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Wistful, moving, and beautifully unrefined, “Ruth” is a catchy collection of coming-of-age stories. Nana Grizol is led by Theo Hilton, who is associated with the Elephant 6 Recording Company, an artistic collective known for such celebrated indie bands as Neutral Milk Hotel, the Apples in Stereo, and Of Montreal, and in particular, “Ruth” can be compared to NMH’s classic In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (a couple of the horn players on that album are part of this band). Hilton’s playful and witty lyrics ricochet from sweet sentimentality about the power of friendship to thoughts on mortality to clever gems such as “cynicism isn’t wisdom/it’s a lazy way to say that you’ve been burned.” Whatever the topic the words are sung with joyous abandon as the band plays with heartbreaking tenderness one moment (“Cynicism,” “Atoms”) and a riveting sense of urgency the next (“Galaxies,” “Blackbox,” “Grady and Dubose”). The six members of Nana Grizol sound like they’re having the time of their lives here, even during the melancholy parts, and their sincerity and sheer enthusiasm is infectious.

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My soulmate sallie nash made a cd with Arthur Hall and fell in love. I love elephant 6 and I guess I overlooked this band but I love them. Great lyrics and I love me some good horn section. Awesome get it but get it on cd.


Very clever sound with radiating lyrics. I highly recommend this entire cd to everyone.


perfection. not like the beauty of a simple rose but beautiful like the view from the top of a mountain that you have spent all day climbing


Formed: Athens, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Athens, GA-based indie pop outfit Nana Grizol were formed in 2007 by singer/songwriter/guitarist Theo Hilton. Taking a cue from the city’s beloved Elephant 6 Collective, as well as other slack-jawed, tuneful '90s alt-rockers like Pavement and Teenage Fanclub, Nana Grizol’s effortless blend of post-punk, classic rock, and psychedelic pop first appeared in physical form in 2008 with Love It Love It. Released on Orange Twin, a label owned by members of both Elf Power and Nana Grizol, the album relied...
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