by The High Llamas


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Sean O'Hagan has a gift for orchestral pop, creating lush soundscapes that are awash with sonic detail. He clearly owes a lot to Brian Wilson, and Hawaii, the High Llamas' third album, falls somewhere between Pet Sounds and SMiLE. Sonically, the rich, orchestrated production is reminiscent of the former, but Hawaii is paced like SMiLE, with brief instrumentals and song fragments framing the full-fledged songs. Each is carefully arranged and recorded, offering an inviting tapestry of strings, guitars, keyboards, brass, and percussion. For much of Hawaii, the sound of the record is intoxicating, but the album drags over the course of 77 minutes. Among the 29 tracks, there are some beautiful moments and gorgeous songs, but Hawaii winds up being too much of a good thing, lacking the focus of Gideon Gaye. [The American edition of Hawaii contains a 40-minute, six-track bonus disc, containing material previously unreleased in the U.S., including the B-sides for the Nomads single.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/1997
Label: V2
UPC: 0638812700421
catalogNumber: 27004

Album Credits

Performance Credits

High Llamas   Primary Artist
Andy Gibson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
John Bennett   Guitar,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Sally Herbert   Violin
Mark Lockheart   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Sean O'Hagan   Banjo,Guitar,Piano,Harmonium,Harpsichord,Vocals,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Rhythm,Vibes,Vox Organ,Piano (Upright)
Steve Waterman   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rob Allum   Percussion,Drums,Bells,Rattles
Anne Wood   Violin
Andy Robinson   Trombone
Marcus Holdaway   Piano,Cello,Harmonium,Harpsichord,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Vibes,Vox Organ,Piano (Upright)
Jayne Spencer   Violin
Charlie Francis   Mini Moog
Colin Crawley   Flute,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Charles Francis   Engineer
Sean O'Hagan   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Rob Allum   Drum Effects
Andy Robinson   Brass Arrangment
Marcus Holdaway   String Arrangements
Charlie Francis   Producer,Engineer,Loop Editing

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