I'd Rather Die

by Ethan Andrews

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Christopher Van Epps 4...favorite. It starts out with what appears to be an Ode to Billy Joel (see what I done there?), big on peppy piano, light on percussion, it then starts in earnest with Andrews' trademark laissez-faire but never sounding improvisational.

The verses are where it makes its biggest investment in avoiding sentimentality. There are no grand melodic curlicues that are a dime a dozen in the R&B hip hop hellscape, just respect for the setup. Favorite track: Good Thing.
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I'd Rather Die was the last of three albums (maybe more?) recorded between June and Nov. 1994, in Brooklyn, NY. This one is sort of a personal favorite, though it didn't get very far out in the world.

A few notes:

Track 1 has a convincing art-school-style critique of the song in the middle.

The Lyrics for Track 2 comprise the song titles of Juliana Hatfield's "Become What You Are."

The breakdown at the end of Track 6 would be adapted for a Hot Walrus song called "Kittens." HW also did a version of the title track.

Track 8 was not listed in the original release. Also it rocks.

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released November 1, 1994

All songs by Ethan Andrews, except track 4, which is a George Harrison/Beatles song played from memory.

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Ethan Andrews Belfast, Maine

Looks good in a coonskin cap, but then you can't just wear one of those all the time without having to answer a lot of questions.

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