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    Celebration:

    Celebration

    Thu, 13 Oct 2005 11:45:29

    Album Reviews: Celebration by Celebration

    Celebration is a Baltimore-based rock trio fronted by Katrina Ford, who, along with Sean Antanaitis, has formed the core of a variety of projects, most notably as the early-'00s indie rockers Love Life. In this, their most recent incarnation, the duo have teamed up with drummer David Bergander and have called upon the production expertise of TV on the Radio's David Andrew Sitek (TVotR's Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone also offer vocals here, and Ford contributed vocals to that band's debut). At first impression, Celebration come off as a moody, psychedelic chamber orchestra fronted by a theatrical chanteuse, an updated version of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Celebration is a little more comforting than that comparison suggests, however, due in large part to Antanaitis' chamber-esque organ playing. The band manages to mix well the warm backing textures with the jarring tones of alienation coming from Ford's haunting vocals. This has something to do with Sitek's production, as his experience producing the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has taught him how to place a scene-stealing vocalist within the context of the band surrounding her. But it's also a matter of Ford and Antanaitis' long-standing creative relationship, which allows to distinctive creative voices to intermingle elegantly, even when dealing with somewhat harsh and difficult material. - Cory O'Malley

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