Amoral Certitudes

Amoral Certitudes

by LD & the New Criticism


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Amoral Certitudes

On their debut album, 2005's Tragic Realism, LD & the New Criticism seemed determined to channel the sound of leader L.D. Beghtol's friend and occasional bandmate Stephin Merritt's Magnetic Fields, right down to the conceit of having a grand theme for the album. The smaller scale Amoral Certitudes is a comparatively brief EP with no overarching throughlines, and more importantly, it dials back considerably on the Stephin Merritt comparisons. In their place, Beghtol and his associates create a sweet and sour form of chamber pop, on which his often sardonic lyrics mix comfortably with delicate, chiming tunes. Aside from a pair of brief trifles, the opening "Love Theme" and the Swingle Singers-like interlude "Light Verse," Amoral Certitudes consists of lyrically substantial, melodically rich tunes that nonetheless have a certain effervescence that pleasantly subverts their occasional darkness. It takes quite a bit to make a Lisa Germano cover sound like a lullaby, but this version of the singer/songwriter's typically gloomy "If I Think of Love" sounds perversely sweet. The EP's high point, however, is the glorious "What You Will," as winsome and adorable as a vintage Spanky & Our Gang single and featuring a lead vocal from Dana Kletter that reminds listeners of how long it's been since she's made a record of her own. Amoral Certitudes, according to its press kit, is merely a teaser EP released as a stopgap in advance of the real second LD & the New Criticism album due out in 2008, but it's a completely captivating release on its own merits.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/03/2007
Label: Acuarela
UPC: 8426946903212
catalogNumber: 62

Album Credits

Performance Credits

LD & the New Criticism   Primary Artist
Jon Natchez   Clarinet
Dana Kletter   Vocals
L.D. Beghtol   Organ,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Maracas,Hammond Organ,Tambourine,Ukulele,Vocals,Melodica,Hand Clapping,sleigh bells,finger cymbals,Toy Piano,Piano (Upright),Baritone Ukulele,Group Member
Jim Andralis   Accordion,Vocals
Jonathan "Chuck" Plummer   Mandolin,Vocals,Group Member
Pinky Weitzman   Violin

Technical Credits

Lisa Germano   Composer
L.D. Beghtol   Arranger,Composer,Producer

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