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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Wild Belle's 2013 debut album, Isles, features the band's catchy, laid-back mix of indie pop, reggae, and singer/songwriter soul. Centered around the brother and sister duo of Elliot and Natalie Bergman, the Chicago-based Wild Belle often utilize Elliot's funk and reggae leanings as the leader of the Afro-pop ensemble NOMO (with whom Natalie has also toured). However, with songs largely based around Natalie's love of soul and melodic '60s pop, Wild Belle have a less frenetic, if still hypnotically languid take on NOMO's world fusion sound. In that sense, Isles has a kind of sultry, post-Amy Winehouse retro-soul aesthetic that's lightened by the sibling's own ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Wild Belle's 2013 debut album, Isles, features the band's catchy, laid-back mix of indie pop, reggae, and singer/songwriter soul. Centered around the brother and sister duo of Elliot and Natalie Bergman, the Chicago-based Wild Belle often utilize Elliot's funk and reggae leanings as the leader of the Afro-pop ensemble NOMO (with whom Natalie has also toured). However, with songs largely based around Natalie's love of soul and melodic '60s pop, Wild Belle have a less frenetic, if still hypnotically languid take on NOMO's world fusion sound. In that sense, Isles has a kind of sultry, post-Amy Winehouse retro-soul aesthetic that's lightened by the sibling's own positive-minded, dance club hippie vibe. Tracks like the languid "Keep You" and the buoyant "Shine" largely work to showcase Natalie's cherubic croon by surrounding it with fuzzy synths, echoey percussion, and Elliot's own rootsy saxophone lines. Elsewhere, cuts like the shimmery, hip-swaying "Twisted" and the old-school reggae-sounding "June" help make Isles the perfect summer afternoon album, designed for doing nothing in particular besides soaking up the good vibes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2013
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 887654451422
  • Catalog Number: 544514
  • Sales rank: 61,708

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Keep You (3:30)
  2. 2 It's Too Late (3:13)
  3. 3 Shine (4:41)
  4. 4 Twisted (3:05)
  5. 5 Backslider (3:23)
  6. 6 Happy Home (3:45)
  7. 7 Another Girl (3:52)
  8. 8 Love Like This (3:58)
  9. 9 When It's Over (3:33)
  10. 10 June (4:03)
  11. 11 Take Me Away (2:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wild Belle Primary Artist
Elliot Bergman Percussion, Conga, Hammond Organ, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Clavinet, Hand Clapping, chamberlain, Shaker, fender rhodes, Memory Moog, Casio, Mini Moog, Electric Kalimba, Prophet 5
Erik Hall Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Mini Moog
Justin Walter Evi
Natalie Bergman Guitar, Piano, Autoharp, Chimes, Vocals, chamberlain, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Casio, Toy Piano, Mini Moog
Quin Kirchner Conga, Drums
Kellen Harrison Bass
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Jackie Mittoo Composer
Jessica Ruffins Engineer
Bill Skibbe Producer, Engineer
Elliot Bergman Arranger, Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Erik Hall Engineer
Natalie Bergman Composer, Whistle
Susan Bergman Artwork
Smoota Horn Arrangements
Lazar Davis Arranger
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