Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Adrian Orange & Her Band - Self Titled

Adrian Orange & Her Band
Adrian Orange & Her Band
(09.2007, K Records)

Adrian Orange has put out several releases under the moniker Thanksgiving, all of which have neither disappointed me, or blown me away. His music generally consists of untrained vocals, introspective lyrics, and simple guitar. On his latest release Adrian Orange & Her Band, he maintains the vocals and lyrics that you would come to expect, but bags the acoustic campfire strumming for as K records describes "Rogue West African prison-funk". On this outing Adrian is backed by a never ending ensemble of horn players, beat makers and backing vocalists. The result is one of the most pleasant surprises of the year. The album starts out with "Window (mirror) Shadow", the songs carries an almost dance-hall feel which he maintains throughout the album. Highlights of the album are the upbeat anthem "Give to love what's love's" and "Question love answer" which finds Adrian occasionally letting out tuneless yelps over a mellow dub track. I know the combo of Adrian's harsh vocals with afro/dub music sounds about as good as peanut butter and pickles, but it works, and it works well. Adrian Orange & Her Band is one of the best albums to come out of K Records in a long while and is an amazingly solid release for such a young musician (Adrian is 21). How Adrian went from barely managing to lead himself to being able to command a full on afro-beat orchestra is beyond me. But he did it, and I'm glad he did.

-Wooly Mammal


mr. thistle said...

I don't like THanksgiving but am super happy/suprised with this. 9.0 indeed.

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