The Modern Tribe

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • UPC: 652637272727
  • Catalog Number: 72727
  • Sales rank: 246,803

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Evergreen (3:41)
  2. 2 Pressure (5:28)
  3. 3 Heartbreak (4:39)
  4. 4 Pony (3:37)
  5. 5 Fly the Fly (3:43)
  6. 6 Tame the Savage (4:29)
  7. 7 Hands off My Gold (3:20)
  8. 8 In This Land (4:02)
  9. 9 Comets (4:07)
  10. 10 Wildcats (3:08)
  11. 11 Our Hearts Don't Change (3:57)
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Album Credits

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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