Odeon

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Like BBC DJ John Peel explained the Fall, Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber's slowly evolving Tosca project are a case of "always the same, always different." The Viennese duo's 2013 effort, Odeon, is certainly tangibly different than 2009's No Hassle, with more vocals, fewer jazzy feelings, and more nocturnal elements figuring into the mix this time. It's that last bit that will set a veteran trip-hop fan in motion, as well it should, with key tracks like "What If" (sexy, lazy, rainy day music with vocalist Sarah Carlier buttering it all with soul) and "Stuttgart" (sounds like the Orb mixing Primal Scream with vocalist Lucas Santtana bringing some Tropicália flair to...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Like BBC DJ John Peel explained the Fall, Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber's slowly evolving Tosca project are a case of "always the same, always different." The Viennese duo's 2013 effort, Odeon, is certainly tangibly different than 2009's No Hassle, with more vocals, fewer jazzy feelings, and more nocturnal elements figuring into the mix this time. It's that last bit that will set a veteran trip-hop fan in motion, as well it should, with key tracks like "What If" (sexy, lazy, rainy day music with vocalist Sarah Carlier buttering it all with soul) and "Stuttgart" (sounds like the Orb mixing Primal Scream with vocalist Lucas Santtana bringing some Tropicália flair to the session) providing perfect soundtracks for any loft littered with broken dreams and designer labels. Reverb and the spirit of Serge Gainsbourg drip out of the speakers as Roland Neuwirth strolls the back allies from Paris to Kingston on "Cavallo," and with "Bonjour" closing the set, you've got the proper amount of humor (the title) and simplicity (the track is comprised of strings, a harp, and a heartbeat) to make the album identifiable as Tosca. Atmospherics and meticulous recording are as important as ever, and while you can take a copy to the stereo shop to make sure that amp sounds rich and warm enough, the album is slightly more song-based than previous efforts, so finicky fans might gripe when the lyrics go quite Depeche Mode or James Blake. It's only a slight caution, and with everything else sounding like new dreams recorded on a familiar sound stage, Tosca regulars will find Odeon a demure return to form.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2013
  • Label: K7
  • UPC: 730003730528
  • Catalog Number: 305
  • Sales rank: 139,223

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Zur Guten Ambience (3:01)
  2. 2 What If (4:55)
  3. 3 Heatwave (5:39)
  4. 4 JayJay (6:18)
  5. 5 Soda (2:33)
  6. 6 Meixner (6:04)
  7. 7 Stuttgart (5:46)
  8. 8 In My Brain Prinz Eugen (5:06)
  9. 9 Cavallo (6:39)
  10. 10 Bonjour (5:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tosca Primary Artist
Chris Eckman Vocals
Rodney Hunter Vocals
Lucas Santtana Vocals
J.J. Jones Vocals
Roland Neuwirth Vocals
Sarah Carlier Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Eckman Composer, Lyricist
Richard Dorfmeister Composer, Producer
Rupert Huber Composer, Producer
Lucas Santtana Composer, Lyricist
Calyx Berlin Mastering
J.J. Jones Composer, Lyricist
Roland Neuwirth Composer, Lyricist
Sarah Carlier Composer, Lyricist
Colin Snapp Visual Arts
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