Front of the Parade

Front of the Parade

by Muckrakers
     
 

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It's hard to badmouth a band generous enough to turn over a track on their first major-label album to another group who happen to be their friends, as the Muckrakers do with a (barely) hidden track tagged onto the end of 2005's Front of the Parade. And with Front of the Parade as evidence, the Muckrakers sure seem likeable as all get out -- the songs are

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It's hard to badmouth a band generous enough to turn over a track on their first major-label album to another group who happen to be their friends, as the Muckrakers do with a (barely) hidden track tagged onto the end of 2005's Front of the Parade. And with Front of the Parade as evidence, the Muckrakers sure seem likeable as all get out -- the songs are bright and tuneful, the playing is sharp and cleanly executed, Rob Carpenter's lead vocals are all winsome sincerity, and the production adds a clean layer of polish to their performances. Front of the Parade is almost aggressively competent, but that virtue is also the Muckrakers' Achilles' heel; as craft, this music is polished and professional, but the material lacks a needed soul and personality. Sounding like a cross between Barenaked Ladies and Matchbox 20 with a dash of Dave Matthews for seasoning, Front of the Parade is the sound of fresh-scrubbed college students playing sincere and energetic pop music that never rocks too hard, and even the hip-hop breakdown in "When the Morning Comes" is clean, spunky, and well-mannered. But while the Muckrakers sound like they'd be fine roommates (bet they'd never be late with the rent and always do their dishes), this album never gets out of emotional or musical third gear, and the sameness of the Muckrakers' 12 songs begins to wear long before the album is over. There's nothing wrong with Front of the Parade, but that's part of the problem -- for all the obvious talent on display there are precious few chances taken, and one senses a bit of grit and tension in the right places would do the Muckrakers a world of good.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2006
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602498571996
catalogNumber:
000683202

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Muckrakers   Primary Artist
David Kidd   Percussion,Drums
Peter Searcy   Cello
Matthew Watson   Drums
Scott E. Moore   Strings
David Sparks   Percussion,Drums
Jennifer Shackleton   Strings
Todd Smith   Piano,Hammond Organ
John Ruby   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Micah Gerdis   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Brian Meurer   Bass
Rob Carpenter   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jim Dersch   Strings
DJ Erratic   scratching
Matthew Evans   Strings
Amy Isbell   Strings
Clise Kithmeier   Strings
Elise Kothmeier   Strings
Paolo Manrique   Strings
Allison Reber   Strings
Todd Smith   Piano,Hammond B3
Brian Muerer   Bass Guitar
Rob Carpenter   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Micah Gerdis   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Colin Brown   Engineer
Howie Gano   Engineer
David Kidd   Composer
Matthew Watson   drum sequencing
John Schroeder Orchestra   Engineer
John Schroeder   Engineer
Joseph Castriota   Engineer
Todd Smith   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
John Ruby   Composer
Micah Gerdis   Composer
Brian Meurer   Composer
Rob Carpenter   Composer
Pfilil Stirgwort   Engineer
Phil Stirgwolt   Engineer
Todd Smith   Audio Production
Matt "Watz" Watson   drum programming

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