by The Aluminum Group


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Pedals fulfills the immense promise of the Aluminum Group's previous recordings, largely dispensing of the derivative synth-pop detours which hampered the preceding Plano to concentrate instead on the lush, darkly romantic, orchestral arrangements distinguishing the band's finest work. Co-produced by Jim O'Rourke, whose own masterpiece Eureka the record most closely recalls, Pedals' grandiose designs become immediately apparent with the opening "Rose Selavy's Valise," a nine-minute pocket symphony and the most ambitious song Frank and John Navin brothers have created to date. This majestic but subtly-shaded epic builds with grace and precision, and its moody synth washes, shimmering guitars, and string and horn flourishes perfectly set the tone for the remainder of the disc. As before, the suave elegance and cool surfaces of Aluminum Group's compositions belie the poison-pen temperament of the brothers' lyrics; the withering putdowns and snarky come-ons from before are joined this time out by a surfeit of arch literary allusions, but the songs' scathing wit deflates even the loftiest pretensions -- not only is Pedals the band's most bitter pill yet, it's also the easiest to swallow.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/1999
Label: Minty Fresh
UPC: 0796627003424
catalogNumber: 70034
Rank: 167312

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aluminum Group   Primary Artist
Susan Voelz   Violin
Alison Chesley   Cello
Rob Mazurek   Cornet
Sean O'Hagan   Banjo
Jim O'Rourke   Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Sally Timms   Background Vocals
Jeb Bishop   Trombone
Douglas McCombs   Bass
Edith Frost   Background Vocals
Paul Mertens   Flute,Saxophone
Shelly Weiss   Viola

Technical Credits

Sean O'Hagan   Contributor
Jim O'Rourke   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Sally Timms   Contributor
Douglas McCombs   Contributor
Edith Frost   Contributor
Aluminum Group   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Frank Navin   Contributor
John Navin   Contributor
Liz Conant   String Arrangements
Jeremy Lemos   Engineer
David August   Composer

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