The Drunken Dance of Modern Man in Love

by Chris Robley

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(Drunken Dance) is without a doubt one of the strongest independent releases that has come into my hands this year.

-Shawn Kyle. Reax Music

‘The Drunken Dance of Modern Man in Love’ is an unusual, evocative album, both musically varied and tuneful.

-All Music Guide.

As subtly composed as fine wine. You know how well-written a song is when you’re not sure why it works; only that you could never write one like it if you tried… It’s clear that Robley’s a major talent, a force to be reckoned with.

-The Indie Literati

Each song is a fully formed vignette that could stand alongside any “Sgt. Pepper” or Queen cut… Looks like these future rock stars paid attention in lit class in college and grew up to be hyper-literate songwriters and pastiche-pretty producers. We’ll watch with great interest where the Selzers, Robleys, Wards and Decemberists take us next.

-Don Campbell. The Oregonian

Robley’s knack for inspired pop arrangements is astounding, recalling Neutral Milk Hotel, the Beatles and especially Elliott Smith.

-John Chandler. Portland Monthly.

While a comparison to Elliott Smith is easy to make, Robley shares the same potential as early Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum.

-San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Robley’s layered arrangements yield long-term rewards, as do his haunting turns of melodic and lyrical phrase. Catchy enough for teen-TV soundtracks and clever enough for critical acclaim.

-Jeff Rosenberg. Willamette Week.

Melodic without being precious or over-the-top, sonically eclectic without being disjointed, Drunken Dance plays like a series of intelligent novellas-as-pop-songs. Its pleasures and intrigues are many, and very refreshing.

His poetic sensibility gives his music a depth and wisdom many young songwriters lack.

-San Francisco Examiner

Chris Robley is one of those mad scientists of pop-rock, whose baroque experiments include everything but the kitchen synth.

-Tucson Weekly

Despite themes that include nightmares, night sweats, prostitution, bombed out churches and man’s disrespect for nature, the music buoys the spirit.

-The Record Searchlight

Drunken Dance of Modern Man In Love is a bountiful improvement from a debut that was already impressive in its own right. Pick this one up. ASAP.

The Drunken Dance of Modern Man in Love is nothing short of outstanding in that it mixes and molds so many genres, yet still keeps a cohesive feel. Robley is a fine example of how breaking the boundaries is not only good for music, but essential.

-Tim Wardyn. Ink19

Robley’s second coming is even better than the first…. effortlessly literate.

-Serena Markstrom. Eugene Register-Guard

Poetic narratives of death’s shadowy life-affirming presence rise up to greet you.


released November 7, 2007

This stereophonic album features many fine Portland luminaries and jaded jackals who were gracious enough to lend their hands:

Adam Selzer- of course, co-producing, engineering, and shaking various things.
John Stewart- who is in my other band THE SORT OFs as drummer and Mississippi musicologist.
Paul Brainard- pedal steeler from Richmond Fontaine.
Arthur Parker- who normally plucks a one-string washtub bass in Trash Can Joe.
Amanda Lawrence- of Loch Lomond playing cello, viola, and then doubling all those parts.
Mike Danner- also of Trash Can Joe, giving his honkey tonk best on piano and accordian.
Benny Morrison- of March Fourth Marching Band jacked up his back carrying in a baritone sax, tenor sax, and clarinet all at once.
James Gregg- stacked blocked horn parts with one trumpet on 4 tracks.
Steve Keeley- used the same instrument to play both violin and fiddle parts.

Mastered by Mike Wells.
Album art by Tammy Paladeni



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Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights Portland, Oregon

"Chris Robley is at the top of his game with his new work." - KCRW

Maine-based singer/songwriter and award-winning poet Chris Robley (formerly from Portland, Oregon) performs orchestral indie-pop and fractured folk reminiscent of John Lennon, John Vanderslice, Harry Nilsson, and Joe Henry.

His poetry has appeared in POETRY Magazine, Prairie Schooner, and many other journals.
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