A Guided Tour to Wreckless
by Kristi Wachter, Head Racerhead, Racer Records. (Please note
that all descriptions were written by an unabashed fan; your
mileage may vary.)
A nice interplay between Guy's and Emily's vocals; the end of
this clip is a good example of the music constantly taking off
in unexpected directions.
Sound clip is taken from the first chorus.
"You alone in your parade - only you ..."
An amazing song, "Wreckless" alternates between softly mused
verses ("Imagine scenes where you were absent, fallen from the
dreams of those you love") to driving choruses. The one
featured here lets you hear the perfect blend of the band
together, with the lead guitar coming in at the end.
Sound clip is taken from last chorus.
"Are you sleeping ..."
Michael's deft guitar licks give way to Emily's wide-ranging
Sound clip is taken from second verse.
"Oh did you hear me, did you hear me call ..."
A beautiful instrumental usually leading into "Badou" in their
live sets. That amazing, unique thing David does with pedal
steel is highlighted here.
Sound clip is taken from the first half of the song.
A trademark Potato Eaters song. Someone once told me there
really is a place called Badou.
Sound clip is taken from the bridge and chorus (if you can
really say that; this song's structure isn't quite so cut and
"She cried for the Queen of Angels / She cried for the little
I have no idea what Guy is singing under Emily's vocals, but I
think it sounds extremely cool.
Sound clip is taken from the bridge.
"We're bound to catch this ball ..."
Dog-Eared (But Forgotten)
A great clip from a great, great song, this one on the
hard-driving side of the band (at least in the choruses -
listen for the vicious guitar work at the end of the clip).
Sound clip is taken from the second verse and second
"I stood alone by the thundering sea / He said 'It don't mean a
thing if you can't be free' ..."
This is a newer song for the band, and I immediately fell in
love with it. The parts of the melody featured in this sound
clip stay in my head for days at a time. I think the words and
the music are supremely beautiful.
Sound clip is taken from the end of the first verse.
"So before you drop into your skin and drown / will you
remember how your father claimed his son ..."
Probably my favorite song on the album. I love lyrics and often
focus completely on them, occasionally even missing cool stuff
in the music; but the instrumental break here is SO COOL that
it was really the only possible choice for this clip. It starts
with Michael's perfect little guitar run and includes some of
David's unmistakable, incomparable, otherworldly pedal
Sound clip is taken from the instrumental break toward the end
of the song.
A tiny little bit of their incredibly cool cover of the great
Richard Thompson tune. There's something breathtaking about the
way Guy sings "I've got you in my one green eye", but I
couldn't include the whole song, so I took a bit near the end,
where you hear Emily's and Guy's voices, distinct but blended,
and David's heavenly pedal steel, and it's really rather a
Sound clip is taken from the last chorus.
"My god is you ... my life is you ..."
Run Through With Daylight
Another of my favorite Potato Eaters songs, this one has some
rapid-fire lyrics from Guy and, on the chorus, some of that
amazing sort of yodelling thing that Emily sometimes does.
Sound clip is taken from the end of the last verse and the last
"'Cause you said you were one to stand while others come and
take their place in line - I've been wasting my time!"
A soft, lovely song, with some beautiful mandolin by Gino.
Sound clip is taken from the second chorus.
"But I will dream of you tonight / Your face stands out against
the lights ..."