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Eleven Eleven is the eleventh studio album by folk rock musician Dave Alvin. It was released on June 20, 2011 on Yep Roc Records, and an expanded reissue was released on April 17, 2012.[1]

Eleven Eleven
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 20, 2011 (2011-06-20)
GenreFolk rock, country rock
Length49:35
LabelYep Roc
ProducerDave Alvin
Dave Alvin chronology
Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women
(2009)
Eleven Eleven
(2011)
Common Ground: Dave & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy
(2014)

RecordingEdit

The recording of Eleven Eleven was influenced by the then-recent deaths of Alvin's friends Chris Gaffney and Amy Farris.[2] The eleven songs on Eleven Eleven were written over the course of seven months, with three exceptions: the three duets on the album, which were "What's Up With Your Brother", "Manzanita", and "Two Lucky Bums".[3] "What's Up With Your Brother" is a duet between Alvin and his brother, Phil Alvin, in which both brothers sing together for the first time on record. "Manzanita" is a duet between Alvin and Christy McWilson, a member of his band, the Guilty Women. "Two Lucky Bums" is a duet between Alvin and Chris Gaffney, and represents Gaffney's last recording before he died in 2008.[3] The song "Harlan County Line" was written for the TV show Justified.[4]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(84%)[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [6]
American Songwriter     [7]
Rolling Stone     [8]
Robert Christgau(A-)[9]
PopMatters(8/10)[10]
Los Angeles Times    [2]

Eleven Eleven received mostly favorable reviews from critics.[5] Wayne Robins wrote in American Songwriter that the album's best songs were "character studies or snapshots of history".[7] Many critics described "Johnny Ace is Dead" as one of the best songs on the album,[7][8] with Steve Horowitz of PopMatters calling it "the best damn Johnny Ace song one could ever imagine."[10]

Track listingEdit

All tracks composed by Dave Alvin; except where indicated

  1. "Harlan County Line" – 5:12
  2. "Johnny Ace is Dead" – 4:27
  3. "Black Rose of Texas" – 4:52
  4. "Gary, Indiana 1959" – 4:06
  5. "Run Conejo Run" – 4:52
  6. "No Worries Mija" (Chris Gaffney) – 3:36
  7. "What's Up with Your Brother?" – 4:44
  8. "Murrietta's Head" – 5:59
  9. "Manzanita" (Christy McWilson) – 4:09
  10. "Dirty Nightgown" – 5:19
  11. "Two Lucky Bums" – 2:28

Bonus tracks on 2012 reissueEdit

  1. "Never Trust a Woman"
  2. "Signal Hill"
  3. "Beautiful City 'Cross the River"

PersonnelEdit

  • Dave Alvin – vocals, guitar
  • Phil Alvin – vocals
  • Gregory Boaz – bass
  • Chris Gaffney – accordion, vocals
  • Bob Glaub – bass, percussion
  • Don Heffington – drums, percussion, timbales
  • David Jackson – accordion, upright bass
  • Greg Leisz – baritone guitar, guitar, lap steel guitar
  • Christy McWilson – piano, vocals
  • Steve Mugalian – drums, percussion
  • Danny Ott – slide guitar, guitar, vocal harmony
  • Wyman Reese – organ, piano
  • Jack Rudy – harmonica
  • Rick Shea – guitar, pedal steel guitar
  • Gene Taylor – piano

Production notesEdit

  • Dave Alvin – producer
  • Craig Parker Adams – engineer, mixing
  • Joe Gastwirt – mastering
  • Michael Triplett – art direction, design
  • Harry Sabin – photo assistance
  • Nancy Sefton – art direction
  • Beth Herzhaft – photography

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alvin expands upon "Eleven Eleven"". Country Standard Time. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b Lewis, Randy (21 June 2011). "Album Review: Dave Alvin's 'Eleven Eleven'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b Dave Alvin announces all-new studio album Eleven Eleven available 6/21 on Yep Roc
  4. ^ "Dave Alvin On Mountain Stage". NPR. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  5. ^ a b Eleven Eleven
  6. ^ Deming, Mark. "Eleven Eleven Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  7. ^ a b c Robins, Wayne (5 July 2011). "Dave Alvin: Eleven Eleven". American Songwriter. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  8. ^ a b Scherman, Tony (21 June 2011). "Eleven Eleven Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Dave Alvin Reviews". Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  10. ^ a b Horowitz, Steve (21 June 2011). "Dave Alvin: Eleven Eleven". PopMatters. Retrieved 8 August 2014.