"How the Cause Became the Cure meanders between toe-tapping, high-energy tunes and melodic, crooning orchestral numbers...However strictly midwestern The Dirty Birds’ beginnings may be, their music molds together all sorts of genres — including jazz, pop, folk and rock — into a wonderfully rich sound, deeply layered but simultaneously subtle...Intricate and delicate guitar and keyboard melodies deftly intertwine with the string orchestration, then suddenly erupt into heart-wrenching and soulful crescendos. Such explosions are always expertly placed — the band lures listeners into a state of anticipation and flips the switch at the optimal moment to release a great deal of musical tension...The album not only flourishes in production quality, but also in lyrical and musical terms — by blending so many genres, the album becomes virtually genre-less."
-The Michigan Daily
released August 9, 2009
Produced and arranged by the Dirty Birds & Tomek Miernowski
All songs written by Jared Saltiel
Engineered and mixed by Tomek Miernowski at Big Sky Recording in Ann Arbor and Smart Studios in Madison
"What I Realized" vocals recorded by Gregg Leonard
Mastered by Jim DeMain & Alex McCullough at Yes Master Studios in Nashville, TN
Art Direction, Illustration and Design by Adam Baker and Charlie Wagers for Three Bears Design: www.threebearsdesign.com
Horns (Self-Discipline) – Scott Copeland: trumpet / Jimmy O’Connell: trombone / Mark Dover: tenor saxophone
String Quartet (What I Realized, Katrina & Promised Land) – Sheryl Hwangbo: violin / Alicia Doudna: violin / Thomas Carter: viola / Andrea Moreno-Beals: cello
String Quartet (Saudade & The Problem) – Emily Garber: violin / Sheryl Hwangbo: violin / Thomas Carter: viola / Hayden Gandolfi: cello
Woodwinds (What I Realized) – Mark Dover: clarinet / Elise Shoppe: flute
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