Armed to the Teeth

Armed to the Teeth

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by Abandoned Pools
     
 

Tommy Walter made one of the more overlooked alt-rock albums in recent memory with Humanistic, his 2001 debut as Abandoned Pools. Of course it was overlooked -- by the turn of the 21st century, "alternative" wasn't really anything anymore, having fragmented into post-grunge, rap-rock, safe-sounding…  See more details below

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Tommy Walter made one of the more overlooked alt-rock albums in recent memory with Humanistic, his 2001 debut as Abandoned Pools. Of course it was overlooked -- by the turn of the 21st century, "alternative" wasn't really anything anymore, having fragmented into post-grunge, rap-rock, safe-sounding AAA, and a host of other subgenres. But there are still common twinges to all those records released on labels like DGC and American in the mid-'90s wake of Nevermind and Pablo Honey, and that's the sound Abandoned Pools continues to mine with 2005's Armed to the Teeth. At first Walter's falsetto resembles the wail of an overstimulated emo kid. But he's much too talented a songwriter to fall into that trap, and the rich late-album ballad "Maybe Then Someday" even beats that whole scene at its own game. Most of the songs on Armed to the Teeth are guided by strong guitar melodies that pay off in big choruses, particularly on "Catalyst" and "Lethal Killers," and the layers of strings, brass, keyboards, and programming in tracks like "Tighter Noose" and "Renegade" add intriguing depth. Abandoned Pools often suggests a less baroque version of VAST (Visual Audio Sensory Theater), the ongoing one-man project of fellow '90s alt-rock devotee Jon Crosby.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2005
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602498842782
catalogNumber:
000526902

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Abandoned Pools   Primary Artist
Tommy Walter   Bass,Guitar,Cello,Bass Guitar,French Horn,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Armen Anassian   Violin
Billy Howerdel   Guitar,French Horn
Sean Woolstenhulme   Guitar,Group Member
Bryan Head   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Erlinda Romero   Violin
Nathan Lanier   Violin
Han Oh   Viola
Emily Wright   Cello
Victoria Lanier   Violin

Technical Credits

Gareth Jones   Producer,Audio Production
Danny Kalb   Engineer
Adam Moseley   Engineer
Tommy Walter   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,Sample Programming
Scott Garrett   Loop
Multitracks   Loop
T.J. River   Art Direction
Emily Wright   String Arrangements

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