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The Belle Brigade

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
In L.A.'s pop music scene, the influence of Fleetwood Mac is rarely more than a vocal harmony away. It's uncommonly (but not offensively) close on Belle Brigade's debut, a collection of sunny pop songs that take their cues from the "California sound" of yesteryear. Fronted by the brother/sister combo Ethan and Barbara Gruska, the group blows through 11 tunes in an economical 39 minutes, evoking everyone from CSNY to Linda Ronstadt along the way. The siblings harmonize the way family members often do, flanking each other's melodies during the verses and double-tracking their voices into thick chords during the choruses. With help from a rotating roster of backup musicians ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
In L.A.'s pop music scene, the influence of Fleetwood Mac is rarely more than a vocal harmony away. It's uncommonly (but not offensively) close on Belle Brigade's debut, a collection of sunny pop songs that take their cues from the "California sound" of yesteryear. Fronted by the brother/sister combo Ethan and Barbara Gruska, the group blows through 11 tunes in an economical 39 minutes, evoking everyone from CSNY to Linda Ronstadt along the way. The siblings harmonize the way family members often do, flanking each other's melodies during the verses and double-tracking their voices into thick chords during the choruses. With help from a rotating roster of backup musicians -- mostly Barbara's cohorts from her days as a touring drummer for Inara George and Jenny Lewis -- the siblings cast a wide net, riding a country-rock groove on "My Goodness" and resurrecting the breezy charm of Rumours-era Lindsey Buckingham on "Where Not to Look for Freedom" before drifting into the Los Angeles smog with the album's hazy closer, "Fasten You to Me." Like Jenny and Johnny, another SoCal harmony duo, they rarely sing without the other person's help, and this pastoral pop record sparkles whenever the two lock together in close harmony.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2011
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624966388
  • Catalog Number: 524115
  • Sales rank: 57,917

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweet Louise (3:06)
  2. 2 Where Not To Look For Freedom (4:24)
  3. 3 Losers (4:02)
  4. 4 Belt of Orion (3:18)
  5. 5 Shirt (4:26)
  6. 6 Lucky Guy (3:42)
  7. 7 Lonely Lonely (2:39)
  8. 8 Punchline (3:30)
  9. 9 Rusted Wheel (4:00)
  10. 10 My Goodness (2:58)
  11. 11 Fasten You To Me (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Belle Brigade Primary Artist
Matthew Wilder Vocals
Mike Finnigan Hammond B3
Barbara Gruska Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Aaron Arntz Piano, Accordion, Hand Clapping
Luke Reynolds Pedal Steel Guitar
Blake Mills Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bram Inscore Bass, Cello, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Hand Clapping, Upright Bass, Wurlitzer
Hollywood String Quartet Strings
Denis Jiron Bass Trombone
Spencer Ludwig Flugelhorn
Ethan Gruska Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Glockenspiel, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Ben McIntosh Euphonium
Technical Credits
Matthew Wilder Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Paul Buckmaster String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Barbara Gruska Composer, Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Csaba Petocz Engineer
Stephen Walker Art Direction
Ellen Wakayama Art Direction
Xavier Ramos Marketing
Bram Inscore String Arrangements, Cello Arrangement
The Belle Brigade Producer
Ethan Gruska Composer, Orchestral Arrangements
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