by Hey Rosetta!


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Multi-layered, elegant, and well arranged, Seeds has it all, except for the hooks. That wouldn't be mandatory for an indie rock album with controls set toward Arcade Fire and Muse, but with Hey Rosetta!, their simple alt-rock roots still stick out from under the towering monuments of strings and ethereal keyboards, and they're not as gripping and immediate as they should be. It does feel like everything's in place, at first: the rhythm section plays fast, the guitars churn out the simple reverb- and delay-filled riffs that returned to the mainstream after Snow Patrol released Final Straw, and the wavering, down-to-earth vocals add just the right dose of intimacy to their generally positive sound. The band builds on this foundation quite a bit, going from droning, interlaced post-rock-like textures to cellos and violins (they even tour with a string section), not to mention squeezing a lot of development into four-minute tunes, which are in no way limited to the good old verse-chorus scheme. Perhaps they should have been: otherwise, the music, while dense enough, never reaches the larger-than-life grandeur of, say, the Twilight Sad (whom Hey Rosetta! recall at times), but doesn't deliver on the earworms the Snow Patrol tag promises, either. It's as if they really couldn't settle on one thing, going for epic one minute and catchy the other, while constantly changing the goal mid-air (or, sometimes, settling on soft indie pop by way of a breather). This doesn't make Seeds a bad album -- it's a clever and energetic slab of indie rock -- but it does add a frustrating edge to a generally pleasant experience. [The album was reissued in 2012 with three bonus tracks -- acoustic versions of "Young Glass," "Welcome," and "Seventeen."]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2012
Label: Ato Records
UPC: 0880882178826
catalogNumber: 217882
Rank: 112839

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Performance Credits

Hey Rosetta!   Primary Artist
Norman Adams   Cello
Jennifer Jones   Violin
Ken Nogami   Violin
Tim Baker   Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Vocals
Josh Ward   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Susan Sayle   Viola
Kinley Dowling   Violin,Viola
Romesh Thavanathan   Cello,Vocals,Noise,Loops
Eric Landry   Trombone
Gina Burgess   Violin
Adam Hogan   Guitar,Noise,Loops
Blake Sisters   Throat Singing
Terry Campbell   Trumpet
Phil Maloney   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Kathy Conway   Oboe
Brigitte Labelle   French Horn
Uncle Bill Besso   Spoken Word
Dave Christensen   Clarinet,Flute,Recorder,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Sydney Smith   Artwork,Layout
Tony Doogan   Producer,Engineer
Darren Van Niekerk   Engineer
Tim Baker   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration,Layout
Josh Ward   Arranger,Orchestration
Glen Leck   Layout
Romesh Thavanathan   Arranger,Orchestration
Adam Hogan   Arranger,Composer
Phil Maloney   Arranger
Matthew Voigt   Engineer

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