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The Bishop Allen & the Broken String

  • 1. Monitor, The
    2. Rain
    3. Click, Click, Click, Click
    4. Chinatown Bus, The
    5. Flight 180
    6. Like Castanets
    7. Butterfly Nets
    8. Shrinking Violet
    9. Corazon
    10. Middle Management
    11. Choose Again
    12. News from Your Bed, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 003

  • Credits
    ProducerBishop Allen; Chad Copelin; Jarod Evans; Chad Copelin; Bishop Allen

    Personnel: Christian Rudder, Justin Rice (various instruments); Chad Copelin (Hammond b-3 organ); Jarod Evans (bass guitar); Andy Herod (background vocals); Darbie Nowatka (vocals); Kristin Ferebee, Allan Vest (strings); Jon Natchez (flute, clarinet, saxophone, horns); Kelly Pratt (trumpet); Cully Symington (drums, percussion).
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Christian Rudder; Justin Rice.
    Named after a street in Cambridge, Massachusetts's Central Square but based in Brooklyn, Bishop Allen make their northeastern loyalties plain in their lyrics (anyone who lives in either city will immediately recognize the subject of "The Chinatown Bus"), but their music is a sweeping, Anglophile form of chamber pop. Collecting 10 of the best songs from an ambitious 2006 project that saw the band record and release a full EP every month, THE BROKEN STRING is imaginative, varied, and filled with smart pop hooks.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.122) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "THE BROKEN STRING pares down the track list and polishes the best of the EPs..."
    Uncut (p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey bust out their best Clash and Cheap Trick moves on 'Middle Management', gleefully shattering the porcelain into smithereens."
    CMJ (p.38) - "The band's mainstays -- hooky guitar lines, handclaps, slapped-at piano keys, bright brass, lyrics about searching twenty-somethings -- are still present."
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