L'Autrichienne

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L' Autrichienne
Studio album by Jucifer
Released March 18, 2008 (2008-03-18)
(See release history)
Recorded July 2007 at Bakery Studios
Genre Noise rock, sludge metal
Label Relapse
Jucifer chronology
If Thine Enemy Hunger
(2006)
L'Autrichienne
(2008)
Throned in Blood
(2010)

L'Autrichienne is the fourth album by the American metal band Jucifer. It was first released on March 18, 2008.

History[edit]

L' Autrichienne, which is Jucifer's fourth album,[1] was recorded in July 2007 at Bakery Studios by Andy Baker.[2] It was released in 2008, two years after the release of the band's previous album, If Thine Enemy Hunger,[1] by Relapse Records; on March 18[3] in the United States and on March 24 internationally.[4]

To support the album, Jucifer embarked on their first tour through Europe. After the European tour they toured over the Northeastern United States and Canada.[2]

Music[edit]

According to Greg Prato from Allmusic, there are so many different styles found in L'Autrichienne that it would be possible to fool the average listener into thinking each track was made by a different band; it shows influences ranging from indie rock to sludge metal.[3][5] In the album there are songs with a style close to Black Sabbath's, such as "Blackpowder",[3] hardcore punk tracks like "Thermidor",[5] Melvins-esque metal slow pieces such as "Deficit",[3] and doom metal songs such as "The Mountain" and "Procession a la Guillotine"; even quiet balladry can be found in the album.[5] Amber Valetine uses many vocal techniques in the record.[3]

It's a concept album about Marie Antoinette, who was nicknamed "l'Autrichienne" (French: the Austrian [woman]) due to her Austrian origin and connections. Valentine chose the subject after finding a book on the French Revolution in an RV park lending library. The album's liner notes feature a historical commentary to each song.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10)[5]

L' Autrichienne was given a 4.5 out of 5 in Allmusic[3] and an 8.0 of 10 in Pitchfork Media. Both praised the musical variety which can be appreciated in the album.[3][5]

Amber Valentine's work as a singer in this album has been compared to young PJ Harvey's as well as Courtney Love's.[5] Her ability to shift from one vocal technique to another has been praised specially by Greg Prato from Allmusic, who asserts only very talented vocalists are able to do what she does.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Music by Jucifer. Lyrics written by Amber Valentine.

No. Title Length
1. "Blackpowder"   2:16
2. "Thermidor"   0:32
3. "To Earth"   3:04
4. "Deficit"   2:29
5. "Champ de Mars"   3:52
6. "Fall of the Bastille"   0:56
7. "To the End"   3:18
8. "Armada"   5:56
9. "L 'Autrichienne"   5:00
10. "Behind Every Great Man"   3:10
11. "October"   4:09
12. "Birds of a Feather"   2:11
13. "Traitors"   2:28
14. "The Law of Suspects"   2:31
15. "Noyade"   4:21
16. "The Mountain"   9:07
17. "Window (Where the Sea Falls Forever)"   4:59
18. "Fleur de Lis"   2:39
19. "Procession a la Guillotine"   3:50
20. "Coma"   1:40
21. "The Assembly"   1:57

Personnel[edit]

  • Amber Valentine – Vocals, Electric, piano
  • Edgar Livengood – Bass, drums
  • Andy Baker – Engineering
  • Scott Hull – Mastering
  • Orion Landau – Artwork

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States March 18, 2008 (2008-03-18) Relapse Records CD 67312
766731
Alternative Tentacles LP 386
Worldwide March 24, 2008 (2008-03-24)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jucifer main albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Jucifer: Canadian tour dates announced". blabbermouth.net. 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Prato, Greg. "Jucifer - L'Autrichienne". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  4. ^ "Jucifer: New album details revealed". blabbermouth.net. 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Lee, Cosmo (2008-04-30). "Jucifer - L'Autrichienne". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-10-02.