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No Such Place [Import]

Jim White Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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1. Handcuffed To A Fence In Mississippi
2. The Wound That Never Heals
3. Corvair
4. The Wrong Kind Of Love
5. 10 Miles To Go On A 9 Mile Road
6. Christmas Day
7. Bound To Forget
8. God Was Drunk When He Made Me
9. King Of The Road
10. Ghost-Town Of My Brain
11. Hey! You Going My Way???
12. The Love That Never Fails
13. Corvair (Reprise)

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Former male model and pro surfer (?!) Jim White well knows that the best country music starts with a decent title. So his second album, No Such Place, shamelessly includes "Handcuffed To A Fence In Mississippi", the maudlin "Ghost-town Of My Brain" and the admittedly jokey "God Was Drunk When He Made Me". Better still, White happily demonstrates that modern country doesn't have to mean business graduates in Stetsons or professional slackers who play too slow to join a nu-metal outfit. With producers as disparate as Morcheeba--notably on the irresistible "10 Miles To Go On A 9 Mile Road"--and Sohichiro Suzuki (ex-Yellow Magic Orchestra), this unsettling collection evokes the likes of Beck, Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous and Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven's David Lowery. As befits an artist signed to David Byrne's label, it sometimes threatens smart-arsery, and the unrecognisable cover of "King Of The Road" is strictly disposable. Yet songs like "Corvair" and "Christmas Day" sound both timeless and current, a rare skill. --Steve Jelbert

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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Warped Dec 6 2002
Format:Audio CD
Jim White, no relation, is as an eccentric, innovative, and refreshing new artist as we've heard in a while. He, along with a small contigent of talented producers, appears to have invented a new musical hybrid-- a combination of 'country' and so-called 'trip-hop' (itself a hybrid), which we shall hereby dub 'countryp-hop'(unless someone has beaten us to it or found a better name). White writes songs that bear a melodic resemblance to country music. Then he bends them lyrically and sonically into beautifully warped gems. To get what we mean, you need only to listen to his one cover. It is a version of "King of the Road", a road where Roger Miller collides with Tom Waits. Although this no longer makes it Top Ten material, it is every bit as catchy and much more provocative than Miller's original. The instruments employed on the album-- kalimba, melodium, celeste, toy flute, sitar, etc--are not the usual array for country music. And when the 'usual' are used--dobro, banjo, mandolin, etc--it is in a totally new and imaginative way. Now some of this is just a tad too strange for these ears to 'get', but we may just keep hitting "repeat" until we do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD of 2001...bar none Sept. 22 2001
Format:Audio CD
I gotta admit, I thunk that the '97 debut of Jim White, Wrong-Eyed Jesus, was the best album ever recorded. And considerin' sophomore efforts are supposed to fall short (witness Gillian Welch...), J.W.'s "No Such Place" has just flat-out blown me away. From the opening track, "Handcuffed to a Fence in Mississippi" through "Corvair" (and Corvair Reprise), and "God Was Drunk When He Made Me," Jim plays with sonic on a level not seen since Beck Hanson's Odelay days. The music is subtle, surreal, and REALLY calls for headphones to enjoy the intricate structure and sonic effects. If Jim never releases another CD, the two he's cut so far will definitely earn him a rightful place in the pantheon of "Greatest Damn Songwriters" on the face of the earth. Buy this CD! I got it the same week I picked up Dylan's new CD, which is also very, very good, but "No Such Place" has spent three times as much time in my CD player as the excellent new Dylan release (sorry, Bob...).
Five stars, and worth every darn one of 'em!
Jac in Tucson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Might just be a modern prophet June 30 2001
By JG
Format:Audio CD
Jim White's music can't be pinned down. It's a strange blend of hypnotic folk combined with spacey jams. Blend in some Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor, and you're on the right path. He's got visions of strange goings on in Pensatopia, Texas(Pensacola, FL, hence the title "No such Place"), like people getting shot to death by the sheriff in broad daylight("10 miles to go on a 9 mile road"), and musings on an old Corvair slowly disintegrating in a junkyard. Then again, "Corvair" could just as well represent a dead relationship. He also comments slyly on the local prison warden in Mobile, Alabama saying he's just going to start handcuffing prisoners to a fence, since he can't get any money to accomodate the overflow of prisoners("Handcuffed to a fence in Mississippi). There is also a lot of religious imagery("The wrong kind of love") in Jim's art. Get both of his CDs, because each has all kinds of wonderful stories. The greatest thing about this guy is that he has no clue of just how significant he is. Great live show. You might just get to meet him after the concert. A genuinely nice guy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome CD from a true artist June 29 2001
Format:Audio CD
No Such Place is a fantastic CD from beginning to end. I have heard it at least couple hundred times and I haven't come closer to getting board. Every track is solid and sticks to the theme of the CD, which as Jim told me, is about a group of characters of which some fail and some succeed. There is no question that the CD is a story of up and downs and music and the lyrics take you on a long journey.
I first saw Jim play live in 1997 on David Byrne's Feeling tour and from that moment on we were hooked. It started with Wrong Eyed Jesus, a great CD, and now 4 years later NSP. NSP has a similar feel, but it is better produced. If you haven't heard it, I suggest you do, I can't imagine someone hating this CD, it's just too original and restores your feelings about new music, which for the most part I think, like current movies, is unoriginal crap. I can't wait till he puts out another CD, according to Jim he wrote 70 songs for NSP, and if you get a chance to see him live, you'll hear a lot of them, it's not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHEN THE WEIRD TURN PRO May 25 2001
Format:Audio CD
Jim White's music first appeared during the second half of the 90's, born, it would seem, out of a subculture of calculated weirdness. With this second offering, I would have to argue that this guy is the real thing.
But there's more to White's music than the protracted mental agony and sensibly twisted visions that permeate it. Three of the songs, this time, "Handcuffed to a Fence...", "10 Miles to Go on...", and "A King of the Road" would all do well on the AAA circuit. "Corvair" is a low key rendering that maintains the kind of fragile beauty that one hears on an early Neil Young album.
NO SUCH PLACE is more polished than WRONG EYED JESUS, making it apparent that the artist has improved his station in terms of access to a more upscale production team. Some of the songs remind one of Beck's country/funk, but White is more careful in his verbal phrasings, never allowing stream of consciousness to encroach on meaning.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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5.0 out of 5 stars a dark and beautiful dream
Two albums that I've been listening to through the past six months that have had particular lasting value include Califone's "Roomsound" and this one, Jim White's... Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2003 by Jody Schiesser
5.0 out of 5 stars No such place in corporate musicdom
I have been a fan since I first heard him live as a warm up act for the headliner he blew away. If you like his music, you must see him live and be prepared that the song... Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars "...love is a tale, told by idiots..."
Jim White is a genius. I know a buncha smart people, but when I finally saw him live it occured to me that this guy is just on another level. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2002 by ShakenBeef
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical Bliss
This CD starts out with the cheeky number "Handcuffed to a fence in Mississippi" which instantly grabs you. Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2002 by Michael S. Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars There Is Such A Place, And You Want To Go There
Exceptional album by a musical marvel. Jim White mixes Hip Hop, folk, country and rock in a delightful, irresistible musical soundscape that is as accessible as it is brilliant. Read more
Published on July 17 2002 by The Orange Duke
5.0 out of 5 stars No Such Place
No Such Place sits on my shelf next to Ride this Train, by Johnny Cash, and Frank's WIld Years, by Tom Waits. Read more
Published on April 4 2002 by That Hated Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars a postcard from some alternative universe
In some of his novels, William Gibson has characters, not particularly cultured or sophisticated, who find themselves in situations involving technology and forces with which they... Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2001 by m_noland
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Surprise
Is it any wonder that David Byrne considers Jim White "genius"...? I read an article about Mr. Jim White in "GQ" of all places. Amusing article... Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2001 by Thomas Groeneveld
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, David Letterman, for introducing me to Jim White.
A brilliantly pixilated tour de force that simultaneously encompasses, transcends and defies all genres. Hell, quit trying to label or define it and just go get it. YOU. Read more
Published on July 2 2001 by C. Homer
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