Strangers

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
RAC's André Allen Anjos spent the better part of a decade establishing himself as one of music's hardest-working remixers, crafting a sound that straddled the line between indie and pop with a capital P. On Strangers, his first album of original material, Anjos collaborates with many of the artists whose songs he remixed, including YACHT, Penguin Prison, and Tokyo Police Club, but his most recognizable contribution is still his playful, detailed production work. RAC's sound remains bouncy and just short of busy, dominated by breezy synths and chugging muted guitars. This approach puts Anjos' collaborators in the spotlight, and Strangers works best when the singers have ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
RAC's André Allen Anjos spent the better part of a decade establishing himself as one of music's hardest-working remixers, crafting a sound that straddled the line between indie and pop with a capital P. On Strangers, his first album of original material, Anjos collaborates with many of the artists whose songs he remixed, including YACHT, Penguin Prison, and Tokyo Police Club, but his most recognizable contribution is still his playful, detailed production work. RAC's sound remains bouncy and just short of busy, dominated by breezy synths and chugging muted guitars. This approach puts Anjos' collaborators in the spotlight, and Strangers works best when the singers have enough charisma to sell this formula. The previously released singles remain highlights: "Let Go," which features MNDR and Bloc Party's Kele, is as bouncy and bittersweet as ever, and a refreshing contrast to the angular rock the band returned to on Four. "Hollywood," a collaboration with Penguin Prison's Chris Glover, has a slick new wave vibe that evokes Julian Casablancas' solo work. Several of Strangers' newer tracks are nearly as good, particularly the collaborations with Body Language, Tegan and Sara, and Peter Bjorn and John's Peter Morén. "Ready for It," which features St. Lucia's Jean-Philip Grobler and Patricia Beranek, feels like a 21st century update of Animotion or Human League with its fizzy synth pop and girl-guy vocals, while the poignant "Tourist" finds Tokyo Police Club's David Monks wondering, "Are we strangers forever or are we strangers for now?" in another of the album's standouts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2014
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602537730506
  • Catalog Number: 2014902
  • Sales rank: 31,439

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let Go (4:40)
  2. 2 Ello Ello (3:07)
  3. 3 Hollywood (3:17)
  4. 4 Cells (1:24)
  5. 5 Hard To Hold (3:33)
  6. 6 Tourist (3:05)
  7. 7 Tear You Down (3:39)
  8. 8 Sixteen (1:19)
  9. 9 Seventeen - Pink Feathers (4:37)
  10. 10 Repeating Motion (4:22)
  11. 11 All I Got (4:45)
  12. 12 I Should've Guessed - Speak (4:09)
  13. 13 Ready For It (2:49)
  14. 14 405 (4:07)
  15. 15 We Belong (6:30)
  16. 16 Cheap Sunglasses (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
RAC Primary Artist
Nick Hurt Guitar
Guy Licata Drums
Alexandra Lawn Cello
Liz Anjos Background Vocals
Karl Kling Trumpet
Troupe Gammage Guitar
Luke Christian Violin
Technical Credits
Peter Wade Composer
Nick Hurt Composer
Tegan Quin Composer
Sara Quin Composer
Jona Bechtolt Composer
Chris Zane Vocal Engineer
Joe LaPorta Mastering
Tim Pagnotta Composer
Kele Okereke Composer
Katie Herzig Composer
Abe Seiferth Engineer
Claire Evans Composer
Ryan Gilligan Pro-Tools
Liz Anjos Composer
Karl Kling Composer
Troupe Gammage Composer
Andrew Maury Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Amanda Warner Composer
Angelica Bess Composer
Chris Glover Composer
Matthew Koma Composer
Joey Delahoussaye Composer
Jean-Philip Grobler Composer
David Monks Composer
Peter Moren Composer
Patricia Beranek Composer
Alexander Ebert Composer
André Allen Anjos Composer, Producer
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