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Beirut: The Rip TideThe Rip Tide (2011)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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Beirut is a band I should have been into for a long time. As a trombonist (my first of many instruments, and one I played from fifth grade through college) as well as a lover of all sorts of “nerdy” folk instruments like accordion (thanks, Polish blood) and ukulele, these guys are a band I wish I had started. “A Candle’s Fire” eases in with harmonium chords, then hits you with the most glorious chorus of brass you've heard in an indie rock song, probably ever. We get to hear plenty more of those wonderful brass tones throughout The Rip Tide, due much in part to singer/songwriter/ukulele player Zach Condon being a trumpet/flugelhorn player as well. “East Harlem” also has its fair share of intertwining horn lines, arranged beautifully in three-part (or more) harmony over top of ukulele and upright piano chords that plug away.
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