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Return Of The Frog Queen CD 1 of 1

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Format: CD
Sku: 60171321
UPC: 098787032321
UPC 14: 00098787032321
Release Date: 7/23/1996
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Abegail Anne ~ Jeremy Enigk
2. Return Of The Frog Queen ~ Jeremy Enigk
3. Lewis Hollow ~ Jeremy Enigk
4. Lizard ~ Jeremy Enigk
5. Carnival ~ Jeremy Enigk
6. Call Me Steam ~ Jeremy Enigk
7. Explain ~ Jeremy Enigk
8. Shade And The Black Hat ~ Jeremy Enigk
9. Fallen Heart ~ Jeremy Enigk

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Jeremy Enigk (vocals, guitar, harp, piano, harpsichord, drums); Jeni Foster (harp); Carlos Flores, Ken Wright (violin); Sam Williams , Felicia McFall (viola); Joe Bichsel (cello); Robert Newland, Laura Sperling (flute, piccolo); Greg Lyons (trumpet); Chris Stover (trombone); Fred Hawkinson (bass trombone); Beverly Reese (glockenspiel, percussion); Anna Doak (upright bass); William Goldsmith (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Craig Williamson; Greg Williamson.
Muze PNote Recording information: BObcat; Greg's House; Jeremy's House; The Ranch.
Muze PNote Photographer: Charles Peterson .
Muze PNote Arrangers: Mark Nichols; Jeremy Enigk.
Muze PNote Great surprise. Return of the Frog Queen comes out of nowhere, in no way the follow-up to Jeremy Enigk's two previous LPs with Sunny Day Real Estate. Enigk chooses a really remarkable path, taking his highly dramatic, angst-ridden singing to a totally new sound. Now he favors harshly played acoustics. Way more surprising, Enigk lassos a whole orchestra to flesh out the background of each song! Enigk still screams like the abandoned child of Plastic Ono Band Lennon and "Heart Shaped Box" Cobain, a real shake-up. Likewise, his orchestra has equally dangerous intents. The most startling musical moment of all 1996 is the second half of the otherwise buried "Shade and the Black Hat," where the pent-up frustration inherent in this whole LP is suddenly let loose like Enigk were the delirious keeper of Pandora's box. He pounds a piano and howls like his wife just left him for his best friend, as the violins, violas, and cellos scrape at their strings as if to break them, and the flutes, piccolos, trumpets, trombones, French horns, and clarinets blow like they were hired by a wolf to blast a few recalcitrant pigs' houses down. The waves of classical countermelodies are extraordinary, adding on to each other to create an "1812 Overture" anvil clarion call, a roar so dense, so overpowering, it's like gasoline exploding, even more so as they back Enigk's fevered wail as if he were long past desperation. There are many other smaller, striking moments -- many far sweeter, too, though always tempered by Enigk's dark voice -- found throughout the LP, such as the chorus of "Carnival," where the man and his players turn positively paranoid to the suddenly depraved strains of circus sounds. The overall songwriting is superb, too. A truly remarkable work that has done the unthinkable, Frog Queen breaks new ground yet remains a direct hit, with the passion, power, and rage of punk; the simple, appealing babbling of folk; and even the multidimensional, nasty din of modern Russian classical. Wow. ~ Jack Rabid

Producer: Craig Williamson; Greg Williamson

Engineer: Craig Williamson; Greg Williamson; Jeremy Enigk

Artist Overview

In two separate stints in the 1990s, Jeremy Enigk fronted the Seattle quartet Sunny Day Real Estate and helped popularize both emo itself and specifically the genre's expressive vocal style. After a conversion to Christianity and during a band hiatus in 1996, Enigk released the first of several albums on Sub Pop and his own Lewis Hollow records that redefined his sound. While his octave-spanning vocal range remained his signature, his solo work foregrounded more subdued arrangements and a more mature aesthetic than his previous band's more high-octane output.

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/23/1996
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1996
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : SPCD 323
Music Label Name Label : Sub Pop (USA)
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 : 00098787032321

Professional Reviews

Alternative Press (10/96, p.85)
- 4 (out of 5)
- "...a rare example of bombast made majestic....songs unfold slowly, building on small hooks that somehow mutate into swells of melodic intensity..."

Magnet (p.114)
- "[T]he album's pastoral sounds -- offbeat acoustic miniatures accompanied by 21-piece orchestra -- remain as different from Sunny Day's gushing dam-bursts a Barrett's Floyd was from David Gilmour's."

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