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  • Audio CD (9 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fire Records
  • ASIN: B007I5NAKC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Eighth Avenue
2. Friends Of Friends
3. Betty Wang
4. Julie
5. The Right Profession
6. Sleepover
7. The Birthday
8. Argonauts
9. Liberal Arts
10. All Day Today

Product Description

The angular, intricate, and intelligent compositions of Hospitality signal a sophisticated new pop voice. Singer Amber Papini's idiosyncratic songwriting and incisive lyrics coupled with the band's rich arrangements on their self-titled debut explore youth, New York, and the bittersweet commingling of past and present in a way that feels just right, right now. From the opening phrase of "Eighth Avenue," guitar hooks are balanced with a cultivated melody. Papini's singing has a wisp of an English accent via Kansas City (she learned to sing by imitating Richard Butler on The Psychedelic Furs' Talk Talk Talk) and her lyrics create a moonstruck, even cinematic vision of New York City, where the band formed in 2007. The production by Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells) and band member Nathan Michel (guitar, drums, keyboards), who released his share of experimental "bedroom" pop, culminating in 2005's The Beast (Skipp/Sonig), imbues the entire record with an intimate yet prodigious sound, layering period keyboards with horns, synthesizers, and treated guitars. Hospitality the album has an overarching vision and should be listened to as a whole, though every song registers as a single. "Friends of Friends" could break the charts with its heavy intro, swingin' breakdown and horn riffs; "Betty Wang" (the lynchpin of their live set a few years back) is impossibly catchy, the story of one of Papini's real-life colleagues at a financial day job; and "The Right Profession" is a power-pop burst of an anthem with Papini chanting the immortal line, "It's hard to change!" (Isn't it?) And "The Birthday," with a sinuous, dissonant lead guitar, the lockstep rhythm of the drums and Brian Betancourt's nimble bass, wouldn't be out of place on The Police's debut record, but its epic coda makes it decidedly CinemaScope. Hospitality, while hearkening back to '70s/'80s pop-both Elvis Costello and Kate Bush are influences-has an ambitious vision: its big promise is nowhere more evident than on the gorgeous anthem "Julie," the album's centerpiece which already sounds like a classic. The song's lush, glorious build is coupled with lyrics inspired by Papini's great-grandfather, a Pennsylvania coalminer. Reprising some songs from a self-released 2008 EP recorded by Karl Blau (K Records) allows Hospitality to nod to its beginnings as a more lo-fi outfit; that early intimacy can be found in the arrangement of the cheeky and distinctly NC-17 "Liberal Arts." After patiently honing their craft, playing concerts (and gaining converts), Hospitality have reached what will be its first apex with many more heights to come; from their modest debut in a Red Hook row house, the band has evolved from four-track low-fidelity to a luxury five-star future.

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Format: Audio CD
The self titled debut album from this 3 piece NY band is not your typical generic indie-pop, it has an unusual quirky feel running through it especially the musical backing which is almost different on every song.
It's certainly never boring nor repetitive.
Amber has a lovely voice, particularly on the plaintiff almost spoken 'julie' and most of the tracks are very catchy although the longest track 'argonauts' is somewhat disjointed and a bit of a letdown.
For lovers of Savoir Adore, Standard Fare & Sky Larkin.
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By William J. Walker VINE VOICE on 7 Mar 2014
Format: Audio CD
Being a bit impulsive I decided to buy their most recent release (Trouble) on the back of hearing a couple of the tracks on the radio. Being even more impulsive and having spotted this album going cheap, at the same time, I ordered it too.
This album arrived first and it was an instant favourite that has got better with every play (and I've played it a lot).
If there was any justice half the tracks on this album would have been sizeable hits as they manage to give very catchy tunes but with a depth too them.
There's a good variety on this album and I would suggest that if you like The Breeders, Strokes, Vampire Weekend, maybe, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, then this should appeal (and may well do so anyway).
At the moment I tend to get to play one or two albums a day max and for two weeks now I have played this album everyday.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miquel Puig Bosch on 7 Jun 2013
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This is more pop odes, simple and nice for fanatics of melody & elegance. Choose for surprise your close friends
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