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All Music Guide:

Salim Nourallah has been quietly making some of the best and most engaging music on the pop underground for over a decade, and while his chores as a producer and engineer have been occupying much of his time since the release of his album Constellation in 2009, he managed to duck into Austin's Treefort Studios for a few days with some talented friends and walked out with one of his best records to date. Nourallah has always had a gift for a great pop melody, but he's clearly stepped up his game as a songwriter on Hit Parade; the tunes are as lovely as ever, but he digs in deeper as a lyricist on this material, and the Parisian romantic reverie of "38 Rue de Sevigne," the childhood exploits of "Unstoppable," the joys and sorrows of "Goddamn Life," and the teenage anxieties of "Channel 5" hit a little harder and tell richer tales than Nourallah has offered us in the past, and the lively angst of "Never Felt Better" and the sharply focused rage of "Everybody Knows" may feel less nuanced but they still hit their targets dead on. Nourallah also has a top-notch band backing him up on Hit Parade, featuring Joe Reyes of Buttercup on guitar, Richard Martin of Shibboleth on keyboards, Jason Garner of the Polyphonic Spree on bass, and John Dufilho of the Apples in Stereo on drums; the players are individually solid, and together this is the tightest, most versatile, and most simpatico group Nourallah has worked with to date. And even though he has a fine résumé as a producer, bringing in Jim Vollentine to handle the sessions was a wise choice, as he gives the album a sound that's crisp but full-bodied and makes the most of the dust this band can kick up. Salim Nourallah is still finding wrinkles in his music, and on Hit Parade he delivers a dozen songs that show he has plenty to say and fine ways to tell his tales; this is a superb album from a master of contemporary pop, and if you like a good melodic song well performed, you're going to love Hit Parade.

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released April 10, 2012

John Dufilho Drums
Jason Garner Drums, Guitar (Bass), Shaker, Vocals (Background)
Jeff Johnston Bass, Guest Artist, Tambourine, Vocals (Background)
Richard Martin Fender Rhodes, Mellotron, Organ, Piano
Salim Nourallah Chord Organ, Clavinet, Composer, Guitar (Acoustic), Mellotron, Primary Artist, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Joe Reyes Bass, Drums, Glockenspiel, Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Ukulele, Vocals (Background)

Rip Rowan Guest Artist, Mellotron, Moog Synthesizer, Piano (Electric)
Chris Smart Guest Artist, Tambourine
Jim Vallentine Engineer, Mixing, Producer

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Salim Nourallah Dallas, Texas

Salim is a North Texas music scene fixture. After gaining initial acclaim with Nourallah Brothers he’s gone on to release a half dozen solo albums and produce a fine list of many others (including Old 97s & the Damnwells). His solo debut Polaroid was met with reviews like this one:“discovering a singer-songwriter who can stop time is rare, but Salim Nourallah is such a find…” (Rolling Stone). ... more

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Track Name: 38 Rue De Sévigné
This is the place to fall in love, fall in love
This is the place to fall in love, fall in love
Sun is shining
This is the place to fall…

This green and pleasant land
Where no one shakes your hand
They meet you on the street
And kiss you on the cheek
This is the place to fall…

Sun is shining
This is the place to fall in love

No worries here to bring
Or phones for you to ring
Breeze is blowing in
Over rooftops made of tin

This is the place to fall in love
This is the place to fall in love, fall in love
Love is binding
This is the place to fall…

I sit down on the bed
The sun is straight ahead
I strum and watch it set
A perfect picturette

This is the place to fall. this is the place to fall
This is the place to fall in love, this is the place to fall in love
This is the place to fall in love, yeah fall in love

Sun is shining
Track Name: Unstoppable
You are only 5, barely been alive
But you know so much
Riding on your bike, dreaming what you like
Got a painter’s touch

Unstoppable…unstoppable

Swimming in a pool, learn to tie your shoes
Going off to school
We struggle to let go, teach you what we know
But then time is cruel

It’s unstoppable…unstoppable

So who you gonna be
Who you gonna be when you’re all grown up?
Who you gonna be, who you gonna be when you’re over us?
Yeah, who you gonna be, who you gonna be
When you’re all grown up?
Who you gonna be, who you gonna be when you’re over us?

Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo, doo-doo

But I’ll take today, sit and watch you play
It’s the greatest time
You’re a pure delight, mischief in your eyes
And you’ve got this mind

That’s unstoppable…unstoppable

So who you gonna be when you’re all grown up?
Yeah, who you gonna be, who you gonna be when you’re over us?

Doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo, doo-doo
Track Name: Channel 5
I wasn’t born a dancer
The danger was too much
So while you learned to cha-cha-cha i languished in the tub

A rumba in the jungle
Some soft shoes for your toes
A dance safari in your mind while i stayed safe at home

Channel five…
Channel five…
Channel five…

We didn’t have no hang ups or prejudice in us
We’d see a person on the street
And come at them with love

Unbridled joy each morning to simply be alive
We’d sing and dance, and dance some more
Then chase some butterflies

Channel five…
Channel five…channel five…channel five
That was when we got it right, so let’s go back again tonight

So now I feed the mortgage
And dream in dollar signs
The endless chatter in my brain just telling me what to buy

But I think of you each Monday
When I tune in at 8
And join the folks in TV-land
For a pitiful gyrate

Channel five…
That was when we got it right, so let’s go back again tonight
Track Name: Hit Parade
Then I was a dreamer
Then I was a star
Then I was a hero
Then I wrecked some cars

Then I was a brother
Then I was a son
Then I was a mother
Then I played the drums

Used to be I used to see love in spades
Used to be I used to dream unrestrained
Used to be my life was a hit parade
Used to be I used to breathe in the days

Used to be a fighter
Used to be a cop
Then I was a writer
Then I learned to walk

Used to be I used to see love in spades
Used to be I used to dream un-detained
Used to be my life was a hit parade
Used to be I used to breathe in the days

Then I was a singer
Then I was a saint
Then I was a winner
Then I learned to hate

Then I was a grown up
Then I went to war
Learned to follow orders
But I’m not quite sure what for

Used to be I used to see love in spades
Used to be I used to dream unrestrained
Used to be my life was a hit parade
Used to be I used to breathe in the days
Track Name: Never Felt Better
I’ve never felt better I’ve never felt worse
I’ve never felt better I’ve never felt worse
Never felt better I’ve never felt worse
Like a president riding in the heart of a hearse

These are the best of times
And Russia in the winter of our discontent
I’ve got some of sun and wine
Swimming in a sea of contemplative shit
I’m in a jungle fight
Scrapping with the creditors who fund my life
Oh but I’m doing fine…

I’ve never felt better I’ve never felt worse
Like a millionaire with an empty purse
I said never felt better I’ve never felt worse
A diver diving in a pool of dirt

We used to be so young
Chewing up the world like bits of bubblegum
But now I turn and run
Shaking like a leaf under the laughing sun
My life’s a smoking gun…go write a requiem

You’ve got no idea what I’m going through
I’ve got no idea what you’re going through
‘Til we walk a mile in each others shoes

Is this our Waterloo?
We got a little baby and her eyes are blue
What are we gonna do?
We try to find a minute but our life’s a zoo
I think I’ll lean on you…but then you’re broken too

You’ve got no idea what I’m going through
I’ve got no idea what you’re doing too

I’ve never felt better I’ve never felt worse
I said I’ve never felt better I’ve never felt worse
A millionaire dying with an empty purse
A president riding in the heart of a hearse
Yeah, a diver diving in a pool of dirt

I’ve got everything I need, I’ve got nothing that I want
I’ve got everything I need, I’ve got nothing that I want
I’ve got everything I need, you’ve got nothing that I want
Nothing that I want
Nothing that I want

A birthday present with a wicked curse (welcome to the maze underneath my shirt)

I’d say I’ve got it all
With everything to lose it’s cool to be afraid
I don’t feel safe at all
Wake up every morning in a blissful state
Temptation’s everywhere
Diabetic dreams of stealing birthday cake
A sugar high nightmare

I used to be so young
Chewing up the world like sticks of bubblegum

And though I’m going blind
Somewhere in the distance I can feel a light

I’m in a field of light
Laughing as the children try to fly their kites
And though I’m losing sight

I’ve go a perfect life

I’ve got everything I need, I’ve got nothing that I want

Most days I gotta smile (sick of it)
Sweating in the bunker trying to make the rent
I’m feeling ill and fine
Track Name: Goddamn Life
With plastic soldiers in the backyard
We fought to save our very lives
They combed our hair, washed out our mouths, got us to school
Then gave us rules that we despised

This goddamn life (with odds stacked up against us)
This goddamn life (and fighting on all sides)
This goddamn life (we’re so afraid of losing)
That beats us every time

I gazed with longing at her beauty
In back of 6th grade science class
I doodled Cupid and a thousand hearts and flowers
Erased the mix tape she gave back

This goddamn life (with odds stacked up against us)
This goddamn life (we’re fighting to survive)
This goddamn life (we’re so afraid of losing)
Yet it beats us all the time

In my mind we’re never growing old…
In my mind we’re doing backflips, striking matchsticks in revolt

Another Fall gives way to Winter
You’re standing in your favorite coat
A sleeve is ripped, it doesn’t fit you anymore
Another thing you loved outgrown

With everything against us
And fighting on all sides
That we’re all so in love with
I’m so in love with mine

I’m so in love with my
Goddamn life
So in love with my
Goddamn life
I’m so in love with my goddamn life, goddamn life
My goddamn life
Track Name: Warriors of Love
Two warriors of love will agree to come together
Same strength, same energy, like birds of a feather
They’ll give of themselves like never before
They’ll climb the highest of mountains and come back again for more

Two warriors of love soar like eagles over oceans
Set countless examples of true love and pure devotion
But when the road gets tough as it eventually does
Will our heroes go to war or simply move to Canada?

Now is the time
To go the way of the warriors
Because you are a warrior of love

Well if love is a battlefield our hearts are machine guns
We aim ‘em at the world and then level our loved ones
Some revel in the rubble they eventually make
While crushing lovers under wheels of their own armored tank

Are you gonna be a General? Are you gonna be a Private?
Do you have all that it takes? Yeah, do you think you can survive it?
‘Cause no one ever said that love was easy, did they now?
Your brow is sweating from the pressure, you should apply a towel

Now is the time
To go the way of the warriors
Because you are a warrior of love

Go fight for love
Hack your way through delusion
On wings of a dove you’ll lay waste to confusion
The world may try to tempt you but you’re too smart for that
You don’t buy in to lowly sin like the rest of the pack

Love has a way of making us heroes
Came into this play just a wounded Shakespearo
You may not be the poet you intended to be
Still you’ll be manning the fort while the peasants are asleep

Now is the time…
Because you are a warrior of love
Track Name: Travolta
With your golf pants on
And your yellow tie
Dressed to the nines
You’re pointing at the sky

But then the doubt kicks in
You feel sick inside
Your stomach’s heading south
You wanna have a cry

At the realization that you don’t know what you’re doing
Yeah, the realization that you don’t know what you’re doing

On the dance floor now
The beat commands your hips
Some young ones at the bar
Press cocktails to their lips

You got a white suit on
Just like Travolta did
The only thing gone wrong
Is you’re frozen stiff

By the realization that you don’t know what you’re doing
Yeah, the realization that you don’t know what you’re doing

You hear the chapel bells
She’s moving up the aisle
Your friends and loved ones stare
You fake a plastic smile

You try to say “I do”
But you can’t speak a word
A riot in your heart
Panic in the church

With the realization that you don’t know what you’re doing
Yeah, the realization is you don’t know what you’re doing
Track Name: The Quitter
I know you
Pulling out of everything you do
Yes, it’s true
Never gonna stay to see this through
Great big plans
Washed away like castles made of sand
Understand
I’m not an assassin I’m you’re fan

You’re the quitter, the quitter

Dreaming up
Everything and more under the sun
Packing up
Even though you’ve only just begun
I’m your friend
Only with a hand I’d like to lend
So lets pretend
You are gonna make it to the end

You’re the quitter, the quitter

All those thorny roses and your feet
What’s gonna make your life complete?
There’s always some elaborate scheme
You’ve engineered left incomplete

Is it the fear of failure too
The same as i have inside you?
If we don’t try then we can’t fail
The safest way is just to bail…
You’re gonna bail!!!!!

I know you
Pulling out of everything you do
And I guess it’s true
You’re never gonna stay to see this through…you’re the quitter, the quitter
Track Name: Friends for Life
When you grow old, if you make it that far
You might look back on your life
And think of good friends that you once had
And maybe I’ll come to mind
Or maybe I won’t?
Yeah, maybe I won’t…

The conversations we could’ve had
The memories we should’ve shared
I thought you’d be there through the good and the bad
With love to conquer the despair
Like friends for life…
Thought we were friends for life

I hear a song on the radio
And memories of you come to mind
I almost dial your number on my phone
But instead I just switch it off

It’s funny how friends tend to drift in and out
Of our lives over the years
But I never thought in my wildest dreams
You’d be the one who simply disappeared

Thought we were friends for life
We were friends for life
Thought we were friends for life, yeah
We were friends for life
Track Name: Everybody Knows
Look at the way that you bullied the meek
Look at the way that you cheated, you cheat
Using your wholesome cheerleader routine
To prey like a wolf on your following sheep

Yeah, look at the way you betrayed to consume
Look how you twisted, maneuvered and used
You left us for broke and road off on your broom
While we swallowed your lies Indian style on bamboo

Everybody knows

Look what you did to insure a free ride
Look at the way that you conned and connived
Now how do you sleep in the wake of this tide?
You could drown in the tears that fell down from our eyes

Everybody knows

So you say that I poisoned your life for a kick?
Well, if that's not delusion then tell me what is?
It’s the last thing I’d do, yeah, I thought we were friends
Now it’s your choice not mine over which truth to bend

Everybody knows
Yeah, everybody knows

They know…they know
Track Name: Miette
For the sun and the dreaming sky
For this one in the morning light
For this moment that we shared in time
I write these words hope you will find

For the miracle that you are here
For the promise of another year
For the angels watching over us
Your will is strong, it’s obvious

Miette, Miette, Miette
My love

When our time is up I’ll come back here
To this morning, shining crystal clear
To this moment that we shared in time
I’ll never leave you far behind

I was with you from the very start
In the audience of your heart
Nothing here can take me from your side
I’ve read the stories in your eyes

Miette, Miette, Miette
My love

Oh, where does time go?
Oh, where does time go?

Miette, Miette
My love