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Avalon Recordings

by Eugene

A briliant fleshed out reaction to love life and relationships. This album is about a swift fall from grace, burning up in the atmosphere of reality during re-entry and finding a deeper meaning and appreciation in things.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. On Top of the World
6:38 $0.99
2. Still in Here
5:51 $0.99
3. Two Doors
7:49 $0.99
4. Falling in Love With Everything
6:20 $0.99
5. I Need Love Just Like You
6:51 $0.99
6. Over Head and Heals
3:11 $0.99
7. In Love With the World
5:12 $0.99
8. Harmless
5:36 $0.99
9. And You Listen to Me
3:44 $0.99
10. I Already Know
3:33 $0.99
11. Paper Machete
7:08 $0.99
12. trapeze swinger
iron and wine
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Album Notes
*** this album has classic comic book packaging with card board backing and is folded in an 8x10 Andy Warhol style design poster with a personal introduction. The reverse side is complete with track listing, lyrics and album liner notes. This album is hand made by the artist.



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David Padula - Staff Writer, The Charger Bulletin

the story of a person who has felt both love and defeat, making his experiences
Receiving The Avalon Recordings, the latest release from indie underdog Eugene Gallagher, I felt more like I was being presented a gift, not an album. The disc is wrapped inside an 8.5 inch by 11 inch sheet of photo paper with a picture of Gallagher doing his best Ben Gibbard impression. The paper is backed with lyrics to his songs and also comes with a mass personal note written by the man himself. The two small paragraphs allow Gallagher to speak to the nature of his most recent work explaining "'s about a swift fall from grace, burning up in the atmosphere of reality during re-entry and finding deeper meaning and appreciation in things."
Five songs into The Avalon Recordings, the 28-year-old Gallagher announces, "Yeah I'm small, but you know I'm not scared," and sets the tone for the rest of the album. Listening to Avalon, there are a lot of moments where comparisons seem necessary: Gallagher's vocal delivery occasionally sounds like Ben Kweller, and the man has obvious (and cited) influences of Neil Young and Beck (with whom he has performed an impromptu version of "Satan Gave Me a Taco"). His persona is wrapped in an aware-of-the-world, Dylan-esque attitude. However, despite a definite focus on lyricism like that of his influences, Gallagher rises up, uncompromising in his own voice.
With the majority of the tracks running more than four minutes (with three exceptions), Avalon provides a steady slew of relaxing yet engaged tunes. "On Top of the World," the opening track, demonstrates an apparent fondness for Sartre while the music itself fittingly follows the mood of the words, which illustrates the drift in and out of life's ruts. "If it don't kill you, you're supposed to be stronger/ But the recovery takes longer and longer," Gallagher contests; you get the feeling that he means what he says.

Songs like "I Need Love Just Like You" and "In Love With the World," however, do provide a bit of fatigue in Gallagher's step. They fit into the album, yes, but take more warming up to than the rest of the material. "I Need Love" sounds like it borrowed its drum progression from The Postal Service and, during the breakdown, borders on full-fledged electronica. The high point of the tune is Gallagher's voice, where he displays that even when coupled with such harmonic, Luau-like guitar strumming, he can sound rough around the edges. His frosted vocals sound solemn and convincing. The Beck-inspired "In Love With the World" plays with stream of consciousness writing and a stressed/unstressed rhyme scheme, bringing it all together with an intoxicating riff lasting two minutes, 45 seconds.
Any questioning of Eugene Gallagher's conviction becomes a thought gone missing with even a quick run-through of The Avalon Recordings. Sure, there are low points ("And You Listen to Me" features guitar licks that would more appropriately suit John Mayer's trash), but the lows are overshadowed, for the most part, by Gallagher's calm yet unyielding spirit and experienced sound.
Wholly, the album works better as a biography of a man once "on top of the world" and his subsequent "swift fall from grace." In a sense it is a concept album revolving around Eugene Gallagher. The concept is simple: the story of a person who has felt both love and defeat, making his experiences relative to the world around him.

Andrea Mooney

the avalon recording compared to a painting
If eugene’s Avalon recordings were a painting, it would have two or three colors at most. Where some might use a broad palette, the Connecticut native picks his few favorites and does everything possible with them. If he were to say, use only red and orange, he’d have no problem painting a cold winter scene. His innovations lie in the creativity to use only a simple set of tools, yet proceed to present them in an inseen formation. While another artist might get sick of one hue and turn to another, eugene’s craftsmanship would continue to concoct the two until another unused shade appeared.
These 12 tracks are produced with clarity, allowing eugene’s voice to trump all other facets. Undoubtedly lyric driven, eugene’s music uses the background sounds of both electric and acoustic guitars (and occasionally a light piano presence) as a well for the words to spring from. The distincitive harmonica functions as a back-up vocalist in “on top of the world” – a delicate and breathy track reminiscent of the late Elliott Smith. The majority of the album focuses more on rhythm then melody, with light up-tempo beats and a steady lyrical foundation. Later in the album, “and you listen to me” showcases the flute, electric guitars, and a bit of resentment. He sings “I thought you swore you were in love / I guess that was as worthless as my words / I dealt with this the only way I saw fit.” He may deal with his love life in a less-then-steller manner, but he certainly handles songwriting in a delicate, artful way. There may not be a plethora of instruments or an overwhelming amount of sound manipulation, but purity looks good on eugene’s canvas.