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Lake Street Dive find themselves on the cusp of stardom, though they insist they will always be the same people whose stage outfits once consisted of matching sweater vests. “We realize this could all go away tomorrow,” says Rachael Price. “But that won’t change what we do. We want to continue to do this for a long, long time. This is what we love. We just want to make ... Read more in Amazon's Lake Street Dive Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 18, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Signature Sounds Recordings
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Lake Street Dive has been performing for nearly a decade after meeting as fellow students at the New England Conservatory in Boston. It took a casually made video featuring the band gathered around a single mic, performing a cover of Jackson 5 s I Want You Back, shot on a Brighton, Massachusetts, street corner to grab the public s attention their You Tube views now hurtling past a million.

The new album, Bad Self Portraits, is a microcosm of Lake Street Dive s evolution of the band from a weird alt-country jazz group to a pop-soul juggernaut, that includes 60s influences like Brill Building girl groups, British Invasion rock, horn-driven Stax R&B, Motown soul and even The Band-like gospel blues.

Featured in the concert film Another Day, Another Time Inside Llewyn Davis" (Showtime)

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Fresh new band with their own music.
Great sound, fun lyrics, overall a good listen.
Buy this album now, you will not be let down.
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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful By A. Krause on February 18, 2014
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First I want to make one thing clear - LSD gets five stars. I'd give them six if that were an option. They are a rare mix of musical, vocal and lyrical talent, the result of which are songs that will hold up over time. They are without a doubt the best new act of 2013, and 2014 will be a banner year for them.

My beef here - my reason for deducting two entire stars off this rating - is the fit and finish of the finished product itself. This album sounds like it was mastered on a 1980's dual cassette deck. Olsen's normally crisp and clean guitar playing sounds fuzzy and distorted, as though they were being piped through a blender. Calabrese's drums sound like someone placed a wet towel over them. The man is a good drummer - what have they done there, and why? Then there's the bass, or lack thereof. Bridget Kearney has to be the hardest working bassist out there. She plays an *upright bass* for God's sake - that can't be easy to sling that thing around, and yet if you've seen her live, on OPB's videos or just listen to other albums by LSD, you know that there's a reason she doesn't take the easy route and go to a bass guitar. That big upright bass in her hands delivers a tone clear as a bell, with the thump of a heart beat. You would never know it listening to this album. Frankly, I miss Bridget. I know she's in there somewhere, but I just can't hear it. Finally, and most disturbingly, Rachel Price's vocals... lord help me. There is no greater sin that taking a voice like that and adding an echo to it... for no darned good reason. She doesn't need reverb. She doesn't any post processing. Keep your hands off her voice. Frankly, that goes for all of their voices. Whoever engineered this album has committed mortal sin.
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67 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Robert Budd on February 20, 2014
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I first heard, and heard of, Lake Street Dive on The Colbert Report. I was blown away. That hasn't happened for a long time. I went out the next day to buy Bad Self Portraits, which, unfortunately, was ten days before its release.

Before the official release I acquired a vinyl copy of the EP Fun Machine and the CD of Promises, Promises. I also saw the live performance from a street in Boston on Youtube, as well as the entire live performance of songs from BSP at KEXP in Seattle, also on Youtube. All that means is I already knew how really f-ing great this band and their music really is.

I finally got my reserved copy of BSP on the 18th. Sad day. From the first track it was an assault on my ears - not the music, rather the poor production of the CD. Every voice, every instrument, every sound seems to be at max volume and tends to occupy the entirety of what should be a "sound stage". There is no breadth, depth, or air in the recorded presentation. Rachael Price's amazing vocals, Bridget Kearney's mastery of the standing bass, everything is lost in what amounts to be a flat wall of noise (not to be confused with Alan Parsons' "wall of sound"). By the sixth track I found myself out of my listening position and walking away. I stopped before track 7. I tried listening again yesterday (the 19th) with the same results. Today is the 20th, I'm listening again, and I'm still wishing it wasn't so.

I would definitely give the music a solid five, but the production gets only a one.

Please contact the band and/or the label and beg them to PLEASE remaster and re-release BSP ASAP.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison on February 18, 2014
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I really liked Lake Street Dive’s last record ‘Fun machine’ an EP that featured covers of Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Hall and Oates and also George Michael but this new one features all self-composed songs. The four members of the group met at music college in Boston and while singer Rachael Price may be out front the rest of the group are essential to their unique sound, that features Mike Olson on trumpet and guitar and a rhythm section of Bridget Kearney on double bass and Mike Calabrese on drums, with all three also adding backing vocals.

The album starts with the title track, probably the outstanding song, a really catchy tuneful number from Bridget about 'selfies' that is both hard-hitting and yet subtle and this is followed by more of the same with ‘Stop your crying’. Rachael’s voice is wonderful - powerful and sexy but also very controlled and with no hysterics - and the others’ backing vocals support her perfectly, with the instruments managing to be tight but sounding loose! Although I missed the cover songs of ‘Fun machine’ many of the up-tempo songs here have the same classic melodic pop appeal and I also liked the change of pace with the slower songs ‘Just ask’ and ‘Better than’ – which also features some nice trumpet – not used here as much as on previous records. I’m really looking forward to seeing the group in the UK in May when they play the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LNM on February 18, 2014
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I primarily listen to rap music. I put that out there just to put my review in perspective.
Saw this group perform on the Colbert Report and was instantly drawn to them. Listened to samples and waited anxiously for release date. Bought the CD, and got the MP3 rip automatically (love this feature. It's made CD buying an option again).
I have only gone through one cycle thus far, but it does not disappoint. These people are musicians/artists in the truest sense of the word. I can't wait to share this find with my friends.
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