La Grande

La Grande

by Laura GibsonLaura Gibson


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Modern dustbowl crooner Laura Gibson named her third studio album after a northeastern Oregon town that "people usually pass through on their way to somewhere else, but which contains a certain gravity, a curious energy." It's a fitting sentiment as the same could be said about Gibson's music, a hodgepodge of retro Americana, dusty dirt-road folk, and cinematic, sepia-toned blues. Opening with the sprawling title cut, a dark, open-road anthem that sounds like Calexico fronted by Jolie Holland, the ten-track La Grande proceeds to pile on the atmosphere, offering up solid, pump organ-led, south-of-the-border-kissed balladry ("Red Moon") and galloping future public radio segues ("Skin, Warming Skin") with great aplomb. Gibson's reedy voice lacks power, especially when she forces the Ella Fitzgerald affectations, but when she dials back the theatrics and exposes the talented singer/songwriter within, as she does on the sweet and soulful "Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed," the results are downright magical.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2012
Label: Barsuk
UPC: 0655173112120
catalogNumber: 121
Rank: 98050

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Laura Gibson   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Marimbas,Vocals,Vibes,Pump Organ,Fuzz Bass,Guitar (Nylon String)
Joey Burns   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Standup Bass,Guitar (Nylon String)
Nate Query   Bass,Standup Bass
Adam Selzer   Electric Guitar
Rachel Blumberg   Percussion,Drums
Jenny Conlee   Hammond Organ
Cory Gray   Piano
Jill Coykendall   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Amanda Lawrence   Viola
Meric Long   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Logan Kroeber   Percussion,Drums
Jen Harrison   French Horn
Sean Ogilvie   Piano,Guitar (Nylon String)
Jourdan Paul   Flute
Christian Fitzgerald   Oboe
Brian Perez   Lap Steel Guitar
Sara Lasky   Flute
Matthew Rubin Berger   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Adam Selzer   Producer,Engineer
Laura Gibson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Wind Arrangements,Layout
Rob Jones   Layout
Sean Ogilvie   Engineer,Wind Arrangements
Fen Ikner   Engineer
Joan Hiller   Paintings

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