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Enjoy Your Rabbit Import


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 11 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Asthmatic Kitty
  • ASIN: B0000649PF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

1. Year Of The Asthmatic Cat
2. Year Of The Monkey
3. Year Of The Rat
4. Year Of The Ox
5. Year Of The Boar
6. Year Of The Tiger
7. Year Of The Snake
8. Year Of The Sheep
9. Year Of The Rooster
10. Year Of The Dragon
11. Enjoy Your Rabbit
12. Year Of The Dog
13. Year Of The Horse
14. Year Of Our Lord

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2007
Format: Audio CD
Sufjan Stevens may be the all-time indie king of concept albums, as he's currently doing the United States, and has managed two of the states so far.

But before that, he created another one: "Enjoy Your Rabbit," a whimsical, enchanting little album based on the Chinese zodiac. In other words, it has songs named after the dog, asthmatic cat (little pun there), rat, rooster, tiger, horse, dragon, monkey, ox, boar, snake, sheep... and the rabbit.

It opens with "Year of the Asthmatic Cat," which sounds a lot like a UFO landing... except creepier. It's followed by the sputtering glitchpop of "Year of the Monkey," which explodes into a seething mass of horns, synth, static, and stately gothic organ. By this point, you will probably be mesmerized.

From there, Sufjan Stevens tries out all kinds of glitchy, airy, noisy pop music -- dancey little pop that twirls around on itself, robotic dance, bubbly twittery stuff, breathless dancepop littered with weird noises, and even "Year of the Sheep," which is best described as electro space-folk. It finishes off with the sparkling epic "Year of The Horse," and ending with the spiritual, stately "Year Of Our Lord."

Stevens mashes together different sounds and styles, and not one song on "Enjoy Your Rabbit" can be described in fewer than three words. This is probably the least accessable of all of his work, but it's also perhaps the most charming and innocent. Anything that uses wind chimes as an instrument has to be.

Musically, it sounds like ordinary indiepop filtered through a broken music box. There are fragments of horn, bits of electronica both jagged and symphonic, stately organ, flutes, delicate chimes, clocks, and who knows what else.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Odd ball instrumental experiement Aug. 14 2004
By SirTheory - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you listen to "Michigan", "Seven Swans", or even "A Sun Came", "Enjoy Your Rabbit" may come as a shock. "EYR" is an instrumental electronica album that completely shows off a different side of Steven's broad talent. The songwriting, perhaps, isn't too much different, but the execution is the difference between a stocking full of coal and a stocking full of candy.

The best comparrison I can think of is the classical compositions of Phillip Glass and Steve Reich having an accident with the electronica/industrial world. Stevens utilizes repitition reminicent of Glass' (and for that matter, Reich's) work, as well as some pulsating at points ala Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians" or "Desert Music".

A few places take on some weird sonic twists which remind me of The Residents, though I'd be surprised if they were the actual inspiration.

Definately reccomended, but don't expect his indie folk of his other projects.

This would be a five star effort, however, I think that it would be better with some vocals. That's just me, though.

(edit: after several years of hindsight, I would give this five stars and call this Sufjan Stevens' best album... not just his best album, but one of the greatest albums of the past ten years.)
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
An Impressive Departure Dec 17 2005
By Cale E. Reneau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
One of my favorite things about Sufjan Stevens is his voice, and his superior ability to convey emotion with his voice. Sadly, Enjoy Your Rabbit is not an album that captures this aspect of Stevens' talent. What it does do, however, is introduce Sufjan fans to another side to the artist and proves that he his not just some crazy, banjo-playing, state-loving, hippie. This album makes it undeniably clear that Sufjan Stevens is an amazing, well-rounded musician. Comprised mostly of electronic instrumentation ("programmatic songs", as he would say), Enjoy Your Rabbit has a song for every animal on the Chinese Zodiac calendar. Sure, it sounds like a boring concept for an album, but so does a CD about Illinois. If we've learned anything in the last year, it's that Sufjan sees the beauty and unrecognized joy in seemingly menial things and makes them exciting to the listener. Don't believe me? Check out "Enjoy Your Rabbit" and "Year of the Ox" and you will be convinced that Sufjan knows what he is doing and we, the skeptical public, need to just calm down and let him do his thing.
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Hoppity hop July 4 2006
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sufjan Stevens may be the all-time indie king of concept albums, as he's currently doing the United States, and has managed two of the states so far.

But before that, he created another one: "Enjoy Your Rabbit," a whimsical, enchanting little album based on the Chinese zodiac. In other words, it has songs named after the dog, asthmatic cat (little pun there), rat, rooster, tiger, horse, dragon, monkey, ox, boar, snake, sheep... and the rabbit.

It opens with "Year of the Asthmatic Cat," which sounds a lot like a UFO landing... except creepier. It's followed by the sputtering glitchpop of "Year of the Monkey," which explodes into a seething mass of horns, synth, static, and stately gothic organ. By this point, you will probably be mesmerized.

From there, Sufjan Stevens tries out all kinds of glitchy, airy, noisy pop music -- dancey little pop that twirls around on itself, robotic dance, bubbly twittery stuff, breathless dancepop littered with weird noises, and even "Year of the Sheep," which is best described as electro space-folk. It finishes off with the sparkling epic "Year of The Horse," and ending with the spiritual, stately "Year Of Our Lord."

Stevens mashes together different sounds and styles, and not one song on "Enjoy Your Rabbit" can be described in fewer than three words. This is probably the least accessable of all of his work, but it's also perhaps the most charming and innocent. Anything that uses wind chimes as an instrument has to be.

Musically, it sounds like ordinary indiepop filtered through a broken music box. There are fragments of horn, bits of electronica both jagged and symphonic, stately organ, flutes, delicate chimes, clocks, and who knows what else. The title track even employs some punky guitar riffs alongside the chimes and electronic blips -- what more could you ask for?

There is one downside: Sufjan's voice. Yes, he does sing in this album, but not in many of the songs. And when he does sing, it's very low-key -- yes, even that choirlike singing at the very end. There aren't really any lyrics either.

It's radically different from all his other work, but Sufjan Stevens's quirky, scattered melodies make sure you will "Enjoy Your Rabbit." Clever and charming.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
cosmos in chaos Aug. 23 2003
By timmy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With the folky acoustic sounds of his debut A Sun Came, no one expected Sufjan Stevens to release something like this. Without a decipherable vocal in sight, Stevens' Enjoy Your Rabbit is one heck of an instrumental concept album, relying on mostly electronic sounds, but also a few other instruments for good measure.
Yes, it is heavily electronic, but Enjoy Your Rabbit is no Joy Electric. There's a certain amount of chaos in the album that would make Ronnie Martin shudder, yet Sufjan controls it beautifully to the point of creating cosmos within the noise. Stevens knows when the noise can get too disorientating, and mixes in several lighter numbers. Some of the songs, like track three, are simply great, orchestrated melodies, with the one in mention being something Danny Elfman would be proud of.
If anything, purchase this because of the courage Stevens had to take a 360 degree turn in his artistic career and create this strange, yet ultimately brilliant, masterpiece. It has nice artwork, too.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Freakin' Brilliant!!! Aug. 22 2006
By Joseph E. Colone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Just bought this album after thoroughly enjoying Sufjan's Brian Wilson -like Illinios album. This album could not be more different!

Enjoy Your Rabbit sounds like Aphex Twin attempting to perform Tubular Bells. Perhaps a meeting of Brian Wilson, Mike Oldfield, Philip Glass and Aphex Twin. OUTSTANDING!!! If I could make an album this phenominal I could die a happy man. I was completely blown away by all of the minute detail that he has put into Rabbit.

Can't wait to listen to it again when I get up tomorrow. You just have to hear it to believe it.

Best of luck to you in the future Sufjan!

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