Go Slow Down

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Go Slow Down
Studio album by BoDeans
Released 1993
Recorded 1992-1993
Genre Alternative
Label Slash
Producer T-Bone Burnett (exec.), BoDeans
BoDeans chronology
Black and White
(1991)
Go Slow Down
(1993)
Joe Dirt Car
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [2]

Go Slow Down is the BoDeans fifth studio album, and was released in 1993. It peaked at number 127 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Overview[edit]

After taking a more pop approach to Black and White, the band wished to return to a simpler sound and record an album that they were truly happy with. They began setting up a studio in a rented storefront and called upon T-Bone Burnett (producer of their debut album) to work with them once again, this time in an executive producer role. They originally tracked 30 songs live as a full band, but under the advice of their record label, all except for "Closer to Free" were re-recorded with Kurt Neumann playing most of the instruments himself. The resulting album was more acoustic and laid-back. In 1996, "Closer to Free" was selected as the theme song to the TV series Party of Five. It was subsequently re-released as a single and became the band's biggest hit.

Reception[edit]

Music critic William Ruhlmann, writing for AllMusic, wrote that the album "may have been the statement of a band that had been through a lot and reached a point of emotional exhaustion, but the BoDeans used their experience to craft their most deeply felt and satisfying music."[1] Likewise, Thom Jurek of Rolling Stone stated: "Go Slow Down reveals the BoDeans in firm control of their musical vision" and "is perhaps the finest album to date by a band that keeps on growing. With any justice, it should make the BoDeans more than critics' favorites."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Kurt Neumann and Sam Llanas

  1. "Closer to Free" - 3:08
  2. "Save a Little" - 4:03
  3. "In Trow / Texas Ride Song" - 5:18
  4. "Go Slow Down" - 3:37
  5. "Idaho" - 4:39
  6. "Freedom" - 4:34
  7. "The Other Side" - 3:02
  8. "Stay On" - 5:40
  9. "Feed the Fire" - 3:43
  10. "Cold Winter's Day" - 4:21
  11. "Something's Telling Me" - 5:57
  12. "So Fine" - 2:39

Personnel[edit]

  • Kurt Neumann - Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums, slide guitar, mandolin, 6-string bass, tambourine, hand claps, sandpaper
  • Sam Llanas - Vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, howling
  • Michael Ramos - Keyboards, piano, organ, accordion
  • Bob Griffin - Bass guitar, acoustic bass, fretless bass

Additional Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Go Slow Down - BoDeans". AllMusic. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Jurek, Thom (March 10, 1994). "BoDeans: Go Slow Down : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone: 65. Archived from the original on May 6, 2007. Retrieved November 15, 2012.