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Universe and Villa


Download links and information about Universe and Villa by Le Concorde. This album was released in 2004 and it belongs to Rock, Pop, Alternative genres. It contains 13 tracks with total duration of 52:17 minutes.

Artist: Le Concorde
Release date: 2004
Genre: Rock, Pop, Alternative
Tracks: 13
Duration: 52:17
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No. Title Length
1. People Mover 4:52
2. Parallel Lives 3:41
3. Archeology of Cruelty 4:59
4. Little Stabs At Happiness 4:48
5. Startling Revelations 3:32
6. Manhattan Chase 2:22
7. Taxi In the Snow 2:51
8. I Will Go to My Grave Wanting You to Love Me 4:30
9. In the Morning 4:21
10. Controlling 4:10
11. The Sound of Your Name 5:01
12. It's the Minor Chords That Kill You 3:09
13. I Hate Rock and Roll 4:01



There's a subtle undercurrent of mad glee that runs through Universe and Villa, singer/songwriter Stephen Becker's second Le Concorde release, a subtlety that peels away with each repeated listen. This is grandly arranged — yet deceptively simple — metropolitan pop music in the vein of the Beautiful South, Belle & Sebastian and the Magnetic Fields that oozes enough self-deprecating wit, good-natured cynicism, and pure-pop posturing to satisfy both Morrissey and Fountains of Wayne fans alike. Tailor-made for late night, summer-in-the-city driving, Becker's meandering voice can be both fey and brutal — "I Hate Rock and Roll" — but it's his soaring falsetto that's the record's most dangerous weapon. The mesmerizing "Controlling," with its Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie-channeling-Prince, arcs from nearly spoken word to full-on banshee wail (the album's high point), while the ABC-inspired "Archeology of Cruelty" shows an artist who is unafraid to challenge his listener's adherence to the "genre-fication" of indie rock. While Universe and Villa may not hit the mark all the time, it hits a couple of moments within each song every time.