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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Vague recollections of a surreal 1940s movie scene eddy up. Six musicians enter a room, take their seats, and begin to play...six different pieces of music. They stop, look at each other, nod, and begin playing again...all different songs. They exchange sheet music, but cacophony still ensues. The memory is dim, but the White Rabbits bring it vividly to life with their strange but brilliant Fort Nightly album. The sextet sashay in with the Latin-flavored "Kid on My Shoulders," a track infused with a '50s feel, yet with a dark and dangerous atmosphere that evokes the Specials, and lyrics that put even Terry Hall's most obscure ones to shame. "March of the Camels" conjures ...
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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Vague recollections of a surreal 1940s movie scene eddy up. Six musicians enter a room, take their seats, and begin to play...six different pieces of music. They stop, look at each other, nod, and begin playing again...all different songs. They exchange sheet music, but cacophony still ensues. The memory is dim, but the White Rabbits bring it vividly to life with their strange but brilliant Fort Nightly album. The sextet sashay in with the Latin-flavored "Kid on My Shoulders," a track infused with a '50s feel, yet with a dark and dangerous atmosphere that evokes the Specials, and lyrics that put even Terry Hall's most obscure ones to shame. "March of the Camels" conjures that band's specter even more strongly with its oppressive atmosphere, solid reggae bassline, and eerie cries which echo of "Ghost Town." In contrast, "Dinner Party" sets a table for the Fun Boy 3 with its rhythm-heavy arrangement. And like the Fun Boy 3, it's the Rabbits' rhythms that are the driving force of the band's sound. Many of them are jazz or big-band inspired, but not exclusively, as the martial drums that power "Take a Walk Around the Table" or the Afro-beats that patter across "I Used to Complain Now I Don't" illustrate. But the big, bold beats are often juxtaposed against champagne-styled piano, which in "Complain"'s case slides slyly into ragtime. If Liberace joined a swing band, and enlisted a guitarist addicted to eclecticism Western, surf-flecked, and C&W included, it might sound a bit like this. Yet somehow, the White Rabbits pull this surreal set straight out of the hat, because for all its fractured elements, the group still magically conjure up coherent, complete songs. As lyrically eclectic and clever as it is musically, this is one fascinating album. As unique an experience as the Fun Boy 3's eponymous debut was in its day, and just as mesmerizing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5020422095427
  • Catalog Number: 784359
  • Sales rank: 227,116

Album Credits

Performance Credits
White Rabbits Primary Artist
Paige Smith Background Vocals
Jon Natchez Horn
Gregory Roberts Group Member
Chris Zane Percussion
Jamie Levinson Group Member
Paige Background Vocals
Adam Russell Group Member
Cameron Smith Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ethan d'Ercole Cover Art
Sarah Register Mastering
Chris Zane Producer, Audio Production
Billy Pavone Engineer
White Rabbits Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They did a Sasquatch Fest. nice raw tunes. Might want to listen to them again. Got to be happy with the reality that this album has stood up to its time. Rock out dude.

    "Hoooh!" AXLE ROSE

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