The Quilt

The Quilt

by Gym Class HeroesGym Class Heroes


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The Quilt is as good a name as any for Gym Class Heroes' post-hip-hop pop collage, as they weave together discarded strands of junk culture into something new yet naggingly familiar. More than most of their peers, they embody all the glorious and maddening contradictions of their generation. Raised in the heyday of hip-hop while steeped in the irony of '90s alt-rock, persistent nostalgia for '70s kitsch, and '80s new wave, Gym Class Heroes see no borders between any era or style, mixing and matching the parts to create funky Frankensteins that feel as pop as they do rap. On The Quilt, Travis McCoy and crew attempt to amp up the urban and hip-hop just a bit, working with Cool & Dre -- producers with the Game and Lil Wayne to their credit -- and having Rihanna associate the Dream in for the single "Cookie Jar," but they do all this without abandoning longtime running-partner Fall Out Boy Patrick Stump, or their love of syrupy soft rock hooks, a love that manifests in a duet with Daryl Hall, and choruses that feel borrowed from Ben Folds, or maybe Jack's Mannequin. All this stylistic hopscotch winds up unwittingly emphasizing just how much Gym Class Heroes are indebted to OutKast's -- or perhaps more specifically André 3000 -- genre-bending, as the best moments here float on the same kind of giddy, infectious choruses that fueled "Roses." That Gym Class Heroes get a little lax on their verses points out that they're better in broad strokes than details, just like how they deliver clever concepts that call out for a bit more wit than McCoy manages to muster. And that's also how Gym Class Heroes' Quilt is very, very much of its time: it skates by on the surface, which is appealing for a while, but in large doses it can seem like too much empty style. [A clean version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2008
Label: Fueled By Ramen
UPC: 0075678982361
catalogNumber: 513817
Rank: 101912

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gym Class Heroes   Primary Artist
Daryl Hall   Vocals,cast,Guest Appearance
T-Bone   Bass Guitar
Busta Rhymes   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Sal Cracchiolo   Trumpet
Wendell Kelly   Trombone
Eddie Montilla   Piano
Adam MacDougal   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Cool & Dre   Various
Patrick Stump   Background Vocals
Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo   Guitar,Vocals
Estelle   Vocals,Guest Appearance
The-Dream   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Patrick Matera   Guitar
Dave Cabrera   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Andres Leon   Background Vocals
Travis "Schleprok" McCoy   Vocals,Group Member
Matt McGinley   Drums,Group Member
PAttYCraSH   Vocals,cast,Guest Appearance
Lindsey Ray   Vocals
Frank Fontaine   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Andre Lyon   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Pat Thrall   Engineer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Producer,Audio Production
Bill Lefler   Producer,Audio Production
Cool & Dre   Audio Production
Patrick Stump   Audio Production
Gym Class Heroes   Composer,Audio Production
Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo   Composer,Audio Production
The-Dream   Audio Production
T-Pain   Composer
Gina Victoria   Engineer
Nick Arey   Logo Design
Craig "The Regulator" Frank   Engineer
Machine   Audio Production
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas   Engineer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan   Engineer

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