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Album Review

Arizona, the Brooklyn-based trio of Benjamin Morris Wigler, Nick Campbell, and Alex Hornbake, are capable of rocking out, as they demonstrate on such tracks as "Somersby" and "Splintering" on their full-length debut album. But the musicians are more comfortable creating more lighthearted pop fare, crafting melodic, inventive arrangements of guitar, bass, drums, piano, and cello with shifting tempos and modulations, all to accompany the fey, high-pitched vocals singing contemplative lyrics. In the crowded field of indie rock, Arizona are unusual in their ability to carve out an identifiable sound (one noticeably influenced by Ray Davies and the Kinks) that draws not only on rock, folk, and pop, but also on classical elements, a sound of considerable charm. As with the psychedelic pop/rock of the Sgt. Pepper's era that this music references specifically, there is a childlike appeal and a delicacy of feel. This sort of thing easily can become too precious, but the musicians of Arizona know when to add some rock grit to keep their musical soufflé from collapsing in on itself.

Customer Reviews

wow, shocking debut

I found out about Arizona from a music for-robots post about them and really liked their song 'Some Kind of Chill' - but I wasn't sure I'd want to listen to a whole album of songs in that style. After finding Arizona on iTunes, I decided to take a chance. I'm very glad I did. "Te Amo Tanto" sounds like the moment in The Two Towers when Gandolf rides in at the last second on a white horse and when the light glints off his white staff, you know the good guys are going to kick... the rest of the album follows this lead, "Old Man with Bad Back" is a crazy instrumental and I don't quite know what to say about "Stay With Who You Know" other than it may be the strangest and most enjoyable song on the album. "Through the Soot" is a ballad that gives 'Chill a run for its money, very impressive. I wish there were more songs like "Somersby" and "Splintering" because I love dirty guitars, but the record in general rocks pretty hard even if its outward appearance isn't agressive. I've only heard the album the whole way through 1 time but give it the Bartybart seal of approval.

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This album is amazing! I haven't heard this kind of song writing in a very long time! Fresh ideas and wonderful execution. There isn't a song that I would skip. A close friend gave me a copy a while ago and I have not been able to stop listening to it. I think songs that are particularly awersome are are Te Amo Tanto, Diventa Blu, Splintering, Waking Up, Surviving the Savior, Somersby, Through the soot and On Judgement Day, brilliant, brilliant stuff!


Great album Atleast once i day i find myself yelling the lyrics of Splintering in my car this album is amazing whatever you did do it again and again and again.......


Formed: 2005 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Quintet Arizona actually had resided in Brooklyn, NY, before recording and relocating to Asheville, NC. The band — Alex Hornbake (bass, vocals), Andrew Dunn (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Benjamin Morris Wigler (vocals, guitar, piano), James DeDakis (drums, vocals, sax, dulcimer), and Nick Campbell (vocals, guitar, drums, piano, vibraphone) — self-released the Sun and the Room EP (2005), followed by Welcome Back Dear Children (2006). The latter was mostly recorded by Hornbake with help from...
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