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Our One Mistake

The Old Ceremony

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Album Review

Although Chapel Hill's the Old Ceremony have the chamber-pop-orchestra size of the Polyphonic Spree minus the choir (nine members, including a full-time string section and accordion player), their second album is surprisingly intimate. The twin focus on Our One Mistake is on frontman Django Haskins' low-key vocals and James Wallace's Randy Newman-influenced piano, leaving the rest of the band to fill in the arrangements sparsely, adding a bit of boulevardier élan here (the aforementioned accordion) and some '70s album rock moves there, especially when Mark Simonsen is showing off his clavinet skills, as on the white-boy funk of "Radio Religion." The overall effect is pleasantly like a much less smarmy Ben Folds fronting the Decemberists, with the same blend of somewhat arch lyrics and melodic folk-rock-based tunes. One surprising highlight is the delightful "Bao Qian," an otherwise straightforward pop song sung almost entirely in Mandarin. (Haskins was a Chinese language and literature major in college.) Clever but heartfelt, Our One Mistake will likely appeal to fans of brainy pop.

Customer Reviews

Great Sounds

Really enjoy the album, Papers in Order & Reservations top songs for me. Great sounds with numerous instruments and enjoyable textures. A great listen. Thanks

A Keeper

The Old Ceremony puts out great tunes in all respects--smart, toe-tappin', and fun. Don't get me wrong: some of the songs have dark overtones (or is that undertones?) and the lyrics can be serious. Even so, you'll still be blissfully humming the tunes in the shower.

awesome and to the point

the old ceremony knows how to keep everything simple. every song on here is simple, and the group isnt cocky with their work. my favorites are poison pen and papers in order. reservations also has a cool solo in it.

Biography

Formed: 2004 in Chapel Hill, NC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Blending artful textures and eclectic instrumentation with the force and emotional impact of a full-on rock band, the Old Ceremony are fronted by singer and songwriter Django Haskins, who was born in Florida to a musical family. Haskins played in a variety of teenage garage bands before leaving Florida to study literature, and then lived in China for a spell, where he taught English. After returning to America, Haskins settled in New York City and formed the group Django & the Regulars, who released...
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