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You Are All I See

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Thanks to both a strong initial EP in Curtis Lane and equally remarkable live appearances, expectations for Active Child's debut album were quite high. What's really remarkable is how well You Are All I See not only matches but almost exceeds those expectations: its a full-length statement of purpose that manages the trick of both identifying an aesthetic and exploring variations within it. Pat Grossi's remarkable singing voice remains the understandable centerpiece, a sweet, simply gorgeous falsetto that begs comparisons to more contemporary acts like Antony and the Johnsons and Bon Iver, but more accurately calls to mind the pristine singing of Morten Harket of a-ha. Yet ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Thanks to both a strong initial EP in Curtis Lane and equally remarkable live appearances, expectations for Active Child's debut album were quite high. What's really remarkable is how well You Are All I See not only matches but almost exceeds those expectations: its a full-length statement of purpose that manages the trick of both identifying an aesthetic and exploring variations within it. Pat Grossi's remarkable singing voice remains the understandable centerpiece, a sweet, simply gorgeous falsetto that begs comparisons to more contemporary acts like Antony and the Johnsons and Bon Iver, but more accurately calls to mind the pristine singing of Morten Harket of a-ha. Yet even Harket's work never quite had the sheer, clean beauty of Grossi's, evident right from the start with the title track kicking in with a now trademark collage of synth-as-harp strings and rhythm before the vocals send everything over the moon. What's also notable is how the music, like the singing, recalls but does not aspire to clone a presumed golden age of '80s synth pop; for all the potential similarities, there's a distinct, unique feeling on songs like "Ancient Eye" and its slow bass snarl set against massed choruses, or the deep pulses and plucked delicacy on "Hanging On." Yet in ways, it almost all comes back to the voice, set in arrangements like a gem in a necklace. When he pushes and tests the boundaries of that voice, the results are even more remarkable; while the collaboration with How to Dress Well on "Playing House" is lovely, hearing a sudden, yearning growl at one point is a real keeper. The uneasy concluding number, "Johnny Belinda," is equally remarkable given Grossi's almost slow, sighing search for something more, while the direct lyrical sentiments about accelerated love on "Way Too Fast" hit a high point when he not only reintroduces layered vocals, but distorts them, a surprising, disturbing moment of high drama. 2011 is a year for strong albums in general, and You Are All I See deserves to be ranked among the best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2011
  • Label: Vagrant Records
  • UPC: 601091068124
  • Catalog Number: 681
  • Sales rank: 45,229

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Are All I See (4:05)
  2. 2 Hanging On (5:26)
  3. 3 Playing House - How to Dress Well (3:23)
  4. 4 See Thru Eyes (4:19)
  5. 5 High Priestess (3:24)
  6. 6 Ivy (3:06)
  7. 7 Way Too Fast (5:16)
  8. 8 Ancient Eye (3:38)
  9. 9 Shield & Sword (3:39)
  10. 10 Johnny Belinda (5:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Active Child Primary Artist
Garrett Ray Drums
Tom Krell Vocals
Patrick James Grossi Group Member
Technical Credits
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Ariel Rechtshaid Composer, Producer, Engineer
Ben Goetting Art Direction
Ricky Chapman Back Cover Photo
Jacob Escobedo Art Direction
Augusto Grossi Cover Photo
Tom Krell Composer
Patrick James Grossi Composer, Engineer
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