In 2001 Call and Response's self-titled debut album was released by Emperor Norton to international recognition and positive reviews from National Public Radio and the Washington Post. Reviewers name-dropped The Sea and Cake, Heart, the Jackson 5, and Stereolab in praising Call and Response's rhythm, harmony, and warmth. Elements of classic pop, spacey jazz, film soundtracks, folk and soul are only some of the musical inspirations drawn upon by the group.Badman released Winds Take No Shape in Spring of 2004, which was also greeted with high praise from all corners. Uncut called it "a magnificent surprise" and Jane sized it up as "the uncorny indie-rock answer to Sade, moody wake-and-bake vibes." With this record, the band grew into something more impressionistic, mystical, and beautiful than the twee pop of their previous album.Before the band arrived at that matured radiance, however, they recorded Tiger Teeth over a period of six months in 2002. The tracks remained in limbo following Ryko's acquisition of Emperor Norton but are now free to roam the countryside. The EP is filled with strong, catchy, groovy, California pop tunes such as "Nervous Wreck" and "Tiger Teeth." And boasts keyboardist Simone Rubi lead vocals on a couple tracks.
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