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Tree City

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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 39043

  • Credits
    ProducerPeter Katis; Robbers On High Street
    EngineerPeter Katis; Britt Myers

    Personnel: Cindy Clark (cello); Tom "Bones" Malone (tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone).
    Audio Mixer: Peter Katis.
    Recording information: Great City; Tarquin Studios; The Magic Shop, New York, NY.
    The debut full-length by Robbers on High Street tries a bit too hard to put this New York quartet on the same footing as the Strokes, Ambulance LTD, or Interpol: '80s-inspired post-post-punk given an unapologetically commercial sheen. That production gloss might actually be to the band's detriment; these songs are uniformly head and shoulders above those on their 2004 EP, Fine Lines, but that self-produced record had some appealingly rough edges that suited the band's slightly nervous, jumpy sound. On Tree City, drummer Tomer Danan and bassist Jeremy Phillips are smoothed out, more Echo & the Bunnymen than Joy Division, a change that does the songs no favors. Although frontman Ben Trokan's songwriting has taken an enormous step forward -- the soaring "Amanda Green" has a chorus worthy of Paul Weller between verses that mine the same vein of post-punk dance as Franz Ferdinand -- the curiously lifeless production means that several listens are necessary before the songs' charms are fully revealed. ~ Stewart Mason

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