CD Boo! Human (CD 1168647), Audio Other
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Boo! Human

  • 1. Shown and Told
    2. Laughter Reflected Back
    3. Just Pack or Unpack
    4. 9-11 2
    5. Tell-Tale Penis, A
    6. Everywhere I Go Everyone: I Know Laughs and Says/I Told You So
    7. Vine on a Wire
    8. Insects Don't Eat Bananas
    9. Lying and Cheating and Chasing You Around
    10. If There Was a Time #1
    11. Surrender #1, The
    12. If There Was a Time #2
    13. Surrender #2, The
    14. So-And-So
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 152

  • Credits
    EngineerGraeme Gibson; Tim Kinsella

    Personnel: Tim Kinsella (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Ben Vida (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, synthesizer); Emmett Kelly (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Todd Mattei (electric guitar, piano); Leroy Bach (electric guitar, organ); Liz Payne (viola); Bobby Burg (piano, organ, synthesizer, drums, percussion); Paul Koob (piano, organ, congas, percussion); Josh Abrams (upright bass, electric bass); Sam Zurick (electric bass); Mike Kinsella (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Graeme Gibson.
    Recording information: 4 Deuces (01/2008); Clava, Chicago, IL (01/2008).
    Photographer: Chris Strong.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Tim Kinsella.
    Chicago's willfully difficult Joan of Arc, the genre-bending guardians of the avant-garde, have made a career out of defying expectations. With albums that fluctuate between warm, accessible acoustics and impenetrable electronic textures and industrial percussion, the band's leader and lone constant, Tim Kinsella, has gone out of his way to make Joan of Arc's sound impossible to pin down. Their latest, BOO HUMAN, finds a happy medium between hard art and recognizable, accomplished songcraft, however. Opener "Shown and Told" is wispy, delicate acoustic folk with moaning vocals, leading in to "Laughter Reflected Back" with its shimmering keyboards and stuttering polyrhythm. Elsewhere, "9/11 2" unleashes raw, emotional voices, discordant organs, and tense strings, while "Insects Don't Eat Bananas" tweaks '60s girl-group drums and chimes. No matter what personnel Kinsella employs or the variety of musical angles, the intimate, mysterious songs on BOO HUMAN remain distinctly Joan of Arc.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hanks to frontman Tim Kinsella's pleasantly dispassionate delivery, an ambient coherence permeates the tunes..."
    Alternative Press (p.131) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here are some astoundingly creative studio flourishes that aid in filling out the band's aggressive, folk-y style of songwriting."
    CMJ - "[E]ach radically new, but strangely familiar, track encompasses the quietly wild side of the Chicago outfit's nonchalant avant-garde post-punk."
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