The Origin

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All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
For a debut, The Origin is certainly solid. Many of the songs are vigorous and rosy, and the band knew its way around a groove, particularly sprightly piano-led ones -- "Growing Old," "Everyone Needs Love" -- that show a passing familiarity with Elton John but are much jauntier. Michael Andrews sings with animated, malleable vocals that are enchanting, once you warm to them, and the band definitely excels on the sunnier tracks where his idiosyncratic voice has the chance to stretch out and find crevices in the music to explore. The album owes a debt to Crowded House in terms of some of its melodic content and the buoyant acoustic textures -- there is a distinct absence ...
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All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
For a debut, The Origin is certainly solid. Many of the songs are vigorous and rosy, and the band knew its way around a groove, particularly sprightly piano-led ones -- "Growing Old," "Everyone Needs Love" -- that show a passing familiarity with Elton John but are much jauntier. Michael Andrews sings with animated, malleable vocals that are enchanting, once you warm to them, and the band definitely excels on the sunnier tracks where his idiosyncratic voice has the chance to stretch out and find crevices in the music to explore. The album owes a debt to Crowded House in terms of some of its melodic content and the buoyant acoustic textures -- there is a distinct absence of electric guitar, with Andrews' lively picking standing in, for the most part -- on songs like the jazzy "Ride" and "Who Would've Known," with its Eurythmics-like orchestration. At other times, the Origin picks up where the Police left off "Set Sails Free" with precise, architectural rhythms, worldbeat inflections, synth washes, and airy choruses. The production is somewhat too antiseptic, yet the emotion of the performances gradually swells to the surface. As wide-eyed as it is, though, the album is very much an inconsistent effort. It especially goes flat in the middle on the ponderous, overlong ballads "Lonely Place Alone" and "Never Coming Down," which aim for dreamy but only manage tepid. Promising in the way of chops, the Origin nevertheless still had some growing to do before their next album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/23/1996
  • Label: INDENT SERIES
  • UPC: 762185162729
  • Catalog Number: 86158

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Growing Old (3:29)
  2. 2 November Days (3:18)
  3. 3 Everyone Needs Love (3:21)
  4. 4 Never Coming Down (5:43)
  5. 5 Lonely Place Alone (4:07)
  6. 6 Set Sails Free (4:25)
  7. 7 Ride (4:02)
  8. 8 Who Would've Known (3:20)
  9. 9 Troubles on the Inside (3:16)
  10. 10 Pull the Weight (5:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Origin Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Rony Abada Drums
Michael Andrews Guitar, Vocals
Brian Kilgore Percussion
Topper Rimel Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Daniel Silverman Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rony Abada Composer
Michael Andrews Composer
Ross Hogarth Engineer
David Kershenbaum Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Paul McKenna Producer, Engineer
Topper Rimel Composer
Daniel Silverman Composer
Kevin Smith Engineer
John X. Volaitis Engineer
Craig Doubet Engineer
Melanie Nissen Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Possibly the Best Album Ever

    This album is a classic--in my opinion, one of the best of all time. Great guitar performances, thoughtful lyrics, and intense musical energy combine to form near-nirvana.

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