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From Jeff Gramm's innocent and sentimental mini-song "Intro," it's instantly clear that Topsiders marks a new era for Washington, D.C.'s, Aden. The maturation of Gramm and company is evident throughout, with their graceful poise and nonchalant indie pop seeming tighter than ever on this disc. Gramm seems to be even more confident in his soft vocal approach. The most single-ready track might be "Pop Song," with Cheryl Huber's co-vocals serving as a breathe of fresh air. The banjo twang of "River's Rising" marks new territory for Aden, while "The Chase" is as graceful and smooth as any of the band's previous efforts. "Boggle Champ" is inarguably the most rousing and potent track on the disc. It's followed by another back-porch reflection, the painfully short "Smiles and Frowns." "Intertwining Hands" was a natural album-closer. It's Aden putting their best foot forward, with its sentimental lyrics and summery instrumentation leading the way. On Topsiders, the band added Matt Datesman on drums to the already stable lineup of guitarist/vocalist Gramm, and guitarists Kevin Barker and Fred Kovey. Sasha Bell of Essex Green and Ladybug Transistor guests on two tracks. The album was recorded in Maryland and New York. It was released by Teenbeat Records in mid-2002.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/14/2002
Label: Teenbeat Records
UPC: 0792487032628
catalogNumber: 326
Rank: 213244

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aden   Primary Artist
Clarence White   Guitar
Gary Olson   Vocals
Sasha Bell   fender rhodes
Kevin Barker   Group Member
Matt Datesman   Group Member
Jeff Gramm   Group Member
Fred Kovey   Group Member
Cheryl Huber   Vocals

Technical Credits

Byrds   Contributor
Everly Brothers   Contributor
Randy Newman   Contributor
Linda Ronstadt   Contributor
Freddy Weller   Contributor
Johnny Darrell   Contributor
Gib Guilbeau   Contributor
Gary Olson   Advisor,Equipment Technician
Wynn Stewart   Contributor
Aden   Engineer
Archie Moore   Advisor,Equipment Technician
Trevor Kampmann   Advisor,Equipment Technician
Brian Minter   Advisor,Equipment Technician

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