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While listening to the full-length debut by Acute, 2007's Arms Around a Stranger, it becomes obvious that the members of this Los Angeles outfit are not afraid to wear their influences on their sleeves -- the fuzzy pop hooks of Weezer "You Want It? Take It! It's Yours!", Cars-esque new wave "The City", pre-Document R.E.M. "Saint", cheery piano pop "Trouble", etc. But it's not a mere ripoff of these aforementioned bands/styles; the Acute chaps including members of Poulain, Now It's Overhead, and Ozma have thoroughly processed these influences through their own musical blender, with an emphasis on lush pop songcraft. With the advent digital media, a new band often needs a mere...
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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
While listening to the full-length debut by Acute, 2007's Arms Around a Stranger, it becomes obvious that the members of this Los Angeles outfit are not afraid to wear their influences on their sleeves -- the fuzzy pop hooks of Weezer "You Want It? Take It! It's Yours!", Cars-esque new wave "The City", pre-Document R.E.M. "Saint", cheery piano pop "Trouble", etc. But it's not a mere ripoff of these aforementioned bands/styles; the Acute chaps including members of Poulain, Now It's Overhead, and Ozma have thoroughly processed these influences through their own musical blender, with an emphasis on lush pop songcraft. With the advent digital media, a new band often needs a mere handful of memorable songs to build a good buzz. However, Acute go about penning memorable alt-pop the good old-fashioned way -- alt-pop that lasts the full duration of an entire album. With the majority of up-and-coming rock bands seeming to be primarily concerned with getting their look just right for photo shoots rather than penning an album's worth of memorable songs, Arms Around a Stranger shows that Acute are one of the few exceptions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2007
  • Label: TSUNAMI LABEL GROUP
  • UPC: 804879059424
  • Catalog Number: 2

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Want It? Take It! It's Yours! (2:45)
  2. 2 The City (2:55)
  3. 3 Take a Step Back (2:33)
  4. 4 Saint (3:48)
  5. 5 Rust to It (3:46)
  6. 6 Trouble (2:09)
  7. 7 Follow You Home (2:59)
  8. 8 You Could End Up in Love (4:10)
  9. 9 Rip Your Heart Out! (2:59)
  10. 10 When We're Alone (11:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Acute Primary Artist
Katisse Buckingham Flute
David Ralicke Trombone
David Trumfio Acoustic Guitar, Wurlitzer
Eric Heywood Pedal Steel Guitar
Harry Trumfio Percussion, Washboard
Daphne Chen Violin, Viola
Patrick Edwards Drums, Track Performer
Matt Fish Cello
Isaac Lekach Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Track Performer, Wurlitzer
Jason Borger Organ, Synthesizer, Piano
Z. Berg Background Vocals
Colt Maloney Bass
Stewart Cole Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Morgan Nagler Background Vocals
Sara Bach French Horn
Jordan Koos Choir, Chorus
Darren Robinson Electric Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Travis Schneider Choir, Chorus
Donny Trieu Choir, Chorus
Whitney Wagner Choir, Chorus
Jason 'The Professor' Borger Keyboards
Technical Credits
David Trumfio Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Mark Chalecki Mastering
Federico Fellini Author
Pierre de Reeder Art Direction
Jason Borger Arranger
Colt Maloney Producer, Engineer
Nicole Bruckman Paintings
Josiah Mazzaschi Engineer
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