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  • Audio CD (January 30, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B000KCIBGS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,287 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album has some of the most unique, upbeat, and happy songs on it!
fatcatprincess
Cunniff brings a colorful sensuality to her vocal chops, beckoning the listener with intense harmonies that add vitality to the entire album.
Larry Sakin
"City Beach" is a sunny, bright, serene album sprinkled with loops and urban undertones.
Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman on February 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's been seven years since the underappreciated alternative rock band Luscious Jackson last released an album. During the 00s, former LJ singer/songwriter Jill Cunniff worked with other artists, but has not released an album of her own until now. Penning seven of the songs exclusively, and co-writing the other five, "City Beach" (2007) is an impressive collection of songs that fans of Luscious Jackson, dream-pop and electrica are sure to love.

While "City Beach" has some of the signature hip-hop/pop styling of Luscious Jackson, the album sounds far less urgent. The entire album sounds completely laid-back and relaxed, but without stalling or running out of steam. Stylistically, "City Beach" sounds a bit like a follow-up the Kostars "Klassics with a K" (1995) album (the Luscious Jackson offshoot band with LJ member Vivian Trimle).

Cunniff states (as noted on Amazon) that "City Beach" is a "mood record made to bring the beach to caged up city dwellers" and I think that description really captures the essence of the album. "City Beach" is a sunny, bright, serene album sprinkled with loops and urban undertones.

Unrequited or otherwise lost love seems to be a running theme with this album, but the music is, for the most part, conversely uplifting, even if it is at times melancholy. In a sense, this album creates for me the mood of a cloudy sky when the sun is really bright and shining through.

Cunniff plays many of the instruments (guitar, bass, and programming) along with several session players. There are a lot of textures, a lot of sounds in the nooks and crannies of the album that you may miss with just one listen. So while the album is instantly gratifying, it gets better with repeated plays.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Larry Sakin on May 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
During our long, hot summers, we sun loving lizards' in the Southwest dream of cool, white sandy beaches, with spritzes of ocean water pelting our bodies. It's the only relief we can afford besides a box fan and a creaking, old evaporative cooler.

Fortunately for us, ex-Luscious Jackson front woman Jill Cunniff has crafted a beautiful slice of life album with her solo debut City Beach, offering comfort for everyone needing a break from the broil of global warming.

City Beach mixes myriad musical styles, from Brazilian jazz to alternative rock into an intoxicating brew of mood pieces. From the opening number "Lazy Girls" to the sullen ending piece "Disconnection", Cunniff paints pictures of her beloved New York City, infusing personal memories of `eating orange popsicles' to observations on how the city is changing for the worse, to deep examinations of male/female relationships. In a way, City Beach is a musical novel based on real life, the ebb and flow of carefree adolescence to the unpredictability of adulthood, much like the shifting tides of the ocean.

Cunniff has packed City Beach with powerful support, from her collaboration with music critic Vivian Goldman, and Emmylou Harris, who provides back-up vocals on "Disconnect". Cunniff contributes guitars, bass, organ and an extraordinary vocal range; handles much of the production duties and works programming on the project. Special call outs go to Rachel Yamagata for a sterling turn on keyboards on "Kaleidoscope", drummer Tony Mangurian; and Nathan Rosenberg, Sam Hollander, Dave Schommer and Jim Kissling for being Cunniff's partners in crime on the post production.

It's rare to find an album so flawless.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By UK Vinyl on March 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
ok, I've listened to "City Beach" a zillion times and I am ready to share my views. Jill Cunniff of Luscious Jackson offers a multilayer project filled with electronic, bossa nova, jazz and many other influences. With summer quickly approaching, each track is a ray of sunshine meant to warm and energize. A concept album built around driving you to the beach, laying down your towel, putting on your sunscreen, playing a mean game of frisbee and then letting you relax and absorb all the vitamin d your body needs. Come on people, ever had a album do THAT for you? Riis Park will never be the same. Too bad you'll have to get the Pina Colada yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on April 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I never heard of Luscious Jackson. I was introduced to Jill Cunniff on the HBO reality show "Family Bonds". I'd heard "Last Summer" and searched for 3 YEARS to find it! Finally I'd heard she'd done a solo album and the asian import had this as a Bonus track. I paid almost $30 for it, but it was worth it....and mind you, I was NEVER a Luscious Jackson fan.
In a world of Britney Spears, hip-hop/ Joss Stones it's refreshing to hear Cunniff. Her work is not all synthesizers and popcorn lyrics. She's made an album that acutally gets better the more you hear it, and that NEVER happens nowadays. Though I bought this album for "Last Summer" I came to really like "NY City Boy" and "Warm Sound", but practically ALL the songs are equally pleasing and memorable. They're all mellow and soothing. The kind of thing you could listen to on a road trip or in your apartment on a warm day (or cold night for that matter). No squealing vocals or startling guitars. The subject matter (such as it is) is more abstract. She's singing about someone who could be anyone most of the time and that's fine. She allows you to paint your own canvas. There are a wealth of catchy tunes. "Calling Me" and "Happy Warriors" are like nothing we've heard on the radio in a long time. This album is MUSIC! I mean REAL music. The kind that the record industry killed back in the 90's. If you're a fan of Luscious Jackson's more mellow songs I suspect you'll be pleased with her work. I highly recommend this album to ANYONE who wants good music.
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