The Golden Age

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
It's beyond cliche to call sweeping, orchestral music "filmic," but in the case of music video director Yoann Lemoine's debut album as Woodkid, The Golden Age, the term fits. Though he's worked with Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Lana Del Ray, Lemoine's own music is more in line with Antony & the Johnsons -- lavish, often torchy songs that pair dramatic backdrops with his charmingly imperfect vocals. While Antony fans will probably hear a lot to like on The Golden Age, Woodkid's approach isn't as intimate; instead, Lemoine's focus is often on the massive sounds around him. Those sounds are undeniably impressive, particularly on the title track, which opens the album ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
It's beyond cliche to call sweeping, orchestral music "filmic," but in the case of music video director Yoann Lemoine's debut album as Woodkid, The Golden Age, the term fits. Though he's worked with Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Lana Del Ray, Lemoine's own music is more in line with Antony & the Johnsons -- lavish, often torchy songs that pair dramatic backdrops with his charmingly imperfect vocals. While Antony fans will probably hear a lot to like on The Golden Age, Woodkid's approach isn't as intimate; instead, Lemoine's focus is often on the massive sounds around him. Those sounds are undeniably impressive, particularly on the title track, which opens the album with slowly building strings and brass that eventually unfold into dramatic, suite-like movements, and on "Run Boy Run," which has all the drama of a spaghetti Western score. At times, Lemoine's vocals and songwriting threaten to get lost in the sheer amount of music surrounding them, but just when it seems like it's all too much, he reins things in on "Boat Song" and "Where I Live," both of which suggest he should pare things down more often. Still, Lemoine gets a surprising amount of range out of his maximalist approach, from the more classical-leaning "Stabat Mater" to "I Love You," which with its samples and intricate beats, is the closest Woodkid comes to a contemporary pop song. A beautiful, if at times exhausting album, The Golden Age shows Lemoine is skilled at making music as well as music videos.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2013
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602537276264
  • Catalog Number: 001834902
  • Sales rank: 16,063

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Golden Age (3:46)
  2. 2 Run Boy Run (3:35)
  3. 3 The Great Escape (3:16)
  4. 4 Boat Song (4:32)
  5. 5 I Love You (3:52)
  6. 6 The Shore (4:15)
  7. 7 Ghost Lights (3:42)
  8. 8 Shadows (2:06)
  9. 9 Stabat Mater (2:51)
  10. 10 Conquest of Spaces (4:31)
  11. 11 Falling (0:45)
  12. 12 Where I Live (4:26)
  13. 13 Iron (3:23)
  14. 14 The Other Side (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Woodkid Primary Artist
Christophe Briquet Viola
Karen Brunon Violin
Pascale Meley Violin
Marianne Lagarde Violin
Cyril Ghestem Violin
David Braccini Violin
Angélique Loyer Violin
Ludovic Balla Violin
Maud Ayats Violin
Frédéric Mellardi Trumpet, Soloist
Lise Berthaud Viola
Joel Vaisse Trombone, Soloist
Jérôme Marchand Violin
Sarah Nemtanu Violin, Soloist
Lyodoh Kaneko Violin
Raphael Perraud Cello
Sarah Veilhan Cello
Marc Chouarain Piano
David Sztanke Piano
Lionel Surin Horn
David Moulié Horn
Delphine Tissot Viola
Pierre Vavasseur Cello
Fabien Wallerand Tuba
Catherine Bourgeat Violin
Caroline Ritchot Violin
David Defiez Horn, Soloist
Nicolas Vallade Trombone
Yohan Chetail Trumpet
Laurent Mallet Trumpet
Daniel Breszinski Trombone
Bruno Bertoli Conductor
Cedric Berger Horn
Nicolas Heumber Trumpet
Jonathan Reith Trombone
Thibault Mortegoute Trombone
Stéphane Gourvat Trumpet
Laurent Bourdon Trumpet
Guillaume Varupenne Bass Trombone
Aron Ottignon Piano
Marie Poulanges Viola
Benjamin Chareyron Horn
Christophe Struzynski Horn
Oana Unc-Marchand Cello
Benjamin Estienne Violin
J.M. Tavernier Horn
Technical Credits
Mike Marsh Mastering
Sebastian Arranger, Composer, Producer
Mitchell Yoshida Composer
The Shoes Producer
Guillaume Brière Composer
Daniel Sannwald Artwork
Pierre Le Ny Art Direction
Woodkid Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ambroise Willaume Arranger, Composer
Dany Héricourt Composer
Bruno Bertoli Orchestration
Gustave Rudman Arranger
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