Kings and Queens

Kings and Queens

by The National Trust
     
 
A much more elaborate and slicker production than 2002's Dekkagar, the National Trust's second album involves a supporting cast numbering in the thirties. The help includes session bassist Charles Hosch (the Emotions, Teddy Pendergrass), engineer

Overview

A much more elaborate and slicker production than 2002's Dekkagar, the National Trust's second album involves a supporting cast numbering in the thirties. The help includes session bassist Charles Hosch (the Emotions, Teddy Pendergrass), engineer Abel Garabaldi (R. Kelly, Ciara), and an eight-piece horn section called Hypnotic (all members are the offspring of AACM co-founder and early Sun Ra Arkestra vet Phil Cohran). So, if the National Trust's Mark Henning and Neil Rosario wanted some more credibility, they were successful at getting it -- the press material for this album went so far as to mention the impressive background of the gent who did the mastering. While it's made clear that Henning and Rosario share deep affections for contemporary dance music, R&B from disco to the present, and even the song-oriented end of broken beat, their material often strikes an awkward collision between natural indie rock sensibilities and forced soul moves, and there are moments when you can't tell if they're Ween-ing it ("We smoke like Billy Ocean's inside me/My Caribbean queen") or if they've slid into full-blown mockery. The persistent use of upper-register vocals, flicking guitars, and layered hand percussion can cloy and grate. They are trying very hard to be a specific thing, realize that they can't quite take it all the way, and add the occasional coating of camp in order to look less silly. In other words, the album might be right up Kevin Federline's alley.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2006
Label:
Thrill Jockey
UPC:
0790377014327
catalogNumber:
70143

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

National Trust   Primary Artist
Brian Deck   Glockenspiel,Tambourine,Hand Clapping
Mark Henning   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Maracas,Tambourine,Triangle,Vocals,Clavinet,Thumb Piano,Hand Clapping,Shaker,Guiro,Wood Block,Wurlitzer,Cabasa
Charles Hosch   Bass
Neil Rosario   Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Chimes,Conga,Gong,Electric Piano,Vocals,Clavinet,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Siren,Mouth Percussion
Van Christie   Synthesizer
Seba   Vocals
Abel Garibaldi   Synthesizer
Julie Liu   Violin,Viola
Aquilla Sadalla   Vocals
Nicole Mitchell   Flute,Piccolo,Vocals
Charles Aldous   Vibes
Byron "360" Anderson   Vocals
Gabriel Benyehudah   Vocals
Tycho Brahi Cohran   Vocals
Jacob Croegaert   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Doug DeMers   Bass
Jafar Baji Graves   Vocals
Seba Graves   Vocals
Tarik Delaney Graves   Vocals
Hypnotic   Horn
Keith Kreuser   Drums
Osvaldo "Ogie" Merced   Bongos,Conga,Timbales,Claves,Guiro,Wood Block
Gabriel   Vocals
Joshua Abrams   Double Bass
Dan Evans   Guitar,Moog Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Brian Deck   Engineer
Mark Henning   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Contributor,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Neil Rosario   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Van Christie   Programming,Producer
Abel Garibaldi   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Armando "Gordy" Perez   Engineer
Colin Studybaker   Engineer
Abel Garabaldi   Producer
Doug DeMers   Bass Arrangement
Dan Evans   Programming,Engineer

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