With Greg Smith on bass, Sandro Perri on lap steel and guitar, (drummer 'The Velvet Fog' Shayne) Cox and Swanny are now gelling as a tight live unit, and the DK are on top of their game. The Michael Parks is a brilliant musical achievement. Working again with Andy Magoffin at London's House of Miracles, the DK have hit their stride, creating a pop masterpiece that is bound to turn heads in Toronto's crowded indie music scene. From the opening chords of "Altona, MB," you know you're not listening to an ordinary album. Like a prairie night, it's quiet, and full of wide open spaces.
There's no rush to reel you in with power pop magic, no urgent call to attention. Less cryptic lyrics, more straight-ahead, heartfelt admissions. Out with speed, in with soul. Simply put, the DK has grown up. Praise for DK: The Michael Parks "DK has made one of the most enjoyable albums of the year." - Bejeezus Magazine "****- The Michael Parks is DK's third wholly satisfying offering of homespun mellow gold, a cottage retreat where songs are performed in La-Z-Boys and Dead records can spin on the turntable with pride ("Trick of the Shadows")." - Stuart Berman, Eye Magazine "NNNN- Part sombre, part surprising, The Michael Parks deserves to be heard." - Evan Davies, NOW Magazine "...the real genius of Parks comes through the poppy numbers of the mind-bendingly catchy “Mary 16” and “Best Man Blues.” - Chris Whibbs, Exclaim! Magazine "Contains deceptively low-key and insanely catchy guitar-piano songs like "Altona, MB," "Mary 16" and "Best Man Blues." - Mary Dickie, Toronto Sun The Night We Ate the Cake "One of 2003's lost indie-rock gems." Eye Magazine "Beautiful....More people should hear this record." Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene) "Delightful assortment of songs replete with pop sensibilities." Allan Wigney, Ottawa Sun "An alternately sublime and ragged slice of emotionally fragile pop." Ottawa XPress Merry Hissmas or Whatever... "(Let's Bury Christmas) is perhaps the most thoughtfully articulated sentiment among all of the new seasonal entries." John Sakamoto, The Anti-Hit List Read more on Last.fm.
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