Without Feathers

Without Feathers

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by The Stills
     
 

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Logic Will Break Your Heart, with its brooding post-punk soundscapes and art rock swagger, topped many a best-of list in 2003, branding the Stills as the next Interpol, British Sea Power, etc. For their long-awaited follow-up,See more details below

Overview

Logic Will Break Your Heart, with its brooding post-punk soundscapes and art rock swagger, topped many a best-of list in 2003, branding the Stills as the next Interpol, British Sea Power, etc. For their long-awaited follow-up, the Stills ditched their Joy Division and Echo & the Bunnymen records for Ziggy Stardust, early Elton John, and Muswell Hillbillies-era Kinks, resulting in a record that is the physical embodiment of polarity. Without Feathers isn't so much a departure as it is a complete reinvention for the Montreal quartet. Only the "Killing Moon"-esque "Helicopters" and the Spoon-worthy "Halo the Harpoons" hint at the band's eyeliner past. The earthy arrangements of Hammond organ, piano, guitar, bass, and drums that populate the rest of the album recall the group's Canadian forefather, Neil Young. The two-punch opening onslaught of "In the Beginning" and "The Mountain" sets the tone, relying on the kind of gritty, melodic, and distinctly blue-collar aesthetic that drove the Doves' "Some Cities" in 2005. The barrage of midtempo filler/killer that follows almost brings the album to a complete halt, but the Stills redeem themselves on the rowdy, horn-led "It Takes Time," "Destroyer," and "Baby Blues," the latter a winsome duet with Metric/Broken Social Scene's Emily Haines that shows they can balance the two styles with grace and dignity. Without Feathers may lack its predecessor's apocalyptic vision, but it's a new direction for a group that was heading down an awfully familiar -- and extremely congested -- road.

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Editorial Reviews

Billboard - Joshua Klein
Out is much of the minor key gloom, and in is sunny, major-key pop.... It's somewhat inspiring to find a band apparently willing to throw away the map and start their musical journey anew.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2006
Label:
Vice Records
UPC:
0075678394324
catalogNumber:
83943
Rank:
180298

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stills   Primary Artist
Neil Johnson   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sam Roberts   Acoustic Guitar
Melissa Auf der Maur   Hand Clapping
Colin Brooks   Drums
Evan Cranley   Trombone
Kevin Drew   Vocals
Emily Haines   Vocals
Tim Fletcher   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Gus Van Go   Guitar,Percussion,Tambourine,Vocals,Hand Clapping,cowbell
Eric Fares   Acoustic Guitar
Adam "Bix" Berger   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Liam O'Neil   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,farfisa organ,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Strings,Pianette
Mathieu Roberge   Hand Clapping
Olivier Corbeil   Bass,cowbell
Mikey Hepner   Hand Clapping
Afie Jurvanen   Guitar
Meghynn Norman   Hand Clapping
Vincenzo Nudo   Percussion
Felix Trenton   Guitar

Technical Credits

Patrick Watson   Engineer
Gus Van Go   Producer,Engineer
Adam "Bix" Berger   Management
Liam O'Neil   Engineer

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