It All Has to Do with It

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
In the mid-1990s, indie pundits identified a strain of "post-rockism" on the scene's experimental edges: bands who took aspects of rock and metamorphosed them in surprising ways. Listening to Town and Country, a four-piece instrumental group who perform on string basses, celesta, accordion, harmonium, and the African mbira -- in addition to the more conventional guitar, piano, and vibes -- you probably wouldn't think to call them post-rockers, simply because rock is so far removed as to be almost imperceptible. Led by Josh Abrams who has worked with Sam Prekop, Tortoise, and the Spinanes, among others, the quartet takes its cues as much from classical experimentalism as...
See more details below
CD
$13.54
BN.com price
(Save 15%)$15.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (5) from $2.08   
  • New (4) from $8.99   
  • Used (1) from $2.08   

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
In the mid-1990s, indie pundits identified a strain of "post-rockism" on the scene's experimental edges: bands who took aspects of rock and metamorphosed them in surprising ways. Listening to Town and Country, a four-piece instrumental group who perform on string basses, celesta, accordion, harmonium, and the African mbira -- in addition to the more conventional guitar, piano, and vibes -- you probably wouldn't think to call them post-rockers, simply because rock is so far removed as to be almost imperceptible. Led by Josh Abrams who has worked with Sam Prekop, Tortoise, and the Spinanes, among others, the quartet takes its cues as much from classical experimentalism as from pop. The spare minimalist style of Morton Feldman is an obvious and acknowledged influence. Musical lines quietly interlock, circle, and slowly evolve; four tracks fill this 40-minute album. Among the band's indie peers, Rachel's may be the closest in style, but Town and Country transcend that group's pretty chamber music, offering something more intriguing. Crucially, they embrace dissonance and understand the expressive power of harmonies that rub together awkwardly; also, by combining instruments that just don't belong together for example, string bass and celesta, at the disc's opening they enter new sonic territory. This is a peaceful record, but it makes its impact precisely by not being too peaceful.
All Music Guide - Peter J. D'Angelo
The third release from Chicago's Town & Country continues the band's tradition of acoustic experiments with subtle textures and quiet sounds. At times having a similar feel to the more acoustic guitar-tinged work of Joan of Arc, It All Has to Do With It never jumps out at the listener. Instead, the music creeps around, and hard-to-find rhythms provided by two standup basses continuously swell and relax with the interplay of piano, guitar, bells, and even accordion. Town & Country has no real rhythm section, a factor that contributes a strangely freeform aspect to all of the compositions. Nonetheless, the four tracks on this record somehow manage to fill up 40 minutes of disc space, a concept that is difficult to understand or to consider tolerating upon first hearing the album's unapologetically laid-back tones. Listening to this record at excessive volume or through headphones, however, should change the way everything sounds. With close inspection, it becomes evident that beneath the relatively constant feel of the album is a swirling and oft-changing backdrop. The 15-minute closer, "That Old Feeling," slithers around slowly while a consistent drone reaches out from below, leaving the listener questioning whether or not to believe that Town & Country doesn't use electronic loops for any of the band's creations. Superbly crafted and beautifully recorded, It All Has to Do With It is an expansive sonic experiment that is as relaxing as it is enjoyable.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2000
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • UPC: 790377008821
  • Catalog Number: 88
  • Sales rank: 268,863

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hindeburg (10:36)
  2. 2 Hat Versus Hood (8:56)
  3. 3 Fine Italian Hand (7:18)
  4. 4 That Old Feeling (14:58)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Town and Country Primary Artist
Josh Abrams Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Trumpet, Accordion, Celeste, Harmonium, Bells, Snare Drums, Vibes, Mbira, String Bass
Jim Dorling Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Trumpet, Accordion, Celeste, Harmonium, Bells, Snare Drums, Vibes, Mbira, String Bass
Liz Payne Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Trumpet, Accordion, Celeste, Harmonium, Bells, Snare Drums, Vibes, Mbira, String Bass
Ben Vida Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Trumpet, Accordion, Celeste, Harmonium, Bells, Snare Drums, Vibes, Mbira, String Bass
Technical Credits
Casey Rice Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously