Universe and Villa

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: March Records (Soh)
  • UPC: 744626308729
  • Catalog Number: 63087
  • Sales rank: 380,845

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Le 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, 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
Emily Lazar Mastering
Stephen Becker Composer, Programming, Sound Effects, Producer, Contributor, drum programming, Simmons, Field Recording
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