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The Sneakers - Nonsequitur of Silence (2006)

15-10-2013, 11:36
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The Sneakers - Nonsequitur of Silence (2006)

Artist: The Sneakers
Title Of Album: Nonsequitur of Silence
Year Of Release: 2006
Label: Collectors' Choice Music / CCM733
Genre: Rock, Jangle Pop, Power Pop
Total Time: 56:03 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 136 mb / 417 mb

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
They called the Flatlanders more of a legend than a band, and the same holds true for the Sneakers, a power pop group from North Carolina that was known more than heard. That it was known is down to its co-leaders Chris Stamey and Mitch Easter, two figures that loomed large in the American underground in the ‘80s as the leaders of the dB’s and Let’s Active, respectively (Sneakers drummer Will Rigby also was a founding member of the dB’s; Easter also produced the early R.E.M. album in tandem with Don Dixon, who helmed the Sneakers EP). the Sneakers had an EP and an LP to their name, but they were local independent efforts at a time when independent albums truly did not leave their locality, so they were hard to find for many, many years -- a situation that was somewhat rectified by the 1992 release Racket, which was the first reissue of this material, but in somewhat bastardized form, as it was remixed and partially re-recorded in places. Fifteen years later -- nearly as a long a span of time from their EP to their first LP -- Stamey and Easter compiled the Nonsequitur of Silence CD for Collectors Choice, rounding up almost all of the EP, LP, and assorted cuts from Racket, plus three unreleased bonus tracks. To put it mildly, this is a big deal, the first real comp of one of the legendary forgotten bands, and Nonsequitur of Silence does more than satisfy the cult who long waited for this reissue: it will convert non-believers, too. This almost feels as long ago, if not more so, than the Beatles and British Invasion that fueled the Sneakers; the group’s homemade replicas of ringing ‘60s guitar pop hinted toward punk, new wave, jangle pop, and ultimately indie rock, but lacked all of the stylized self-absorption that followed as well. Like Big Star before them, the Sneakers were pop obsessives recording in a blissful vacuum, obsessed with the past but not living with it, so their recordings have a twitchy vitality that remains bracing and fresh years later. The music on Nonsequitur of Silence may belong to a cult, but it’s an important one, acting as the bridge between Big Star and R.E.M., pointing the way to such latter-day popsters as Guided by Voices and the Elephant 6 collective, too. Nevertheless, the best way to think of the Sneakers is not in terms of history, but rather, as a band that produced some brilliant power pop during their brief period together, pure pop that remains purely pleasurable all these years later and has never been better heard than it is here.


01. Ruby - The Sneakers, Stamey, Chris
02. Condition Red - The Sneakers, Stamey, Chris
03. Driving - The Sneakers, Stamey, Chris
04. Nonsequitur (Of Silence) - The Sneakers, Rigby, Will
05. (Love's Like A) Cuban Crisis - The Sneakers, Stamey, Chris
06. On the Brink - The Sneakers, Stamey, Chris
07. Story of the Girl - The Sneakers, Stamey, Chris
08. What I Dig - The Sneakers, Stamey, Chris
09. Stuck on You - The Sneakers, Easter, Mitch
10. No Wonder - The Sneakers, Easter, Mitch
11. Some Kinda Fool - The Sneakers, Stamey, Chris
12. Decline and Fall - The Sneakers, Easter, Mitch
13. The Perfect Stranger - The Sneakers, Stamey, Chris
14. Be My Ambulance - The Sneakers, Stamey, Chris
15. I Will Understand - The Sneakers, Easter, Mitch
16. S'il Vous Plaît - The Sneakers, Stamey, Chris
17. Quelle Folie - The Sneakers, Easter, Mitch
18. Mark Peril Theme - The Sneakers, Easter, Mitch
19. B&G Pies Commercial - The Sneakers, Easter, Mitch
20. Decline and Fall - The Sneakers, Easter, Mitch



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