St. Arkansas possesses at once a ragged warmth and a kaleidoscopic sophistication. The breakneck melodrama of "The Fevered Dream of Hernando DeSoto" slides into the beguiling bleakness of "Slow Walking Daddy" while "Phone Home Jonah" is a stone classic of garage punk and "Dark" is a menacing, relentless 9-minute deconstruction that crystallizes the torment at the heart of this record.
But St. Arkansas is also an album of real beauty and excitement. It sounds quite astonishing, its gorgeously disorientating spaces alive with presence, electric with promise, framing superb performances which surprise and fascinate at every turn.
St. Arkansas is the 12th studio release from Pere Ubu and the 18th album produced by the group's 27 year history. Its predecessor, Pennsylvania (1998), received rave reviews. America's preeminent critic, Greil Marcus, rated it #1 in the Village Voice Pazz & Jop Music Critics Poll for 1998 and devoted a chapter of his latest book of essays to it ("Double Trouble," 2000, pages 163-69).
This version (8.xx) of the group has been together since 1995 and is the longest lived edition. Thomas and Herman are original 1975 members.The writing of the music was financed, unwittingly, by the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, and the words written by the Mighty Road from Conway Arkansas to Tupelo Mississippi, I-40 to US 49 to State 6.
All songs written by Pere Ubu and ©2002 Ubu Projex.