Grand Isle

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The photo is exactly what you'd expect on the cover of an album whose mood was galvanized by the 2010 BP oil spill off the coast of the band's native Louisiana: it shows a water bird standing all alone completely covered in crude oil. Inside the cover is another small smear of oil on a white background, with the legend "April 20, 2010: 4.9 million barrels." These artistic elements signal a certain seriousness of intent, and as we all know, seriousness of intent can have unpredictable effects on musical quality. But Steve Riley and his band channel their emotions nicely here: they temper justifiable outrage with what fiddler David Greeley calls "survivor's joy," departing ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The photo is exactly what you'd expect on the cover of an album whose mood was galvanized by the 2010 BP oil spill off the coast of the band's native Louisiana: it shows a water bird standing all alone completely covered in crude oil. Inside the cover is another small smear of oil on a white background, with the legend "April 20, 2010: 4.9 million barrels." These artistic elements signal a certain seriousness of intent, and as we all know, seriousness of intent can have unpredictable effects on musical quality. But Steve Riley and his band channel their emotions nicely here: they temper justifiable outrage with what fiddler David Greeley calls "survivor's joy," departing from the traditional Cajun music that has always been the Playboys' stock in trade to draw on a variety of musical styles representing the many cultures and folkways that have been affected by the environmental disaster in southern Louisiana, and maybe a few that haven't. On Grand Isle you'll hear, among other things, a song that sounds like something Tom Waits would have written if he'd grown up along a bayou ("Pierre"); a Cajun-funk stomp with a ska backbeat and an absolutely wicked guitar solo ("C'est L'heure pour Changer"); flat-out rockers, including one with a truly monolithic beat and compressed, distorted vocals ("Chatterbox"); and even a surprisingly straight rendition of "Non, Je ne Regrette Rien," Edith Piaf's cabaret classic, here rendered with a full string section. There's a smattering of traditional two-steps and waltzes, of course, but they stand out as tradition-minded exceptions on a program that seems to want to express a small range of emotions (regret, anger, longing, defiance) in as many different ways as possible.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2011
  • Label: Valcour Records
  • UPC: 884501455169
  • Catalog Number: 45516
  • Sales rank: 85,366

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Danser Sans Comprendre (4:03)
  2. 2 Chatterbox (4:42)
  3. 3 C'est L'heure Pour Changer (4:15)
  4. 4 C'est Ennuyant (4:45)
  5. 5 Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (3:16)
  6. 6 Pierre (4:43)
  7. 7 Valse De Chagrin (4:35)
  8. 8 Grand Isle (3:18)
  9. 9 Lyons Point (4:03)
  10. 10 C'est Trop (4:32)
  11. 11 Honest Papas Love Their Mamas Better (3:06)
  12. 12 Au Revoir (2:40)
  13. 13 [CD-ROM Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys Primary Artist
Steve Riley Indexed Contributor, Vocals, Cajun Accordion
C.C. Adcock Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano
Sam Broussard Fiddle, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Stylophone
Jon Cleary Piano, Hammond B3
Kevin Dugas Drums, Triangle
Jonno Frishberg Violin, Viola
David Greely Fiddle, Vocals
Dirk Powell Mandolin
Quintron Organ, Piano
Brazos Huval Bass
John Friedli Jr. Bongos
Emma Young Vocals
Kelli Jones Vocals
Eva Frishberg Cello
Derek Houston Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
C.C. Adcock Producer
Sam Broussard Composer, Engineer
Tony Daigle Engineer
David Greely Composer
Steve Riley Composer
Scott Ardoin Engineer
Brent Lambert Mastering
Camey Doucet Composer
Mike Napolitano Engineer
Quintron Composer, Engineer
Jean Arceneaux Composer
Charles Dumont Composer
Michel Vaucaire Composer
Ben Mumphrey Engineer
Billy Horton Engineer
Paul Zompa Composer
Miss Pussycat Composer
Jack Meile Engineer
Morris LeBlanc Composer
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