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Universe and Villa
     

Universe and Villa

by Le Concorde
 
There's a subtle undercurrent of mad glee that runs through Universe and Villa, singer/songwriter Stephen Becker's second Le Concorde release, a subtlety that peels away with each repeated listen. This is grandly arranged -- yet deceptively simple -- metropolitan pop music in the vein of the Beautiful

Overview

There's a subtle undercurrent of mad glee that runs through Universe and Villa, singer/songwriter Stephen Becker's second Le Concorde release, a subtlety that peels away with each repeated listen. This is grandly arranged -- yet deceptively simple -- metropolitan pop music in the vein of the Beautiful South, Belle & Sebastian and the Magnetic Fields that oozes enough self-deprecating wit, good-natured cynicism, and pure-pop posturing to satisfy both Morrissey and Fountains of Wayne fans alike. Tailor-made for late night, summer-in-the-city driving, Becker's meandering voice can be both fey and brutal -- "I Hate Rock and Roll" -- but it's his soaring falsetto that's the record's most dangerous weapon. The mesmerizing "Controlling," with its Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie-channeling-Prince, arcs from nearly spoken word to full-on banshee wail (the album's high point), while the ABC-inspired "Archeology of Cruelty" shows an artist who is unafraid to challenge his listener's adherence to the "genre-fication" of indie rock. While Universe and Villa may not hit the mark all the time, it hits a couple of moments within each song every time.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
Label:
March Records (Soh)
UPC:
0744626308729
catalogNumber:
63087
Rank:
177779

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Concorde   Primary Artist
Phil Angotti   Vocals
John Ashton   Electric Guitar
Mars Williams   Saxophone
Ed Tinley   Bass,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,chamberlain,Wurlitzer,Jupiter 8
Ellis Clark   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Cymbals,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Eric Chial   Bass,Bass Guitar
Steven Gillis   Drums
Stephen Becker   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Bass,Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar,Timpani,Tubular Bells,Wurlitzer,Voice Box,Bird Calls,Jupiter 8,Wind Chimes,Fairlight CMI,Guitar (Nylon String),Roland Synthesizer,Telecaster
Kevin Tihista   Background Vocals
Dave Cottini   Percussion,Drums
Jeff Greaves   fender rhodes
Tom Clark   Drums

Technical Credits

Sheila Sachs   Cover Photo
Ed Tinley   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ellis Clark   Producer,Engineer,Contributor
Stephen Becker   Composer,Programming,Sound Effects,Producer,Contributor,drum programming,Simmons,Field Recording

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