Beautiful Soup


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2002, What Are Records

Brooklyn's Marmalade charmed pop fans around the world with Beautiful Soup, a ten-song debut of enchanting and breezy mini-epics. Author John Wray (whose book titles include {-The Right Hand of Sleep}) leads the way on most songs, while drummer Sarah Blust sweetly sings the song Parody Way. Opening with the genial 1899, it's instantly clear that Marmalade's music is far from brooding, instead favoring the wondrous approach of lively and charismatic {indie pop}. Wray showcases his flexible vocal abilities on the gritty, yet gentle, The Ponce, easily the most impressive singing performance of the disc. Hybrid Hearts is a blissful classic-to-be, sounding as if it could easily find a home in the lighthearted '60s folk era, as well as the early 2000s {indie pop} scene. Sister Come follows, with horns adding to the gleeful pop flare. The disc comes to a tranquil end with the simple, acoustic gem My Favorite Wand and the quirky and delightful Toast & Jams. Featuring guest appearances by Jeff Baron, Gary Olson, and Sasha Bell of Ladybug Transistor, as well as members of Skeleton Key and High/Low, Beautiful Soup turns out to be a wonderful, loose arrangement of musician friends churning out a warm, intimate disc. In the end, this album is proof of the power of simple pop chords and elegant lyrics, along with a healthy dose of instrumental experimentation. March Records unleashed Beautiful Soup in 2003. ~ Stephen Cramer, All Music Guide


Disc 1
1 1899 PLAY
2 Opal Whitely PLAY
3 The Ponce PLAY
4 Parody Row PLAY
5 Hybrid Hearts PLAY
6 Sister Come PLAY
7 1989 PLAY
8 I'm Your Dad PLAY
9 My Favorite Wand PLAY
10 Toasts & Jams PLAY

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Violet Pierce
Just the most beautiful record.

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