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1. Making Love in the Natural Light
2. Feather Clip
3. Neverstop
4. See No Evil
5. Lachrymosa
6. So Anna
7. From 7 to Mars
8. Mrs. Turner
9. First Time That

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Artist: National Trust
Manufacturer: Thrill Jockey


You don't really need to know that there are 70 tracks (more than half "mouth sounds") on Dekkagar's delightful opener "Making Love (In the Natural Light)" to appreciate its Superfly-like charms. Chicago is the home of Curtis Mayfield Drive after all, and these renaissance men--producer-musicians Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone) and Neil Rosario (Dolemite)--have strayed so far from Chi-town's jagged indie-rock traditions that the only way in which they honour their pale, testosterone-addled forefathers is by creating their own trajectory--with Urge Overkill's cover of Hot Chocolate's "Emma" being the only viable reference point. It's a smooth line, inspired by strands of soul from years past: to these ears, the likes of the Brothers Johnson 's "Strawberry Letter 23", and, on "See No Evil", the melody of Stories' "Brother Louie". Breathy, sexy vocals, complemented by airy, moody arrangements, funky drumming, keyboards galore and a nostalgic feel-good vibe make all the songs effortlessly memorable. So regardless of how much the National Trust are winking their way through this genre exercise, there's an irresistible sensuality in the Beach Boysish harmonies of "First Time That", and a Big Star-like, roots-rock feel on "So Anna". Each hyper-produced track will wash over you like sunshine and warm wind, making Dekkagar summer's sleek and shiny sleeper among the train-spotting indie-rock jet set. --Cyndi Elliott

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soulful pop; dark, moving, entertaining 24 April 2002
By Paul Yamada - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD combines many aspects of 70's and 80's soul/R&B with aspects of late 60's and early 70's vocal oriented pop-rock that are not usually combined. The vocal arrangements are particularly stunning. One can only hope that Stevie Wonder picks up on this groove and sound, which is far more successful than the highly touted, Inspiration Information by Shuggie Otis, from 1974. Shuggie tried, and give him credit for that, but National Trust accomplishes what Otis and to some extent, Wonder, timidly start, but never arrive at with any sustained power or polish.
A swirly stew of 70's soul 18 May 2004
By Wickerlove - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The overall sound of 'Dekkagar' captures the smooth, smokey grooves of 70's soul, but adapted with elements of the present. Just picture a giant stew where the main ingredients are Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, and Isaac Hayes. Add into the mix tiny morsels of Wilco, The Electric Prunes, Zero 7, The Eagles, Soft Machine, My Morning Jacket, and Tahiti 80...and you'll get this wonderous concoction of aromatic flavors. The album has a introspective dreamy feel to it, yet joyous and celebratory at the sametime. 'Dekkagar' is a soulful angelic symphony, with swirly funky guitars, a seductive dance of keyboards, horns and sparkling soundscapes. The old has become the new again, or rather...the old will never become old.
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