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"Minneapolis Star Tribune"

" With traces of Semisonic and Pete Yorn, Chris Harrington's new CD, "You the Provider," would be a prime target for FM radio play under more ideal circumstances. The local pop-rocker earned a decent buzz off his first disc, "Starter," but he takes a noticeable leap forward lyrically and especially in sonic terms with this one. ... Harrington recorded the album with producer Jacques Wait at the new Seedy Underbelly space in L.A., and many of the songs were written after his father died and have all the heart that suggests...." - Chris Riminschneider


"Hot Ticket"

"Just when I think I've finally completed tabulating my tally on talented pop-rock singer/songwriters in this town, another one jumps out of the woodwork with an album of distinction (oh the woes of living in Minneapolis!). Chris Harrington's already got a few self-released albums under his belt, but it took me until his about-to-hit-the-scene third pop platter, You the Provider, to be hipped to his riches. One of the first projects to be recorded at Seedy Underbelly studios after its relocation from Minneapolis to the far sunnier and more industry connected climes of Los Angeles, Harrington lays down some classically Minneapolitan power-pop here with the help of producer/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Jacques Wait and drummer Jason Mackenroth. With a voice recalling Semisonic's Dan Wilson (with a pinch more sass) and a penchant for classic melodies sure to appeal to fans of the Beatifics, Harrington makes it clear that he's absorbed a lot of great Twin Cities music and is ready to give some back. This isn't a lightweight pop confection, however, as much of the material here is about Harrington attempting to come to grips with the recent death of his father (the provider of the album's title) - Pulse of the Twin Cities


"Indie Reviews"

'Chris Harrington is a singer-songwriter who embraces a classic pop sound, while at the same time not letting that sound get stale. He does this with an earnest and honest vocal style, combined with a writing skill that avoids those dangerous rock cliches we've all come to hate.He borrows a little from British Invasion, keeping his sensibilities in place, providing a smart pop base to build on. The songs never quite break out into full rock, relying instead on minor chord anxiousness and melancholy lyrics to provide the tension. It's a brilliant blend, and it works just right.'
MISH MASH Mandate: Mod Rocker - http://mashmusic.tripod.com/august05.html


"Real Development and accomplishment, just, takes, time."

Chris Harrington "You the Provider"
By Peter A. Holden
Wednesday. Aug 10, 12:01 AM
Real development and accomplishment, just, takes, time.
For some odd reason, there exists a paradox in mass media/popular culture. Progress and its more aggressive but rarely seen cousin, achievement, are under constant pressure. We tend to expect leaps and bounds in weeks and days as opposed to months and years. And as time passes, the pace seems to quicken. But if we stop and think, what kind of honesty and incredible development can really be achieved in such a short period of time? Not much, really. This might explain why we often see people pouring their hearts out these days and think “nice gimmick.” Our humanity begs for patience in all things where virtue is expected. And yet, we still want the “next big thing” to eclipse the last “next big thing” even faster and even better than before. Silly, really.

Chris Harrington’s sophomore album, You the Provider, is a fully matured work anywhere between three and five years in the making. After receiving critical acclaim for his first album, Starter, across much of the Midwest and beyond in 2000, Chris’ father became very ill and for the next five years he tended only to family concerns. Music trailed alongside and reaped the benefits of a tragic situation. While his family was experiencing pain, his abilities were given the luxury of a slow maturity. The natural course of time and emotionally powerful events gave rise to a well-developed set of material. About the only thing that You the Provider lacks in enormity and strength is a power ballad. Keep in mind that “lacking” is quite often a good thing. There’s no room for a power ballad here: it would simply be out of place. Songs like “Egg Whites in Candlelight” and “Sympathetic Morning” accomplish in their beauty what “Every Rose Has its Thorn” never could. Chris’ message beams through.

Although one might assume that an album written during and after the death of one’s father would be a somber one, You the Provider is a powerfully beautiful pop record in many ways. Left to the devices of the best of us, anger and frustration and sadness might reign. But here, Mr. Harrington shines brightly. In fact, this is a positive, upbeat album that is a testament to his honest reflection about his relationship with his father. One gets the impression from the music that it was a strong and positive one that really came into its own after his ordeal with his father’s illness. Chris Harrington has done a fantastic job of conveying his prowess as a musician, his creativity as a writer, and his strength as a loving, learning son. But most of all, he’s a proven example of genuine development as a human artist. In the time it took him to release two albums, pop culture would have expected four. Real development and accomplishment, just, takes, time.
http://www.transformonline.com/music/reviews/002745.php
- http://www.transformonline.com/music/reviews/002745.php


"Used Wigs Pod Cast"

http://www.usedwigs.com/pod/pod.html
Chris Harrington – You The Provider. For anyone who gets off on discovering a well crafted, intelligent pop-rock album flying just under theradar, Twin Cities songwriter Chris Harrington’s “You The Provider” will more than adequately float yourboat. But if you read Jeff’s “My Fun Dad” article
around Father’s Day and got an electric shock from it(like I did), this album is the sonic equivalent of a
foot sweep from Bruce Lee. It’s a bittersweet collection of songs full of insight, hope, and emotiont that perfectly captures all of the coming-of-age feelings one has when large bricks from the foundation
of their life start to fall away. The standout performance aspect of this disc is Chris’s crystal
clear vocals and the unique melodies they inhabit, though the production and playing is right there as
well. This album is deserving of your attention…it has certainly captured mine. Standouts: Yellowbyrd, In Awe Again, Egg Whites In Candlelight, You The Provider Obscure Reference: dang, he sounds like Peter Hammill
from Van Der Graaf Generator when he hits the high notes! - http://www.usedwigs.com/pod/pod.htm


Discography

1999: STARTER (Alayo Music) debut LP
2002: Demo Electric EP (Alayo Music)
2005: 'Missing Code Blue' Missing Children of Minnesota Benefit Compilation CD. Exclusive acoustic Track
2005: You the Provider LP (Alayo Music)

Now heard on:
http://www.misplacedmusic.org
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/services/thecurrent/
http://radiok.cce.umn.edu/
http://www.usedwigs.com/pod/pod.html -Philadelphia

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Bio

I am proud to share with you my new album, YOU THE PROVIDER.

YOU THE PROVIDER, my third CD in five years on my label Alayo Music, marks the junction between the end of one significant era, and the beginning of another – and the switch from an acoustic base to a full rock sound. I drove from Minneapolis to Los Angeles and back, through amazing beauty and pounding blizzards, to record this ten-song collection. It began earlier though, as something much larger. I sought to know someone once close after they were gone.

For those of you who are not familiar with me as an artist, let me first give you some background. At age 10, I began playing guitar and drums in the Minneapolis suburbs where I grew up, but I quit playing all together during high school ‘cuz I thought I was too cool. I came to my senses though by the time I got to college in St. Paul. There I co-founded the punk band Mother-Goose. Post-graduation, I left my privileged and sheltered world for graduate studies in Germany. I stayed two years and wound up busking the streets for a living. It was on those European cobblestone streets where I developed my voice and songwriting chops while earning my ticket home.

I returned stateside and pursued what I thought was the “right thing to do”; I took an office job in the retail music industry. By the end of my three years there it was impossible to deny the music pounding through my body, so I left the comforts of a steady paycheck, and things started to get interesting. I worked for perhaps every local temp agency, couch surfed and ended up creatively enjoying the living comforts my truck bed offered. In the midst of all this, in November ’99, I released my first full-length album, STARTER. Self taught and unbound by songwriting formulas, I laid down melodic, quirky songs which earned me some good rookie press.

During 2000-01, I toured from Toronto to Chicago, L.A. to Butte, Montana promoting STARTER. Then musically things began to change. I reclaimed the rhythm I learned as a suburban kid and I began to hear and lay down full band music. I recorded the Demo Electric EP and picked up a couple of vintage electric guitars and dusted off my childhood drum kit.

With YOU THE PROVIDER, I wrote to understand the mysterious legacy of my late father and the ironic gifts he left behind. Under that hardened exterior, I saw a certain strength, character, and connection that reached beyond both our conscience and understanding. However, filtering through his shell hadn’t always been easy, nor welcome. Looking back I now see that his illness served as catalyst to shake loose the music inside me.

Now back in Minneapolis, I released YOU THE PROVIDER and perform with my band. On the album I aspire to capture the pure vintage tones that I heard in favorite recordings including Zeppelin II, Pink Floyd’s Meddle and Miles’ Kind of Blue. The songs, like my past work, still paint the same vivid lyrical images, but on YOU THE PROVIDER the rhythm section is paramount. The rhythm section has become increasingly important and necessary in my art as a way to adequately capture the emotional intensity and groove of the works.

The drum groove you'll hear comes courtesy of Jason Mackenroth (Henry Rollins, Daniel Lanois). Bass and vintage analog production are courtesy of Minneapolis rock veteran Jacques Wait and John 'LA Seedy Underbelly' Kuker. Hope you enjoy.