
(1999)

"The Golden Age" is a 2001 album by Chicago-based rocker Bobby Conn, released by the Thrill Jockey label.

Conn said that the album "is really about this depressing realization that I managed to extend the teenage years into my mid-30s—that’s happened to a lot of people. American society is structured to deal with superficial identity questions to keep people from making trouble. If your main issue is how you dress and can you wear nose piercings to work, then you’re probably not going to protest war." [ cite web | last= Halpern | first= Ashlea | url= http://www.magnetmagazine.com/interviews/conn.html | title= MAGNET Interview: Bobby Conn | publisher= Magnet Magazine ]

Track listing

#"A Taste of Luxury"
#"Angels"
#"You've Come a Long Way"
#"The Best Years of Our Lives"
#"Winners"
#"The Golden Age"
#"No Revolution"
#"Pumper"
#"Whores"

Critical response

"The Golden Age" has received the best all-round critical response of any of Bobby Conn's albums to date. "Uncut" magazine called it "almost magical", while "Mojo" admitted that "Self-consciously strange it may be, but [this album] proves Conn is much more than a novelty act." "Q Magazine" said that "the music is dazzling, daft and dark as the man himself", while "Alternative Press" suggested that "the genius of this record is its combination of theatricality and thrift. Conn easily finds art in what more self-consciously hip bands work hard to discard and denigrate". [ cite web | url= http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=1200775&BAB=E | title= Bobby Conn Golden Age CD | publisher= CD Universe] "In Music We Trust" praised Conn as "a talented songwriter able to craft, mold, and re-invent, Bobby Conn touches a style and turns it into gold." [ cite web | url= http://www.inmusicwetrust.com/articles/42r08.html | title= Bobby Conn: "The Golden Age" review | publisher= In Music We Trust]

Personnel

*Bobby Conn – vocals, guitar
*Monica Bou Bou – violin, keyboards, vocals, recorder
*Glenn Kotchedrums on tracks 1, 4, 5 & 9
*Colby Stark – drums on tracks 2, 3 & 7
*Pat Samson – drums on track 8
*Josh Abrams – bass
*Jonathon Joe – bass, guitar
*Jeb Bishoptrombone
*Thymme Jonestrumpet
*Ernst Karel – trumpet
*Fred Lonberg-Holmcello
*Nick Sula – piano

References


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