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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
On Eksi Ekso's third album, the Boston-based group continues to explore what it is to be a rock band while trying to avoid a fair amount of what rock is supposed to be -- no bad thing, really, considering a lot of what does pass for experimentation under the name. "Carte de Visite" demonstrates early on how well the band explores the possibilities of mood, creating a kind of rumbling funk with stark edges, not indie as such though getting in a bit more in the way of feedback crunch toward the end of the song. The piano's prominence gives a sense of how this blends band-driven theatrics with something more, further elaborated by Tom Korkidis' deep-voiced approach. The title ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
On Eksi Ekso's third album, the Boston-based group continues to explore what it is to be a rock band while trying to avoid a fair amount of what rock is supposed to be -- no bad thing, really, considering a lot of what does pass for experimentation under the name. "Carte de Visite" demonstrates early on how well the band explores the possibilities of mood, creating a kind of rumbling funk with stark edges, not indie as such though getting in a bit more in the way of feedback crunch toward the end of the song. The piano's prominence gives a sense of how this blends band-driven theatrics with something more, further elaborated by Tom Korkidis' deep-voiced approach. The title track also provides more in its slow, waltz-time swing at the start, with dramatic guitar parts that are somewhat more conventional in sound and impact, but only just, while "West of Rize" is one of the best examples throughout at how good the group is at creating introductions, in this case a big guitar twang and rhythmic punch. (The horns and strings starting "Black Sea Accomplice" would also count for their favor there.) Yet ultimately the album is not riff-centered at all, finding an unstable, often surprising energy in exchange for the "obvious" approach. The sometimes awkward power on "Rein, White Sun" is one of the best on the album -- when said power fully clicks together for the group, it's breathtaking -- while the stomp, slow descending piano, and steady harmonies of "Traitor Traitor" help show this often confounding band at its best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2011
  • Label: Mylene Sheath
  • UPC: 798546265624
  • Catalog Number: 27
  • Sales rank: 242,739

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eksi Ekso Primary Artist
Derek Lewis French Horn
Sarah Rabdau Vocals
Adam Jones Bass Trombone
Ryan McBride Percussion, Hand Clapping
Tom Korkidis Group Member
Daniel Linden Trombone
Beth Holub Viola
Arto Asadoorian Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Alex Mihm Group Member
Mike Dahlberg Cello
Matt Girard Trumpet
Jessica Amidon Violin
Evan Ouellette Vocals
Veronica Dicker Violin
Sean Will Group Member
Sara Harding Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Dave McNair Mastering
Peter Moore Engineer
Scott Riebling Engineer
Angela Silva Artwork
Chris McLaughlin Engineer
Eksi Ekso Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ryan McBride Engineer
Tom Korkidis Composer, Lyricist, String Arrangements
Glenn Smith Engineer
Beth Holub String Arrangements
Sean Will Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
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