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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 7, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: East Side Digital
  • ASIN: B001SGEUY2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The latest release from Minneapolis-based Halloween, Alaska marks a gratifying turn for the bigger. Having earned accolades for their restrained, deeply atmospheric brand of synth-laden pop, the group delivers a disarming new set of songs that ply its moody textures and brainy lyricism in the service of simmering indie anthems and salient rock hooks.

To highlight the expanded range of sounds and sentiment on Champagne Downtown, the band teamed with Grammy-winning engineer and renowned audio guru Tchad Blake (Tom Waits, Peter Gabriel, Soul Coughing), who mixed the album from top to bottom. The result is a distinctively crafted 10-song set that packs rewards for headphone junkies, car-stereo devotees, and anyone with a penchant for inventive, literate modern pop.

Garnering comparisons to mature indie forebears like The Blue Nile and American Music Club as well as college-radio staples including The Postal Service and TV On The Radio, Halloween, Alaska is comprised of James Diers (voice, keys/guitar), Matthew Friesen (bass, sampler), Jacob Hanson (guitar/keys, voice) and David King (acoustic and electronic drums) -- the latter also known as the enigmatic drummer for modernist jazz trio The Bad Plus.

Also available on vinyl.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Wagner on April 16, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Let me first say, I've been waiting for this album for a few years. I've been a fan of Alaska since I first heard them, but this album blows away everything they've done up to this point. It's seriously one of the best albums I've ever listened to. They've carved their niche as one of those unique bands with a distinctive sound all their own. Couldn't be happier with the new album. Hopefully they will continue to make records for years to come. And play more shows in Southern California.

*Side note - As per the "bleep" on "In Order", I confirmed that it was intentional. The band, apparently after hearing the censored and uncensored versions, decided they liked the "old school" sound of the censored version, so they decided to just keep it that way. In my opinion, the loud bleep disrupts what is an otherwise epic song, but nonetheless, it IS intentional.
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I think they are all this way. I bought a copy at their CD release show and it has the same bleep. I doubt this is an amazon problem.
Apr 13, 2009 by Brian |  See all 3 posts
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