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Album: Kings and Queens *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Elevators
2)    Secrets
3)    It's Just Cruel
4)    Canday's Away
5)    Stages
6)    We Can't Do Wrong
7)    Jacuzzis
8)    Show and Tell
9)    New Sexy Touch
10)    Shapes and Sizes
 
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Performer Notes
  • The National Trust: Gabriel, Seba (vocals).
  • 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.
Professional Reviews
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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