Ventura

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Jamaica's sophomore album and U.S. debut, 2014's Ventura, is a fun, often dance-oriented mix of '70s and '80s-influenced melodic soft rock and new wave pop. Clearly cut from the same neo-vintage cloth as their French contemporaries Phoenix, Jamaica showcase the talents of Antoine Hilaire (vocals, guitar) and Flo Lyonnet (bass, vocals). The album, which started out as a recording project in a rented house on Ventura Boulevard (hence the title) in Los Angeles with producer Peter J. France, was finished in Paris with Laurent d'Herbécourt, who previously worked on Phoenix's Bankrupt! Not surprisingly, there are some similarities between Phoenix and Jamaica, with Hilaire and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Jamaica's sophomore album and U.S. debut, 2014's Ventura, is a fun, often dance-oriented mix of '70s and '80s-influenced melodic soft rock and new wave pop. Clearly cut from the same neo-vintage cloth as their French contemporaries Phoenix, Jamaica showcase the talents of Antoine Hilaire (vocals, guitar) and Flo Lyonnet (bass, vocals). The album, which started out as a recording project in a rented house on Ventura Boulevard (hence the title) in Los Angeles with producer Peter J. France, was finished in Paris with Laurent d'Herbécourt, who previously worked on Phoenix's Bankrupt! Not surprisingly, there are some similarities between Phoenix and Jamaica, with Hilaire and Lyonnet clearly sharing a love of vintage soft rock, disco, and electronic music. Essentially, with Ventura, Jamaica amp up the '70s and early-'80s influences of their 2010 debut, No Problem, with a set of immediately catchy songs. "Houdini" sounds something along the lines of Marc Bolan fronting ELO, while "All Inclusive" sounds like a combination of the Fixx and Player. Similarly, the synth-heavy "Ferris Wheeler" is a romantic anthem perfectly suited for an '80s teen comedy, while cuts like the very Tubes-esque "Ricky" and the psychotic, video game-ready instrumental "Turbo" reveal Jamaica's more theatrical, hard-rocking side. Which isn't to say that Jamaica just sound like a collection of musical influences. On the contrary, Jamaica have enough of their own quirky likableness and vocal style to always register as a completely unique entity, albeit one that wouldn't sound out of place on late-'70s and early-'80s AM radio.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2014
  • Label: Pias America
  • UPC: 843798005358
  • Catalog Number: 8005358
  • Sales rank: 51,224

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Two on Two (3:45)
  2. 2 Hello Again (3:46)
  3. 3 Houdini (3:31)
  4. 4 Golden Times (3:56)
  5. 5 All Inclusive (3:58)
  6. 6 Ferris Wheeler (4:03)
  7. 7 High Then Low (3:14)
  8. 8 Ricky (2:59)
  9. 9 Rushmore (3:55)
  10. 10 Turbo (3:04)
  11. 11 Same Smile (3:49)
  12. 12 Goodbye Friday (3:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jamaica Primary Artist
Tunde Adebimpe Vocals
Samy Osta Help
Mehdi Pinson Vocals
Art Pachenco Drums
Technical Credits
Tunde Adebimpe Composer
Charlotte Delarue Artwork
Samy Osta Engineer
Antoine Hilaire Composer
Florent Lyonnet Composer
Adrien Blanchat Image Manipulation
Jamaica Producer, Instrumentation
Laurent D'Herbécourt Producer
Mehdi Pinson Composer
Camille Clerc Composer
Malik Lacheheb Image Manipulation
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