Just Because [LP]

Just Because [LP]

by The Belle Brigade
     
 

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The Belle Brigade's Barbara and Ethan Gruska harmonize like the siblings they are, all fight or flight, sweetness and blight, and with a shared vibrato that sounds like it was dialed in via artificial intelligence, but they also possess the kind of old-school, radio-ready craftsmanship that usually takes decades

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The Belle Brigade's Barbara and Ethan Gruska harmonize like the siblings they are, all fight or flight, sweetness and blight, and with a shared vibrato that sounds like it was dialed in via artificial intelligence, but they also possess the kind of old-school, radio-ready craftsmanship that usually takes decades to hone, and their second long-player, the wise, wicked, wild, weary, and unapologetically hook-filled Just Because -- unlike their excellent if a tad over-seasoned 2011 eponymous debut -- sounds like the work of a band and not a committee. Front-loaded with a pair of immaculate, open-road, Los Angeles County gems in "Ashes" and "When Everything Was What It Was," the former a propulsive, train whistle-led paean to the eternally unfair condition of being both lovesick and heartbroken, and the latter a deceptively sweet confection that masks its underlying darkness with Rumours-era Buckingham and Nicks pop acumen, the ten-track album is trim and tidy, but never slight. Melodically, the duo still owe a great deal to the two Pauls (Simon and McCartney), but the production and arrangements suggest a steady diet of Vampire Weekend, Passion Pit, and Tegan and Sara, especially on stand-out cuts like breezy, bright, and polyrhythmic "How I See It," the unapologetically soaring and radio-ready "Everything for a Stone," and the fleeting but highly contagious "Be Like Him." Just Because doesn't break down any walls in its bid for pop
ock superiority, but with voices this pure and earworms this painless it doesn't have to, as the Gruskas have crafted a timeless-sounding collection of songs with contemporary tools, and most importantly, they've done it with finesse. [Just Because was also released on vinyl.]

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2014
Label:
Ato Records
UPC:
0880882188511
catalogNumber:
2188511
Rank:
107330

Tracks

  1. Ashes
  2. When Everything Was What It Was
  3. Likely to Use Something
  4. Be Like Him
  5. Miss You in My Life
  6. How I See It
  7. Not the One
  8. Metropolis
  9. Everything for a Stone
  10. Back Where You Began

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