Talahomi Way

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The aural equivalent of a late spring breeze, Talahomi Way finds Sean O'Hagan and the rest of the High Llamas in a decidedly dreamy state of mind. Interludes like "Angel Connector" drift in and out softly and sweetly, making the band's previous album Can Cladders sound downright heavy in comparison, and the lush strings and genteel brass and woodwinds on tracks such as "Wander, Jack, Wander" and "To the Abbey" feel like they have as much in common with Burt Bacharach and Nelson Riddle as they do with Brian Wilson. Interspersed with these reveries are fine examples of O'Hagan's pop-craft: "Berry Adams" opens the album with an alluring sparkle; "Take My Hand" captures ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The aural equivalent of a late spring breeze, Talahomi Way finds Sean O'Hagan and the rest of the High Llamas in a decidedly dreamy state of mind. Interludes like "Angel Connector" drift in and out softly and sweetly, making the band's previous album Can Cladders sound downright heavy in comparison, and the lush strings and genteel brass and woodwinds on tracks such as "Wander, Jack, Wander" and "To the Abbey" feel like they have as much in common with Burt Bacharach and Nelson Riddle as they do with Brian Wilson. Interspersed with these reveries are fine examples of O'Hagan's pop-craft: "Berry Adams" opens the album with an alluring sparkle; "Take My Hand" captures seaside romance in two-and-a-half minutes; "Talahomi Way" reconfigures the Llamas' Stereolab-ish side into a serene travelogue; and "Fly Baby Fly" flirts with Baroque pop and soft rock. As with almost all High Llamas albums, Talahomi Way's details can speak louder than its actual songs, but this isn't a criticism: here, O'Hagan and crew use those details to make an album that is equally pastoral and meticulous, and listening to it is like visiting a perfectly arranged topiary garden.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2011
  • Label: Drag City
  • UPC: 781484046929
  • Catalog Number: 469
  • Sales rank: 137,562

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Berry Adams (4:09)
  2. 2 Wander, Jack Wander (3:40)
  3. 3 Take My Hand (2:34)
  4. 4 Woven and Rolled (3:08)
  5. 5 The Ring of Gold (4:11)
  6. 6 Talahomi Way (3:31)
  7. 7 Fly Baby, Fly (3:00)
  8. 8 Angel Connector (1:00)
  9. 9 To the Abbey (3:17)
  10. 10 A Rock in May (3:20)
  11. 11 Crazy Connector (0:40)
  12. 12 Calling Up, Ringing Down (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The High Llamas Primary Artist
Sean O'Hagan Organ, Banjo, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Spinet, electronics, Guitar (Nylon String), Group Member
John Eacott Trumpet
Michael Kearsey Trombone
Rob Allum Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Harriet Davies Violin
Marcus Holdaway Organ, Piano, Cello, Vocals, Spinet, fender rhodes, Group Member
Dominic Murcott Marimbas, Vibes, Group Member
Steve Hamilton Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Pete Aves Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String), Group Member
Jo Haynes Vocals
Brian Wright Violin
Elspeth Cowey Violin, Viola
Jon Fell Bass, Percussion, Group Member
Melissa Kenny Harp
Technical Credits
Sean O'Hagan Composer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
The High Llamas Arranger
Dan Osborn Layout
Joe Watson Engineer
Dominic Murcott Engineer
Jeremy Glogan Artwork, Paintings
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