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Hallowed Ground [Import, CD]

Violent Femmes Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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1. Country Death Song
2. I Hear The Rain
3. Never Tell
4. Jesus Walking On The Water
5. I Know It's True But I'm Sorry To Say
6. Hallowed Ground
7. Sweet Misery Blues
8. Black Girls
9. It's Gonna Rain

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Perfect, But Still Great July 5 2002
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Though not as consistently brilliant as their debut album, VF's Hallowed Ground nevertheless contains their 3 best songs. A few groups have tried to marry the desperation of Appalachian murder ballads and the fury of punk but there has never, in my opinion, been more successful attempts before or since Gordon Gano's Country Death Song and I Hear The Rain. Both musically and lyrically, the songs capture the essence of old-time mountain music and punk rock, creating a hybrid that left me stunned to the core the first time I heard them. Almost 20 years later, these songs have lost none of their power on me.
The 3rd masterpiece on this album is Never Tell, a song about unspecific childhood bullying and/or blackmail sung, written and performed in a manner so extreme as to raise the storyline to the level of myth. I don't think Gano wrote this song so much as the song spewed out of him whole.
I think it is a shame that most VF fans whose lives were changed by that groundbreaking first album have not listened to other musical genres to fully appreciate Hallowed Ground, with its mix of old-time, gospel, jazz and funk. I have friends who still don't believe me when I say that Jesus Walking On The Water is not a parody. I think all you punk rock fans ought to check out some Roscoe Holcomb albums before you listen to this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album! April 11 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is probably my favorite VF cd ever. Next to it would be their first (self-titled) and then "Blind Leading the Naked."
Pure and simple...this is a great release. I recently noticed that this has been re-released on the Rhino label (of all labels)! I still have the original Slash label pressing, as well as the WB release of the cd, and play them quite frequently. I remember how cool these guys were back in the day, and how cool these songs still are (at least, up until album "3").
Do take notice however that "Country Death Song&...;Ballad of Hollis Brown." Yes, 20 years prior to VF, Bob sang about a weary, destitute farmer who spends the last dollar to his name on a box of shotgun shells to off his family, then himself, with. But, kudos VF for putting a different spin on it.
This album is particularly worth the investment for "I know it's true..." alone. That song, along with "Please...do not go away" on their self-titled album (and, of course, the sweet and tender ditties on the "Blind" cd) got me through the trials and tribulations of adolescence--along with the angst of the "Living in Darkness" album by Agent Orange and "Richard Hung Himself" by D.I., and possibly every Descendents' lp up to "Milo Goes to college."
Ah, the beauty of adolescence in the '80s. I remember it well.
Well, I hope you forgive this review being somewhat off-topic. It brought back alot that I didn't forsee becoming part of this.
In short, the best, if not second best, release by VF. Very worth getting, along with the other two best (Self-titled, and "Blind").
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally available again! Feb. 22 2001
Format:Audio CD
Finally after being out of print for years, this album is available again. I actually ran across this by accident. How fortunate. I'm definitely ordering the CD (used to have it on cassette). This album is phenomenol. At the time (1983), there was nothing else out like it. It seemed so strange in comparison to other popular bands at the time, ie. Hall and Oates. Very advanced harmonically and lyrically. Great, unforgettable songs - Country Death Song, I Hear the Rain, etc. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
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