A Question Of Temperature

Album Review of A Question Of Temperature by The Chris Stamey Experience.

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A Question Of Temperature

The Chris Stamey Experience

A Question Of Temperature by The Chris Stamey Experience

Release Date: Jan 25, 2005
Record label: Yep Roc
Genre(s): Indie, Rock

70 Music Critic Score
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A Question Of Temperature - Fairly Good, Based on 1 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

After devoting most of his time to his career as a producer through much of the 1990s, Chris Stamey seems to be recording his own work in what could be charitably called fits and starts; in the summer of 2004 he released his first album in nearly ten years, Travels in the South, but eight months later the man returned to record racks with A Question of Temperature, credited to "the Chris Stamey Experience. " While the two albums may have followed one another closely, they represent different sides of his musical personality; while Travels in the South was a mature and ambitious exercise in adult pop, A Question of Temperature was cut fast and loose with Stamey's pals Yo La Tengo serving as his backing band (with keyboardist Tyson Rogers on hand as a ringer), and most of the songs are either covers or remakes of Stamey's older material. With the 2004 presidential elections lurking on the horizon, A Question of Temperature frequently reflects Stamey and his friends' malaise about the state of American politics, as reflected in his passionate performances of Cream's "Politician," the Yardbirds' "Shapes of Things," and "(Let's Make It Real) Compared to What," by Eddie Harris and Les McCann (not to mention the loopy "public service announcement" "V.

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