Before Gardens After Gardens

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
The latest collaborative release from Lisa Papineau and Juan Alderete finds the two musicians again working very well to create their own individual achievement separate from their other work, a strong instance of atmospherics and understatedly compelling performances at a time when there's plenty of good candidates to choose from. Papineau's voice retains that quality of compelling focus mixed with inward consideration from her solo work, and with Alderete focusing on the electronic possibilities that offers, the result's often quite lovely. If anything, the opening "Regions," thanks notably to the use of fretless bass, suggests a post-hip-hop/techno approach for something...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
The latest collaborative release from Lisa Papineau and Juan Alderete finds the two musicians again working very well to create their own individual achievement separate from their other work, a strong instance of atmospherics and understatedly compelling performances at a time when there's plenty of good candidates to choose from. Papineau's voice retains that quality of compelling focus mixed with inward consideration from her solo work, and with Alderete focusing on the electronic possibilities that offers, the result's often quite lovely. If anything, the opening "Regions," thanks notably to the use of fretless bass, suggests a post-hip-hop/techno approach for something like Dali's Car, with a distinct vocalist meeting up with a multi-instrumentalist to see what results. Overall the feeling of restraint and crisp focus remains paramount on Before Gardens After Gardens, as on "Born with a Tear," a bit of a dreamy ballad from some David Lynch/Portishead intersection point given a gentler focus, or "Ready on the Line" as nervous, trebly music, Papineau at once swooping and intensely cutting. But then there's a peppy little swing of a number like "Right Action," with space age pop grooves, quirky keyboards, and electronic astringency as Papineau delivers a sweetly passionate performance, and the steady anthemic punch and groove of "Be Brave Go On," not a rabble-rouser per se but the closest thing the album has to it. "The Kindest Hour" is one of several moments when subtle backing vocals take the song to calm, familiar places, but other moments -- like the break into Hammond organ and descending bass, like a sudden late Talk Talk-style edit even while the careful pop focus continues, followed then by a shift toward a full duet, squirrelly vocals, and feeling like a moody Peter Gabriel number -- show the duo's abilities in full flight.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2012
  • Label: Rodriguez Lopez Prod
  • UPC: 634457549326
  • Catalog Number: 24
  • Sales rank: 252,137

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Regions (4:19)
  2. 2 Ready On the Line (2:53)
  3. 3 Infidels (2:58)
  4. 4 Right Action (2:34)
  5. 5 The Ladder (2:54)
  6. 6 The Kindest Hour (4:07)
  7. 7 Old Blood (2:49)
  8. 8 Born With a Tear (4:04)
  9. 9 Be Brave Go On (3:23)
  10. 10 Our Pleasant Home (5:16)
  11. 11 1 Thousand Petals (2:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Sir Primary Artist
David Wm. Sims Musician
Heather Lockie Musician
Lisa Papineau Musician
Mark "Money Mark" Ramos-Nishita Musician
Jonathan Hischke Musician
Deantoni Parks Musician
Steve Choi Musician
Cedric Bixler-Zavala Musician
Juan Alderete Musician
Michael Morgan Musician
Matthieu Lesenechal Musician
Teri Gender Bender Musician
Melanie Benoit Musician
Matthew Ebree Musician
Technical Credits
Robert Carranza Engineer, Mastering
Lisa Papineau Composer, Engineer, Artwork
Pete Lyman Engineer
Sonny Kay Layout
Lars Stalfors Engineer
Juan Alderete Composer, Engineer
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