The Movement

The Movement

by Rusted RootRusted Root


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Musically, The Movement, Rusted Root's seventh studio album, picks up where 2009's Stereo Rodeo left off. It was recorded by virtually the same lineup, with original trio Michael Glabicki (lead vocals, guitars, percussion), Liz Berlin (vocals, percussion), and Patrick Norman (bass, vocals, percussion) joined by drummer Preach Freedom, guitarist Colter Harper, and Dirk Miller on banjo, with a host of guests in select spots. Glabicki makes his debut as both producer and engineer. Whereas Stereo Rodeo gave up the artificially sheeny gloss of 2002's Welcome to My Party and brought back the wider range of RR's percussion attack, its tunes were more formally constructed ideas than finished ones. On The Movement, Glabicki finds a better balance. His songs are tight, hook-oriented, accessible numbers adorned in adventurous global percussion and musical modes. While the rhythmic and melodic components of opener "Monkey Pants" are interesting, the rather clumsy slant toward retro-funky soul in the refrain and chorus and render it ineffective. "Cover Me Up," with Harper's melding of Nigerian highlife and Caribbean calypso guitar styles creates an infectious counterpoint to Glabicki's more conventional hard rock riffs, and even a second melody. (He deserves a co-songwriting credit on this one.) Add to this Berlin's sweet harmonies and the thundering breaks by Freedom, and you have a standout. Speaking of Berlin, once more she is the most underutilized talent in RR's lineup. Her combination of accurate pitch, in-the-pocket sense of time, and fluid phrasing is rare. While the title track (and first single) is almost a straight-ahead rocker, its polyrhythms deepen the hook. "In Our Sun" brings some of the beautiful tribal weirdness of early RR back to the fore. The wide-open dubbed-out spaces, backmasked drum and guitar sounds, vocal improvs, and the interweaving of drum languages create a hinge spot. "Fossil Man" and "Something On My Mind" are basically standard rock ballads, and Glabicki's emotive voice almost sounds like Adam Duritz's. "Fortunate Freaks," with is jittering guitar bass interplay, is another standout. The Movement will more than likely appeal to the RR faithful, and its songs will give the band plenty of fuel for stretching out live.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2012
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351630223
catalogNumber: 6302
Rank: 71615

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rusted Root   Primary Artist
Jeff Berman   Percussion
John Caldwell   Background Vocals
Michael Glabicki   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Patrick Norman   Bass,Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Liz Berlin   Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Colter Harper   Percussion,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Skip Sanders   Organ,Clavinet,Shaker
Carol Freidheim   Talking
Vincent Cifello   Hand Clapping
Vicki Staiman   Hand Clapping
Preach Freedom   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Paul Impellizeri   Background Vocals
Lucy Stone   Background Vocals
Jen Staiman   Hand Clapping
Dirk Miller   Banjo
Dan Meuner   Percussion

Technical Credits

Berlin   Composer
Phil Nicolo   Engineer,Pro-Tools
John Caldwell   Vocal Arrangements
Michael Glabicki   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer
Liz Berlin   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Berman   Composer
Pati DeVries   Publicity
Skip Sanders   Engineer,Effects Programming,Pro-Tools
Dave Stipe   Engineer
Cara Freidheim   Costume Design
Rose Crisafio   Costume Design
Lee Hintenlang   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Corey Perrotte   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Christine Glabicki   Costume Design

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