...Your Bloated Corpse Has Washed Ashore!

released January 2002

1. Silver Shoes
2. Jean Lafitte
3. Go Home
4. Blood Red Wine
5. San Pedro
6. Hetta
7. Streets of Marseilles
8. Das Vidania
9. Crazy Worms
10. Orphans of Stockton
11. Annabelle/Sorry
12. When I'm Alone
13. Baby
14. Grinding Bones
15. Old Man Song
16. Fricasse
17. Adela
18. So Long

Singer Christa Meyer and instrumentalist Tim Kelley began collaborating after a chance meeting on the street. They soon were married, and started crafting uniquely smarmy and intelligent acoustic rock that covered everything from alternative country to German cabaret to Spanish folk. The band's bizarre sounds were eventually brought to the attention of Fire Records, who released their debut Your Bloated Corpse Has Washed Ashore! in 2002. - Bradley Torreano, AMG


released February 2003

1. Mister Hartwake
2. Father's Treasure
3. Pretty Girls
4. Boy
5. Paper Tigers
6. Heartbreak
7. Licht
8. Father's Treasure [Remix]
9. Pretty Girls [Remix]
10. Paper Tigers [Remix]

It's hard to deny Puerto Muerto's unique approach to music. While the two main artists who make up the act only use guitar and bass drum along with Christa Meyer's mesmerizing vocals (which seem somewhat similar to Enya's at times), on this album they have included sitar, clarinet, and cello, among other things. After a needless opening track, the album slowly gains strength but unfortunately doesn't reach its peak until the remixes at the end. The three tracks are remixes of songs played earlier on the album and are much more intriguing as far as their depth and attitude. Unfortunately, this is one of the problems with Elena, yet the primary one is that this is a concept album but no lyrics are included. The other problem is that the album doesn't draw the listener in or keep his or her attention until later on with songs like 'Licht', which masterfully utilizes the sitar in a hypnotic manner. There is definitely a lot to sort through with this album and much good to be found, yet as a whole it doesn't pull the listener in and that's the real shame, especially if this is supposed to be a concept album that the listener is supposed to be able to follow. - Kurt Morris, AMG

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