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Some bands defy categorization on purpose; Chicago's Sonia Dada do it naturally. Their intoxicating blend of R&B, pop, and worldbeat has found them wrongfully lumped into the jam band scene, a genre that, while supportive, tends to pigeonhole artists indefinitely. Their latest, the ambitious Test Pattern, opens in a wash of tablas and "Bollywood" vocals before morphing into a sun-drenched Americana road trip led by the distinctive vocals of Sam Hogan, Michael Scott, and Paris Delane. Test Pattern works as a single song, flowing effortlessly between gospel-tinged soundscapes like "Saturday" and soul-jazz rave-ups like "Take Back." At times it's like a sequel...
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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Some bands defy categorization on purpose; Chicago's Sonia Dada do it naturally. Their intoxicating blend of R&B, pop, and worldbeat has found them wrongfully lumped into the jam band scene, a genre that, while supportive, tends to pigeonhole artists indefinitely. Their latest, the ambitious Test Pattern, opens in a wash of tablas and "Bollywood" vocals before morphing into a sun-drenched Americana road trip led by the distinctive vocals of Sam Hogan, Michael Scott, and Paris Delane. Test Pattern works as a single song, flowing effortlessly between gospel-tinged soundscapes like "Saturday" and soul-jazz rave-ups like "Take Back." At times it's like a sequel to Prince's 1987 "everything including the kitchen sink" double-disc Sign 'O' the Times, if the Purple One had allowed Daniel Lanois to produce it. The slick production works because the material warrants it -- the down-on-your-luck "Gordon" is as warm as it is heartbreaking and the rolling thunder of percussion that fuels "Dark Visions" is vast and majestic. The sampled bombardes, bursts of mandolins and sitars, and truly sublime and soulful vocals keep Test Pattern from unraveling into a slick piece of adult contemporary refuse, something that could easily have happened had the members not been blessed with impeccable restraint. Swirling beneath each track is a multicultural symphony, but that symphony prefers to accompany the song rather than bury it in unnecessary pomp and circumstance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/2004
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018501828
  • Catalog Number: 85018

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Moons of Jupiter (4:20)
  2. 2 Saturday (4:49)
  3. 3 Temple (3:56)
  4. 4 Gordon (3:00)
  5. 5 Old Bones (3:13)
  6. 6 Diggin' on a Road (4:24)
  7. 7 Ragdoll (3:51)
  8. 8 Sundogs (2:01)
  9. 9 Take Back (5:33)
  10. 10 Lights Out (3:23)
  11. 11 Dark Visions (5:29)
  12. 12 Sylvia (5:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 [Untitled Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonia Dada Primary Artist
Lester Bowie Trumpet
Phil Miller Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin
Yvonne Gage Vocals
Bobbye Hall Conga
Chris Cameron Piano, Soloist
Shawn Christopher Vocals, Group Member
Paris Delane Vocals, Group Member
Hank (Henry Dog) Guaglianone Drums, Group Member
Sam Hogan Vocals, Group Member
Dan Pritzker Guitar, Group Member
David Resnik Guitar, Group Member
Rene Robinson Vocals
Ron Schwartz Keyboards, Sampling, Group Member
Erik Scott Bass, Group Member
Jeff Thomas Percussion, Bongos, Conga
Brian Wilke Guitar
Larry Beers Drums
Mike Spiro Percussion
Michael Scott Vocals, Group Member
Tina Crawley Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Cameron Composer
Arne Frager Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Dan Pritzker Composer, Producer, Sound Design
David Resnik Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Ron Schwartz Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Erik Scott Composer, Producer
Scott Steiner Producer, Engineer, Sound Design
Jeth Weinrich Video Director
Robert Hadley Mastering
Tom Hutten Engineer
James C. Moore Authoring
Michelle Taylor Management
Jamie Campana Video Editor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Band-Great Album

    This album culminates so many sounds it is unreal, and totally heavenly for the ears and the soul. Sonia Dada is one of the best I've ever seen live, and I've seen them all. The band members are approachable, friendly and appreciative of their fans. Their music, well, you just have to hear it for yourself to appreciate it. Nobody like these folks, and none nicer either. Talent is the bedrock of this band, of which, they are well blessed. Do yourself a favor, if you've never heard Sonia Dada, buy it. You won't regret it.

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