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Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes achieved acclaim with the full-tilt retro-soul of Baby Caught the Bus. Released in late 2011 and awarded album of the year by ABC Radio National, its effect was largely due to Clairanne Browne. The group's bold and fun-loving frontperson clearly impressed RuPaul and Paul Kelly, two radically different figures who sought her for collaborations. Along the way, Browne met Amanda Warner (aka MNDR), a songwriter, producer, and recording artist known most for contributing to Mark Ronson's Top Ten U.K. pop hit "Bang Bang Bang," as well as recordings by Kylie Minogue, Rita Ora, and Charli XCX. Browne and Warner, along with Rob Kleiner, Peter Wade Keusch, and a handful of additional associates, recorded Pool with mainstream pop success as the goal. Pool isn't likely to please those who loved Caught by the Bus primarily for its vintage sound. Some of the throwback touches here do recall '60s rhythm & blues, though none of them sound made for a museum exhibit, and the stylistic scope is widened to incorporate '70s disco-funk and contemporary pop. Browne's voice is left front and center, not once cloaked in the amount of reverb heard on the Rackettes material. She cited Beyoncé as an inspiration, yet Pool is somewhere between Solange's Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams and Fergie's The Dutchess, full of bawdy ebullience and silly pop-culture references. Some of the affectations -- "West Coast is the best coast, I be rollin' with my homies," replete with G-funk whistle, for instance -- verge on noxious, but they're offset with some depth, like the offhanded kiss-off "F.U.B." and the sad ballad "Spiral," the latter an odd close to an otherwise sunny, frolicsome album that befits its title.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2016
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0888072380066
catalogNumber: 38006
Rank: 178191

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clairy Browne   Primary Artist
Jimmy Harry   Guitar,Keyboards
Sean Hurley   Bass
Jon Natchez   Trombone,Baritone Saxophone
Dave Sharma   Tabla,Wurlitzer
Stuart Bogie   Tenor Saxophone
Peter Wade Keusch   Synthesizer,Piano,Background Vocals
Jesse Shatkin   Bass,Keyboards
Jared Tankel   Baritone Saxophone
Marty Beal   Guitar
Amanda Warner   Background Vocals
Gabriel Shadom Rattiner   Bass,Guitar
Elana Belle Carroll   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmy Harry   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Brett James   Composer
Anthony Rossomando   Composer
Dave Sharma   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Stuart Bogie   Composer
Rob Kleiner   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
John Tsiavis   Art Direction
Peter Wade Keusch   Composer,Programming,Special Effects,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Jesse Shatkin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Carrie Smith   Art Direction
Jared Tankel   Composer
Giovanni James   Composer
Fredrik Berger   Composer
Kathleen Anne Brien   Composer
Amanda Warner   Composer,Executive Producer
Gabriel Strangio   Composer
Julian Burg   Engineer
Clairanne Browne   Composer
Gabriel Shadom Rattiner   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Andy Inadomi   Engineer
Elana Belle Carroll   Composer

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