Grey Eyes

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Drawing upon the orchestral, wind instrument-driven sound of such '60s institutions as the Brill Building and Motown Records, lead singer Scott Walker and his band the Salteens have crafted a natural, moody piece of '60s pop on 2010's Grey Eyes. Moving away from the alternative indie pop sound of 2003's Let Go of Your Bad Days, Grey Eyes is an organic, beautifully produced large-ensemble pop album that is as sweetly melodic as it is introspective. Still exuding a shiny optimism that touches on '80s college rock and '90s twee pop, the Salteens have nonetheless expanded their palette here to include such supergraphic-era instruments as flutes, baritone saxophones, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Drawing upon the orchestral, wind instrument-driven sound of such '60s institutions as the Brill Building and Motown Records, lead singer Scott Walker and his band the Salteens have crafted a natural, moody piece of '60s pop on 2010's Grey Eyes. Moving away from the alternative indie pop sound of 2003's Let Go of Your Bad Days, Grey Eyes is an organic, beautifully produced large-ensemble pop album that is as sweetly melodic as it is introspective. Still exuding a shiny optimism that touches on '80s college rock and '90s twee pop, the Salteens have nonetheless expanded their palette here to include such supergraphic-era instruments as flutes, baritone saxophones, flügelhorns, and trumpets. To these ends, you get the driving leadoff track "Last Train from London" and several superb rainy-day ballads à la Burt Bacharach, including the epic midtempo yearner "You're Taking All of This Too Far." Elsewhere, the propulsive, xylophone-inflected "Go On" features a huge trumpet/choir midsection, and "You Stayed Up with the Lights On" is a definite foot-tapper. Ultimately, by the time the heart-wrenching album closer "Don't Break My Heart" arrives, with its symphonic bowed bass tugging against Walker's sweet lyrical croon, it's clear that Grey Eyes isn't just something new for the Salteens, it's a kind of masterpiece.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2010
  • Label: Boompa
  • UPC: 779903104220
  • Catalog Number: 42
  • Sales rank: 302,194

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Salteens Primary Artist
Todd Simko Guitar
Dion Willis Drums, Vocals
Ellen Marple Trombone, Tuba
Tim Sars Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Kevin Cooper Electric Bass, Vocals, Double Bass
Alison Gorman Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Baritone
Bryan Milks Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Carrie Tennant Clarinet, Piano, Vocals
Scott Walker Mandolin, Piano, Vocals
Carol Dymond Flute
Robert Calder Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Baritone
Technical Credits
Todd Simko Producer, Engineer
John Raham Engineer
Scott L.D. Walker Composer
Shawn Penner Engineer
Ryan Morey Mastering
Erin Nicholson Artwork
Carrie Tennant Composer
Scott Walker Producer
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