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Charm School [Import]

Bishop Allen Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Product Details

1. Charm School
2. Little Black Ache
3. Busted Heart
4. Bishop Allen Drive
5. Eve Of Destruction
6. Things Are What You Make Of Them
7. Ghosts Are Good Company
8. Empire City
9. Couple Easy Things
10. Penitentiary Bound
11. Quarter To Three
12. Another Wasted Night
13. Things Are What You Make Of Them (reprise)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Get charmed with Charm School July 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you like alternative music along the lines of (say) They Might Be Giants, then this is a GREAT album to look into. The lyrics cover a good variety of areas, including throwing furniture off of a room to watch it break on the ground below; the meaning of life; aging (I guess) and some less obvious messages. The music is very simple, but in a highly complementary manner to the singing, lyrics, and feel of the album. I look forward to the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect June 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
There is no other way to describe this music. It is simply perfect. The expressive vocals flip flop easily from hints of sadness to complete glee. The lyrics can stand by themselves as pure poetry. Once you get a small little dose, it's darn near impossible to not banish the rest of your music collection for a few weeks, just so you can devote you're entire listening soul to this band.
To sum up this rambling up in just a few short words:
They're better then Chimps!
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's hope for music after all April 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
I originally discovered Bishop Allen's Charm School c.d at the library. I played it once, thought it was good, found myself wanting to listen to it again and fell in love with the whole album. The last time i liked every song on an album was at least ten years ago. (That was Voice of the Bee Hive's Honey Lingers). If you think that today's music has made a mockery of everything we babyboomers hold sacred, you should listen to this album. I'm 46, believe that the best music happened in MY ERA, BY GOLLY! but Bishop Allen has proven there are still great musicians, you just have to look harder than you used to. A true "appeals to everyone" album. I am in love with Bonnie Karin's sweet voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what would i do Feb. 28 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
without this cd? it is definitely my favorite at the moment. and has been for a few months now. buy it! (@ bishopallen.com)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Feb. 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
It seems almost fruitless to go into detail about why I love this album.
I've seen this band live, and their musical talent is only exceeded by their dedication. That 4-star Rolling Stone review was well deserved. This band is straight catchy pop, you'll find yourself unable to take it out of your stereo for weeks on end, I guarantee it.
Please don't pass up the chance to see this band live before they blow up big time, because they will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Quirky," but so much more... Jan. 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who want a smarter version of the Strokes, or a Moldy Peaches CD that you can listen to with your parents or small children around, Bishop Allen is the band for you. I found out about Bishop Allen through their guitarist and songwriter, Christian Rudder, who used to make me weep with laughter during his writing days at thespark.com. So I took a jump and bought the CD because the guitarist makes me laugh, sure ... but I haven't regretted it since. There's a perfect mix of songs - some touching (track 6), some funky (track two), and all of them eclectic and catchy to the point that I find myself singing them to myself all day, saddened that nobody else can jump in and join me. So often I've bought CDs by "smart" or "quirky" bands and have found the trite, or mostly just trying to hard. Bishop Allen is effortlessly smart and cool, but better than that, talented and infectious singer-songwriters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy-going fun Jan. 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD is full of awesome music best for chillin' with, or as really great driving music. It's clean, simple, entertaining, and has some very nice lyrical content that's generally positive. It's a fun CD with a nice message that makes you smile. It's awesome.
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2.0 out of 5 stars How to be cool, I guess Dec 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
Rolling Stone magazine gave this album a whopping four star review. And after listening to the album, I can only guess that their praise was not based on content.
You see, there is a popular attitude found in music journalism these days that roots for the underdog. In the case of Bishop Allen, they are over-rooting. If you want to be considered hip, you have to favor obscure music, regardless of whether or not it is good.
I'm not judging a book by its cover. I have heard this CD, and I find it extremely irritating. What Bishop Allen describes as charm I describe as obnoxiousness. Yes, indie rock has its merits in goofiness (remember the Dead Milkmen?), but these guys miss the mark completely. The songs are repetious, tedious, and simplistic (in a bad way).
It goes to show how underground music has turned into just another form of tokenism.
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