Modern Rituals

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Santa Monica-based indie rock outfit Chief's low-key debut oozes California sunset melancholy. The quartet's languid, guitar-driven highway pop is built upon a foundation of blue-collar radio favorites like Neil Young and the Band, as well as the early-'90s alt-rock of Toad the Wet Sprocket and Red House Painters, and the resulting Modern Rituals feels a little stuck in the middle. Earnest, melodic, and slow to unfold, there's not a bad song on here, but surprises are few and far between. Midtempo rockers like "Nothing's Wrong" and "Breaking Walls" breeze by on the strength of tight, reverb-heavy production, thanks in part to Grammy Award-winning producer Emery...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Santa Monica-based indie rock outfit Chief's low-key debut oozes California sunset melancholy. The quartet's languid, guitar-driven highway pop is built upon a foundation of blue-collar radio favorites like Neil Young and the Band, as well as the early-'90s alt-rock of Toad the Wet Sprocket and Red House Painters, and the resulting Modern Rituals feels a little stuck in the middle. Earnest, melodic, and slow to unfold, there's not a bad song on here, but surprises are few and far between. Midtempo rockers like "Nothing's Wrong" and "Breaking Walls" breeze by on the strength of tight, reverb-heavy production, thanks in part to Grammy Award-winning producer Emery Dobyns and vocalist Danny Fujikawa's expressive pipes, but it's a pace that rarely deviates. That said, there are some gems here, including the dark Fleet Foxes-meets-Tom Petty mid-album dirge "Stealing," the spacious, harmony-laden "This Land," and the warm, weary, "Wild Mountain Thyme"-inspired "Irish Song," all suggesting that Chief can hold their own amidst the current crop of windswept West Coast indie rockers like Band of Horses, Wild Light, and Port O'Brien.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2010
  • Label: Domino
  • UPC: 801390025327
  • Catalog Number: 253
  • Sales rank: 326,387

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Minute I Saw It (3:46)
  2. 2 Nothing's Wrong (4:40)
  3. 3 Wait For You (3:42)
  4. 4 This Land (4:02)
  5. 5 Breaking Walls (4:33)
  6. 6 In The Valley (4:23)
  7. 7 Stealing (3:34)
  8. 8 You Tell Me (3:28)
  9. 9 Summer's Day (4:00)
  10. 10 Irish Song (3:35)
  11. 11 Night & Day (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chief Primary Artist
Rebecca Weiner Violin
Michael Fujikawa Group Member
Danny Fujikawa Group Member
Evan Koga Group Member
Mike Moonves Group Member
Technical Credits
Emily Lazar Mastering
Chief Composer
Emery Dobyns Producer, Engineer
Bjorn Copeland Artwork
Maya Halfon Licensing
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