What Was She Doing on the Shore That Night?

What Was She Doing on the Shore That Night?

by Parks & Recreation
     
 

When Michael Johnson finally brought together a stable full-band lineup for his heretofore solo project Reclinerland, the singer/songwriter celebrated by changing the band name. What Was She Doing on the Shore That Night? is really a Reclinerland album under any other name, however, although it's considerably more fully realized in…  See more details below

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When Michael Johnson finally brought together a stable full-band lineup for his heretofore solo project Reclinerland, the singer/songwriter celebrated by changing the band name. What Was She Doing on the Shore That Night? is really a Reclinerland album under any other name, however, although it's considerably more fully realized in terms of its arrangements. From the opening title track, which sounds a bit like Belle & Sebastian at their most resolutely downbeat, the album skips from Anglophile style to style: the plainspoken cybersex love song "The Perfect Love" has a snarky '70s R&B feel that sounds like Edwyn Collins fronting the Divine Comedy, while the gloriously ironic "Break Into Song" has the symphonic sweep and bubblegummy melody of a classic Petula Clark side and "Danny Built His House All Spiral," among others, recalls the great jangly guitar U.K. indie bands of the post-Smiths '80s. Johnson's songs are unfailingly melodic, with prolix and often quite funny lyrics, but he rarely comes across as just another clever git. Fans of the Monochrome Set or John Southworth's quite similar take on sunshiny chamber pop will undoubtedly scarf this right up.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2006
Label:
Hush Records
UPC:
0751937279426
catalogNumber:
59

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Performance Credits

Parks & Recreation   Primary Artist
Larry Wright   Cello
Jason Hughes   Guitar
Michael "Mike Dee" Johnson   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,fender rhodes
Anthony Georgis   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Noise
Joe Ballman   Bass,Tenor Saxophone,Toy Instruments
Amanda Lawrence   Viola
Dan Evans   Trombone

Technical Credits

Jason Hughes   Composer
Michael "Mike Dee" Johnson   Orchestral Arrangements,Cover Layout
Adam Selzer   Engineer
Anthony Georgis   Composer,Cover Layout
Joe Ballman   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements

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