Ft. Lake

Ft. Lake

by His Name Is AliveHis Name Is Alive


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On their fifth album for 4AD, His Name Is Alive combine the dreamy experimentalism of their early work with the pop and soul of Stars on E.S.P and Nice Day, and provide a few new twists along the way. "The Waitress" adds drum machines and keyboards for a new wave sheen, while the slinky "No Hiding Place Down Her" has enough soul for a dozen Top 40 R&B singles. As on the Nice Day EP, Lovetta Pippen's voice sounds wonderful, whether she's dueting with Karin Oliver on "Everything Takes Forever" or taking center stage on the epic, Hendrix-inspired "Wish I Had a Wishing Ring." Steve King and Warren Defever's smooth, sonically rich production makes the most of the band's versatility, and Defever's guitar work sounds especially expressive on tracks like "Wishing Ring" and "Little Red Haired Girl," which shifts between bouncy rockabilly licks and noisy, neo-shoegazing leads. The retro-futuristic synth interludes, courtesy of Defever's Robot World side project, offer a nice contrast to the guitar-heavy aspects of the album. Despite the album's eclectic sounds, Fort Lake's one constant is its elliptical, yet emotional songwriting; lyrics like "Answer comes from behind/I've been here all this time" from "Spirit Needs a Spirit Tool" (another of the album's highlights) are strangely poignant and resonant. "How It's Gotta Be," co-written by Defever and bassist Chad Gilchrist, has the sweet, sad feel of classic girl-group pop, while "Rock 'n' Roll Girl From Rock 'n' Roll City"'s repeated refrain of "Come and play/Don't make me wait" adds a new urgency to the band's sound. His Name Is Alive defy simple classification at any point in their career, but Fort Lake is one of the best examples of just how wide their reach is.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/1998
Label: 4ad Records Uk
UPC: 0652637800920
catalogNumber: 8009
Rank: 195106

Album Credits

Performance Credits

His Name Is Alive   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

His Name Is Alive   Producer
Jason Martin   Contributor
Karin Oliver   Contributor
Trey Many   Contributor
Vaughan Oliver   Art Direction
Chad Gilchrist   Contributor
Lovetta Sharie Pippen   Contributor
Deb Agnolli   Contributor
Eric Cook   Contributor
Andy Krieger   Contributor
Scott Zacharia   Contributor
Scott Goldstein   Contributor
Erika Hoffmann   Contributor
Warn Defever   Contributor
Liz   Contributor
Davin Brainard   Contributor
Steve King   Producer

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