About-Face

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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
The Working Title essentially craft guitar-driven modern rock akin to a secular Switchfoot or a much less grandiose U2. But there is something much more understated and comforting in the band's approach that brings an extremely light and welcoming aura to About-Face, their debut for the Universal imprint Cause for Alarm. Immediately engaging listeners at the hypnotic title track (really just the intro), the guys don't try to hit listeners over the head with bursting guitars and explosive rock dramatics. Instead, they're content to let their passionate musings strike unassumingly on late-night drives or simply while lying exposed on one's bed with the album on repeat in the ...
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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
The Working Title essentially craft guitar-driven modern rock akin to a secular Switchfoot or a much less grandiose U2. But there is something much more understated and comforting in the band's approach that brings an extremely light and welcoming aura to About-Face, their debut for the Universal imprint Cause for Alarm. Immediately engaging listeners at the hypnotic title track (really just the intro), the guys don't try to hit listeners over the head with bursting guitars and explosive rock dramatics. Instead, they're content to let their passionate musings strike unassumingly on late-night drives or simply while lying exposed on one's bed with the album on repeat in the background. Lead singer Joel Hamilton steers with an earthy and sensual voice that brings a vulnerable passion to the table, as various instrumental textures combine cohesively along the way. Guitars may ultimately abound, but they never boast a hard edge; they're just the backbone on which everything is based. About-Face is soft, clean, and gentle in a way that complements the band's strengths -- sweetly layered vocals, seamless arrangements, and emotive lyrics. Love, loss, and everything in between is touched on without crossing (or even really approaching) the bridge into whiny emo. Hamilton's expressive voice (at times evocative of John Mayer) can simply make a heart break ("Something She Said") just as easily as it can convey his own about to burst from aching ("Weigh Me Down"). "This Is Not Glorious" combines piano and drum programming with wonderful results, whereas "The Crash" lets shimmering guitars take over for a restless song of anxious love. About-Face is a charming ride through the world of the Working Title, and it suggests a bright future for the band. They do nothing more than absolutely captivate the whole way through, proving that getting in one's face isn't always necessary for catching one's attention.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2006
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602498571507
  • Catalog Number: 000682402

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 About-Face (2:10)
  2. 2 Nothing Less Radiant (4:23)
  3. 3 P.S. (4:34)
  4. 4 This Is Not Glorious (4:08)
  5. 5 Under the Ground (3:50)
  6. 6 The Crash (4:21)
  7. 7 Something She Said (4:54)
  8. 8 Weigh Me Down (4:25)
  9. 9 Never Run Again (4:57)
  10. 10 The Mary Getaway (I Lost Everything) (3:57)
  11. 11 Blind (3:25)
  12. 12 There Is None (5:03)
  13. 13 We Are Enslaved (4:42)
  14. 14 Turbulence (9:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Working Title Primary Artist
Joel Hamilton Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Chris Ginn Bass, Group Member
Adam Pavao Guitar, Group Member
Ross Taylor Drums, Group Member
Sadler Vaden Guitar
Technical Credits
David Bryson Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Carl Nappa Producer, Engineer
Brad Wood Producer, Engineer
Joel Hamilton Composer, Producer
Kevin Law Producer
Keith Gary Digital Editing
Jimmy Tuvoll Illustrations, Cover Design
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