KR-51

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In case you're wondering, a KR-51 is a vintage German motor scooter, sort of a Teutonic version of a Vespa, and Clare Manchon, Olivier Manchon, and Bob Hart spent some time exploring Berlin on their bikes during the eight months they spent in Germany writing and recording the third Clare & the Reasons album. While Clare and her bandmates have always approached their pop music with an artful and baroque perspective, KR-51 feels more European in its lush orchestrations and moody melodic structures, and Clare's vocals are at once more melodramatic and better controlled than on her previous recordings, as if Kate Bush gave up on English mysticism and discovered Europop with...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In case you're wondering, a KR-51 is a vintage German motor scooter, sort of a Teutonic version of a Vespa, and Clare Manchon, Olivier Manchon, and Bob Hart spent some time exploring Berlin on their bikes during the eight months they spent in Germany writing and recording the third Clare & the Reasons album. While Clare and her bandmates have always approached their pop music with an artful and baroque perspective, KR-51 feels more European in its lush orchestrations and moody melodic structures, and Clare's vocals are at once more melodramatic and better controlled than on her previous recordings, as if Kate Bush gave up on English mysticism and discovered Europop with no loss in her emotional force. The trio is joined by a 23-piece orchestra and drummer James McAlister for these sessions, and KR-51 was conceived and executed on a grand scale; the songs are rooted in pop and the more playful byways of art rock, but the instrumental backdrops sound nearly operatic, or like the soundtrack to some grand but deeply personal cinematic epic about innocents adrift in Germany. It says a lot about the force of Clare's high, breathy voice that it never gets lost in the towers of instrumentation that surround it, and though the group was brave to build such a massive musical construct around her, she is clearly up to the task and fits the music with grace and an unshakable level of belief. One of the most important things about a good pop song is a memorable hook, and that's where KR-51 stumbles a bit -- Clare & the Reasons have created an album that's long on ambition and ideas, but a bit skimpy on tunes you're likely to remember when its over and in some cases it's not hard to lose track of them while you're listening. But KR-51 is a project where Clare & the Reasons raised the stakes for themselves, and in most respects they've succeeded, with an album that's an audacious and beautifully crafted celebration of their individual creative vision.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2012
  • Label: Frog Stand Records
  • UPC: 722301289365
  • Catalog Number: 12893

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Lake (3:56)
  2. 2 Make Them Laugh (4:05)
  3. 3 Bass Face (2:52)
  4. 4 This Too Shall Pass (5:01)
  5. 5 The Mauerpark (4:05)
  6. 6 Ps (3:09)
  7. 7 Step In the Gold (2:45)
  8. 8 Colder (5:50)
  9. 9 Last Picture Show (2:05)
  10. 10 Westward (4:51)
  11. 11 Magpie (5:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clare and the Reasons Primary Artist
James McAlister Drums
Angélique Loyer Violin
Olivier Manchon Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Piano, Violin, Conductor, Cymbals, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals, Omnichord, fender rhodes, Lap Steel Guitar, Group Member
Julia Petitjean Bass
Caroline Vernay Violin
Clare Muldaur Manchon Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Piano, Cymbals, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals, Omnichord, fender rhodes, Lap Steel Guitar, Group Member
Benoît De Barsony French Horn
Jon Cottle Cello
Bob Hart Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Piano, Cymbals, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals, Omnichord, fender rhodes, Lap Steel Guitar, Group Member
Anaïs Benoit Flute
Caroline Donin Viola
Stéphane Labeyrie Tuba
Julien Dugers Trombone, Bass Trombone
Anne-Sophie Lobbe Clarinet
Anne-Sophie Le Rol Violin
Sulliman Altmayer Violin
Sophie Anis Flute
Rachel Rowntree Violin
Pierre Rougerie French Horn
Pierre Charles Cello
Kei Tojo Viola
Julien Chabod Clarinet
Julien Barre Cello
Fabien Dornic Trombone, Bass Trombone
David Haroutunian Violin
Chihoko Kawada Viola
Technical Credits
James McAlister Drum Engineering
Olivier Manchon Composer, drum programming
Clare Muldaur Manchon Composer, drum programming
Paul Pilot Engineer
Bob Hart Composer, drum programming
Andreas Stickel Mastering
Matthias Höfkens Engineer
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