The Age of Anxiety

by Larry O. Dean

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Larry O. Dean's third solo album borrows its title from the book-length poem by W. H. Auden. A poet himself, Dean had been reading Auden at the time and thought the phrase was as applicable to the present day as it was to the post-World War II years, when Auden wrote it. Starting off with the Dylanesque “Unapologetically Yours,” in some ways this is the most songwriter-y of Dean's albums. He has always considered lyrics to be of the utmost importance, and while length is no prerequisite to quality, many of the songs here build on wordplay and intricate images to create their own, often dystopian worlds—the mythic “Bermuda Triangle Blues,” urban diorama “Famous Monsters,” and blackly comic “Fun Turns to Tragedy.” The sardonic edge of one of LOD's heroes, Warren Zevon, is further echoed in “Thanks to St. Dymphna” (patron saint of the nervous, emotionally disturbed and mentally ill) and yuppie smackdown, “Gap Generation.”

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released December 9, 2014

Recorded at Studio Andalusia, San Francisco, CA 1992. Produced and engineered by Larry O. Dean. Remastered September 2014 by Wally Sound, Oakland, CA.

Larry O. Dean (guitar, vocals, bass, keyboards, percussion).

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Larry O. Dean Chicago, Illinois

Larry O. Dean was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. His numerous chapbooks include I Am Spam (2004), a series of poems “inspired” by junk email, abbrev (2011), and About the Author (2011). A full-length collection, Brief Nudity is forthcoming in 2013. He is also an acclaimed songwriter whose most recent CD release is Fun with a Purpose (2009) with The Injured Parties. ... more

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