The Letter (Cosa Brava album)

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The Letter
CosaBrava AlbumCover TheLetter.jpg
Studio album by Cosa Brava
Released March 2012 (2012-03)
Recorded June 2010, August 2011
Genre
Length 61:08
Label Intakt Records (Switzerland)
Producer Fred Frith, Intakt Records
Cosa Brava chronology
Ragged Atlas
(2010)
The Letter
(2012)

The Letter is a studio album by Fred Frith's United States experimental rock group Cosa Brava. It was recorded in France in June 2010 and Oakland, California in August 2011, and was released by Intakt Records in Switzerland on March 21, 2012.[1][2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All About Jazz favourable[3]
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]

Writing at All About Jazz, John Eyles described The Letter as "transcend[ing] genre", and Frith's songs as "melodic ... provid[ing] the group with plenty of scope for embellishment".[3] He said the album "hangs together well", adding that Kihlstedt's violin has "inflections carrying great emotional weight", and Frith's guitar as "fluid [and] interwoven with wordless vocals, to stunning effect" on "Common Sense".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Fred Frith, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Soul of the Machine" 2:12
2. "The Eyjafjallajökull Tango" 6:48
3. "Drowning" (Fred Frith, Zeina Nasr) 4:04
4. "The Wedding" 6:08
5. "The Letter" (Frith, Nasr) 3:41
6. "Slings and Arrows" 7:23
7. "Jitters" 5:13
8. "For Lars Hollmer" 8:03
9. "Emigrants" 4:06
10. "Nobody Told Me" 4:10
11. "Common Sense" 7:15
12. "Soul of the Machine (reprise)" 2:05

Source: Intakt Records,[1] Discogs[2]

Personnel[edit]

Guests[edit]

Recording and production[edit]

  • Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12 recorded at Chàteau de Faverolles, France, June 1–4, 2010
    • The Norman Conquest – engineer
  • Tracks 3, 7, 9, 10 recorded at New Improved Recording, Oakland, California, August 9–11, 2011
    • The Norman Conquest – engineer
  • Mixed at Jankowski Soundfabrik, Esslingen, Germany, April 9–11, 2011, July 4–5, 2011, January 31, 2012, February 3, 2012
    • Peter Hardt – engineer
  • Mastered at Headless Buddha, Oakland, California, February 10, 2012
    • Myles Boisen – engineer
  • Artwork
    • Heike Liss – cover image
    • Jonas Schoder – graphic design
  • Production
    • Fred Frith – producer
    • Intakt Records – producer

Source: Intakt Records,[1] Discogs[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Letter". Intakt Records. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  2. ^ a b c The Letter at Discogs
  3. ^ a b c Eyles, John (2012-09-14). "Two Sides of Fred Frith". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2015-09-14. 
  4. ^ "The Letter". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-01-28. 

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