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Grand Animals (2007)

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Format: CD
Sku: 204820361
UPC: 794043908521
UPC 14: 00794043908521
Release Date: 7/24/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Across Your Knee ~ Robbers On High Street
2. Fatalist, The ~ Robbers On High Street
3. Crown Victoria ~ Robbers On High Street
4. Ramp, The ~ Robbers On High Street
5. Kick 'Em In the Shins ~ Robbers On High Street
6. Nasty Numbers ~ Robbers On High Street
7. Married Young ~ Robbers On High Street
8. Your Phantom Walks the Hall ~ Robbers On High Street
9. You Don't Stand a Chance ~ Robbers On High Street
10. Guard At Your Heel ~ Robbers On High Street
11. Keys To the Century ~ Robbers On High Street

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Robbers on High Street: Morgan King (bass guitar); Steven Mercado, Benjamin Trokan.
Muze PNote Personnel: Benjamin Trokan (vocals, keyboards, drums, percussion); Steven Mercado (guitar, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Done Piper (mandolin); Morgan King (French horn, trombone, tuba); Daniele Luppi (Clavinet, tubular bells); Matt Trowbridge (Wurlitzer organ); Seth McLain (hand claps).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Daniele Luppi (bells); Anton Riehl (programming); Olivia S. Dhaliwal, Emma F. Smith, Tracy Eisenberg (background vocals); The Famous Letters Men's Choir, Fowzy Butt, Nadir Naqvi, Matt Trowbridge, Done Piper, Tim McCarthy, Seth McLain.
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Jeff Peters.
Muze PNote Recording information: Between The Trains; Great City Productions; Sonora Recorders; Stratosphere Sound; Water Music.
Muze PNote Photographer: Mike Vorrasi.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: Benjamin Trokan; Tim McCarthy.
Muze PNote While New York's Robbers on High Street gained a lot of comparisons to the Strokes and Franz Ferdinand after the release of their first full-length, Tree City, it is Spoon that they turn to for their sophomore album. Not that hints of this didn't exist before, but it's amplified even more greatly here, and most of the tracks on Grand Animals sound as if they were borrowed directly from the Austin band's discarded sketches. Because while lead singer Benjamin Trokan has a voice and delivery style very reminiscent of Spoon's frontman, his words aren't quite up to par with those of Britt Daniel, who's able to tell intimate, interesting stories without sounding clich?d or forced. Not that Trokan's lyrics are bad, but they don't compare to Daniel's in the slightest, either trying too hard to be like him ("The Fatalist" and "Crown Victory" both sound like they were written after spending a lot of time with Gimme Fiction), or just plain mediocre ("The Ramp," "You Don't Stand a Chance"). Perhaps if they were put more often to compositions that weren't ripped directly from the Spoon songbook the lyrics wouldn't come across as weak (and the times where the band does take an alternate musical route, like in "Guard at Your Heel" and "Your Phantom Walks the Rail," they work well), but because of their musical choices, Robbers on High Street make that comparison inevitable, and therefore they must also face the consequences of having shown themselves so unmistakably as a lesser band. Yes, there are horns, yes there are string-sounding keyboards and plenty of falsetto (resembling Spacehog's frontman Royston Langdon, strangely enough) to try to set them apart, and it all sounds fine, but it's not more than bits and pieces of other people's work reassembled into something vaguely new, and at this point in their career, Robbers on High Street need to better attempt settling into a style of their own. ~ Marisa Brown

Producer: Daniele Luppi; Daniele Luppi

Engineer: Don Piper; Seth McLain; Britt Myers; Rudyard Lee Cullers; Anton Riehl; Chris Decocco; Matt Bridges; Seth McLain

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/24/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 39085
Music Label Name Label : New Line Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00794043908521

Professional Reviews

Spin (p.106)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] subtle orchestrations whose airy ambience hints at the chameleon funk of David Bowie and the dance-floor minimalism of early B-52's."

Alternative Press (p.170)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Guard At Your Heel' sounds like a smoky Tom Waits number, while 'Your Phantom Walks The Hall' is nouveau pop-meets-luau."

CMJ (p.45)
- "[T]he Robbers elaborate on their pop throwbacks by blending assertive lyrics with balladeering instrumentation for a big and funky final product."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Robbers On High Stre
Product attributeLabel:   New Line Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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