02 - John Frusciante - Lever Pulled (Curtains)




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Published on Oct 11, 2010

John Frusciante - Lever Pulled
Album: Curtains (2005)

Curtains is the seventh solo album by John Frusciante released on February 1, 2005 through Record Collection.The last album in the six-in-six series was almost two months late due to a printing mistake, yet absolutely worth the wait. John's voice is better than ever and on some songs, such as Control and Ascension, he's literally playing with his wide vocal range and, through crystal-clear singing, once again, portraying the nude of his own soul; singing and strumming the cords from the living room for of his Los Angeles home, backed up by his friends Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Carla Azar and Ken Wild. The emotions and voice are echoing after having hit the glass and the walls and are channeled through the acoustic guitars, electric guitar overlays and even a melodica solo at the end of A Name, following the last sung lines starting with words from a children's game. On Lever Pulled, yet another song that resembles a poem from the later XIX century romanticism era, it sounds as if the notes escaped, tripped and broke against the floor. There are verses which could associate to Prometheus and Noah; yet the most of it is pure Frusciante, the raw flesh just torn off a poet's heart. Casual listeners are most likely to say that John resembles Cat Stevens on this album.

1. The Past Recedes [3:53]
2. Lever Pulled [2:22]
3. Anne [3:35]
4. The Real [3:07]
5. A Name [2:03]
6. Control [4:29]
7. Your Warning [3:33]
8. Hope [1:56]
9. Ascension [2:53]
10. Time Tonight [3:12]
11. Leap Your Bar [2:36]


You're the feeling of hurting
More is what I'm asking for
Little lies cross overboard
Wait for the crying
Love to aim at besides
Lever pulled
Go where you are, little pond
Never be seen, by your saw
We'll work it out

Now the feelings are right where you saw
Forever is right where we were
Never be clean
Lever pulled
Be where you are


Release date: 01st February 2005
Released: Worldwide
Publisher: Record Collection Music
Duration: 33 minutes, 43 seconds
John plays: Acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, melodica, piano, strings essemble, mellotron, synthesizer, treatments
Other musicians: Carla Azar plays the drums, Ken Wild upright bass. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta plays lead guitar on Lever Pulled and "joined guitars" with John on Anne
Produced by: John Frusciante
Engineered by: Ryan Hewitt
Mixed by: Ryan Hewitt
Mixing assisted by: Chris Holmes
Recorded/mixed at/when: John's living room (08-14th and 19-23 May 2004)
Mastered by/where: Bernie Grundman/Bernie Grundman Mastering Hollywood, CA, USA
Designed by: Mike Piscitelli, John Frusciante
Cover photograph by: Lola Montes



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