Herbert* ‎– Scale

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
!K7202CD Herbert* Scale(CD, Album, Dig) Studio !K7, Accidental !K7202CD Germany 2006 Sell This Version
!K7202CDJ, HSE-40039 Herbert* Scale(2xCD, Album) Studio !K7, Hostess Entertainment Unlimited !K7202CDJ, HSE-40039 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
!K7202LP Herbert* Scale(2xLP, Album) Studio !K7 !K7202LP Germany 2006 Sell This Version
!K7202CD Herbert* Scale(CD, Album, Promo) Studio !K7 !K7202CD Germany 2006 Sell This Version
!K7202CD Herbert* Scale(CD, Album) Studio !K7 !K7202CD Russia 2009 Sell This Version

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scoundrel

scoundrel

June 18, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Scale, CD, Album, Dig, !K7202CD

SCALE, Herbert's latest, skips much of the jazz-inflections of his previous album BODILY FUNCTIONS in favor for a surprising sound: a combination of big band and disco. "Something Isn't Right" is backed by some horns, but it's the strings that seem to speak loudest to the disco era. "The Movers and the Shakers" brings back the horns, accompanied by some soulful vocals and some electronic squiggles and off-kilter percussion (in case we forgot that this is a Herbert production, after all), but "Moving Like a Train" screams for strobelights and platform heels. Luckily, his crafty songwriting does much to surprise the listener who assumes he knows what he's in for -- the straightforward 4-to-the-floor of "Harmonize" or the smooth jazzy romanticism of "We're in Love" and "Those Feelings." "Down" has an almost operatic, classical feel to it, as if it's an excerpt from a ballet. And some of that filters into the start of "Movie Star," even as the track itself goes in a minimalist, tribal direction. "Just Once" mixes a quiet ambience with the yearning emotion of a torch song. And "Wrong" closes out the album with Herbert accompanied with only heartbreak and a piano, much like "The Last Beat" on BODILY FUNCTION. The songs here on SCALE weigh just as strongly as ever.