Cultural Norms

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The third full-length album by Hush Records president Chad Crouch's own band Blanket Music is a bit more musically wide-ranging than the group's earlier records, which stuck to the basic twee/indie/jangle pop aesthetic. Cultural Norms doesn't exactly rock out -- as always, the A+B description of Blanket Music is basically "Belle & Sebastian with the guy from Mercury Rev on lead vocals" -- but the guest addition of the Decemberists' Chris Funk and Jenny Crouch on pedal steel and accordion, along with new bandmember Mike Johnson whose '70s-style electric piano perfectly decorates songs like the anti-consumerist character study "Keep the Prices Down" and the judicious ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The third full-length album by Hush Records president Chad Crouch's own band Blanket Music is a bit more musically wide-ranging than the group's earlier records, which stuck to the basic twee/indie/jangle pop aesthetic. Cultural Norms doesn't exactly rock out -- as always, the A+B description of Blanket Music is basically "Belle & Sebastian with the guy from Mercury Rev on lead vocals" -- but the guest addition of the Decemberists' Chris Funk and Jenny Crouch on pedal steel and accordion, along with new bandmember Mike Johnson whose '70s-style electric piano perfectly decorates songs like the anti-consumerist character study "Keep the Prices Down" and the judicious use of strings and horns, adds a richer texture to the sound without overwhelming Crouch's clever lyrics. Said lyrics are considerably sharper than before as well; in keeping with the album's title, the songs on Cultural Norms cast a rueful but not cynical eye on modern-day society. Songs like "A Soldier's Story" and "Guernica" take the Iraq war as their subject but make their points without simplistic sloganeering, and "The Filesharer's Lament" which strongly recalls the dry wit of the Decemberists' Colin Meloy is an equally impressive review of the homeland scene.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Hush Records
  • UPC: 751937255024
  • Catalog Number: 47

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Shouldn't Have Said That (3:59)
  2. 2 Guernica (3:32)
  3. 3 Back to the Grind (3:29)
  4. 4 Keep the Prices Down (3:47)
  5. 5 A Solider's Story (3:57)
  6. 6 Cats Corps (4:26)
  7. 7 Press Conference (2:45)
  8. 8 Just Us (4:27)
  9. 9 I'm Fat (2:50)
  10. 10 Filesharers Lament (3:35)
  11. 11 Of Thee We Sing (4:54)
  12. 12 Digital Pedestrians (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blanket Music Primary Artist
Michael "Mike Dee" Johnson Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, fender rhodes, Group Member
Greg Lind Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Chris Funk Guitar
Jenny Conlee Accordion
Joe Ballman Tenor Saxophone
Sebastian Bibb Barett Trumpet
Dave Depper Bass Guitar
Greg Lind Drums
Michael Johnson fender rhodes
Technical Credits
Michael "Mike Dee" Johnson Brass Arrangment
Adam Selzer Engineer
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