La Grande

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Modern dustbowl crooner Laura Gibson named her third studio album after a northeastern Oregon town that "people usually pass through on their way to somewhere else, but which contains a certain gravity, a curious energy." It's a fitting sentiment as the same could be said about Gibson's music, a hodgepodge of retro Americana, dusty dirt-road folk, and cinematic, sepia-toned blues. Opening with the sprawling title cut, a dark, open-road anthem that sounds like Calexico fronted by Jolie Holland, the ten-track La Grande proceeds to pile on the atmosphere, offering up solid, pump organ-led, south-of-the-border-kissed balladry ("Red Moon") and galloping future ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Modern dustbowl crooner Laura Gibson named her third studio album after a northeastern Oregon town that "people usually pass through on their way to somewhere else, but which contains a certain gravity, a curious energy." It's a fitting sentiment as the same could be said about Gibson's music, a hodgepodge of retro Americana, dusty dirt-road folk, and cinematic, sepia-toned blues. Opening with the sprawling title cut, a dark, open-road anthem that sounds like Calexico fronted by Jolie Holland, the ten-track La Grande proceeds to pile on the atmosphere, offering up solid, pump organ-led, south-of-the-border-kissed balladry ("Red Moon") and galloping future public radio segues ("Skin, Warming Skin") with great aplomb. Gibson's reedy voice lacks power, especially when she forces the Ella Fitzgerald affectations, but when she dials back the theatrics and exposes the talented singer/songwriter within, as she does on the sweet and soulful "Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed," the results are downright magical.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • Label: Barsuk
  • UPC: 655173112120
  • Catalog Number: 121
  • Sales rank: 123,198

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Grande (3:50)
  2. 2 Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed (2:56)
  3. 3 Lion/Lamb (4:06)
  4. 4 Skin, Warming Skin (3:48)
  5. 5 The Rushing Dark (3:04)
  6. 6 Red Moon (2:56)
  7. 7 Crow/Swallow (3:36)
  8. 8 The Fire (3:33)
  9. 9 Time is Not (4:35)
  10. 10 Feather Lungs (3:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laura Gibson Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Electric Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Marimbas, Vocals, Vibes, Pump Organ, Fuzz Bass, Guitar (Nylon String)
Joey Burns Electric Guitar, Vocals, Standup Bass, Guitar (Nylon String)
Nate Query Bass, Standup Bass
Adam Selzer Electric Guitar
Rachel Blumberg Percussion, Drums
Jenny Conlee Hammond Organ
Cory Gray Piano
Jill Coykendall Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Amanda Lawrence Viola
Meric Long Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Logan Kroeber Percussion, Drums
Jen Harrison French Horn
Sean Ogilvie Piano, Guitar (Nylon String)
Jourdan Paul Flute
Christian Fitzgerald Oboe
Brian Perez Lap Steel Guitar
Sara Lasky Flute
Matthew Rubin Berger Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Adam Selzer Producer, Engineer
Laura Gibson Arranger, Composer, Producer, Wind Arrangements, Layout
Rob Jones Layout
Sean Ogilvie Engineer, Wind Arrangements
Fen Ikner Engineer
Joan Hiller Paintings
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