Many in High Places Are Not Well

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All Music Guide - John Bush
H.I.M.'s Douglas Scharin took a brief break after 2001's New Features, then regrouped H.I.M. with some familiar faces as well as a few new ones for the group's second record for Bubble Core, 2003's Many in High Places Are Not Well. Collaborators include Joshua LaRue, Fred Erskine, and Rob Mazurek, and vocalist Christian Dautresme from the Letter E. The band is workmanlike and innovative; proving themselves capable of highly percussive jams with the motorische qualities of Can and offer many glimpses of polyrhythms a two-drummer attack helps here. For the opener, "Elementals," H.I.M.. sounds like an Afro-beat group playing against each other, with a horn section following not ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
H.I.M.'s Douglas Scharin took a brief break after 2001's New Features, then regrouped H.I.M. with some familiar faces as well as a few new ones for the group's second record for Bubble Core, 2003's Many in High Places Are Not Well. Collaborators include Joshua LaRue, Fred Erskine, and Rob Mazurek, and vocalist Christian Dautresme from the Letter E. The band is workmanlike and innovative; proving themselves capable of highly percussive jams with the motorische qualities of Can and offer many glimpses of polyrhythms a two-drummer attack helps here. For the opener, "Elementals," H.I.M.. sounds like an Afro-beat group playing against each other, with a horn section following not Fela Kuti's lead, but Stereolab's. Dautresme's performance on "Slow Slow Slow," along with "The Way Trees Are" are the highlights of the album; with warmth coming from the slinky basslines and nearly wordless vocalizing; while at the same time, a coolness comes into the mix from the horn section, a shimmering guitar, and a two-man drum kit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2006
  • Label: Fat Cat Uk
  • UPC: 600116992826
  • Catalog Number: 28

Album Credits

Performance Credits
HiM Primary Artist
Abdou M'Boup Kora
Rob Mazurek Cornet
Doug Scharin Percussion, Drums, Clavinet, Vibes, fender rhodes, electronics
Joe Goldring Organ, Guitar, Pump Organ
Christian Dautresme Voices
Adam Pierce Acoustic Guitar, Voices
Julie Liu Violin
David Pavkovic Drums
Fred Erskine Electric Bass, Wurlitzer
Joshua LaRue Guitar, Clavinet
Dominic Johnson Cello, Viola
Carlo Cennamo Alto, Alto Saxophone
Griffin Rodriguez Electric Bass, Hammond Organ, Voices, Clavinet, Upright Bass, Wurlitzer
Matt Schneider Guitar
Kristin Voltysdottir Voices
Amelia Liu Sun Scharin Voices
Josh Barman Cornet
Josh Berman Cornet
Christian Dautresme Vocals
Technical Credits
Alan Douches Mastering
Doug Scharin Audio Production
Bundy K. Brown Engineer
Christian Dautresme Composer
David Pavkovic Programming
Adam Price Engineer
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