Stop Talk­ing 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums We’re New Here - A breath­tak­ing aerial bal­let from a gifted young artist/pro­ducer BUD SCOPPA

Mi­ami-born, LAbased poly­math Chris Price worked semi-anony­mously in var­i­ous pow­er­pop bands be­fore draw­ing ac­co­lades for his strik­ingly sim­pático pro­duc­tion on al­bums for Linda Per­hacs and emitt Rhodes, both coaxed out of re­tire­ment by this kin­dred spirit four decades younger. Those projects led seam­lessly to Stop Talk­ing, whose or­nate ar­range­ments, ele­gant melodies and be­guil­ing vo­cals un­can­nily re­call Nils­son circa 1970–71. There’s sub­stance amid the so­phis­ti­ca­tion: grip­ping songs such as “Sigh”, “Man Down”, “Once Was True”, “hi Lo”, “One Of Them”, “Pulling Teeth” and “Fa­ther To The Man” in­sight­fully ex­plore ex­is­ten­tial crises, pin­point­ing the nar­ra­tors’ flaws and blind spots with a New­man-es­que blend of em­pa­thy and wit.

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