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Giant on the Beach

Giant on the Beach

by The Grip Weeds
     
 
There is much that's admirable about the Grip Weeds' fourth album Giant on the Beach, but nothing groundbreaking. There's a more assured mastery of elements of sounds by the Beatles (particularly in their Revolver era) and the Who (in the guitar work) than there is in

Overview

There is much that's admirable about the Grip Weeds' fourth album Giant on the Beach, but nothing groundbreaking. There's a more assured mastery of elements of sounds by the Beatles (particularly in their Revolver era) and the Who (in the guitar work) than there is in most early 21st century bands who look toward those influences. Kristin Pinell's guitar work is particularly polished and confident, also inserting references to (though not actual quotes from) the guitar work from the Byrds' at their most psychedelic. The vocal harmonies have a spot-on shade of melancholy, the guitar sounds are multi-textured and varied, and organs and Mellotron help this avoid guitar power pop cliché. The Byrds of 1966-1967, the forward thrust of the Who, and the Mellotron all come together on "Midnight Sun," one of the best tracks. Still, the songs, which tend toward shadowy questioning and reflecting -- the most modern aspect of the material -- aren't all that exceptional. As much variety as is evident in this mixture, here's a vote to let Pinell take more vocals; she does well with her one lead here ("Closer to Love"), and it helps not only to give the record more dimension, but also to help set the Grip Weeds further apart from the numerous (and usually male-dominated) bands working in this style.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2004
Label:
Rainbow Quartz
UPC:
0653496007321
catalogNumber:
110

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grip Weeds   Primary Artist
Andy Burton   Hammond Organ,Mellotron,Guest Appearance,Hammond B3
Peter Horvath   Guest Appearance
Michael Kelly   Bass
Kristin Pinell   Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Sitar,Vocals,Soloist
Kurt Reil   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Soloist
Rick Reil   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Hand Clapping,Wurlitzer,Soloist

Technical Credits

Kristin Pinell   Composer
Kurt Reil   Composer,Engineer
Grip Weeds   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Rick Reil   Composer,Engineer
Kim Henry   Cover Illustration
Ivy Vale   Composer

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