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All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
Like every release from Frank Orrall's folksy, soulful big-rock band, the group's seventh effort, 7, is all over the map. That's probably a very good thing for his many fans who have come to expect all sorts of genre explorations and trippy stylistic changes, but maybe not such a good thing to win over any newcomers. Further, 7 almost seems like two albums thrown together -- 7 and 8, or 7 1/2 -- with the sprawling 14 tracks seemingly split right down the middle between the first half's lush, full-fledged winners and what seems like mostly B-side caliber afterthoughts in the second half. For every breezy Hawaiian-tinged soul number like "Perfect Music" and every punchy ...
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All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
Like every release from Frank Orrall's folksy, soulful big-rock band, the group's seventh effort, 7, is all over the map. That's probably a very good thing for his many fans who have come to expect all sorts of genre explorations and trippy stylistic changes, but maybe not such a good thing to win over any newcomers. Further, 7 almost seems like two albums thrown together -- 7 and 8, or 7 1/2 -- with the sprawling 14 tracks seemingly split right down the middle between the first half's lush, full-fledged winners and what seems like mostly B-side caliber afterthoughts in the second half. For every breezy Hawaiian-tinged soul number like "Perfect Music" and every punchy rocker like "From This Moment On," there's a clunky sub-Dead Milkmen joke punk misfire such as "Candy" or an artistic ripoff of another band like "In Comes the Night," which apes Peter Murphy while stealing a melody from the Church. Again, longtime followers won't care, because they'll revel in the good and the bad, and at least there's a lot of fun to be had. Take the soul-funk of "Sticky" for instance, with its SNL pronunciation of "lovers" and lighthearted 1980s vibe. The usual earth and water references are rampant and love juices flow throughout the album, most outrageously on the second half's best song, "Super Tarana," where Orrall sings about doing things all over his significant other while love is spread all over him. It's worth noting that "From This Moment On" and "Super Tarana" sound quite a bit like the Arcade Fire, as both groups rock out thunderously with the aid of violins, and Orrall channels an urgency that's come to be Win Butler's trademark. Fans of that group would do well to track down these two songs, but it's likely that the 1980s soul and light rock, the Lambchop horns, and the Polyphonic Spree hippie Technicolor revelry on display elsewhere on the album would turn off this same new audience. History has been to known to look at Orrall and company as a band that never lived up to its potential, as overly slick studio production extinguished early promise. There's a lot to like on this album, but there's also a sense that a great deal of editing and better sequencing would have made for a release that leaves an overall better impression. The sometimes gorgeous but often aimless and somewhat amateurish 7 is, in its own way, a perfect overview of Poi Dog Pondering, who have many tricks up their sleeves but who sometimes flub the final reveal. It's probably also their finest hour since 1995's Pomegranate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • Label: Deep Distribution
  • UPC: 712906007723
  • Catalog Number: 60077
  • Sales rank: 209,234

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Perfect Music (2:11)
  2. 2 Sticky (3:15)
  3. 3 Lemon Drop Man (3:55)
  4. 4 Butterflies (5:10)
  5. 5 From This Moment On (3:31)
  6. 6 Palm Leaf Effigy (3:45)
  7. 7 Rusted Weather (3:23)
  8. 8 Baby Together (4:32)
  9. 9 Heaven Only Knows (4:38)
  10. 10 In Comes the Night (3:59)
  11. 11 Outta Yer Head (2:39)
  12. 12 Candy (2:12)
  13. 13 Super Tarana (2:44)
  14. 14 Space Dust (6:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Poi Dog Pondering Primary Artist
Susan Voelz Violin, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Ron Hall Bass, Group Member
Dag Juhlin Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Plucked Piano, Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Group Member
John Nelson Group Member
Frank Orrall Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Ukulele, Vocals, Bandoneon, Vibes, Charango, cuatro, Upright Bass, Wurlitzer, Jaw Harp, Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Guzheng, Group Member
Abra Moore Background Vocals, Chanteuse, Guest Appearance
Ted Cho Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping, Lap Steel Guitar, Echo, Electric Mandola, Group Member
Kornell Hargrove Background Vocals, Group Member
Dan Leali Drums, Group Member
Inger Carle Violin
Andra Kulans Violin, Viola
Josh Bell Tenor Saxophone
Nate Lepine Baritone Saxophone
Rick Gehrenbeck Synthesizer, Hammond Organ, Clavinet, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Group Member
Nick Broste Trombone
Martin Stebbing Bass, Omnichord
Jean Christopher Leroy Conga
Seth Drake Piano, Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping, Piano (Upright)
Captain John Manion Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping
Mistress Stephanie Chanteuse
Technical Credits
Susan Voelz Composer, String Arrangements
Dag Juhlin Composer
Frank Orrall Composer, Producer, Electronic Treatments
Ted Cho Producer, Engineer
D-Zine Cover Art
Martin Stebbing Producer, Engineer
Jason Michael Ward Mastering
Marco Ferrari Artwork, translation
Marisa Boccaccini Ferrari Contributor
Virginio Ferrari Sculpture
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