Ciao My Shining Star:The Songs of Mark Mulcahy (Bonus Tracks)
With three critically acclaimed records, it seemed Dumptruck were poised for mass commercial success in the late 1980s. When their contract with Big Time expired, however, a label vs. artist vs. label episode effectively flattened the tire of Seth Tiven and his Dumptruck. Now residing in Austin, Tex., Tiven is back with a new album of songs crafted with the collaborative help of a sharp new band. With the support of indie label Devil in the Woods, the stage may be set for all-out vindication and revival long after Dumptruck's untimely passing. This spirited offering should satisfy both die-hard fans and potential converts who happened to miss out on the brilliance of Dumptruck's creepy, country-infected ballads and noisy, Crazy Horse-style barnburners. Still prominent in the mix is Tiven's unique, endearing voice and characteristically dark, self-observational lyrics.