Keep in Mind Frankenstein

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Grand Archives' second album reprises the sound of their 2008 debut, from the emphasis on rich vocal harmonies to the leisurely strum of their instruments. Founding member Ron Lewis left the lineup several months before this album's release, choosing to blaze a slightly livelier path with the Shins instead. Even so, the band sounds remarkably unchanged throughout Keep in Mind Frankenstein, whose track list makes room for intimate numbers as well as faster, campfire-worthy tracks. As before, Grand Archives sound best whenever the members' voices are combined, and they stack their harmonies high on songs like "Silver Amongst the Gold" and "Oslo Novelist." "Lazy Bones" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Grand Archives' second album reprises the sound of their 2008 debut, from the emphasis on rich vocal harmonies to the leisurely strum of their instruments. Founding member Ron Lewis left the lineup several months before this album's release, choosing to blaze a slightly livelier path with the Shins instead. Even so, the band sounds remarkably unchanged throughout Keep in Mind Frankenstein, whose track list makes room for intimate numbers as well as faster, campfire-worthy tracks. As before, Grand Archives sound best whenever the members' voices are combined, and they stack their harmonies high on songs like "Silver Amongst the Gold" and "Oslo Novelist." "Lazy Bones" stands out as perhaps the most moving number, with ambient guitar noise and keyboard drones providing a gorgeous setting for the vocals, while "Siren Echo Valley (Part 2)" abandons vocals altogether, focusing instead on the band's ability to create an instrumental track worthy of spaghetti western cinema. There are small diversions from the formula, of course -- a Theremin shows up during several tracks, and Sera Cahoone duets with Mat Brooke on the sadly beautiful "Siren Echo Valley (Part 1)" -- but Frankenstein is essentially the companion CD to 2008's Grand Archives.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • UPC: 098787080315
  • Catalog Number: 70803
  • Sales rank: 93,368

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grand Archives Primary Artist
Ken Jarvey Clarinet, Piano, Accordion
Mat Brooke Group Member
Sera Cahoone Vocals
Jenn Ghetto Vocals
Jeff Montano Group Member
Curtis Hall Group Member
Jason Kardong Pedal Steel Guitar
Thomas Wright Group Member
Technical Credits
Ben Kersten Producer
Mat Brooke Composer
Brian Lucey Mastering
Ron Lewis Composer
Grand Archives Producer
Ron Lewis Composer
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