Split Lips, Winning Hips, A Shiner

Split Lips, Winning Hips, A Shiner

by Shapes and Sizes

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If there was any doubt that Vancouver's Shapes and Sizes could make good on the promise of their ambitious first album, that doubt is literally blown to smithereens within the first three minutes of their sophomore effort. "Alone/Alive" bursts forth from the shell of dry, scribbly acoustic guitar stummings into an all-out onslaught of celebratory yelps, stomps, and howls, proclaiming, "Tonight I feel that I'm alive/I spit, I smoke, I widen my stride." There's probably no better way to sum up the general feel of Split Lips, Winning Hips, A Shiner -- from its lip-smacking title down to the final notes of "One, Two, Three," the band's second album is an impressive fleshing out and maturation of the ideas found in their self-titled debut. The ever-so-slightly twee pop sensibilities and the whimsical Sufjan Stevens-like orchestral fare of the first album have evolved (or devolved, take your pick) into a thrilling mess of herky-jerky, math rock
o wave/garage punk/prog rock-iness. The group dynamic has shifted as well. Split Lips finds Caila Thompson-Hannant stepping into the forefront and into her own; she's a huge force on this album, whether creeping along with a muted, warbling croon ("Geese") or sailing into high-pitched, wordless shrieks ("Highlife (I Had Been Duped)"). This isn't to say that Shapes and Sizes have abandoned their sweet side altogether. "The Taste in My Mouth" is as tender and leafy as any of the fare on the previous album; it's all lush horn arrangements, pensive banjos, and wistful vocals shot through with crackling distortion. Simply put: their debut was good, but Split Lips is better. Its immediacy and self-assuredness makes this album feel like a true starting-point for Shapes and Sizes.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2007
Label: Asthmatic Kitty
UPC: 0656605603117
catalogNumber: 31
Rank: 241578

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shapes and Sizes   Primary Artist
Mike Mazza   Trumpet
Caila Thompson-Hannant   Group Member
Rory Seydel   Group Member
Nathan Gage   Group Member
Jonathan Crellin   Group Member
Lee Hutzaluk   Synthesizer,Noise
Shane Krause   Baritone Saxophone
Kelby MacNayr   Shaker
Brooke Maxwell   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tina Tew   Trombone
Michael Mazza   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Dave Craswell   Engineer
Shapes and Sizes   Composer
Jonathan Dueck   Artwork
John Collins   Engineer

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