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Eight albums in, Lake Street Dive pulls off an almost impossible feat: They deliver surprises on their latest, Obviously. Credit that, in part to reality—the lyrics this time around feel more personal than ever—and the choice of producer Mike Elizondo, who's best known for his work with grittier artists like Fiona Apple and 21 Pilots. The cutesy kitsch factor of the band's early work has been scrubbed away, and they're better for it. Some of the messages are heavier, and the music is not just the usual brand of clever; it's smart. Bassist Bridget Kearney wrote "Being a Woman," which starts out sparsely with just drums, bass and marimba as Rachael Price sings, "Being a woman is an uphill climb/ Eighty cents on the dollar, and you need every dime." Kearney told NPR: "The groove that we're playing is somewhat of a nod to a bouncier pop song feel, but played in a tired way, which is a musical expression of [a woman] putting on a smile and getting through the day, but feeling this weight on your shoulders of the exhaustion." Catchy "Making Do" is an apology to future generations about everything we haven't done to stop climate change: "To the next generation, Merry Christmas/ You're working harder than ever now and the coffee sucks/ You know Colombia and Kenya got too damn hot/ And now you're making do with what you've got," Price sings against a call-and-response chorus while electric guitar and horns blast as bright as the sun. "Same Old News"—a duet between Price and keyboardist Akie Bermiss—is as warm as brandy and as gold-tinged as '70s AM radio. Opener "Hypotheticals" is a rich slice of jazz-infused R&B and the sly "Hush Money" struts in its dirty funk. "Nobody's Stopping You Now" could be an old Carole King ballad, and "Anymore"—with an incredibly lush vocal melody—makes a valid case for easy listening as a genre to preserve. There are moments of the band's old sass: "You're Ferris Bueller and I'm your day off," Price sings on "I Know That You Know," with its jazz horns and familiar Manhattan Transfer vibes. And "Lackluster" could be a cartoon soundtrack, the bass prowling one exaggerated step at a time and piano acting like ellipses and exclamation points. The whole thing closes out with the pragmatic kiss-off "Sarah"—an a capella number that easily shrugs off the usual modern cheesiness of that style, instead conjuring up lost-in-space spookiness. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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1
Hypotheticals
00:03:50

Mike Elizondo, Producer, Writer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Adam Hawkins, Mixer - Lawson White, Engineer - Akie Bermiss, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Synthesizer - Lake Street Dive, MainArtist - Bridget Kearney, Background Vocals, Bass - Michael Calabrese, Writer - Rachael Price, Vocals, Writer - Bridget Ellen Kearney, Writer - Mike S. Olson, Writer - Mike "McDuck" Olson, Guitar - Mike Calabrese, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Sound Effects Vocals - Zach Stokes, AssistantEngineer

© 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States

2
Hush Money
00:02:48

Mike Elizondo, Producer, Writer, Programming - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Adam Hawkins, Mixer - Lawson White, Engineer - Akie Bermiss, Vocals, Writer, All Keyboards - Lake Street Dive, MainArtist - Bridget Kearney, Bass - Michael Calabrese, Writer - Rachael Price, Vocals, Writer - Alec Spiegelman, Baritone Saxophone - Bridget Ellen Kearney, Writer - Mike S. Olson, Writer - Mike "McDuck" Olson, Guitar, Trumpet - Mike Calabrese, Drums, Percussion, Vocals - Zach Stokes, AssistantEngineer

© 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States

3
Same Old News
00:04:36

Mike Elizondo, Producer, Writer, Synthesizer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Adam Hawkins, Mixer - Lawson White, Engineer - Akie Bermiss, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Lake Street Dive, MainArtist - Bridget Kearney, Bass - Michael Calabrese, Writer - Rachael Price, Vocals, Writer - Bridget Ellen Kearney, Writer - Mike S. Olson, Writer - Mike "McDuck" Olson, Guitar, Trumpet - Mike Calabrese, Drums, Percussion - Zach Stokes, AssistantEngineer

© 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States

4
Being a Woman
00:02:49

Mike Elizondo, Producer, Writer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Adam Hawkins, Mixer - Kristin Andreassen, Background Vocals - Lawson White, Engineer - Akie Bermiss, Piano, Vocals, Writer - Lake Street Dive, MainArtist - Bridget Kearney, Background Vocals, Bass, Synthesizer, Mellotron - Michael Calabrese, Writer - Rachael Price, Vocals, Writer - Bridget Ellen Kearney, Writer - Mike S. Olson, Writer - Mike "McDuck" Olson, Guitar - Mike Calabrese, Drums, Percussion, Marimba - Zach Stokes, AssistantEngineer

© 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States

5
Making Do
00:03:34

Mike Elizondo, Producer, Writer, Synthesizer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Adam Hawkins, Mixer - Pat DiCenso, AdditionalEngineer - Lawson White, Engineer - Akie Bermiss, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Lake Street Dive, MainArtist - Bridget Kearney, Background Vocals, Bass, Synthesizer - Michael Calabrese, Writer - Rachael Price, Vocals, Writer - Bridget Ellen Kearney, Writer - Mike S. Olson, Writer - Mike "McDuck" Olson, Guitar, Trumpet - Mike Calabrese, Drums, Percussion - Zach Stokes, AssistantEngineer

© 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2020 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States

6
Nobody's Stopping You Now
00:03:47

David Campbell, Arranger - Mike Elizondo, Producer, Writer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Adam Hawkins, Mixer - Anthony LaMarchina, Cello - Alan Umstead, Violin - Mary Kathryn Vanosdale, Violin - Bruce Christensen, Viola - Catherine Umstead, Violin - Lawson White, Engineer - Akie Bermiss, Piano, Vocals, Writer - Lake Street Dive, MainArtist - Bridget Kearney, Background Vocals, Bass - Michael Calabrese, Writer - Rachael Price, Vocals, Writer - Bridget Ellen Kearney, Writer - Mike S. Olson, Writer - Jung-Min Shin, Violin - Mike "McDuck" Olson, Guitar - Mike Calabrese, Drums, Percussion, Vocals - Zach Stokes, AssistantEngineer

© 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States

7
Know That I Know
00:04:02

Mike Elizondo, Producer, Writer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Adam Hawkins, Mixer - Lawson White, Engineer - Akie Bermiss, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, Writer - Lake Street Dive, MainArtist - Bridget Kearney, Bass - Michael Calabrese, Writer - Rachael Price, Vocals, Writer - Bridget Ellen Kearney, Writer - Mike S. Olson, Writer - Mike "McDuck" Olson, Guitar, Trumpet - Mike Calabrese, Drums, Percussion - Zach Stokes, AssistantEngineer

© 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States

8
Lackluster Lover
00:03:29

Mike Elizondo, Producer, Writer, Synthesizer, Programming - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Adam Hawkins, Mixer - Lawson White, Engineer - Akie Bermiss, Keyboards, Writer, Background Vocals, Synthesizer - Lake Street Dive, MainArtist - Bridget Kearney, Background Vocals, Bass - Michael Calabrese, Writer - Rachael Price, Vocals, Writer - Bridget Ellen Kearney, Writer - Mike S. Olson, Writer - Mike "McDuck" Olson, Guitar - Mike Calabrese, Drums, Background Vocals - Zach Stokes, AssistantEngineer

© 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States

9
Anymore
00:04:10

Mike Elizondo, Producer, Keyboards, Writer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Adam Hawkins, Mixer - Lawson White, Engineer - Akie Bermiss, Keyboards, Piano, Writer - Lake Street Dive, MainArtist - Bridget Kearney, Bass - Michael Calabrese, Writer - Rachael Price, Vocals, Writer - Bridget Ellen Kearney, Writer - Mike S. Olson, Writer - Mike "McDuck" Olson, Guitar, Trumpet - Mike Calabrese, Drums, Percussion - Zach Stokes, AssistantEngineer

© 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States

10
Feels Like the Last Time
00:03:19

Mike Elizondo, Producer, Writer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Adam Hawkins, Mixer - Lawson White, Engineer - Akie Bermiss, Writer, Background Vocals, Melodica, Beatbox Vocals - Lake Street Dive, MainArtist - Bridget Kearney, Background Vocals, Bass - Michael Calabrese, Writer - Rachael Price, Vocals, Writer - Bridget Ellen Kearney, Writer - Mike S. Olson, Writer - Mike "McDuck" Olson, Guitar, Mandolin, Strings - Mike Calabrese, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals - Zach Stokes, AssistantEngineer

© 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States

11
Sarah
00:02:38

Mike Elizondo, Producer, Writer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Adam Hawkins, Mixer - Lawson White, Engineer - Akie Bermiss, Arranger, Vocals, Writer - Lake Street Dive, MainArtist - Bridget Kearney, Vocals - Michael Calabrese, Arranger, Writer - Rachael Price, Lead Vocals, Writer - Bridget Ellen Kearney, Writer - Mike S. Olson, Writer - Mike "McDuck" Olson, Musical Associate - Mike Calabrese, Vocals - Zach Stokes, AssistantEngineer

© 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States

12
Hypotheticals (Edit)
00:03:10

Mike Elizondo, Producer, Writer - Chris Gehringer, Masterer - Adam Hawkins, Mixer - Lawson White, Engineer - Akie Bermiss, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Synthesizer - Lake Street Dive, MainArtist - Bridget Kearney, Background Vocals, Bass - Michael Calabrese, Writer - Rachael Price, Vocals, Writer - Bridget Ellen Kearney, Writer - Mike S. Olson, Writer - Mike "McDuck" Olson, Guitar - Mike Calabrese, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Sound Effects Vocals - Zach Stokes, AssistantEngineer

© 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2021 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States

Album Description

Eight albums in, Lake Street Dive pulls off an almost impossible feat: They deliver surprises on their latest, Obviously. Credit that, in part to reality—the lyrics this time around feel more personal than ever—and the choice of producer Mike Elizondo, who's best known for his work with grittier artists like Fiona Apple and 21 Pilots. The cutesy kitsch factor of the band's early work has been scrubbed away, and they're better for it. Some of the messages are heavier, and the music is not just the usual brand of clever; it's smart. Bassist Bridget Kearney wrote "Being a Woman," which starts out sparsely with just drums, bass and marimba as Rachael Price sings, "Being a woman is an uphill climb/ Eighty cents on the dollar, and you need every dime." Kearney told NPR: "The groove that we're playing is somewhat of a nod to a bouncier pop song feel, but played in a tired way, which is a musical expression of [a woman] putting on a smile and getting through the day, but feeling this weight on your shoulders of the exhaustion." Catchy "Making Do" is an apology to future generations about everything we haven't done to stop climate change: "To the next generation, Merry Christmas/ You're working harder than ever now and the coffee sucks/ You know Colombia and Kenya got too damn hot/ And now you're making do with what you've got," Price sings against a call-and-response chorus while electric guitar and horns blast as bright as the sun. "Same Old News"—a duet between Price and keyboardist Akie Bermiss—is as warm as brandy and as gold-tinged as '70s AM radio. Opener "Hypotheticals" is a rich slice of jazz-infused R&B and the sly "Hush Money" struts in its dirty funk. "Nobody's Stopping You Now" could be an old Carole King ballad, and "Anymore"—with an incredibly lush vocal melody—makes a valid case for easy listening as a genre to preserve. There are moments of the band's old sass: "You're Ferris Bueller and I'm your day off," Price sings on "I Know That You Know," with its jazz horns and familiar Manhattan Transfer vibes. And "Lackluster" could be a cartoon soundtrack, the bass prowling one exaggerated step at a time and piano acting like ellipses and exclamation points. The whole thing closes out with the pragmatic kiss-off "Sarah"—an a capella number that easily shrugs off the usual modern cheesiness of that style, instead conjuring up lost-in-space spookiness. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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