Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home

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Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home
Studio album by Angels of Light
Released March 4, 2003
Genre Experimental rock, post-rock, progressive folk
Length 53:11
Label Young God
Producer Michael Gira
Angels of Light chronology
We Were Alive!
(2002)
Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home
(2003)
Sing "Other People"
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork (8.6/10)[2]
Stylus B[3]

Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home is the third studio album by Angels of Light. It was released on March 4, 2003, via band leader Michael Gira's own record label, Young God Records.

Produced by Gira himself and engineered by Martin Bisi, the album features extensive contributions from various musicians, including freak folk musician Devendra Banhart, Hungarian violinist Eszter Balint, drummer Thor Harris and composer Joe McGinty.[4] Proceeds from the band's 2002 live album, We Were Alive!, were used to fund the production and recording of the album.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon its release, Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home generally received positive reviews from the music critics. Ned Raggett of Allmusic wrote: Michael Gira maintains the winning streak but explores a newer, more controlled delicacy on Everything is Good Here. He also further added that the album "finds his extremes of harrowing, wrenching music and performance, and a calmer, almost mystical approach, more integrated than ever before."[1] Dominique Leone of Pitchfork praised the album, awarding it as "best new music." He stated: "The music that resonates with as much emotional weight and vital abandon is rare, and though I'm less inclined to look for answers in the mix than revel in its chaos, Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home is a commendable, heady experience."[2] Andrew Unterberger of Stylus Magazine also commented: "One of the greatest strengths of Everything is Good Here/Please Come Home is its ability to sound majestic without sounding epic – without all the cheesiness and pomposity that epic implies."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Palisades" – 4:27
  2. "All Souls' Rising" – 6:16
  3. "Kosinski" – 3:52
  4. "Nations" – 6:47
  5. "The Family God" – 4:39
  6. "Because She Was" – 0:40
  7. "Rose of Los Angeles" – 3:36
  8. "What You Were" – 5:10
  9. "Sunset Park" – 5:49
  10. "Wedding" – 5:45
  11. "What Will Come" – 6:10

Personnel[edit]

Angels of Light
  • Michael Gira – vocals, composition, design, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, piano, production
Additional musicians
  • Eszter Balint – violin
  • Devendra Banhart – vocals
  • David Coulter – violin, banjo, children's choir arrangement
  • Siobhan Duffy – vocals
  • David Garland – accordion, flute
  • Christopher Hahn – lap steel guitar, electric guitar
  • Thor Harris – percussion, vibraphone, piano
  • Joe McGinty – Fender Rhodes, piano, harmonium
  • Larry Moses – trumpet
  • Steve Moses – trombone
  • Larry Mullins – drums, percussion, vibraphone, Farfisa organ, synthesizer, vocals
  • Kevin O'Connor – banjo
Other personnel
  • Martin Bisi – engineering
  • Doug Henderson – mastering
  • Ben Kirkendoll – layout design
  • Jason LaFarge – engineering, recording

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Angels of Light - Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home". Allmusic. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Leone, Dominique (January 20, 2003). "The Angels of Light - Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Unterberger, Andrew (September 1, 2003). "Angels of Light - Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home". Stylus. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ ""Everything Is Good Here/Please Come Home" on Young God Records". Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The encyclopedia of popular music. MUZE. p. 196. ISBN 0195313739. 

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