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Boo! Human

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Boo! Human just wouldn't be a Joan of Arc record without strategic modes of operation involving some matter of constraint and shifting lineups; here it's reported to involve a lone week of recording time and a simple sign-up sheet for musicians willing to back Tim Kinsella's songs and vocals. For the most part, this entails Joan of Arc regulars Sam Zurick, Bobby Burg, and Mike Kinsella, plus others including Wilco's Leroy Bach, Bonnie "Prince" Billy regular Emmett Kelly, and Town and Country's Josh Abrams and Ben Vida. Most similar in sound and execution to So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness, Boo! Human matches Kinsella's intricate journalistic observations with the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Boo! Human just wouldn't be a Joan of Arc record without strategic modes of operation involving some matter of constraint and shifting lineups; here it's reported to involve a lone week of recording time and a simple sign-up sheet for musicians willing to back Tim Kinsella's songs and vocals. For the most part, this entails Joan of Arc regulars Sam Zurick, Bobby Burg, and Mike Kinsella, plus others including Wilco's Leroy Bach, Bonnie "Prince" Billy regular Emmett Kelly, and Town and Country's Josh Abrams and Ben Vida. Most similar in sound and execution to So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness, Boo! Human matches Kinsella's intricate journalistic observations with the band's jarring, occasionally atonal accompaniment. As with the best Joan of Arc, however, vocals and music follow the same intriguing twists and turns -- never following the well-worn path, but investigating intriguing byways and always arriving at the same destination. The sound is fleshed out much more than Joan of Arc has been for some time, and it's an easy album to be affected by -- at least for fans of confessional post-rock, Chicago style. "Just Pack or Unpack" features excellent group interplay to bring Kinsella's lyrics to fruition, and a no-holds-barred flair that encompasses several brief interludes for atonal guitar runs that slowly peak and even more slowly dissipate. Refreshingly, Kinsella keeps his harshest lyrics brief, and the group varies their sound accordingly, whether it's clashing strings on the minute-long "9/11 2" or the contentment and contemplation on the next track, "A Tell-Tale Penis." The music on the latter brings out the emotion of Kinsella's lyric, "Once we spent our afternoons dancing in our living room/ Now she's given in to her most unlit corners too soon." If ever a singer/songwriter seemed tailor-made for Chicago's avant-garde/post-rock community, it has to be Tim Kinsella.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2008
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records
  • UPC: 644110015228
  • Catalog Number: 152
  • Sales rank: 253,504

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shown and Told (3:22)
  2. 2 Laughter Reflected Back (2:44)
  3. 3 Just Pack or Unpack (5:09)
  4. 4 9-11 2 (1:19)
  5. 5 A Tell-Tale Penis (3:50)
  6. 6 Everywhere I Go Everyone: I Know Laughs and Says/I Told You So (1:23)
  7. 7 Vine on a Wire (4:57)
  8. 8 Insects Don't Eat Bananas (1:50)
  9. 9 Lying and Cheating and Chasing You Around (0:25)
  10. 10 If There Was a Time #1 (3:29)
  11. 11 The Surrender #1 (3:14)
  12. 12 If There Was a Time #2 (3:57)
  13. 13 The Surrender #2 (4:50)
  14. 14 So-And-So (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joan of Arc Primary Artist
Leroy Bach Organ, Electric Guitar
Josh Abrams Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Tim Kinsella Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Mike Kinsella Drums
Liz Payne Viola
Ben Vida Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Todd Mattei Piano, Electric Guitar
Sam Zurick Electric Bass
Bobby Burg Organ, Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Drums
Emmett Kelly Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Paul Koob Organ, Percussion, Piano, Conga
Technical Credits
Dan Stout Mastering
Tim Kinsella Engineer, Contributor
Graeme Gibson Engineer
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