Taller Children

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Having already issued a handful of homemade recordings, Elizabeth & the Catapult sound unusually assured on their major-label debut. Taller Children bounces between piano jazz, coffeehouse pop
ock, and contemporary lounge, a mix that appeals to NPR-loving sophisticates without alienating those who prefer mainstream radio instead. At the center of the storm is frontwoman Elizabeth Ziman, a disciple of Ella Fitzgerald and a contemporary of Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, and other piano-playing female songwriters. Ziman distances herself from those females by simply casting her net wider, helming a torch ballad one minute and piling...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Having already issued a handful of homemade recordings, Elizabeth & the Catapult sound unusually assured on their major-label debut. Taller Children bounces between piano jazz, coffeehouse pop
ock, and contemporary lounge, a mix that appeals to NPR-loving sophisticates without alienating those who prefer mainstream radio instead. At the center of the storm is frontwoman Elizabeth Ziman, a disciple of Ella Fitzgerald and a contemporary of Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, and other piano-playing female songwriters. Ziman distances herself from those females by simply casting her net wider, helming a torch ballad one minute and piling thick harmonies on top of electro-pop percussion the next. The presence of studio wiz kid Mike Mogis -- producer extraordinaire for the likes of Rilo Kiley, Cursive, and Tilly & the Wall -- helps fuel the eclectic set list, as it relieves the band of splitting its time between songwriting and production duties. Free to do whatever they wish, the musicians explore the boundaries of pop music with wide-eyed fascination and competency, using the studio to their advantage without resorting to the sort of dense, grandly orchestrated music that can't be replicated in concert. Some orchestral flourishes do pepper the album's ballads -- "Rainiest Day of Summer" evokes a rainy Manhattan landscape with Brill Building strings, and "Right Next to You" brims with gauzy layers of keyboard, vibraphone, and fl├╝gelhorn -- but Taller Children devotes more time to the talents of the band, not its host of sidemen. This is a record that reveals its layers upon many listens, an album that channels the sophistication and elegance of Fifth Avenue while keeping its head in the bohemian enclave of the West Village. In short: very agreeable, very New York, and quite promising.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • UPC: 602517974593
  • Catalog Number: 001261402
  • Sales rank: 162,168

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Momma's Boy (2:50)
  2. 2 Taller Children (3:34)
  3. 3 Rainiest Day of Summer (3:45)
  4. 4 Race You (2:56)
  5. 5 Apathy (2:54)
  6. 6 The Hang Up (3:08)
  7. 7 Hit the Wall (3:54)
  8. 8 Right Next to You (4:03)
  9. 9 Everybody Knows (3:37)
  10. 10 Complimentary Me (3:03)
  11. 11 Golden Ink (3:42)
  12. 12 Just in Time (5:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elizabeth & the Catapult Primary Artist
Mike Mogis Acoustic Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Autoharp, Castanets, Tambourine, Bells, Guitar (Baritone)
Dan Brantigan Flugelhorn
Thomas Kluge Viola
Anton Patzner Violin
Lewis Patzner Cello
Pete Lalish Organ, Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Loops, Guitar Loops, Group Member
Dan Molad Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Xylophone, Group Member
Jordan Scannella Electric Bass
Elizabeth Ziman Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Melodica, Mellotron, Vibes, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Amy Kalyn Sims Violin
Rob Jost Electric Bass, French Horn, Upright Bass
Anne Nagosky Violin
Mark Motycha Cello
Melissa Tong Violin
Eric Hofman Trombone
Anne Nagosky Violin
Kimi Mongello Trumpet, Background Vocals
Alan Hampton Electric Bass
Amy Sims Violin
Matt Parker Tenor Saxophone
Mark Motycka Cello
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Jon Kaplan Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Hollis King Art Direction
Emily Lazar Mastering
Mike Mogis Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Jim Eno Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Kazumi Matsumoto Graphic Design
Josh Copp Engineer
Matt Wigton Composer
Pete Lalish Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Dan Molad Composer, Engineer
Elizabeth Ziman Arranger, Composer
Elizabeth & the Catapult Audio Production
Sharon Robinson Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Solid Album

    Great up and coming band. Upbeat and fun. Ballads are soulful and invoke emotion. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    eh...kind of annoying.

    the actual music is pretty good. and the vocals aren't bad, but the lyrics are absolutely horrid. song structures are generally rhyme on rhyme with little meaning at all. in an attempt to be controversial (i guess) such offerings as "old black joe's still pickin' cotton" and other wierd phrases are frequent...WHICH, AS AN IN STORE PLAY IS REALLY AWKWARD WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO HELP AN AFRICAN AMERICAN PERSON FIND A BOOK!!!!! perhaps a bit more consideration for booksellers and people in general should be taken when 'pickin'' these isp's.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    so good!

    We listen to this cd at work all the time and I love it. The music is so soothing and has beats to sway too.I highly recommend it.

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