Speak

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All Music Guide - Richard Foss
While just about every critic and fan has a favorite Roches album that was inexplicably ignored, most will probably agree that Speak was the one that really should have gone gold. All of the ingredients for a huge album are here: emotional yet accessible songs, radio-friendly folk-pop arrangements, and the sisters' usual mind-blowing vocal pyrotechnics. True, the title cut does have harmonies and cadences that are more typical of Bulgarian music, but much of the rest of this album is radio-ready. "Big Nuthin" and "Person With a Past" are two obvious hits, but there are plenty more; in fact, this album doesn't have a dud track from end to end. Sure, fans of their early work...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard Foss
While just about every critic and fan has a favorite Roches album that was inexplicably ignored, most will probably agree that Speak was the one that really should have gone gold. All of the ingredients for a huge album are here: emotional yet accessible songs, radio-friendly folk-pop arrangements, and the sisters' usual mind-blowing vocal pyrotechnics. True, the title cut does have harmonies and cadences that are more typical of Bulgarian music, but much of the rest of this album is radio-ready. "Big Nuthin" and "Person With a Past" are two obvious hits, but there are plenty more; in fact, this album doesn't have a dud track from end to end. Sure, fans of their early work will find "I Love My Mom" a bit too conventional and poppy, but heck, if you can't get a bit schmaltzy on a song to your mom, something's wrong with the world. Those who love the Roches' trademark bizarre wordplay and telepathic harmonies can focus on the avant-garde a cappella of "The Anti-Sex Backlash of the 80s" -- and with a title like that how can you resist? The jazzy backups are well handled and subtle throughout the album, and it's a classic. Alas, like all Roches albums it was critically acclaimed but ignored by the public.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2013
  • Label: Universal Mod Afw
  • UPC: 076732634523
  • Catalog Number: 5747424
  • Sales rank: 65,200

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Speak (4:17)
  2. 2 Big Nuthin' (4:42)
  3. 3 Cloud Dancing (2:50)
  4. 4 Everyone Is Good (3:53)
  5. 5 In the World (2:35)
  6. 6 I Love My Mom (4:03)
  7. 7 Losing Our Job (4:23)
  8. 8 Person with a Past (5:05)
  9. 9 The Anti-Sex Backlash of the 80's (2:35)
  10. 10 Easy (3:33)
  11. 11 Nocturne (4:47)
  12. 12 Merciful God (4:12)
  13. 13 Broken Places (4:45)
  14. 14 Feeling Is Mutual (2:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Roches Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Carter Cathcart Synthesizer, Piano, Horn
Larry Fast Synthesizer
Jeffrey Lesser Vocals
Suzzy Roche Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals
Fernando Saunders Bass Guitar
Vince Cherico Percussion, Drums
Terre Roche Guitar, Vocals
Libby McLaren Synthesizer, keyboard bass
Maggie Roche Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals, keyboard bass
Technical Credits
The Roches Producer, drum programming
Greg Calbi Mastering
Jeffrey Lesser Producer, Engineer
Vince Cherico drum programming
Terre Roche Artwork
Teddy Wainwright Executive Producer
Kreyol Syndikat Composer
Glen Zdon Engineer
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