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Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

by Tally Hall
     
 
The debut album from the quirky Michigan-based Tally Hall, Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum features the band's rambunctious, playfully literate and often surreal pop. Centered on the four songwriting talents of Rob Cantor, Ross Federman, Joe Hawley, and Andrew Horowitz<

Overview

The debut album from the quirky Michigan-based Tally Hall, Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum features the band's rambunctious, playfully literate and often surreal pop. Centered on the four songwriting talents of Rob Cantor, Ross Federman, Joe Hawley, and Andrew Horowitz, Tally Hall often comes off as a precocious barbershop quartet backed by the Raconteurs. In that sense, while the album does evoke such '60s album touchstones as the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beach Boys' SMiLE, and the Kinks' The Village Green Preservation Society, primarily it is a modern mix of humorous baroque pop, sincere singer/songwriter moments, deceptively slick garage rock, and even some ironic rap. With that in mind, fans of such similarly minded alt-rock satirists and stylistic omnivores as the Barenaked Ladies and They Might Be Giants should find much to appreciate here. To these ends, it's immediately clear why the leadoff cut "Good Day" won the 2004 John Lennon Scholarship Competition as it's a melodically catchy and sparklingly heady combination of psychedelic rock meets the Buggles. Similarly, such cuts as the power pop inflected "Greener" and "Two WUV" -- a somewhat creepy jokey ode to the Olsen Twins -- make a legitimate bid for the Weezer end of modern rock radio. Throw in a few dewy-eyed adult-alternative ballads like Cantor's "Apathy" that draw well-deserved comparisons to Ben Folds Five, and you have the makings of thoroughly listenable mainstream pop album. That said, a large part of the Tally Hall experience is a defiantly conceptual, utterly theatrical, screwball and, more often than not, epic brand of British music hall inspired pop that may not be everyone's cup of tea. However, for those who connect with the band's off-kilter sense of humor and ambitious glee club rock, Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum may just be the type of place they want to return to time and again.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678994555
catalogNumber:
456380

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tally Hall   Primary Artist
Steve Peterson   Trombone,Guest Appearance
Jim Roll   Banjo,Guest Appearance
Chris Shaw   Guitar
Ben Began   Mandolin
Jeremy Kittel   Violin,Guest Appearance
Victor Szabó   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Keith Reed   Upright Bass,Guest Appearance
Joe Hawley   Track Performer
Rob Cantor   Track Performer
Zubin Sedghi   Track Performer
Andrew Horowitz   Track Performer
Ross Federman   Track Performer
Michael Anuzis   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Lisa Bakale Wise   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Emily Barkin   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Jeff Blim   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Rebecca Blinder   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Laurel Borden   Viola,Guest Appearance
Bobby Streng   Saxophone
Eric Brummitt   French Horn,Guest Appearance
Jason Ceo   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Stephanie Fajuri   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Jessica Fetter   Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Melissa Gardiner   Trombone,Guest Appearance
Haiku Dinner Party   Crowd Noise,Guest Appearance
Rachel Hsieh   Cello
Ashley Hurst   Choir, Chorus
Shawn Jaeger   Violin
Greg Jaffe   Choir, Chorus
Taylor Janssen   Children's Voices
Bora Karaga   Human Whistle,Choir, Chorus
Alison Kartush   Choir, Chorus
Matt Lyon   Tuba
Donald Milton   Choir, Chorus
Andres Ivan Navedo   Clarinet
Michael Nickens   Tuba
Karl Pestka   Choir, Chorus
Michael Steelman   Choir, Chorus
Roberta Tamm   Children's Voices
Caitlyn Thomson   Choir, Chorus
Brittni Troy   French Horn
Brett Trzcinski   Choir, Chorus
Tim Wagner   Choir, Chorus
Marvin Yagoda   Track Performer
Jon Zande   Choir, Chorus
Michael Znuzis   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Art Smith   Drum Technician
Chris Shaw   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Courtney Jones   Artwork,Cover Art
Ben Began   Engineer
Patrick Fong   Art Direction
Joe Hawley   Artwork,Art Direction
Zubin Sedghi   Composer,Artwork
Bora Karaga   Engineer

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