The Return of the Golden Rhodes

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
The Baldwin Brothers call their sound "junktronic" and on The Return of the Golden Rhodes they throw just about every style of dancefloor-friendly junk possible into their mix: house, hip-hop, acid jazz, squelchy big beat, soul-jazz, and '70s soundtrack funk are just a few of the styles to be found jostling for breathing room. Add to this mash-up of styles some turntable gymnastics, a load of wacky samples, and an impressive guest list that includes Lisa Kekaula of Basement Jaxx, the Train from Lo Fidelity Allstars, sassy rapper Sarai, and gloomy crooner Mark Lanegan, and you have much the same formula they used on their first album to the same mixed results. As on "Cooking ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
The Baldwin Brothers call their sound "junktronic" and on The Return of the Golden Rhodes they throw just about every style of dancefloor-friendly junk possible into their mix: house, hip-hop, acid jazz, squelchy big beat, soul-jazz, and '70s soundtrack funk are just a few of the styles to be found jostling for breathing room. Add to this mash-up of styles some turntable gymnastics, a load of wacky samples, and an impressive guest list that includes Lisa Kekaula of Basement Jaxx, the Train from Lo Fidelity Allstars, sassy rapper Sarai, and gloomy crooner Mark Lanegan, and you have much the same formula they used on their first album to the same mixed results. As on "Cooking with Lasers," the standout tracks are the vocal features: Sarai's rap on "A Matter of Time" is hilarious and the tune is a frothy concoction worthy of Deee-Lite's first record; Lisa Kekaula emotes reasonably on the lovely melancholy groover "Leave the Past Behind"; and the Train and Lanegan both drop some very manly and heavy vocals into their features, giving the record a depth their previous album, Cooking with Lasers, lacked. Only Julio Davi's rap on "When My Brother Had a Datsun" falls flat. The rest of the tracks are passable instrumental trifles, lacking in bite and soul but not altogether unpleasant. The group seems content to meander jazzily when there is no singer or song to bolster, treading far too close to smooth jazz on "Go from There" and "Gravity Fone." You may find yourself zoning out during these tracks, waiting for the next vocal, and that's not a good sign. The Return of the Golden Rhodes is far too uneven to be successful, but the high points give fans of electronic pop with vocals a reason to tune in.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Tvt
  • UPC: 016581339026
  • Catalog Number: 3390
  • Sales rank: 371,893

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Right On (Feelin Good) (3:03)
  2. 2 A Matter of Time - Sarai (2:56)
  3. 3 Just Me (On the Dance Floor) (3:47)
  4. 4 When My Brother Had a Datsun - Julio Davis (3:22)
  5. 5 Air Is Invisible (5:14)
  6. 6 Bus Stop Hustle (3:06)
  7. 7 Leave the Past Behind (4:27)
  8. 8 Go from There (4:06)
  9. 9 After School Special (2:52)
  10. 10 The Snow Falls - The Train (5:11)
  11. 11 Incident at the Lab (3:32)
  12. 12 Gravity Fone (3:38)
  13. 13 The Party's Over (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Baldwin Brothers Primary Artist
Mark Lanegan Vocals, Guest Appearance
Justin "El Niño" Porée Percussion, Guest Appearance
Jason Hinkle Synthesizer, Bass, Sitar, Group Member
Lisa Kekaula Vocals, Guest Appearance
Stewart Cole Trumpet, Guest Appearance
Dan Gottesman Drums, Group Member
Oren Kopperl Turntables, Group Member
Sarai Vocals, Guest Appearance
Julio Davi Track Performer
Dan Gottesman Drums
Jason Hinkle Synthesizer, Sitar
TJ Widner Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Technical Credits
Mark Lanegan Composer
David Trumfio Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Brando Trantafilou Drum Engineering
Dave Randall Composer
Benjamin Wheelock Art Direction
The Baldwin Brothers Composer, Audio Production
Jason Hinkle Programming
Lisa Kekaula Composer
Dan Gottesman Programming, Drum Engineering
Oren Kopperl Programming
Julio Davi Composer
Dan Gottesman Programming
Jason Hinkle Programming
TJ Widner Programming
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