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Tin Hat / Foreign Legion
Album:Foreign Legion Collection:General
Artist:Tin Hat Added:05/2010
Label:Bag Production 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2010-06-20 Pull Date:2010-08-22 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:22 Aug15 Aug8 Aug1 Aug25 Jul18 Jul11 Jul4 Jul

Recent Airplay
1.Sun, 18 Nov 12:Kane
The Mongrel's Stoop
4.Thu, 19 Aug 10:Wedge
Memory Select
2.Sat, 21 Apr 12:Kane
The Mongrel's Stoop
5.Thu, 12 Aug 10:Sunshine
Sunshine . . . in the Afternoon
3.Sat, 16 Apr 11:Alan
Everyday Commotion
6.Thu, 12 Aug 10:Mason Smith
Elite Syncopations

Album Review
Reviewed 2010-06-13 
Tin Hat / Foreign Legion
Elegant, understated instrumental jazz. Predominantly minor-key, rainy day feel, but keeps it moving with nice funky rhythms. Some beautiful carefully arranged harmonies in choruses. Occasional dissonances and weird intrusions keep it interesting, but it's never a difficult listen.
No FCCs. 7 is gorgeous; 1,3,4,5 are also particularly nice.

1. * Coolly funky with hard-slapped acoustic guitar, made interesting with intrusions of bells, woodwinds, accordion-like pump organ, and beautiful passing-train string swells. 2. Bluesy with interjections of frantic guitar strumming, with funny dissonant accordion 3. * Quieter, pensive, more classical sounding, pretty interwoven violin, clarinet, horn. Segues naturally to next song. 4. * Melancholic 7/4 time with beautiful eerie violin on 5/4 bridge. 5. * 3/4 time with cool chromatic clarinet weaving itself around folky violin melody, falling in and out of muddy dissonance. 6. Fast but chilled-out funk with busy guitar. 7. ** Stately with interesting horn/violin/clarinet harmonizing; starts melancholic then brightens up like a sunrise. Very pretty. 8. Droopy blues with more nice harmonizing. 9. Stately with strong folky 3/4 rhythm and regal horn. In between medieval heroic ballad and spaghetti western. 10. Elegant toe-tapping tango with pump organ. 11. Soft funky head-nodding guitar, whispering clarinet/violin harmonizing, gets all itchy-scratchy ants-in-the-pants in the guitar solo. 12. Funky 3/4 rhythm, another eerie/sad tune. 13. Swaying 3/4 rhythm, spaghetti western feel with mariachi-ish horn. 14. Short quiet waltz, classical feel, pump organ and violin only. 15. Reflective folk-rockish guitar/violin/piano, with interjections of cool dissonant piano runs.

Track Listing
1.Helium 8.The Last Cowboy
2.Big Top 9.Sunrise At Independence
3.A Fata Morgana 10.Ana Ivanovic
4.Compay 11.Foreign Legion
5.Waltz Of The Skyscraper 12.The Secret Fluid Of Dusk
6.Hotel Aurora 13.New West
7.Asterisk 14.Slip
 15.Nickel Mountain