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1. Tremble and Tear
2. Fetal Horses
3. C&O Canal
4. Too Much Time
6. Forest Knolls
8. Sunken Union Boat
9. Romanian Names
10. Carina Constellation
11. Summer Stock
12. Hard Times
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 51326
John Vanderslice; Scott Solter; John Vanderslice; Scott Solter
John Vanderslice; Scott Solter; Laura Dean; John Vanderslice; Scott Solter
Personnel: John Vanderslice (vocals, guitar, guitars, keyboards); Daniel Hart (vocals, violin, piano); Carla Kihlstedt (violin, viola); Mitch Marcus, Sylvain Carton (flute, clarinet, saxophone); Ben Goldberg (clarinet); Max Stroffregen (piano); Matt Henry Cunitz (pump organ, Mellotron); Matthias Bossi (keyboards, drums, percussion); Ian Bjornstad (keyboards); Jason Slota (vibraphone, drums, percussion); George Ban-Weiss (upright bass, bass guitar); Michael Mellender (bass guitar); Laura Dean.
Audio Mixer: Scott Solter.
Audio Remasterer: Bernie Grundman.
Recording information: Tiny Telephone, San Francisco, CA.
Photographer: John Vanderslice.
Arranger: Matt Henry Cunitz.
The follow-up to John Vanderslice's politically charged 2007 outing, EMERALD CITY, ROMANIAN NAMES finds the indie-pop singer-songwriter in a more laid-back, romantic mood. The album also marks Vanderslice's first outing on the Dead Oceans label, after a long stint with Barsuk Records, another sign that change is afoot for the performer. Filled with swooning synth-heavy tunes (see the gleaming "Fetal Horses" and the breezy "C&O Canal"), Vanderslice occasionally goes for a more organic sound, as on the folk-tinged title track and the gorgeous, piano-led "Carina Constellation," resulting in a record that plays to the artist's strengths even as it begins a new chapter in his career.
Alternative Press (pp.102-103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The LP begins restlessly with the thickly layered tempest 'Tremble And Tear,' a subtle introduction to a collection shivering with clingy, new-wave left turns."
CMJ - "Throughout ROMANIAN NAMES one can hear even more clearly the smooth electronic undertones that were hinted at in other albums."
Q (Magazine) (p.132) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]nventive, classic tunes layered with keyboards the way the likes of, say, Brendan Benson or M Ward use guitars."
Pitchfork (Website) - "[The album] happens to contain some of the best songs of his career....The production is as meticulous as ever, but there's something about these songs that feels more natural, as if they took less effort to write but still came out just as good."
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