Personnel: Neil Rosario (vocals, guitar, piano, electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, Wurlitzer organ, synthesizer, congas, hand claps, percussion, gong, chimes, programming, drum programming, siren); Mark Henning (vocals, guitar, piano, Clavinet, Wurlitzer organ, synthesizer, drums, guiro, maracas, shaker, tambourine, triangle, wood block, hand claps, programming); Nicole Mitchell (vocals, flute, piccolo); Tarik Delaney Graves, Tycho Brahi Cohran, Seba Graves, Aquilla Sadalla, Jafar Baji Graves, Gabriel Benyehudah, Byron "360" Anderson (vocals); Dan Evans (guitar, Moog synthesizer, programming); Julie Liu (violin, viola); Hypnotic (horns); Jacob Croegaert (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Abel Garibaldi, Van Christie (synthesizer, programming); Charles Aldous (vibraphone); Brian Deck (glockenspiel, tambourine, hand claps); Josh Abrams (double bass); Keith Kreuser (drums); Osvaldo "Ogie" Merced (congas, bongos, claves, guiro, timbales, wood block).
Audio Mixers: Neil Rosario; Abel Garabaldi; Doug DeMers; Abel Garibaldi; Dan Evans ; Mark Henning; Van Christie.
Recording information: Club Rendezvous, Chicago, IL; Engine Studios, Chicago, IL.
Unknown Contributor Role: Mark Henning.
Arrangers: Neil Rosario; Abel Garibaldi; Mark Henning.
Chicago's National Trust performs an ironic but respectful version of early-1980s funk, complete with beatboxes, antique synthesizers, and falsetto vocals. Its second album is an attractive blend of vintage-sounding R&B dance tracks like "It's Just Cruel," breathy Prince-style vocalizing on "Show and Tell," and sexy after-hours jams like "Canday's Away." The duo have gone to much trouble in their quest for musical authenticity--their recreations of the classic sounds of the '80s are impeccable--and the result is an enjoyable, if slightly smirking romp through a variety of soul and dance idioms of yesteryear.
Uncut (p.75) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The high-register squelch of 'Elevators' could have been captured at Paisley Park, the synth-bass on 'It's Just Cruel' sounds authentically expensive, and on the succinct, succulent 'Secrets', Rosario is entirely credible."
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