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Just Because is the second studio album by the Los Angeles-based sibling duo the Belle Brigade. Best known for their sun-kissed harmonies and blissed-out SoCal vibes, this album finds the pair blending folk-rock with harmonious pop with sunny results. It includes the single "Ashes.,"
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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 ...
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All Music Guide
Just Because is the second studio album by the Los Angeles-based sibling duo the Belle Brigade. Best known for their sun-kissed harmonies and blissed-out SoCal vibes, this album finds the pair blending folk-rock with harmonious pop with sunny results. It includes the single "Ashes.,"
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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: 3/25/2014
  • Label: Ato Records
  • UPC: 880882188528
  • Catalog Number: 2188528
  • Sales rank: 26,749

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
The Belle Brigade Producer
Ethan Gruska Arranger
Brian R. Taylor Engineer
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  • Posted July 16, 2014

    This record really is excellent.  Every song has me singing alon

    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!

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