The Movie

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Bossa nova legend Astrud Gilberto. Easy listening nymphet Claudine Longet. Alison Statton of Young Marble Giants. Clare Grogan of Altered Images. Alison Shaw of Cranes. Nina Persson of the Cardigans. Alt-country singer Amy Allison. And now, add to this pantheon of the great baby-voiced female singers of pop music history Clare Muldaur Manchon. Muldaur Manchon, the daughter of folk-blues legend Geoff Muldaur, has a gloriously wispy, lighter-than-air timbre, but she's also a skilled, nuanced interpreter of her own jazz-influenced melodies. Her voice is the centerpiece of the debut album by Clare & the Reasons, and rightfully so: it's a fairly outstanding instrument. But...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Bossa nova legend Astrud Gilberto. Easy listening nymphet Claudine Longet. Alison Statton of Young Marble Giants. Clare Grogan of Altered Images. Alison Shaw of Cranes. Nina Persson of the Cardigans. Alt-country singer Amy Allison. And now, add to this pantheon of the great baby-voiced female singers of pop music history Clare Muldaur Manchon. Muldaur Manchon, the daughter of folk-blues legend Geoff Muldaur, has a gloriously wispy, lighter-than-air timbre, but she's also a skilled, nuanced interpreter of her own jazz-influenced melodies. Her voice is the centerpiece of the debut album by Clare & the Reasons, and rightfully so: it's a fairly outstanding instrument. But Muldaur Manchon's vocals are expertly supported by the Reasons, a chamber pop quintet led by her husband and writing partner, keyboardist Olivier Manchon. The appropriately cinematic arrangements of the richly textured The Movie, featuring strings, horns, and a helping hand by the old master of the style, Van Dyke Parks, are tremendous, echoing everything from Pet Sounds to Nick Drake's Bryter Layter to several generations' worth of soundtrack masters, including Ennio Morricone, Henry Mancini, and Nelson Riddle. These arrangements support 11 good to great songs, mostly minor-key ballads with lovelorn lyrics like the wistful longing of "Alphabet City" and "Love Can Be a Crime." But the absolute masterpiece is the final track, "Pluton," a loving re-creation of space-age exotica complete with UFO-style pedal steel and theremin sounds trailing through shimmering pizzicato strings, married to Muldaur Manchon's wry lyrics about Pluto's recent demotion from planetary status. It's a perfect ending to one of the most assured and enjoyable debuts of 2007.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2008
  • Label: EMI Japan
  • EAN: 4562263550013
  • Catalog Number: 61031

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pluto (3:30)
  2. 2 Nothing/Nowhere (5:00)
  3. 3 Under the Water (3:40)
  4. 4 Alphabet City (5:52)
  5. 5 Cook for You (4:08)
  6. 6 Rodi (4:34)
  7. 7 Sugar in My Hair (3:27)
  8. 8 Go Back (4:26)
  9. 9 Love Can Be a Crime (3:04)
  10. 10 Science Fiction Man (5:08)
  11. 11 Pluton (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clare and the Reasons Primary Artist, Vocals
Van Dyke Parks Piano, Vocals
Julia Kent Cello, Vocals
Jenni Muldaur Vocals
Sufjan Stevens Vocals
Grégoire Maret Harmonica, Vocals
Rich Stein Percussion, Vocals
Maxim Moston Violin, Vocals
Josh Mease Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Olivier Manchon Piano, Violin, Celeste, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Recorder, Vocals, Saw, Hand Clapping, Penny Whistle, bass pedals
Rob Moose Violin, Vocals
Naho Tsutsui Violin, Vocals
Ben Kalb Cello, Vocals
Christopher Jenkins Viola, Vocals
Christopher Hoffman Cello, Vocals
Marla Hansen Viola, Vocals
Jason Treuting Vocals, Timpani, Vibes, Bowed Vibes
Greg Ritchie Drums
Beth Meyers Clappers
Alan Hampton Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Van Dyke Parks Instrumentation
Julia Kent Instrumentation, String Section
Richard Morris Mastering
Jenni Muldaur Instrumentation
Matt Cartsonis Engineer
Sufjan Stevens Instrumentation
Grégoire Maret Instrumentation
Rich Stein Instrumentation
Maxim Moston Instrumentation, String Section
Michael Jukes Graphic Design
Josh Mease Instrumentation
Olivier Manchon Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Instrumentation, String Section
Rob Moose Instrumentation, String Section
Alex Venguer Engineer
Bob Parins Composer
Naho Tsutsui Instrumentation, String Section
Ben Kalb Instrumentation, String Section
Christopher Jenkins Instrumentation, String Section
Christopher Hoffman Instrumentation, String Section
Marla Hansen Instrumentation, String Section
Clare Muldaur Manchon Composer, Audio Production
Jason Treuting Instrumentation
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