Just Because

Just Because

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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 a singularity, but they also possess the kind of old-school, radio-ready craftsmanship that usually takes decades to hone,…  See more details below

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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 a singularity, 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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2014
Label:
Ato Records
UPC:
0880882188528
catalogNumber:
2188528
Rank:
171309

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Belle Brigade   Primary Artist
Barbara Gruska   Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Horn,Keyboards,Vocals
Blake Mills   Guitar,tiple
Shawn Everett   screams
Bram Inscore   Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Ethan Gruska   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Tambura
Blake Tiple   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Barbara Gruska   Arranger
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
James Frost   Cover Art
Rob Carmichael   Art Direction
Shawn Everett   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Bram Inscore   Arranger,Producer
Belle Brigade   Producer
Ethan Gruska   Arranger
Brian R. Taylor   Engineer

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Just Because 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
PJWalker More than 1 year ago
This record really is excellent.  Every song has me singing along by the second listen and somehow I'm still never tired of hearing them over and over again.  The harmonies and tuneful songwriting combined with a diverse array of sonic textures keeps it familiar, yet surprising.  Highly recommend!