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Invisible Man

Mark Eitzel Audio CD
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1. The Boy With The Hammer In The Pape bag
2. Can You See?
3. Christian Science Reading Room
4. Sleep
5. To THe Sea
6. Shine
7. Steve I Always Knew
8. Bitterness
9. Anything
10. Without You
11. The Global Sweep Of Human History
12. Seeing Eye Dog
13. Proclain Your Joy

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As former singer of American Music Club, Mark Eitzel was one of the biggest critical hits of the late 20th century. Yet adulatory reviews don't necessarily lead to sales and so this soulful, inspirational artist remains a cult figure. The Invisible Man is his first new recording in some three years. It's said the delay is due to the death by overdose of his muse and closest friend, Kathleen Burns. Yet this is no fraught collection of primal screams and gothic thunder. Instead we have a wildly varied selection of mood-pieces. "Christian Science Reading Room" has a quiet acoustic guitar occasionally attacked by military drum-rolls, then engulfed by a strange keyboard recalling The Residents' Not Available. "Sleep" is a beautifully judged electronic lullaby (Eitzel actually spent the last two years producing the album on a Mac in his front-room, and his diligence shows through), while the closing "Proclaim Your Joy" is like a speeded-up take on Eileen Rose's "Would You Marry Me?", warm and countrified with Eitzel sounding genuinely (and surprisingly) uplifted. Being Eitzel, the album's often wordy and morose, like Leonard Cohen badly beaten and left to think and die in solitary confinement. But there is a truly human spirit on display which music lovers will appreciate. Everyone should have one Eitzel album. This one will do. --Dominic Wills

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5.0 out of 5 stars my sentence is the freedom of no passport... Nov. 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
i'm slowly working my way back through mark eitzel's work and started by picking up the invisible man a few years ago. a young kid then, probably floating around in the record store, partly terrified partly at home. i went up to the counter, tossed the cd on the counter and the older lady at the register just kinda looked at me. i said mark eitzel used to be in american music club thinking i prolly beat her to discovering an amazing artist. i had never heard anything by the guy but he was already mine. and looking like the biggest sixteen year old ever, i stepped out of the record store into my car, put eitzel on and didn't know what the hell was going on. the intro to the boy with the hammer sounded like someone just fell over and died on the piano. it was scary. this old drunken guy was whispering his stories of drunkely spewing "F**K YOU WORLD!" and then running out of the bar to sleep under the night sky at some random location in downtown s.f. "I'M ONLY SIXTEEN, MARK! JESUS..." so i safely placed eitzel near the bottom of my rotation and went back to safe, angry alternative, brit-pop or anything else that would keep whatever eitzel was singing about at bay. as time went, eitzel became more of a routine and then, without me noticing, eitzel was everywhere with me. after that, i picked up 'west', 'caught in a trap', amc's 'san francico', 'mercury', and 'music for courage and confidence'. all are phenomenal and give listeners the backalley treatment. there ain't no red carpet, there's not a soul in sight. it's just you and a drunken, depressed guy who just might be the most decent person in the world.
enough has probably been said about the invisible man. i won't try to add anything new. to the sea is unbearably fitting to buckley. eitzel really knows what he's talking about (maybe that's what separates him from everyone?). certainly, like another reviewer mentioned, it is darkness visible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "the dude's way sensative..." Aug. 6 2002
Format:Audio CD
Mark Eitzel is the greatest living songwriter, without question. In my mind, this album is a return to his glory, something that hadn't been seen since 60 Watt Silver Lining and before American Music Club split. Definatively different than anything he'd ever done before, either solo or with American Music Club. There is a little dance feel to it, with drum machines and synths adding some textures. But Mark's gorgeous, fragile guitar playing is not lost at all with this. The electronics merely add to the songs. "Sleep" is my favorite solo Mark Eitzel song. Maybe it's the line about the pedal steel guitar, I don't know. But just an absolutely beautiful song. "Anything" is a haunting little song, perhaps about his ex-girlfriend Kathleen Burns, who died of an overdose in 1998. Although they hadn't been together for a number of years before her death, you can tell that he knows he might never love anyone as much as he loved her. "I'd do anything to be where you are;" perhaps calling to Kathleen in heaven. "Without You" feels like it belonged on an American Music Club album, maybe "Mercury." I could honestly go one forever about this records. It's beautiful, amazing. It makes me cry. I listen to it in the car and imagine Mark standing before me, onstage, holding his acoustic guitar. A very honest man. This record is almost like he opened up his soul and let anyone see what was inside. It really, really is a horrible shame that Mark Eitzel and the American Music Club were never really recognized for their amazing talents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Wisdom From Another World..." Feb. 6 2002
Format:Audio CD
Coming on the back of some unbelievably memorable live UK shows in late 2000 this album fulfilled all the expectation and represented a blistering return to form.
The sound could be defined as lo-fi home electronica,in keeping with 'Lovers Leap USA' and the '99 demo's,and would hopefully appeal to those who found 'Caught In A Trap...' too bleak.
'The Boy With The Hammer' sets the tone with its slow-building intensity only punctuated late on by Eitzel's knowing self-parody when he croons,"So... boo, hoo, hoo,I'm really gonna miss you...".
The next is best..."Can you see,can you see,can you see what the world is?/The way it pulls you on and tricks you it's always some new spring morning...?".A song as good as anything in the AMC and Eitzel back-catalogue.Acoustic and emotional beauty is the best way to describe it...but if I could describe it properly,you wouldn't be reading the rest of my hopeless attempt to do justice to the man and would instead,simply be buying this and the entire AMC/Eitzel collection.Which I sincerely hope you are...
'To The Sea' is a tribute to Jeff Buckley but in a slightly more personal way than I suspect other attempts might be...As the live introductions confirm(with the then hindsight of listening to the song on CD)the song is Eitzel confessing his attraction to Jeff but only to us in song...because the last time he saw Jeff in New York prior to his tragic drowning Eitzel had almost waved him away rather than face up to his feelings.That Eitzel can then tie all this in with Jeff's inability to come to terms with his father and just us,how we generally act and feel is genius...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully hypnotic
The Invisible Man is undoubtedly one of Mark Eitzel's finest albums, with or without American Music Club. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2003 by Stephen Doig
5.0 out of 5 stars I think he is finally starting to hate himself less
Mark Eitzel is apparently a brilliant man. I say this because in lyric after lyric he is able to get right to the heart of the matter via a new route that reveals ordinarily... Read more
Published on Dec 21 2001 by "mr_fishscales"
5.0 out of 5 stars Precise Dissection Of The Human Condition.
Why this genius of a man remains the secret pleasure of relatively few is one of life's abiding mysteries, as for the better part of a decade, alone or with his band American Music... Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2001 by Mr T De S
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkness Visible
Recorded mostly on his own in his San Francisco apartment using a sampler and Pro-tools, "The Invisible Man" sees the return of a more clearheaded Eitzel three years... Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2001 by Eliot Wilder
5.0 out of 5 stars Claim Mark as your very own...
Could The Invisible Man be Mark's Actung Baby? It's not that Mark changed his sound radically and we will be seeing him prancing along a catwalk in a stadium near you anytime soon. Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2001 by Dreamin'
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative Distance
With each new release, Mark Eitzel's songs move closer to detached social commentary and ironic observation and further away from the empathetic outpourings he showcased in the now... Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2001 by Dirk Hugo
4.0 out of 5 stars i've been a mess....
i love this album. i've been a fan for some years now. i first bought "engine" back in the 80's. Read more
Published on July 12 2001 by matthew ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars i've been a mess....
i love this album. i've been a fan for some years now. i first bought "engine" back in the 80's. Read more
Published on July 12 2001 by matthew ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
As the singer / songwriter for San Francisco based American Music Club Mark Eitzel has written some of the most powerfully emotive, heart wrenching lullabys since Nick Drake shook... Read more
Published on June 20 2001 by Oliver Imkamp
4.0 out of 5 stars Near Miss
In purusing the reveiws of those who claim to be Eitzel fans, there is an undercurrent that his more pop-driven songs are his weakest. Read more
Published on June 11 2001 by Gibson
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