Petra Goes to the Movies

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  • Summary: Petra Haden returns with a follow-up to her 2005 a capella album of The Who Sell Out with an album of a capella movie themes.
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  • Record Label: Anti
  • Genre(s): Vocal, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Soundtracks, Stage & Screen, Film Music, Acappella
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  1. Jan 24, 2013
    80
    The arrangements are ingenious, emphasizing Ms. Haden's gift for mimesis: she can suggest the swoon of a string section as handily as the blare of a solitary bugle.
  2. Under The Radar
    Jan 24, 2013
    75
    Goes To The Movies is an a capella tour de force. [Jan-Feb 2013, p.87]
  3. Uncut
    Feb 4, 2013
    70
    The effect [sung wordlessly, a cappella, with a multi-tracked choir humming the arrangements] is initially comic but soon becomes utterly mesmeric. [Mar 2013, p.72]
  4. Jan 24, 2013
    69
    For the most part, she chooses her films wisely, picking songs that not only give her a lot to do vocally but also create sonic rhymes across the album.... Compositions with lyrics give her a bit more trouble.
  5. Jan 24, 2013
    60
    Petra Goes to the Movies is creative, weird, often wonderful, sometimes irritating, and certainly the work of a terrific and inventive musician.
  6. Magnet
    Feb 11, 2013
    60
    As with all impressive novelty albums, it's hard to imagine getting to a sixth play of these nonetheless flawless interpretations, and even those would mostly be for friends and neighbors. [No. 95, p.54]
  7. Mojo
    Mar 7, 2013
    60
    Truly cinematic and imbued with humour and pathos, popcorn not included. [Apr 2013, p.94]

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