Test Pattern

Test Pattern

by Sonia Dada
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Test Pattern

Some bands defy categorization on purpose; Chicago's Sonia Dada do it naturally. Their intoxicating blend of R&B, pop, and worldbeat has found them wrongfully lumped into the jam band scene, a genre that, while supportive, tends to pigeonhole artists indefinitely. Their latest, the ambitious Test Pattern, opens in a wash of tablas and "Bollywood" vocals before morphing into a sun-drenched Americana road trip led by the distinctive vocals of Sam Hogan, Michael Scott, and Paris Delane. Test Pattern works as a single song, flowing effortlessly between gospel-tinged soundscapes like "Saturday" and soul-jazz rave-ups like "Take Back." At times it's like a sequel to Prince's 1987 "everything including the kitchen sink" double-disc Sign 'O' the Times, if the Purple One had allowed Daniel Lanois to produce it. The slick production works because the material warrants it -- the down-on-your-luck "Gordon" is as warm as it is heartbreaking and the rolling thunder of percussion that fuels "Dark Visions" is vast and majestic. The sampled bombardes, bursts of mandolins and sitars, and truly sublime and soulful vocals keep Test Pattern from unraveling into a slick piece of adult contemporary refuse, something that could easily have happened had the members not been blessed with impeccable restraint. Swirling beneath each track is a multicultural symphony, but that symphony prefers to accompany the song rather than bury it in unnecessary pomp and circumstance.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/2004
Label: Razor & Tie
UPC: 0793018501828
catalogNumber: 85018

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sonia Dada   Primary Artist
Lester Bowie   Trumpet
Phil Miller   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Yvonne Gage   Vocals
Bobbye Hall   Conga
Chris Cameron   Piano,Soloist
Shawn Christopher   Vocals,Group Member
Paris Delane   Vocals,Group Member
Hank (Henry Dog) Guaglianone   Drums,Group Member
Sam Hogan   Vocals,Group Member
Dan Pritzker   Guitar,Group Member
David Resnik   Guitar,Group Member
Rene Robinson   Vocals
Ron Schwartz   Keyboards,Sampling,Group Member
Erik Scott   Bass,Group Member
Jeff Thomas   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Brian Wilke   Guitar
Larry Beers   Drums
Mike Spiro   Percussion
Michael Scott   Vocals,Group Member
Tina Crawley   Vocals

Technical Credits

Chris Cameron   Composer
Arne Frager   Engineer
Dan Pritzker   Composer,Producer,Sound Design
David Resnik   Composer
Ron Schwartz   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Erik Scott   Composer,Producer
Scott Steiner   Producer,Engineer,Sound Design
Jeth Weinrich   Video Director
Tom Hutten   Engineer
James C. Moore   Authoring
Michelle Taylor   Management
Jamie Campana   Video Editor

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Test Pattern 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album culminates so many sounds it is unreal, and totally heavenly for the ears and the soul. Sonia Dada is one of the best I've ever seen live, and I've seen them all. The band members are approachable, friendly and appreciative of their fans. Their music, well, you just have to hear it for yourself to appreciate it. Nobody like these folks, and none nicer either. Talent is the bedrock of this band, of which, they are well blessed. Do yourself a favor, if you've never heard Sonia Dada, buy it. You won't regret it.