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Not here! Bishop Allen has put together a CD that does not only contain great music, but is wonderful to listen to from start to finish. There are no bad songs here!! And what's better to me, every song sounds fresh and exciting. No cheap sellouts, no studio creations or dance mixes to hype into the mainstream. All of the songs are great. You can listen to just one song, or the entire CD at a sitting, and you will find yourself pleasantly enjoying the experience.
Bishop Allen, in my mind, is all about original, fun, intelligent, and well blended music. Nice use of non-traditional rock/pop instrumentation as well. It is fairly mellow, although with enough energy to get your toes tapping and your head bobbing. Justin Rice's voice is quirky, but very enjoyable and has a mellow tone that draws you in. And I must say that Bonnie Karin vocals are angelic and sweet. I really like hearing her voice throughout the songs, lending the right amount of support and feel to the entire CD. It is simple in some respects, yet at the same time a truly rare and refreshing mix of good song writing, a unique style, and all of the parts making the whole a rich, satisfying collection.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on April 12 2004 by eydie sanders
without this cd? it is definitely my favorite at the moment. and has been for a few months now. buy it! (@ bishopallen.com)Published on Feb. 28 2004
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. Read more
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004
I heard "Things are what you make of them" on an internet radio station and went out and bought "Charm School"--I was not disappointed. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2003 by Seth
The first time I spun this record I thought it was quirky, fun, catchy -- but not much more. But, since listening to it on repeat, all the way up I-95 from NYC a month ago, I... Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2003 by Alan A. Donovan
If you like alternative music along the lines of (say) They Might Be Giants, then this is a GREAT album to look into. Read morePublished on July 12 2003 by Shaw N. Lacy
this album is really great fun! catchy without being watered down. they've got a nice sound that's off beat and quirky but each song is very strong. Read morePublished on June 14 2003
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. Read morePublished on June 14 2003 by T. Hanrion