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Mischievous Moon
     

Mischievous Moon

by Jill Barber
 

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The first notes of the first song on this album fill you with foreboding: brushed drums, a simple string bassline, and even simpler piano chords played in pulsing eighth notes, Fats Domino style. Sweet Mother of Claudine Longet, you wonder, what have I gotten myself into? Then Jill Barber's voice comes in,

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The first notes of the first song on this album fill you with foreboding: brushed drums, a simple string bassline, and even simpler piano chords played in pulsing eighth notes, Fats Domino style. Sweet Mother of Claudine Longet, you wonder, what have I gotten myself into? Then Jill Barber's voice comes in, with that unmistakable mid-century blend of little-girl timbre and orotund vowels, and you have your answer: you've gotten yourself into a mess of nostalgia, and the only thing that will deliver you to the other side of these 41 minutes with your sanity intact will be the quality of the songs. Luckily for you, these are great songs. Also luckily for you, Jill Barber and her co-conspirators recognize no functional difference between torch ballads, Patsy Cline-era country music, and cocktail jazz. Best of all, if their love of these various musical anachronisms is ironic, it's impossible to tell -- the wordless background vocals, the plinking pianos, the string sections, and Barber's little-girl-about-town singing style all combine to create what sounds like a purely and sincerely loving pastiche of musical elements that, for anyone under the age of 60, will sound both eerily familiar (from movies your parents like) and utterly foreign. From the decorous cha-cha of "Took Me by Surprise" (with its unbelievably cheesy horn chart) to the torchy orchestral pop of "Tenderness," the music is certainly gimmicky, but the pleasure is real. And this is pop music, people: pleasure is pretty much all that counts.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2011
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0623339906722
catalogNumber:
934684

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Performance Credits

Jill Barber   Primary Artist
Michael Davidson   Vibes
Bryden Baird   Flugelhorn
Cooper   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Matthew Barber   Vocals
William Carn   Trombone
Allison Outhit   Vocals
Kathleen Kajioka   Violin
Emma-Lee   Vocals,Harmony
Peter Elkas   Harmony
Drew Jurecka   Clarinet,Strings,Violin,Alto Saxophone,Viola,Concert Master,Soloist,Harmony
Adam Warner   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
John Marshman   Cello
Lydia Munchinsky   Cello
Good Lovelies   Vocals
Yosef Tamir   Viola
Rosendo Leon   Percussion
Erika Raum   Violin
Robbie Grunwald   Piano,Accordion,Vocals,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Joseph Shabason   Flute
Johann Lotter   Viola
Bethany Bergman   Violin
Karen Moffatt   Viola
Steve Zsirai   Bass
Chris Whitely   Trumpet
Rachel Pomedli   Cello,Soloist

Technical Credits

Jeremy Darby   Engineer
Simon Wilcox   translation
Cooper   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Dennis Patterson   Engineer
Drew Jurecka   Composer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jill Barber   Composer
Adam King   Engineer
Ron Rexsmith   Composer
Naomi MacDougall   Layout
Jean-Sebastien Boies   translation

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