Turn to Red

Turn to Red

by Takeovers
     
 
Robert Pollard enjoys writing songs. He likes to record songs. Pollard can't help but write and record songs. These truths are well known to fans and zine readers alike, but what is rarely discussed, and seemingly unlikely for a man who doesn't need any help with songwriting, is his desire to collaborate. Turn to Red, his first team-up with former

Overview

Robert Pollard enjoys writing songs. He likes to record songs. Pollard can't help but write and record songs. These truths are well known to fans and zine readers alike, but what is rarely discussed, and seemingly unlikely for a man who doesn't need any help with songwriting, is his desire to collaborate. Turn to Red, his first team-up with former GBV bassist Chris Slusarenko, is one such work that deserves attention beyond the standard knee-jerk response: "What, he put out another album?" As is the norm for this sort of undertaking, Slusarenko wrote most of the music and sent the tapes to Pollard, who then recorded his vocals. Much of the material wouldn't be out of place on a number of different Pollard endeavors, which is astonishing when you consider that Slusarenko hadn't contributed much in this area previously (just a credit for his part in "The Spanish Hammer" from Pollard's Motel of Fools). Many tracks exhibit the creepiness and strange noises found in the music of Circus Devils, the one project that has permeated Pollard's writing in general -- which Slusarenko is keenly aware of. He does it so well that "The Public Dance," an excellent, brooding prog rock number, is left as an instrumental. "Fairly Blacking Out" resembles mid-period GBV (and imagine Michael Rother of Neu! playing guitar), while "Insane/Cool It," with its heavy riffing and weird, psychedelic post-punk section, would easily fit on a Pollard solo CD. Naturally, Pollard's catchy melodies and poetic lyrics play a major role in this project's sound and success, providing reminders of his other work. His use of lo-fi recording techniques bring parallels to one specific record, the aforementioned Motel of Fools, which also found him experimenting with media samples, recorded chatter, and the latent possibilities present in his own voice. Chris Slusarenko knows exactly what to do on Turn to Red, guiding Robert Pollard through a musical journey of his own past, present, and future, while Pollard continues to test his abilities and grow as a songwriter. This is something he is rarely given credit for, but here's one example of where he most certainly should.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2006
Label:
Luna Records
UPC:
0802685009022
catalogNumber:
90
Rank:
132190

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Takeovers   Primary Artist
Dan Peters   Drums
Chris Slusarenko   Electric Bass,Keyboards,Group Member
Jim Talstra   Bass
Robert Pollard   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Sam Coomes   Trumpet,Drums
Rich Turiel   Narrator
Eric Bennes   Drums
Brian Berg   Guitar,Cello,Human Whistle

Technical Credits

Chris Slusarenko   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Robert Pollard   Composer,Engineer,Cover Art
Steve Hathaway   Drum Engineering
Charlie Campbell   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Todd Tobias   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Brian Berg   Producer,Engineer

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