by White Denim


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In the 2010s, a new White Denim album has coincided with a lineup change, and Performance sticks to the trend with two new recruits. This time out, keyboardist Michael Hunter and former NRBQ drummer Conrad Choucroun join original bandmembers James Petralli and Steve Terebecki for their ninth studio album. New blood has done little to radically change the Texas garage rockers' sound, and while technically there's very little to criticize, Performance never feels wholly fulfilling. The upbeat lilt of the title track is indicative of the record's prevalent good-time vibe, and the lack of variation, such as their weirder urges, have been somewhat curtailed in favor of straight-forward grooves. As much as the melodic grind of "Magazine" beguiles, it's also frustratingly familiar, much like the freak-out jam "Fine Slime." The grimy, winding riffs of "Moves On" are just another example of the band dampening their psych tendencies in favor of more routine garage rock, yet the T. Rex-ish "It Might Get Dark" is nevertheless a great deal of fun. Elsewhere, the funk rhythms and Petralli's soulful falsetto on "Double Death" add an additional texture to an album that largely forgoes the fidgety rawness of yore. The bright closer "Good News" is a fitting conclusion to a record with such a rosy disposition, and one whose brevity is one of its strengths. Performance may be lacking in progress, but the effortlessness of their experiments is still very much present, and nine albums in, White Denim remain as playful as ever. Overall, longtime fans of the band are likely to be satisfied, if not dazzled, by their latest effort. ~ Bekki Bemrose

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/2018
Label: City Slang
UPC: 4250506829391
catalogNumber: 50154
Rank: 64838

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Performance Credits

White Denim   Primary Artist
Michael Hunter   Synthesizer,Electric Piano
Conrad Choucroun   Drums
Sam Cohen   Guitar
Jared Samuel   Organ,Synthesizer,Keyboards
Steve Terebecki   Synthesizer,Bass,Voices
James Petralli   Synthesizer,Guitar,Voices,Sampling,Synthesizer Organ
Adam Chetwood   Guitar
Robert Ellis   Piano
Mike St. Clair   Synthesizer,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Jeffrey Olson   Percussion,Vibes
Marshall Lowery   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Conrad Choucroun   Composer
Sam Cohen   Composer
Jared Samuel   Composer,Horn Arrangements
Steve Terebecki   Composer,Programming
James Petralli   Composer
Jan Lankisch   Layout
Adam Chetwood   Composer
Daniel McNeill   Engineer
William Gaynor   Artwork

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