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2007
| BS 148
$6.95

The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

Songs that crackle with the sweeping intensity of life in its totality—songs that evoke the jubilation of an early spring as effortlessly as the desolation of a Chicago winter.

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On the group’s self-titled sophomore album (their first for Bloodshot)  Scotland Yard Gospel Choir  delivers songs that crackle with the sweeping intensity of life in its totality—songs that evoke the jubilation of an early spring as effortlessly as the desolation of a Chicago winter.

Yet these are not precious mash notes from the Choir—ringleader Elia Einhorn might be armed with a pea coat of pop smarts and impeccable songcraft, but the lyrics come from a deceptively dark place. A drug dealer in his formative years, Elia experienced profound lows yet emerged with a set of songs that fearlessly and directly address his personal turmoil. Clear-eyed and self-aware, the lyrics portray the trauma of a youth spent recklessly. The songs on  Scotland Yard Gospel Choir  are disarmingly honest, with Elia examining issues of drug abuse, mental illness and sexual identity in a songwriting voice uniquely his own.

More than 50 musicians appear on  Scotland Yard Gospel Choir,  including core players Ellen O’Hayer ( Bright Eyes ), bassist and recording engineer Mark Yoshizumi, drummer Jay Santana, violin player Ethan Adelsman and Sam Johnson of  Mucca Pazza  and  Head of Femur  on trumpet. The extended Scotland Yard family is comprised of a who’s-who of the Chicago underground music community, boasting the likes of  Sally Timms Nora O’Connor  and  Kelly Hogan , who sing backup on the album, and Nate Walcott ( Bright Eyes Rilo Kiley) , Matt Priest and Megan O’Conner ( Canasta ).

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  • Einhorn’s penchant for colorful self-invention marks him as a taleteller in the David Johansen mode—flaunting his dolled-up style and wise-guy sensibility while wrapping it in grandiloquent, shape-shifting sonics equally fit for the Bowery or Broadway.

    — Paste
  • Impressive and overwhelmingly inspiring. [It] teams with reasons why there was so much anticipation surrounding the chamber pop collective’s emergence beyond the confines of the Windy City a few years back.

    — PopMatters
  • ... each song is a world unto itself, completely different from one another in sound. It’s beautiful record that leaves plenty to ponder even after multiple listens.

    — New City
  • You have to love any band that can cram so much great pop into a nine-track disc, and that is exactly what you get from Scotland Yard Gospel Choir ... they can really knock your striped socks off with pop songs that you'll be humming around the halls. Sometimes you're just looking for fun when you pop on an album and really, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir is just that: good, old-fashioned fun.

    — Three Imaginary Girls
  • Is the orchestral pop outfit from Chicago this year's Arcade Fire? It should be.

    — New York Newsday

Track List

  • 1. Aspidistra
  • 2. This World Has No Place For Me
  • 3. ObsessionsIn Hospital
  • 4. Pins and Needles
  • 5. I Never Thought I Could Feel This Way For A Boy
  • 6. Then And Not A Moment Before
  • 7. Broken Front Teeth
  • 8. Everything You Paid For

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