Everything, Compromised

by Berry

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After completing their 2010 LP, Blue Sky, Raging Sun (Joyful Noise Recordings), the Berry parted ways from their home together in Chicago and made new homes as far west as Arizona and as far east as New York. Meeting weekly by phone and yearly in person for a sort of “musical vacation” together, Berry has never stopped pursuing the unique musical vision that has bonded them together for nearly fifteen years. Berry laid the foundation for Everything, Compromised on one of these vacations three years ago in Wichita, Kansas where Joey Lemon, the band’s lead singer, built a small recording studio with his father-in-law in an old pole barn. Live tracks were written and recorded in just four days, but the album really only began to take shape when Lemon handed over production reigns to Paul Klimson — a producer who has worked modestly alongside John Legend, Erykah Badu, and Kirk Douglas of The Roots. The result is an eclectic mix of carefully structured songs, where pop melodies soar over shifting time signatures, dissonant harmonies, and a heavier-than-usual dose of diminished-seventh chords. Lemon’s off kilter lyrics find meaning as they juxtapose such disparate characters as literary heros like Henry David Thoreau with pop culture villains like Martin Shkreli.

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released August 1, 2017

Songs 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 written by Berry.
Song 3 written by Enya along with Berry.
All produced by Berry along with Joey Lemon and Paul Klimson.
All songs mixed by Paul Klimson.
All songs mastered by Joey Lemon.

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