Let the People Speak

Let the People Speak

by Grand Duchy
     
 

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Where Grand Duchy's first album Petit Fours felt like a sampler of all the different directions the band could pursue, Let the People Speak finds Violet Clark coming into her own as a songwriter and performer. It may not be coincidental that she wrote many of these songs while Frank Black was on

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Where Grand Duchy's first album Petit Fours felt like a sampler of all the different directions the band could pursue, Let the People Speak finds Violet Clark coming into her own as a songwriter and performer. It may not be coincidental that she wrote many of these songs while Frank Black was on tour with the Pixies; at any rate, he takes a more subordinate role on this album which lets Clark's abilities shine, particularly on "See-Thru You," which has more bite than all of Petit Fours combined and on "White Out," where her jagged vocals and riffs bounce over a Motorik-tinged rhythm. There's a lot more personality on Let the People Speak -- or maybe that should be personalities: not only does Clark adopt many more musical personae than she did before, the album also features voice-overs from Phoenix DJ Jonathan L, whose smoky ramblings are sometimes clever, sometimes too self-referential, but nevertheless a distinct artistic choice. This ambition also pops up on "Dark Sparkles and the Beat"'s bittersweet expanse and the mischievous role-playing on "Geode"'s glam fantasia. Indeed, Clark has enough going on here that at times Black's contributions, such as the nice-enough but somewhat meandering "Where Is John Frum?" and "Annie Bliss," don't feel strictly necessary. Then again, as on Petit Fours, the couple have so much fun playing together on tracks like the sneering "Shady" and the Warhol-worshipping "Silver Boys" that it reaffirms that Grand Duchy is a partnership, and one that improves with time. While not everything works on Let the People Speak, it has enough originality and energy that it bodes well for wherever Clark and Black want to go next.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2012
Label:
Sonic Unyon Metal
UPC:
0621617014220
catalogNumber:
70142
Rank:
329061

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grand Duchy   Primary Artist
Justin Warfield   Vocals
Black Francis   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Pump Organ,Group Member
Billy Barnett   Echoplex
Simon "Ding" Archer   Drums
Violet Clark   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Bells,Group Member
Silver Sorensen   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jason Carter   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Wesley Curtis   Acoustic Guitar
McKenzie Stubbert   Organ,Synthesizer
Josh Schroeder   Acoustic Guitar
Jonathan L   DJ

Technical Credits

Justin Warfield   Composer,Programming
Black Francis   Composer
Billy Barnett   Engineer
Richard Hermitage   Management
Mark Lemhouse   Layout
Simon "Ding" Archer   Composer,Programming
Violet Clark   Composer,Producer
Grand Duchy   Composer
Jason Carter   Engineer

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