Originally conceived as a solo album from that dog. frontwoman Anna Waronker, the third studio LP from the band arrived polished, constructed and aerodynamic for the late '90s post-grunge haze it emerged from.
While gems like "Hawthorne" quaintly imagine punk rock shows in car garages and "Minneapolis" recalls the "I only saw her for one second" ephemeral beauty of Citizen Kane, the album itself traverses a myriad of emotions and counts among its fans both Pat Smear of the Germs and the Vivian Girls.
Touring in support for Retreat had that dog sharing stages with the likes of Counting Crows, The Wallflowers and Blur. A deep interview by Matt Pinfield on MTV's 120 Minutes provided prime underground exposure. Boosted by a glossy music video, "Never Say Never" even found its way onto the Billboard Modern Rock charts. While a picture disc version of alternate mixes was self-released by the band in 2017, this is the first-ever vinyl release of this album.
Producer Brad Wood helps form these songs into shiny alterna-pop nuggets, making Retreat from the Sun into the best album Liz Phair never made.
Whatever fool-headed reason that that dog. didn't get their proper due in the '90s, now is a chance to correct the historical record thanks to Third Man's vinyl reissues of the group's two DGC albums. Both are spectacularly tuneful and shamelessly rocking, and blessedly free of buzzy covers or guest appearances. The band knew how strong their songs were and how well they could bring this glam-bubblegum attack to life free of any of those trappings - and maybe in defiance of their familial record biz connections (front woman Anna Waronker is the daughter of former Warner Bros. president Lenny; bassist Rachel Haden and violinist Petra are the daughters of jazz legend Charlie Haden). They stood firm on their own feet and made music for the ages.
- 180g Vinyl
- First time ever available on vinyl
- Appearances by Steve McDonald (Redd Kross), Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go's) & Tanya Haden (The Haden Triplets)
- Direct-to-board LP jacket
- I'm Never Gonna See You
- Never Say Never
- Being With You
- Gagged And Tied
- Retreat From The Sun
- Every Time I Try
- Long Island
- Did You Ever
- Cowboy Hat
- Until The Day I Die