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Palaces
     

Palaces

by Bart Davenport
 
Coming off of his stint with the electronic dance-pop band Honeycut, you might have figured Bart Davenport to weave some electronics into his soft-rocking sound on his fourth album Palaces. You'd be wrong though. The same basic template of acoustic guitars and restrained instrumentation makes up the bulk of his sound. The mellow

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Coming off of his stint with the electronic dance-pop band Honeycut, you might have figured Bart Davenport to weave some electronics into his soft-rocking sound on his fourth album Palaces. You'd be wrong though. The same basic template of acoustic guitars and restrained instrumentation makes up the bulk of his sound. The mellow influence of '70s groups like Bread and America still casts a long shadow and he still sings the same kind of intimate lyrics with the same heartbreaking tenderness. What Davenport adds this time is a soul influence to go with the classic rock and soft rock. Not the kind of Ronson-retro sound that threatened to take over the late 2000s, instead he looks to the lush '70s soul of groups like the Stylistics with their layered harmonies, gentle horns, and tinkling glockenspiels. Check the beginning of the entrancing "A Young One" if you doubt it. It truly comes off as mash-up of Bread and the Stylistics, and ends up sounding way better than you might expect. Amazing, even. The rest of the album doesn't quite reach this level of greatness but there are plenty of solid songs, and unlike his last album, he takes great care with the arrangements at all times. Whether it's the fat Hammond organ that makes several appearances (most notably on the Deep Purple-esque rocker "Born to Suffer"), the drifting background vocals of Willow Willow on "Lil' Bunny," or the pedal steel that adds some country melancholy to the soul ballad "Freeway Flowers," Davenport and his band always sound great and often cheerfully weird. It's not as strong an album as Game Preserve, but it's a welcome mini-comeback for Davenport and a recommended listen for folks who like their classic sounds with a real live heart and soul.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
Label:
Antenna Farm
UPC:
0879198001911
catalogNumber:
526
Rank:
209017

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Performance Credits

Bart Davenport   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tom Heyman   Pedal Steel Guitar,Guest Appearance
Tony Sevener   Percussion,Drums
Marc Capelle   Organ,Piano,Celeste,Guest Appearance
Kelley Stoltz   Bass,Guitar,Glockenspiel,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Hervé "RV" Salters   Piano,Guest Appearance
Dan Eisenberg   Piano,Hammond Organ,Guest Appearance,Hammond B3
Jessica Vohs   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Miranda Zeiger   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Angelina Moysov   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mirander Zieger   Vocals
Cris Armijo   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ben E. Riesman   Strings,Guest Appearance
Amber Lamprecht   Oboe,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Bart Davenport   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Monte Vallier   Engineer
Joe Erickson   Composer
Kelley Stoltz   Engineer,Audio Production
Kevin Ink   Engineer
Sam Flax Keener   Artwork
Jay Bronzini   Engineer

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