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Album Review

With The Albemarle Sound, Ladybug Transistor finally achieves the pop grandeur their earlier records promised — from its lush arrangements and rich melodies right down to the perfectly retro cover art, the 1999 copyright date is the only telltale clue that the album wasn't actually released three decades earlier instead. As opposed to the like-minded bands of the Elephant 6 collective, whose similar nods in the direction of late-'60s popcraft butt heads with their concurrent desire to pursue more experimental paths, the Ladybugs aspire to exactly replicate the orchestral confections of obvious inspirations like Brian Wilson and Burt Bacharach; the baroque twists of songs like "Meadowport Arch" and "Today Knows" are realized with remarkable dexterity and flair, and even if it is occasionally off-putting to hear an album so completely out of touch with the times, The Albemarle Sound is so convincing and so affectionate that all reservations quickly disappear.

Customer Reviews

The Albemarle Sound? Is that a place, or a type of music?

A blissfully retro sounding, amazing album. A must have for any self respecting Elephant 6 fan.

The Ladybug Transistor.

Are absolutely brilliant. ELEPHANT 6 RULES


What the hell is this


Formed: 1994 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Led by vocalist/guitarist Gary Olson, a onetime string stretcher and key inspector at his family's piano factory, indie pop unit the Ladybug Transistor debuted in 1996 with the LP Marlborough Farms, titled after Olson's Brooklyn-area home recording studio. After a lineup change that left only Olson and drummer Edward Powers remaining from the Ladybug Transistor's original roster, Saturnine guitarist Jennifer Baron and her bassist brother Jeff were recruited prior to recording 1997's Beverly Atonale,...
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