Bruce the Mover | The Year That I Was Drunk

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The Year That I Was Drunk

by Bruce the Mover

"Twelve stunningly breathtaking songs - an achingly beautiful tribute to pointlessness!"...everett couch, fellow runtman recording artist
Genre: Rock: Euro-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Straight Path to the Van, No Video
5:04 $0.99
2. The Band I Heard in Tijuana
6:31 $0.99
3. Bad Day At the Chess Club
6:55 $0.99
4. Richard Butler Monday
7:34 $0.99
5. Le Bon Dieu S'en Est Alle'
3:59 $0.99
6. Dehv
7:39 $0.99
7. Romance Is Better
5:52 $0.99
8. Bruce the Mover
6:47 $0.99
9. Second Class Citizen
3:09 $0.99
10. Places I Won't Miss
5:06 $0.99
11. Last Chance to Be Hot
5:33 $0.99
12. Oregon City Rocks
8:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
Recorded throughout the entirety of the year 2000 in a fifth-floor studio apartment in the historic alphabet district of northwest portland (studiochouette, the Biltmore), "the year that i was drunk" was the first full-length album project for Bruce the Mover and runtman records. Featuring lush synthetic orchestrations, innovative arrangements, and clever, sometimes poignant lyrics, it is an impressive and ambitious undertaking. Remastered and released in 2002, this album has been out of print for several years. Runtman records is taking this opportunity to release it on CD Baby in advance of the upcoming new release from Bruce the Mover, "...always wanted...northwest portland", to be released later this year. (Watch for subsequent releases of fellow runtman recording artists everett couch and the Singing Hugh on CD Baby to follow.)



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Simon M.

Bruce the Mover - the year that i was drunk (runtman records)
Originally recorded in 2000 and released in 2002, “The Year That I Was Drunk” has been re-issued by Runtman Records to coincide with the release of Bruce The Mover’s new record “Always Wanted... Northwest Portland”. Bruce The Mover aka Bruce Shera also happens to be the big cheese at Runtman records, running the Oregon based label, producing the records and playing on them, too. A bit of an all-rounder is Mr. Shera, and his many fingers in many pies probably explains the gap between records.

I can’t imagine the reaction “The Year That I Was Drunk” received upon its original release, though like most true independent music, I would have though it would have been limited. That’s unfortunate; it’s mostly an engaging and pleasurable listening experience, with plenty of weird and wonderful ideas running throughout its 73 minutes. Things get off to a cracking start with “Straight Path to the Van, No Video”; which simultaneously reminds me of English singer-songwriters like Nick Currie (Momus) and Luke Haines, together with something altogether grungier and more American. Currie, in particular was influenced by Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Brel, and Shera was obviously bitten by the same Francophile bug. Two French-language songs in the middle of the album, “Le Bon Dieu S'en Est Alle'” and “Dehv”, pay tribute to the songwriters, and both hit the spot. “The Band I Heard in Tijuana” is lushly orchestrated pop with what sounds like a steel drum, and “Richard Butler Monday” is just as opulent, but inward looking and self-critical.

Fans of any of the above, including the titular Richard Butler, should check out the album. There’s a lot here to like.
Simon M.