Combinations

Combinations

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by Eisley
     
 

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Eisley gets more ambitious with each EP and album, as well they should: Combinations is the band's second album, but they recorded it when they were barely in their twenties -- a time when growth and change aren't just natural, they're required. This set of songs reflects Eisley's evolution; they sound more grown-up and maybe a shade

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Eisley gets more ambitious with each EP and album, as well they should: Combinations is the band's second album, but they recorded it when they were barely in their twenties -- a time when growth and change aren't just natural, they're required. This set of songs reflects Eisley's evolution; they sound more grown-up and maybe a shade less playful than Room Noises and the band's EPs, but they keep the uniqueness that made Eisley worth hearing in the first place. Combinations gets off to a literally rocky start with "Many Funerals," which begins with a moody sea shanty-like melody that swells into charging choruses. It's the heaviest, angstiest Eisley song yet, and though it borders on overwrought, it shows the depth and breadth the band brings to their music this time around. The brooding, guitar-heavy feel continues, albeit in very different ways, on "Invasion"'s dark pop and on "A Sight to Behold," which finds the DuPree sisters questioning their sanity to a backdrop of pizzicato strings and distorted beats. The DuPrees' vocals and melodies remain Eisley's greatest, most unique strengths. The harmonies the sisters craft could've appeared on songs from decades ago (and sound especially sweet on the deceptively beguiling "Go Away"), while "I Could Be There for You"'s traditional-sounding tune is even more striking when set to a very contemporary arrangement. The album's eclectic-yet-cohesive feel spans the polished, poppy "Taking Control" and gorgeous "Ten Cent Blues" to the elegant ballad "If You're Wondering" (which boasts chimes, kalimba, and a rainstorm) and the title track, which with its lavish arrangement and fairy tale sweep, almost sounds like a Top 40-friendly version of Joanna Newsom. Eisley's mix of old and new, and accessible and unexpected, makes their music utterly charming, and Combinations is a blend of bewitching contradictions.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2007
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624994848
catalogNumber:
223548

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eisley   Primary Artist
George Doering   Dobro,Guitar,Mandolin,Ukulele
Chauntelle DuPree   Group Member
Sherri DuPree   Group Member
Stacy DuPree   Group Member
Weston DuPree   Group Member
Chris Tedesco   Trumpet,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Richard Gibbs   Producer,Audio Production
Csaba Petocz   Engineer
Paul Minor   Engineer
Boyd DuPree   Artwork
Chad Gilbert   Audio Production
Eisley   Composer,Audio Production
Sherri DuPree   Illustrations
Jorge Costa   Engineer

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Combinations 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"combinations" by eisley is without a doubt one of the best albums of 2007. filled with rich melodies and a great alternative sound, this group of brothers and sisters really know how to rock. any fan of sixpence none the richer will definitely find this album enjoyable. best tracks are "come clean" and "a sight to behold." yay for good music.