Starring Someone Like You [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide
There isn't a genre or pat phrase that's fit to describe Sweden's the Tiny. Chamber pop might be right, if only because there's a cello involved. Cabaret might be closer, if only because Starring: Someone Like You feels like the kind of music that would be played in a dimly-lit piano bar. You certainly can't call it twee, though it can sound cute at times, and you'd probably want to shy away from calling it indie pop for that matter. You could really stretch and try calling it operatic post-rock, but that would just be annoying. Anyway, the point here is that the Tiny's music defies description in the best way possible, and the group's second album is a wonderfully dark elaboration on 2005's Close Enough. Where the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
There isn't a genre or pat phrase that's fit to describe Sweden's the Tiny. Chamber pop might be right, if only because there's a cello involved. Cabaret might be closer, if only because Starring: Someone Like You feels like the kind of music that would be played in a dimly-lit piano bar. You certainly can't call it twee, though it can sound cute at times, and you'd probably want to shy away from calling it indie pop for that matter. You could really stretch and try calling it operatic post-rock, but that would just be annoying. Anyway, the point here is that the Tiny's music defies description in the best way possible, and the group's second album is a wonderfully dark elaboration on 2005's Close Enough. Where the first release came across as a detailed pencil sketch, Starring is a full-blown oil portrait, full of whorls, shadows, and odd angles. Much like the previous album, Starring delves into song material that under any other circumstances would be considered humdrum: love, personal demons, and mom. But don't let the quotidian themes fool you -- this is an epic album, sweeping and theatrical one moment, spare and aching the next. Ellekari Larsson is in top form here, and her deceptively fragile voice is served well by the lushness of this new work. Less a lead singer and more a primal force of nature, she sounds something like Björk sans the biting pixie attitude or Joanna Newsom sans the little girl rasp. The singles, "Dirty Frames" and "They Say It's Weird," are intricately pieced-together worlds; they're rich with cellos and musical saws (courtesy of Larsson's partner in crime, Leo Svensson), shot through with Casio keyboard whooshes, and sprinkled with wind chimes and Stylophone blips. Other songs echo the sparseness and melancholia of the first album, especially on the heart-breaking cover of Gillian Welch's "Everything Is Free." Starring
All Music Guide - Margaret Reges
There isn't a genre or pat phrase that's fit to describe Sweden's the Tiny. Chamber pop might be right, if only because there's a cello involved. Cabaret might be closer, if only because Starring Someone Like You feels like the kind of music that would be played in a dimly lit piano bar. You certainly can't call it twee, though it can sound cute at times, and you'd probably want to shy away from calling it indie pop for that matter. You could really stretch and try calling it operatic post-rock, but that would just be annoying. Anyway, the point here is that the Tiny's music defies description in the best way possible, and the group's second album is a wonderfully dark elaboration on 2005's Close Enough. Where the first release came across as a detailed pencil sketch, Starring is a full-blown oil portrait, full of whorls, shadows, and odd angles. Much like the previous album, Starring delves into song material that under any other circumstances would be considered humdrum: love, personal demons, and mom. But don't let the quotidian themes fool you -- this is an epic album, sweeping and theatrical one moment, spare and aching the next. Ellekari Larsson is in top form here, and her deceptively fragile voice is served well by the lushness of this new work. Less a lead singer and more a primal force of nature, she sounds something like Björk sans the biting pixie attitude or Joanna Newsom sans the little girl rasp. The singles, "Dirty Frames" and "They Say It's Weird," are intricately pieced-together worlds; they're rich with cellos and musical saws courtesy of Larsson's partner in crime, Leo Svensson, shot through with Casio keyboard whooshes, and sprinkled with wind chimes and Stylophone blips. Other songs echo the sparseness and melancholia of the first album, especially on the heartbreaking cover of Gillian Welch's "Everything Is Free." Starring is ambitious, strange, and especially given how quickly it came out after the first album really well done. It could even be called brilliant, if only because it has a certain glimmering quality.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2007
  • Label: Eyeball
  • UPC: 637872005521
  • Catalog Number: 20055

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kind of Like You (4:26)
  2. 2 My Mother (3:05)
  3. 3 Know Your Demons (6:09)
  4. 4 Everything Is Free (4:36)
  5. 5 Dirty Frames (2:54)
  6. 6 Sorry (3:26)
  7. 7 I Don't Like (The Way You Move Me) (4:35)
  8. 8 In Reality (5:14)
  9. 9 They Say It's Weird (3:04)
  10. 10 My Greatest Fear (7:02)
  11. 11 This One's for Mr. Smith (2:49)
  12. 12 Safe Than Sorry (6:26)
  13. 13 They Say It's Weird/Dirty Frames
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Tiny Primary Artist
Johan Ahlin French Horn
Sven Larsson Bass Trombone
Lina Nyberg Background Vocals
Per "Texas" Johansson Clarinet
Mikael Marin Viola
Kjell Nordeson Glockenspiel, Marimbas, Vibes
Goran Kajfes Trumpet
Ed Harcourt Vocals
Johan Berthling Organ, Synthesizer, Turntables, Double Bass, Synthesizer Bass, Wurlitzer, Group Member
Leo Svensson Cello, Vocals, Background Vocals, Saw, Pump Organ, Wind Chimes, Group Member
Jari Haapalainen Cymbals, Drums, Timpani
Ellekari Larsson Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vibes, Pump Organ, Wurlitzer, Stylophone, Tack Piano, Toy Piano, Group Member
Ane Brun Background Vocals
Anja Bigrell Background Vocals
Pelle Gunnerieldt Horn Engineer
Emanuel Johansson Bassoon
George Kentros Violin
Lisa Rydberg Violin
Technical Credits
Gillian Welch Composer
David Rawlings Composer
Janne Hansson Engineer
Henrik Jonsson Mastering
Johan Berthling Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Leo Svensson Composer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Jari Haapalainen Producer
Kathleen Lolley Artwork
Ellekari Larsson Composer
David Giese Video Director
Ellen Kugelberg Camera Operator
Christoffer Lundavist Engineer
Jessica Ranevall Make-Up Assistant
Magnus Renford Video Director
Rebecka Rissanen Costume Design
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