Having already made a few records in the early '70s, Roche sisters Maggie and Terre -- along with younger sibling Suzzy -- resumed recording as the Roches in 1979. The group's mischievous and highly original folk blend of barbershop, doo wop, Celtic, and bluegrass styles found its watermark with this eponymous debut, which features the pithy, tongue-in-cheek lyrics of Maggie and Terre. Aided by bassist Tony Levin and guitarist Robert Fripp -- who also produced -- the trio ranges from the wry resume-in-song opener "We" to the impressionistically feminist closer "Pretty and High." In between, there's talk of family, work, boyfriends, travel, and married men, all enveloped in a mix of airy acoustic guitars, limber harmonies, and rotating vocal leads. Highlights include "The Train," "Hammond," and "The Troubles."
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Performance CreditsRoches Primary Artist
Jimmy Maelen Percussion,Triangle,Shaker
Larry Fast Synthesizer
Robert Fripp Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tony Levin Bass
Maggie & Terre Roche Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Suzzy Roche Guitar,Vocals
Terre Roche Guitar,Vocals
Maggie Roche Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsRobert Fripp Producer
Ed Sprigg Engineer
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The Roches based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
What makes this album perfect is the clever and coy, innocent and energetic lyrics, plus the sharp and clean guitar-word provided by Robert Fripp. This is a recent (last 70's) American folk masterpiece. The sparce instrumentation, itself worthy of note, allows their three mighty voices to ring with a beautiful brilliance. The ''off-kilter'' harmonies, dorky and even ''nurdish'' words to the songs will charm the socks off anyone who's open to folk music. The topics of the songs are intentionally ordinary and everyday, making for a record that is blessedly lacking in pretention. A theme of the album might be ''the quotidian can be amazing, too.''