The High Llamas Beet, Maize & Corn
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- Released: October 7, 2003
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Drag City
Q - 11/03, p.1104 stars out of 5 - "...Happily, BEET, MAIZE & CORN, while hardly stinting on the mellifluousness, proffers a newfound poignancy....Robert Wyatt influences drop in, brass wafts and hymnal vocals soar - all to stirring effect..."
Uncut - 11/03, p.1183 stars out of 5 - "...It sounds lovely....Head Llama Sean O'Hagan has unimpeachably good taste..."
Magnet - 11/03, p.98"...There are interesting little moments along the way....O'Hagan's vocals take on the magenta hue of U.K. prog-rockers Caravan on 'Leaf And Lime'..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 11/03, p.1305 stars out of 5 - "...Remarkably musical, intriguingly textured and affecting..."
- 1.Barny Mix
- 3.The Click and the Fizz
- 4.Porter Dimi
- 5.Leaf and Lime
- 6.Alexandra Line
- 7.High on the Chalk
- 8.Rotary Hop
- 9.Ribbons and Hi Hats
- 10.The Holly Hills
- 12.The Walworth River
Personnel: Sean O'Hagan (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar, nylon-string guitar, piano, organ); Pete Aves (vocals, electric guitar, banjo); Marcus Holdaway (vocals, cello); Kelsey Michael, Mary Hansen (vocals); Ellen Blair (violin, viola); Brian G. Wright , Sally Herbert (violin); Colin Crawley (flute, tenor saxophone); Mark Bassey, Andy Robinson (trombone); Dominic Murcott (vibraphone); Rob Allum (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Fulton Dingley.
Recording information: London, England (2002).
Tied together by a series of lush instrumental passages, this 2003 High Llamas song cycle innovatively connects musical styles more associated with California dreaming to its main theme of the city's encroachment on the countryside. Where the storied chronicler of British urban life Ray Davies once used rock & roll combined with a simple, music-hall-type delivery to make his point, here the Llamas' leader, Sean O'Hagan, takes the music of Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, and Burt Bacharach as his foundation, lending his tales of urbanization a high-gloss sheen as well as a touch of Sixties magic.
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