Cold and Bouncy

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Cold and Bouncy is an accurate description of the High Llamas' music, in many ways. On the surface, it's light and airy, with sprightly or sighing melodies, sometimes quite detailed, but that very attention to detail keeps the music at an emotional distance -- it's easy to admire Sean O'Hagan's skill, but a little more difficult to be moved by it. Still, there's a lot to be said for being evocative, which the High Llamas certainly are. Like its predecessor, Hawaii, Cold and Bouncy floats between involved instrumentals and songs, relying on texture more than actual songwriting. O'Hagan is beginning to break away from his Brian Wilson obsessions, even if echoes of...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Cold and Bouncy is an accurate description of the High Llamas' music, in many ways. On the surface, it's light and airy, with sprightly or sighing melodies, sometimes quite detailed, but that very attention to detail keeps the music at an emotional distance -- it's easy to admire Sean O'Hagan's skill, but a little more difficult to be moved by it. Still, there's a lot to be said for being evocative, which the High Llamas certainly are. Like its predecessor, Hawaii, Cold and Bouncy floats between involved instrumentals and songs, relying on texture more than actual songwriting. O'Hagan is beginning to break away from his Brian Wilson obsessions, even if echoes of SMiLE and Pet Sounds are evident throughout the record. However, it sounds more than ever like original work, thanks to a subtle incorporation of retro-electronic textures, straight out of his work with Stereolab. Those keyboards open the sound up just enough to make Cold and Bouncy the group's most inviting release since Gideon Gaye, but it still suffers from O'Hagan's meandering tendencies. While it's not the marathon of Hawaii, the album still runs way too long, lasting well over an hour. Instead of adding depth, the length makes O'Hagan's ideas difficult to assimilate, and by the end of the record, it sounds like he only has variations on a handful of themes. But when the album is consumed in small doses, however, O'Hagan's flair for arrangement and sonic detail burns brightly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/1998
  • Label: V2 / WASABI
  • UPC: 638812700728
  • Catalog Number: 27007

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Twisto Teck (0:45)
  2. 2 The Sun Beats Down (3:48)
  3. 3 Hiball Nova Scotia (4:59)
  4. 4 Tilting Windmills (4:10)
  5. 5 Glide Time (4:32)
  6. 6 Bouncy Glimmer (1:15)
  7. 7 Three Point Scrabble (5:24)
  8. 8 Homespin Rerun (5:22)
  9. 9 Painters Paint (3:50)
  10. 10 Evergreen Vampo (3:40)
  11. 11 Showstop Hip Hop (6:09)
  12. 12 Over the River (3:59)
  13. 13 End on Tick Tock (1:44)
  14. 14 Didball (4:03)
  15. 15 Jazzed Carpenter (4:18)
  16. 16 Lobby Bears (4:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The High Llamas Primary Artist
John Bennett Band
Sally Herbert Violin
Sean O'Hagan Band
Andy Ramsay electronic percussion
Kate Wilkinson Viola
Steve Waterman Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Rob Allum Band
Andy Robinson Trombone
Marcus Holdaway Cello
Fulton Dingley Loops
Julia Singleton Violin
Mark Bassey Trombone
Kelsey Michael Vocals
Jacqueline Norrie Violin
Dominic Murcott Marimbas, Vibes
Colin Crawley Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
John Bennett Contributor
Sean O'Hagan Contributor
Andy Ramsay Contributor
Rob Allum Contributor
Steve Rooke Mastering
Fulton Dingley Programming, Engineer
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