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KR-51
     

KR-51

by Clare and the Reasons
 
In case you're wondering, a KR-51 is a vintage German motor scooter, sort of a Teutonic version of a Vespa, and Clare Manchon, Olivier Manchon, and Bob Hart spent some time exploring Berlin on their bikes during the eight months they spent in Germany writing and recording the third Clare & the

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In case you're wondering, a KR-51 is a vintage German motor scooter, sort of a Teutonic version of a Vespa, and Clare Manchon, Olivier Manchon, and Bob Hart spent some time exploring Berlin on their bikes during the eight months they spent in Germany writing and recording the third Clare & the Reasons album. While Clare and her bandmates have always approached their pop music with an artful and baroque perspective, KR-51 feels more European in its lush orchestrations and moody melodic structures, and Clare's vocals are at once more melodramatic and better controlled than on her previous recordings, as if Kate Bush gave up on English mysticism and discovered Europop with no loss in her emotional force. The trio is joined by a 23-piece orchestra and drummer James McAlister for these sessions, and KR-51 was conceived and executed on a grand scale; the songs are rooted in pop and the more playful byways of art rock, but the instrumental backdrops sound nearly operatic, or like the soundtrack to some grand but deeply personal cinematic epic about innocents adrift in Germany. It says a lot about the force of Clare's high, breathy voice that it never gets lost in the towers of instrumentation that surround it, and though the group was brave to build such a massive musical construct around her, she is clearly up to the task and fits the music with grace and an unshakable level of belief. One of the most important things about a good pop song is a memorable hook, and that's where KR-51 stumbles a bit -- Clare & the Reasons have created an album that's long on ambition and ideas, but a bit skimpy on tunes you're likely to remember when its over (and in some cases it's not hard to lose track of them while you're listening). But KR-51 is a project where Clare & the Reasons raised the stakes for themselves, and in most respects they've succeeded, with an album that's an audacious and beautifully crafted celebration of their individual creative vision.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2012
Label:
Frog Stand Records
UPC:
0722301289365
catalogNumber:
12893

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Performance Credits

Clare and the Reasons   Primary Artist
James McAlister   Drums
Angélique Loyer   Violin
Olivier Manchon   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Piano,Violin,Conductor,Cymbals,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Omnichord,fender rhodes,Lap Steel Guitar,Group Member
Julia Petitjean   Bass
Caroline Vernay   Violin
Clare Muldaur Manchon   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Piano,Cymbals,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Omnichord,fender rhodes,Lap Steel Guitar,Group Member
Benoît De Barsony   French Horn
Jon Cottle   Cello
Bob Hart   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Piano,Cymbals,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Omnichord,fender rhodes,Lap Steel Guitar,Group Member
Anaïs Benoit   Flute
Caroline Donin   Viola
Stéphane Labeyrie   Tuba
Julien Dugers   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Anne-Sophie Lobbe   Clarinet
Anne-Sophie Le Rol   Violin
Sulliman Altmayer   Violin
Sophie Anis   Flute
Rachel Rowntree   Violin
Pierre Rougerie   French Horn
Pierre Charles   Cello
Kei Tojo   Viola
Julien Chabod   Clarinet
Julien Barre   Cello
Fabien Dornic   Trombone,Bass Trombone
David Haroutunian   Violin
Chihoko Kawada   Viola

Technical Credits

James McAlister   Drum Engineering
Olivier Manchon   Composer,drum programming
Clare Muldaur Manchon   Composer,drum programming
Paul Pilot   Engineer
Bob Hart   Composer,drum programming
Matthias Höfkens   Engineer

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