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Moo, You Bloody Choir

Moo, You Bloody Choir

by Augie March
     
 
Despite being a reasonably solid effort, Augie March's third full-length, Moo, You Bloody Choir, likely won't do anything that the much-superior Strange Bird didn't do to expose the group to a larger fan base four years prior. This isn't an entirely surprising outcome, however; though many promising elements shine through the

Overview

Despite being a reasonably solid effort, Augie March's third full-length, Moo, You Bloody Choir, likely won't do anything that the much-superior Strange Bird didn't do to expose the group to a larger fan base four years prior. This isn't an entirely surprising outcome, however; though many promising elements shine through the Australian outfit's mid-tempo dream pop -- leader Glenn Richards' excellent craftsmanship, striking lyrics and pretty, well-molded vocal work and harmonization, to name a few -- ultimately the group gets bogged down by the very things that initially make them so pleasant. Their too-smooth, incredibly homogenous sonic textures relegate half the album to almost nondescript blather, which largely lacks a distinctive spark. The soft and downy instrumentation is the most significant culprit; the wash of piano and strummed, reverb-drenched electric guitar quickly wears thin, and is broken only on the big-band novelty opening of "The Honey Month" and on a handful of other songs. That said, the group still manages to reach a fair number of peaks, which provide reason enough to not ignore the album entirely. The strong first three tracks are starkly pretty, lilting songs in the passionate vein of Jeff Buckley's more subdued, romantic work, utilizing some subtle dissonances and a very satisfying harmonic balance, particularly on the circular flow of the opener, "One Crowded Hour." It's also hard to argue with such evocative imagery as "But for one crowded hour, you were the only one in the room/ I sailed around all those bumps in the night to your beacon in the gloom." Unfortunately, by the time "Stranger Strange" rolls around, the plaintive mood settles into repetition and listeners' attention spans are likely to wander for several tracks. Things certainly pick up with the much-needed kick of the rocker "Just Passing Through," which leaves in its wake several of the album's more alluring tracks as the mood settles back into subdued melancholia. Richards evokes another of indie rock's more romantic figures -- Ryan Adams -- on "Bottle Boy," where his voice achieves an expressive interplay with the guitar and background harmonization that is somehow lacking in much that precedes or follows. Moo, You Bloody Choir picks up once again for the last time on the lengthy simmer of "Clockwork," where Richards sings "Oh singer, I don't believe your song, or your lying lines." While that's far from the case with the singer's own fine lyrical poeticism, it's hard not to take most everything else about this album as anything more than for granted.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2007
Label:
Red Int / Red Ink
UPC:
0886970901321
catalogNumber:
709012

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Augie March   Primary Artist
Michelle Jackson   Violin,Guest Appearance
Kiernan Box   Keyboards,Group Member
David Wicks   Viola,Guest Appearance
David E. Williams   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Julien Wilson   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Adam Donovan   Guitar,Keyboards,Group Member
Glenn Richards   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Edmond Ammendola   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Andrea Keeble   Violin,Guest Appearance
Veren Grigorov   Viola,Guest Appearance
Eugene Ball   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Miki Tsunoda   Violin,Guest Appearance
Chris Tanner   Clarinet,Guest Appearance
Sally Shinkel-Brown   Cello,Guest Appearance
Nichole Rosenboum   Violin,Guest Appearance
Phillipa Pomkins   Violin,Guest Appearance
Esther Michel   sleigh bells,Guest Appearance
Narine Melacoion   Violin,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Eric Drew Feldman   Producer
Ethan Johns   Producer,Engineer
David Fricke   Author
Paul McKercher   Producer,Engineer
Kiernan Box   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Gabriel Shepard   Engineer
Jimi Maroudas   Engineer
Paul Martin   Live Sound
Adam Donovan   Engineer
Glenn Richards   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Robin Mai   Engineer
Davin Pidoto   Engineer
Matthew High   Management

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