Personnel: Jenny Owen Youngs (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, ukulele); Dan Romer (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, accordion, piano, keyboards, marimba, glockenspiel, percussion); Bess Rogers (vocals, electric guitar, flute); Chris Kuffner (vocals, electric guitar, double bass, bass guitar); Saul Simon MacWilliams (vocals, harmonium, Moog synthesizer); Adam Christgau (vocals, drums, percussion, sound effects); Willie Farr Jr. (vocals); Hiroko Taguchi, Olivier Manchon (violin); Jessica Troy (viola); Ben Kalb (cello); Brad Gordon (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Ryan Freeland.
Recording information: Cocreative Music Studios; Drawing Number One Studios; HeadGear; Lovely Light; Magic Carpet Studios; The Looking Glass Studios.
Photographer: Baldomero Fernndez.
Arranger: Dan Romer.
Singer/songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs's big break came when a song from her debut album was featured on the TV show WEEDS, which thrust her into the limelight and earned her a record deal. From the very first track, "First Person," Youngs sounds like she's tailor-made for a commercial, what with the clip-cloppy beat, cooing vocals, and catchy melody. But she's no fluffy pop songstress, her tunes have undeniable depth, and TRANSMITTER FAILURE moves from jaunty pop-rock to orchestrated balladry with deftness and grace.