Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper

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Julian Plenti Is...Skyscraper
Studio album by Julian Plenti
Released August 4, 2009
Recorded 2008 - 2009
Seaside Lounge Studio, Brooklyn, New York City
Genre Alternative rock, art rock
Length 37:22
Label Matador
Producer Paul Banks, Peter Katis
Julian Plenti chronology
Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper
(2009)
Banks
(2012)

Julian Plenti Is... Skyscraper is the first solo album released by Paul Banks, the lead singer for the band Interpol, under the name Julian Plenti. It was released on August 4, 2009.[1]

The music video for "Games for Days" was directed by Javier Aguilera and features Emily Haines from Metric.[2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [4]
Clash (6.0/10.0) [5]
Drowned in Sound (6/10) [6]
The Fly 3.5/5 stars [7]
Gigwise 4/5 stars [8]
Paste Magazine (71/100) [9]
Pitchfork Media (6.2/10) [10]
PopMatters (4/10) [11]
Spin 3.5/5 stars [12]
NME (positive) [13]
Q (4/5)

In a First Listen feature on their website, The-Fly.co.uk said that Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper "could almost be two different albums – one with folky, Bon Iver-esque lullabies and one with upbeat art-rock stomps" and that it is a "beautiful little sonic beast".[14] ClashMusic.com reviewed the album, praising its ambition but stating that it sometimes suffered for a lack of simplicity, but added: "That said, it's a collection of eleven songs that will haunt and inspire you at the same time with a bewitching mix of influences and styles." [5] Gigwise.com gave the album 4/5 and described it as "An ambitious attempt to give Banks his individuality back." then going on to say "Interpol may take most of the plaudits in his career but it’s Julian Plenti who reveals the true Paul Banks." [15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Paul Banks.

  1. "Only if You Run" – 3:49
  2. "Fun That We Have" – 3:41
  3. "Skyscraper" – 3:20
  4. "Games for Days" – 3:57
  5. "Madrid Song" – 2:08
  6. "No Chance Survival" – 4:04
  7. "Unwind" – 3:18
  8. "Girl on the Sporting News" – 2:53
  9. "On the Esplanade" – 3:41
  10. "Fly as You Might" – 3:57
  11. "H" – 2:39

"Only if You Run" is featured in the end credits of the Joel Schumacher film Twelve, as well as in the episode "Sabotage" of Stargate Universe. "Skyscraper" is featured in the final scenes of the 2011 American thriller film I Melt with You.

Personnel[edit]

  • Julian Plenti/Paul Banks - Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Programming, Writer, Producer, Artwork By [Art Direction]
  • Charles Burst - Drums (Tracks 1, 3, 8), Recorded By
  • Yoed Nir - Cello (Tracks 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11)
  • Dmitry Ishenko - Bass & Double Bass (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11), Other [Session Logistics]
  • Mike Stroud - Guitar Harmony (Track 3)
  • Jessica Pavone - Violin & Viola (Tracks 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 11)
  • Sam Fogarino - Drums (Track 4)
  • Striker Manley - Drums (Track 6)
  • Glenn White - Saxophone (Tracks 7, 11)
  • Alex Weiss - Saxophone (Track 7)

Additional

  • Peter Katis - Mixed By, Producer [Additional], Music By [Additional], Recorded By [Additional]
  • Greg Giorgio - Recorded By [Additional]
  • Mitch Rackin - Recorded By
  • Mark O - Artwork By [Design]
  • Jeremy Kirkland - Other [Logic Guru]
  • Trevort Luikart - Other [Logic Guru]
  • Matthew Salacuse - Photography
  • Noah Goldstein - Recorded By [Vocals Tracked]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interpol man to release solo album". nme.com. NME. May 5, 2009. Retrieved July 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Julian Plenti, 'Games for Days' -- Video Premiere". spinner.com. Spinner.com. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Julian Plenti – "Games For Days" video premiere and Fallon tomorrow". matadorrecords.com. Matador Records. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1612259
  5. ^ a b http://www.clashmusic.com/reviews/julian-plenti-julian-plenti-is-skyscraper
  6. ^ Tudor, Alexander (2009-08-04). "Julian Plenti - Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  7. ^ "Album Review: Julian Plenti / ‘Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper’ (Matador) / New Album Reviews / Music News from THE-FLY.CO.UK - The UK's most popular music magazine". The-Fly.Co.Uk. 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  8. ^ Hot right now:     (2009-08-05). "Julian Plenti - 'Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper' (Matador) Released: 03/08/09". Gigwise. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  9. ^ "Julian Plenti: Julian Plenti Is... Skyscraper :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  10. ^ "Album Reviews: Julian Plenti: Julian Plenti Is... Skyscraper". Pitchfork. 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  11. ^ Miller, Cody. "Julian Plenti: Julian Plenti Is… Skyscraper < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  12. ^ Modell, Josh. "Julian Plenti, 'Julian Plenti Is...Skyscraper' (Matador)". SPIN.com. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  13. ^ "NME Reviews - Album review: Julian Plenti - 'Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper'". Nme.Com. 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  14. ^ The Fly (June 10, 2009). "First Listen: 'Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper'". The-Fly.co.uk. 
  15. ^ Gigwise (August 3, 2009). "Julian Plenti - 'Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper' (Matador) Released". Gigwise.