Dale Earhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s A Corporate World

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
It’s a Corporate World
Release Date June 7, 2011
Quite Scientific Records

The Detriot indie-pop outfit known playfully as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. releases their first full length album June 7th, and it’s quite the musical treat. I was first won over by the duo’s vocal stylings after hearing their cover of The Beach Boys “God Only Knows” on an Daytrotter session last summer. The latest album includes previous tracks from their Horse Power EP, including “Nothing But Our Love”, “Simple Girl” and “Vocal Cords”. The first single, “Morning Thought” follows from the same vibe as the previous tracks with swooning harmonies against a backdrop of dings and blips. I predict hand claps and sing alongs at future concerts.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Morning Thought by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

If you twisted my arm for a weak spot, the track “When I Open My Eyes” begins with a down tempo beat that rings into keys and a crescendo yelps, which strays from the floaty vocals I love from Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott. Sounds more like spoken word against Groove Armada. Not to worry the rest of the album is solid. The title track, “It’s A Corporate World” rings a bit like an anthem for suits trudging to work. “We Almost Lost Detroit” presents a more rollicking pop rock tune and strong guitar riffs than the rest of the tracks on It’s A Corporate World.

On the whole, It’s A Corporate World presents the lulling musicality that fans of Dale Earnhart Jr. Jr. fell in love with on the Horse Power EP. Here’s to indie rock stardom! Get ready for your close ups Josh and Dan.

Track list
Morning Thought
Nothing But Our Love
Skeletons
An Ugly Person On A Movie Screen
When I Open My Eyes
Husbands (Interlude)
It’s A Corporate World
Simple Girl
If It Wasn’t You…
Vocal Cords
We Almost Lost Detroit
The Fisherman

Tour dates
5.19 – Chapel Hill, NC / Local 506
5.20 – Atlanta, GA / The EARL
5.21 – Nashville, TN / The Basement
5.24 – Bottletree / Birmingham, AL
5.25 – Proud Larry’s / Oxford, MI
5.26 – Fitzgerald’s / Houston, TX
5.27 – Club DaDa / Dallas, TX
5.28 – Emo’s Alternative Lounge / Austin, TX
5.31 – Santa Fe Brewing Company / Santa Fe, NM

6.1 – Rhythm Room / Phoenix, AZ
6.2 – The Casbah / San Diego, CA
6.3 –  The Echo / Echo Park, CA
6.4 – Rickshaw Stop / San Francisco, CA
6.6 – Mississippi Studios / Portland, OR
6.7 – The Tractor Tavern / Seattle, WA
6.9 – The Neurolux / Boise, ID
6.10 – Kilby Court Gallery / Salt Lake City, UT
6.11 – Hi-Dive / Denver, CO
6.13 – The Waiting room – Omaha, NE
6.14 – The Mill / Iowa City, IA
6.15 – 7th Street Entry / Minneapolis, MN
6.17 – White Rabbit Cabaret / Indianapolis, IN
6.18 – Mad Hatter / Covington, KY
6.25 – St Andrew’s Hall RECORD RELEASE SHOW /  Detroit, MI
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