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Modern Tribe
     

The Modern Tribe

by Celebration
 

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Few albums are as perfectly named as Celebration's The Modern Tribe. As sophisticated as it is wild, this is the album where the band gets to the unique heart of their music. It's more restrained than their striking, self-titled debut was, but it never sounds boring -- on the contrary, Celebration's mix of post-punk, dance-punk, soul, pop, and whatever else

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Few albums are as perfectly named as Celebration's The Modern Tribe. As sophisticated as it is wild, this is the album where the band gets to the unique heart of their music. It's more restrained than their striking, self-titled debut was, but it never sounds boring -- on the contrary, Celebration's mix of post-punk, dance-punk, soul, pop, and whatever else they feel like is a potent one; once again, it's helmed by Katrina Ford's remarkable voice. The Modern Tribe's streamlined songs allow her voice to tower even taller than it did on the band's debut, whether she's making the shimmering single "Evergreen" even more delicately beautiful, or snarling about a "wicked wayward son" on the rockabillyish rave-up "Fly the Fly." Ford's singing is even more versatile than comparisons would suggest -- she can sound like Elizabeth Fraser, Siouxsie Sioux, Nina Simone, and Polly Jean Harvey in the course of one song -- and the rest of Celebration follows suit. While it's easy to hear why the band is friends with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV on the Radio (the YYYs' Nick Zinner and all of TV on the Radio appear on The Modern Tribe, and David Sitek reprises his role as producer), Celebration brings their own identity to this musical territory. The Modern Tribe contrasts radiant songs with dark, frantic ones in a fascinating chiaroscuro flicker. "Tame the Savage" sounds like it's lit by a "curious moon," raw and sensual at the same time, while "Our Hearts Don't Change" sounds like a classic love song after it's been floating around the stars for a few light-years. On the flip side, "Pony" and "Wild Cats" are exhilarating, simultaneously urban and feral, capturing how a dance or a night out can feel like a chase. Best of all is "Hands Off My Gold," a tour de force of tingling percussion and urgent brass that is The Modern Tribe's sexiest moment and proves how vital drummer/percussionist David Bergander is to the band. Not only does this album live up to its name, Celebration does as well -- The Modern Tribe is the sound of a joyous, complicated band coming into its own.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
4ad / Ada
UPC:
0652637272727
catalogNumber:
72727

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Performance Credits

Celebration   Primary Artist
Richard Harper   Hand Clapping
Ryan Sawyer   Drums
Stuart Bogie   Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Katrina Ford   Percussion,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Sean Antanaitis   Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Moog Synthesizer,Mellotron,Vibes,Wurlitzer,Guitorgan,Group Member,Hammond B3
Dave Bergander   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
David Andrew Sitek   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tunde Adebimpe   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Toaster,Spoken Word
Kyp Malone   Vocals
Alianna Kalaba   Choir, Chorus
Chris Coady   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jaleel Bunton   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Martin Perna   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Gary Sitek   Gong
Noah Rubin   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Eric Biondo   Trumpet
Tatiana McCabe   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Aku Orraca-Tetteh   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Raedawn   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Nick Zinner   Guitar
Alianna Kalaba   Vocals
Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh   Vocals
Richard Harper   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Celebration   Composer
Stuart Bogie   Horn Arrangements
Katrina Ford   Composer
Sean Antanaitis   Composer
David Andrew Sitek   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Chris Coady   Engineer
Christian Schaal   Management
Eon Gatignolo   Artwork

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