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About Clare and the Reasons

Brooklyn-based Clare and the Reasons, fronted by collaborators Clare Manchon and Olivier Manchon, are pleased to announce the release of their sophomore album, Arrow, just out October 20th on Frog Stand Records. Arrow features a special guest appearance from Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, and is the followup to their acclaimed debut LP, The Movie, which ... Read more in Amazon's Clare and the Reasons Store

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  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frog Stand Records
  • ASIN: B002N1AEOG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All the Wine
2. Ooh You Hurt Me So
3. Our Team Is Grand
4. You Got Me
5. That's All
6. Mellifera
7. You Getting Me
8. Kyoto Nights
9. This Is the Story
10. Perdue a Paris
11. Photograph
12. Murder, They Want Murder
13. Wake Up (You Sleepy Head)

Editorial Reviews

It took a bit of wood, nails and many blankets to make Arrow in a recording tent built in the Ditmas Park apartment of Clare and the Reasons' neighbor, friend and engineer, Alex Venguer. Clare and the Reasons deliver an assortment of meticulously constructed and arranged songs, most written by Clare in her very own kitchen, arranged by Olivier in the living room with two cats by his side, and recorded with surgical precision with the help of "Reason" Bob Hart. This album also features a special guest performance from Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Home away from home on November 11, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
I appreciate groups who grow and evolve, that's why I think this album is a masterpiece. They took chances and they were right. The songs are catchy, easy to absorb, but there is a musical maturity that I never see. The arrangements, the playing, the writing, textures. You have to get this album, it's important, and you'll love it, like I do.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tanuki on November 12, 2009
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There's a wonderful variety of lyrical and musical material here, mixing soft rock, pop, blues, cowboy songs, Beatles, Beachboys, even a moment of Ravel!. Clare Manchon writes subtle, witty, and often poignant songs featuring sweet melodies and interesting harmonic structures. Olivier Manchon's colorful arrangements include brass and winds along with his usual gorgeous string writing and playing. ( I can't believe they left the spotty string intonation on the cover version of Phil Collins' "That's All", though.) There's percussion, via Rich Stein, but no full-on drumset used anywhere, giving the ears a welcome break. Bassist/guitarist, Bob Hart is everywhere tastefully supportive, an ensemble of kazoos sound like bees in a song about bees, and Olivier makes extensive use of imitative counterpoint throughout--an art rarely found in popular music.

This is soothing but intelligent music, based on the pop music aesthetics of mainly the 1960s and 70s, with some old-time Americana circa 1920s and 30s. So soothing, I admit to recommending it to a friend whose cat died recently. But it's not the dull blythe "beautiful people" music that John Dworkin says it is in his hilariously ironic and scathing review of this CD on [...]:

"The Reasons' lyrics and sound (Clare's voice being occasionally charming but mainly cloyingly irritating) are eyeball deep in clever and cutesy... Will someone give the beautiful people a tour of Afghanistan please?"

While there's truth to Dworkin's observations on the surface, unless I've completely misunderstood Clare and the Reasons' raison d'etre, Arrow is an Existential and understanding trope on the frivolous lifestyle common to the cool and beautiful people, not an endorsement of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Music lover on April 23, 2010
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This is incredible work! I love these songs, especially "our Team Is Grand" epic and revolutionary. This band is also amazng live, I finally got to see them, they are a REAL band!
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