La Grande CD (2012)

Artist: Laura Gibson

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Product Overview


Label Barsuk Records/redeye
SKU 227174161
UPC 655173112120
UPC 14 00655173112120
Format CD
Release Date 1/24/2012
Author Laura Gibson
Associated Artist/Work Rose, Ethan
Technical Info
Engineer Adam Selzer; Fen Ikner; Sean Ogilvie
Producer Adam Selzer; Laura Gibson
CatalogID BARK 121
Lable Name Barsuk
Released 01/24/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 35m : 42s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 06551731121204
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: Jackpot Studios, Portland, OR; Laura's Home, Portland, OR; Scenic Burrows, Portland, OR; Typefoundry Studios, Portland, OR; Waterworks Studio B, Tucson, AZ; Wooden Fences, Portland, OR.
Photographer: Steve Harmon.
Arranger: Laura Gibson.
Modern dustbowl crooner Laura Gibson named her third studio album after a northeastern Oregon town that "people usually pass through on their way to somewhere else, but which contains a certain gravity, a curious energy." It's a fitting sentiment as the same could be said about Gibson's music, a hodgepodge of retro Americana, dusty dirt-road folk, and cinematic, sepia-toned blues. Opening with the sprawling title cut, a dark, open-road anthem that sounds like Calexico fronted by Jolie Holland, the ten-track La Grande proceeds to pile on the atmosphere, offering up solid, pump organ-led, south-of-the-border-kissed balladry ("Red Moon") and galloping future public radio segues ("Skin, Warming Skin") with great aplomb. Gibson's reedy voice lacks power, especially when she forces the Ella Fitzgerald affectations, but when she dials back the theatrics and exposes the talented singer/songwriter within, as she does on the sweet and soulful "Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed," the results are downright magical. ~ James Christopher Monger
Professional Reviews
Magnet (p.55) - "LA GRANDE feels a mite more modern with its leaps into tipsy Tropicalia-like rhythms, noir cinematic atmospheres and bigger-than-ever melodies."
Paste (magazine) - "Gibson works wonders when she plays to her strengths, utilizing her famous friends' skills to augment and subtly shade her songs."
Pitchfork (Website) - "[The album] finds Gibson shedding some of her characteristic simplicity, spreading her wings, and trying a few new musical styles on for size in the process."
Uncut (magazine) (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Gibson weaves her shivery vibrato sighs ito a delicate tangle of strums and strings, gentle brass fanfares and antique saloon-bar pianos."
Disc 1
1 Grande, La
2 Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed
3 Lion/Lamb
4 Skin, Warming Skin
5 Rushing Dark, The
6 Red Moon
7 Crow/Swallow
8 Fire, The
9 Time is Not
10 Feather Lungs
Product Attributes
Artist Gibson,Laura
Label Barsuk Records/ada
Music Format Compact Disc
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