August 10, 2010

Crash Test Dummies: Oooh La La!

The Crash Test Dummies sort of disappeared five years ago. Brad Roberts' signature baritone voice was silenced. Until now. Oooh La La! is an album build around the Optigan, a low tech keyboard with "pre-recorded optical soundtracks to reproduce sound" - which allows for old school sampling. The result could have been a cheesy collection of novelty songs, but the album focuses on acoustic instruments, with leading roles for the violin and cello and the luscious background vocals of Ellen Reid - she sings lead on the closing track Put a Face.

Roberts worked with producer/engineer Stewart Lerman of Antony and the Johnsons fame. The album sounds light and well balanced, with just enough middle-of-the road lounge act appeal to get the Crash Test Dummies on mainstream radio again.

Crash Test Dummies:
Brad Roberts: lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Ellen Reid: vocals
Stewart Lerman: electric guitar, drums, omnichord
Steuart Smith: acoustic guitar, bass
Rob Morsberger: keyboards, string arrangement
Suzanne Ornstein: violin, viola
Debbie Assael: cello

Crash Test Dummies: Oooh La La!

Oooh La La! is released on Deep Fried Records and earMUSIC. Buy it from the band's website.

  1. Song Bird
  2. You Said You'd Meet Me (In California)
  3. And It's Beautiful
  4. Paralyzed
  5. The In-Between Place
  6. Not Today Baby
  7. Heart of Stone
  8. Lake Bras d'Or
  9. What I'm Famous For
  10. Now You See Her
  11. Put a Face
The Crash Test Dummies are on tour in Canada in October:
  • 10/01 Victoria, BC @ Element Nightclub
  • 10/02 Vancouver, BC @ Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
  • 10/05 Calgary, AB @ The Grand Theatre
  • 10/06 Edmonton, AB @ Myer Horowitz Theatre
  • 10/07 Saskatoon, SK @ Broadway Theatre
  • 10/08 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
  • 10/09 Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cumnings Theatre
  • 10/13 Hamilton, ON @ The Studio
  • 10/14 Toronto, ON @ St. Paul's United Church
  • 10/15 Ottawa, ON @ First Baptist Church
  • 10/16 Montreal, QUE @ Cabaret Du Musee Juste Pour Rire
  • 10/18 Halifax, NS @ The Carleton


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