Is That the Tralala

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Although seven members strong, Tralala are delicious minimalists. They relish two-minute bursts of revved-up, hook-filled rock 'n' roll in the tradition of the Ramones, but with four -- count 'em, four -- female vocalists in front of a male bass-guitar-drums trio. The women sing in unison on most songs, and in that Tralala has something in common with contemporaries such as the Go! Team and the Pipettes and forebears such as the Go-Go's or early-'60s girl groups. Best of all, they've got the songs to back up the sound. The zippy "Are You Gonna Dance With Me?," the glammy "Early Tonight," and the swaggering "Tallmansville, W. Va" work subtle variations on the bubbly, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Although seven members strong, Tralala are delicious minimalists. They relish two-minute bursts of revved-up, hook-filled rock 'n' roll in the tradition of the Ramones, but with four -- count 'em, four -- female vocalists in front of a male bass-guitar-drums trio. The women sing in unison on most songs, and in that Tralala has something in common with contemporaries such as the Go! Team and the Pipettes and forebears such as the Go-Go's or early-'60s girl groups. Best of all, they've got the songs to back up the sound. The zippy "Are You Gonna Dance With Me?," the glammy "Early Tonight," and the swaggering "Tallmansville, W. Va" work subtle variations on the bubbly, bubblegummy aesthetic that's epitomized by the joyful, bounding "Yellow Taxi" which quotes the Beatles in its "beep beep" chorus. The NYC band turn both Giorgio Moroder's "Underdog" and the Wipers' "Mystery" into joyful punk-pop anthems and make them indistinguishable from Tralala's own tales of nights out on the town and sassy relationships. Is That the Tralala, their second full-length, plays like a fantastic singles collection: one indelible, independent blast after another.
All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
If anyone is looking for a spare vocalist for your indie pop fantasy team, you might ask Tralala, since the Brooklyn group has an astounding four female lead vocalists. Astounding due to the number but also because they are all really good. Nicole, Erin, Lianne, and Stella front the band with style and sass, not going for a girl group-type harmony sound but rather a kind of unison cheerleader approach that gives the sometimes too rote guitar-bass-drums backing a firm kick in the nether regions. There isn't much range or diversity on the group's second album, Is That the Tralala, but really there is so much energy and alternately giddy and aggressive energy that it doesn't matter much that the songs all kind of sound the punk-poppy same. It worked for the Ramones, right? A few tunes do stand out, like the wall-rattling call to arms "We're Coming Out," the plaintive rocker "Are You Gonna Dance (With Me)?," the tough-as-steel garage punker "One Hard Turn Deserves Another," and the restrained and moody "Secret Weapon." The covers (of Giorgio Moroder's "Underdog" and the Wipers' "Mystery") are extremely well chosen and played too. As good as everything on the album is, the one song that shows the true potential of the group is the amazingly good "Yellow Taxi." It's the kind of song that could drive a basement full of sweaty kids completely mad with its irresistible energy and melody, not to mention the perfect "beep beep" vocal hook. An album made up of songs this good would be a ticket to pop heaven. Until that comes along, Is That the Tralala will do just fine if you're looking for some indie pop kicks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2006
  • Label: Audika Records
  • UPC: 880301100827
  • Catalog Number: 1008

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We're Coming Out (2:32)
  2. 2 Yellow Taxi (2:32)
  3. 3 One Hard Turn Deserves Another (2:50)
  4. 4 Boys of St. Mary (2:03)
  5. 5 Are You Gonna Dance (With Me)? (1:55)
  6. 6 Take Me as I Am (2:04)
  7. 7 Underdog (3:35)
  8. 8 BLT (2:13)
  9. 9 Secret Weapon (3:57)
  10. 10 Early Tonight (2:28)
  11. 11 Dark Things (2:21)
  12. 12 Mystery (1:47)
  13. 13 Tallmansville, W. VA. (3:18)
  14. 14 The Blow-Off (3:15)
  15. 15 [Untitled Track] (2:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tralala Primary Artist
Josh Madell Drums, Group Member
Tim Harris Cello
Katie Gentile Violin
J.T. Yost Keyboards
Stella Psaroudakis Vocals, Group Member
Chris Talsness Guitar, Group Member
Nicole Lang Vocals, Group Member
Liane Moccia Vocals, Group Member
Marty Key Bass Guitar, Group Member
Erin Marsz Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Giorgio Moroder Composer
Josh Madell Composer
Steven Miglio Art Direction
Greg O'Keefe Cover Photo
Paul Gold Mastering
Stella Psaroudakis Composer
Josh Clark Producer, Engineer
Chris Talsness Composer
Nicole Lang Composer
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