Seeds

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All Music Guide - Alexey Eremenko
Multi-layered, elegant, and well arranged, Seeds has it all, except for the hooks. That wouldn't be mandatory for an indie rock album with controls set toward Arcade Fire and Muse, but with Hey Rosetta!, their simple alt-rock roots still stick out from under the towering monuments of strings and ethereal keyboards, and they're not as gripping and immediate as they should be. It does feel like everything's in place, at first: the rhythm section plays fast, the guitars churn out the simple reverb- and delay-filled riffs that returned to the mainstream after Snow Patrol released Final Straw, and the wavering, down-to-earth vocals add just the right dose of intimacy to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alexey Eremenko
Multi-layered, elegant, and well arranged, Seeds has it all, except for the hooks. That wouldn't be mandatory for an indie rock album with controls set toward Arcade Fire and Muse, but with Hey Rosetta!, their simple alt-rock roots still stick out from under the towering monuments of strings and ethereal keyboards, and they're not as gripping and immediate as they should be. It does feel like everything's in place, at first: the rhythm section plays fast, the guitars churn out the simple reverb- and delay-filled riffs that returned to the mainstream after Snow Patrol released Final Straw, and the wavering, down-to-earth vocals add just the right dose of intimacy to their generally positive sound. The band builds on this foundation quite a bit, going from droning, interlaced post-rock-like textures to cellos and violins they even tour with a string section, not to mention squeezing a lot of development into four-minute tunes, which are in no way limited to the good old verse-chorus scheme. Perhaps they should have been: otherwise, the music, while dense enough, never reaches the larger-than-life grandeur of, say, the Twilight Sad whom Hey Rosetta! recall at times, but doesn't deliver on the earworms the Snow Patrol tag promises, either. It's as if they really couldn't settle on one thing, going for epic one minute and catchy the other, while constantly changing the goal mid-air or, sometimes, settling on soft indie pop by way of a breather. This doesn't make Seeds a bad album -- it's a clever and energetic slab of indie rock -- but it does add a frustrating edge to a generally pleasant experience. [The album was reissued in 2012 with three bonus tracks -- acoustic versions of "Young Glass," "Welcome," and "Seventeen."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2012
  • Label: Ato Records
  • UPC: 880882178826
  • Catalog Number: 217882
  • Sales rank: 110,429

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Seeds (4:27)
  2. 2 Yer Spring (4:52)
  3. 3 Young Glass (5:36)
  4. 4 Bricks (4:18)
  5. 5 New Sum (4:27)
  6. 6 Downstairs (1:58)
  7. 7 Welcome (4:02)
  8. 8 Seventeen (3:48)
  9. 9 Yer Fall (5:39)
  10. 10 Parson Brown (5:13)
  11. 11 Bandages (5:02)
  12. 12 Young Glass (6:05)
  13. 13 Welcome (3:51)
  14. 14 Seventeen (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hey Rosetta! Primary Artist
Norman Adams Cello
Jennifer Jones Violin
Ken Nogami Violin
Tim Baker Organ, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Josh Ward Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Susan Sayle Viola
Kinley Dowling Violin, Viola
Romesh Thavanathan Cello, Vocals, Noise, Loops
Eric Landry Trombone
Gina Burgess Violin
Adam Hogan Guitar, Noise, Loops
The Blake Sisters Throat Singing
Terry Campbell Trumpet
Phil Maloney Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Kathy Conway Oboe
Brigitte Labelle French Horn
Uncle Bill Besso Spoken Word
Dave Christensen Clarinet, Flute, Recorder, Saxophone
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Sydney Smith Artwork, Layout
Tony Doogan Producer, Engineer
Harris Newman Mastering
Darren Van Niekerk Engineer
Tim Baker Arranger, Composer, Orchestration, Layout
Josh Ward Arranger, Orchestration
Glen Leck Layout
Romesh Thavanathan Arranger, Orchestration
Adam Hogan Arranger, Composer
Phil Maloney Arranger
Matthew Voigt Engineer
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