10 Neurotics

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Given where Black Tape for a Blue Girl started almost a quarter of a century back with Sam Rosenthal's exploration of calm, extended electronics twinned with darkly textured, melodramatic performances that ended up being tagged as goth for lack of a better term, it's striking to sense how his muse and interests have been reflected over the years with the release of each new album. Halo Star had already showcased his increasing interest with neo-cabaret music and 10 Neurotics brings it flowering in the full, even as there's enough of the calm contemplation lurking in the arrangements and familiar from albums like Ashes in the Brittle Air. But right from the start, with the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Given where Black Tape for a Blue Girl started almost a quarter of a century back with Sam Rosenthal's exploration of calm, extended electronics twinned with darkly textured, melodramatic performances that ended up being tagged as goth for lack of a better term, it's striking to sense how his muse and interests have been reflected over the years with the release of each new album. Halo Star had already showcased his increasing interest with neo-cabaret music and 10 Neurotics brings it flowering in the full, even as there's enough of the calm contemplation lurking in the arrangements and familiar from albums like Ashes in the Brittle Air. But right from the start, with the alternate-world Weimar-bar singalong of "Sailor Boy," performed by Laurie Reade and Athan Maroulis, Rosenthal's two main vocal muses this time around, it's clear that Rosenthal's work with performers like Nicki Jaine in the Revue Noir collaboration continues to bear further fruit. Jaine herself appears at various points throughout the album, her own vocal highlight being the amazing kiss-off "Rotten Zurich Café," while Rosenthal and multi-instrumentalist Brian Viglione handle the majority of the music. For all of the more overt role-playing in the lyrics in place of straight-up confessionals as in the past -- a good example of the newer approach being seen in "Inch Worm," with lyrics derived from a blog Rosenthal read on the concerns of self-image -- there's still enough of it to draw a line back to the past. Combined with the calmer music on songs like "Caught by a Stranger," featuring Projekt regulars Michael Laird of Unto Ashes and Steve Roach, and even more notably "I Strike You Down," sung by the ever-elegant Elysabeth Grant, 10 Neurotics is in the end as much of a career summation as a marking point for Rosenthal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Projekt Records
  • UPC: 617026022925
  • Catalog Number: 229
  • Sales rank: 115,491

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Black Tape for a Blue Girl Primary Artist
Steve Roach Drones
Michael Laird Percussion
Gregor Kitzis Violin
Athan Maroulis Vocals
Ken Collins Guitar
Sam Rosenthal Bass, Guitar, Piano, Harmonium, Vocals, Background Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, electronics
Todd Londagin Trombone, Vocals
Margaret Middleton Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals, electronics
Brian Viglione Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Snare Drums, Guitar Loops
Lisa Feuer Flute
Nicki Jaine Guitar, Vocals
Elysabeth Grant Vocals
Lucas Lanther Vocals
Laurie Reade Vocals, Background Vocals, Voices
Charles Caranicas Trumpet, Vocals
Ken Collins Guitar
Technical Credits
Steve Roach Vocal Treatments
Martin Bisi Engineer
Al Ursini Mastering
Gregor Kitzis Violin Arrangement
Athan Maroulis Melody Arrangement
Sam Rosenthal Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer, Art Direction, Concept, Melody Arrangement, Vocal Treatments
Margaret Middleton Composer, Lyricist
Brian Viglione Arranger, Composer, Producer, Percussion Arrangement, Drum Arrangements
Nicki Jaine Arranger, Composer
Paul Trapani Cover Photo
Laurie Reade Composer, Lyricist, Melody Arrangement
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