Cheat the Gallows

Cheat the Gallows

by BigelfBigelf


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Bigelf are sort of the white version of Lenny Kravitz. They're astoundingly accurate rock revivalists in terms of songwriting, instrumentation, and recording techniques. They also cobble together styles that in their heyday would never have co-existed: Hendrix-ish blues, Beatlesque pop, Floydian psychedelia. Unlike Kravitz, however, Bigelf are much more sonically daring. They specialize in blowing up basic germs of ideas into Technicolor fantasies light years away from their origins. "Superstar," for example, begins with terse, standard-issue AC/DC chords, then flowers into bright pop changes and lush vocal harmonies. Finally, it ratchets up into a raucous fanfare that would make Aerosmith jealous. A demented circus atmosphere pervades throughout. Saucy horns and stabbing organ in "Blackball" evoke kindred cabaret rock spirits Stolen Babies. "The Evils of Rock & Roll" is another organ-soaked boogie, but upshifts near its end in pure Black Sabbath fashion. "Hydra" starts out as '70s dinosaur rock, then takes off into outer space with retro sci-fi analog synths. While the songwriting is impeccable and the production jaw-dropping, it's all almost too perfect. Instead of the raw exploration of the eras Bigelf fetishize, their undertaking is completely calculated. Put another way, this record is all head and some heart, while its inspirations were the other way around.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2008
Label: Custard
UPC: 0182496000419
catalogNumber: 960004

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Performance Credits

Bigelf   Primary Artist
Mathew Cooker   Cello
Richard Dodd   Cello,String Quartet
Linda Perry   Background Vocals
Peggy Baldwin   Cello
John Krovoza   Cello
Calabria McChesney   Violin
Eric Gorfain   Violin,String Quartet
Daphne Chen   Violin,String Quartet
Cameron Patrick   Violin
Melissa Reiner   Violin
Leah Katz   Viola,String Quartet
James King   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Piccolo Flute
Marisa Kuney   Violin
Alwyn Wright   Violin
Caroline Buckman   Viola
Radu Pieptea   Violin
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Isabelle Senger   Violin
Stewart Cole   Trumpet
David Sage   Viola
Marcy Vaj   Violin

Technical Credits

Steve Frothingham   Composer
Eric Gorfain   String Arrangements
Damon Fox   Composer,String Arrangements
Paul Ill   Contributor
John Salvatore Scaglione   Composer,Contributor

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