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David Baerwald


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After the quick dissolution of David & David in the mid-’80s, David Baerwald began a solo career, releasing his solo debut, Bedtime Stories, in 1990. As with David & David’s sole album, it was an album of deceptively laid-back pop; the calm production and subtle, memorable melodies hid the fact that Baerwald’s characters were either inflicting or suffering from emotional pain. It was a triumph, winning raves from critics, but it sold very few copies. With his second album, 1993’s Triage, Baerwald decided to have the music match the message, creating soundscapes that recalled a subdued, more pop-friendly Tom Waits. Again, the critical praise was substantial but the record sold even fewer copies than the first. A follow-up wouldn’t be seen for nearly a decade, however; Baerwald took time out to work with other musicians and tweak his playing skills. He joined Sheryl Crow for her monumental Tuesday Night Music Club debut and was later nominated for a Golden Globe for Moulin Rouge’s swan song, “Come What May.” Finally, Baerwald bounced back with Here Comes the Folk Underground in 2002.


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  • MossTrumpeter

    I dream assassination. I hallucinate cash.

    4 Sep 2009 Reply
  • macpurity

    I have the whole catalog, and I like them all. Triage is really amazing, though. C'mon NYC, c'mon!

    18 Apr 2009 Reply
  • patbone21

    Here Comes the NFU is a favorite CD of mine.

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • devilsrancher

    I bought Triage because Kevin Gilbert & some of the TNMC people (Bill Bottrell produced) were involved, in it quickly became one of my favorite albums of all time. Moody, sinister & politically astute -- it remains as relevant today as when it was written. A true piece of art.

    5 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Nevele1979

    A late reply, but Triage is absolutely one of my favorite albums ever...

    8 Apr 2008 Reply
  • commieinside

    jest ktos z polski?

    13 Sep 2007 Reply
  • li_kao

    Agreed. This album is brilliant. Fabulous character sketches.

    5 Aug 2007 Reply
  • brianwelsch

    Triage is brilliant.

    1 Jan 2007 Reply

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