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Like Swimming

Morphine Audio CD
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1. Lilah (Instr.)
2. Potion
3. I Know You (Pt. III)
4. Early To Bed
5. Wishing Well
6. Like Swimming
7. Murder For The Money
8. French Fries w/ Pepper
9. Empty Box
10. Eleven O' Clock
11. Hanging On A Curtain
12. Swing It Low

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Morphine's music, which connects with listeners on a very physical level, is so simple it's amazing no one's done it before. Using exclusively low-register instruments, Mark Sandman's two-string bass and baritone voice, and Dana Colley's bass and baritone saxophones, the band's songs actually reverberate in the chest, treating listeners to a low-impact massage. And anything that feels this good can't be bad.

But Morphine's blessing--that distinctive low rock sound--is also their curse. Not only do they bind themselves to an instantly recognizable sound, but they also limit themselves in their arrangements: Voice and sax can each hit only one note at a time (though Colley sometimes manages to honk two saxes at once), while the bass can manage a two-note interval at best. It's hard being dynamic using only three or four sounds.

So where does that leave Like Swimming, Morphine's fourth album (and first since signing on with the big boys at DreamWorks)? Pretty much where the band started, it seems--with a blessing and a curse. As with past records, Like Swimming is easy to appreciate, full of loping bass lines and slithery sax riffs that strut through jazzy rock numbers like "Wishing Well" and "Empty Box." But while newcomers may be happy with the band's warm swing, others will pine for the first time they heard the band's earlier breakthrough on Cure For Pain. Only with the album closer "Swing It Low" (a title that could be a band manifesto) does Morphine hint at changes to come: With guitar, keyboards, programmed drums, and no saxophone, the song (first released as a Sandman solo project) proves it possible to capture Morphine's noir moods in midrange as well. --Roni Sarig

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5.0 out of 5 stars I feel like swimming right now.... June 5 2004
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Being from Boston, and being friends with Mark, i can say that i thought he was a man with a vision...well...anyway... I loved this album, and actually found it to be my favorite. Yes I do like all of his albums, but i especially like Like Swimming, for his haunting lyrics and saxaphone sounds. I thought it was a brilliant balance of jazz and rock with poetic verse to bring this album to a life of its own. I love every song but my favorite is Empty Box for its words, they're very meaningful, and whatever one person thinks, another thinks something completely different which brings perspective, that is brilliant... I don't think i have anything more to say except for the people that found it monotonous and boring, or so drawn into the "Morphine Style" get a life, because you completely miss the point Mark wanted and so you just think about what sounds good rather than what's interesting and different and how it continues on as such....
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as i alluded to in the title, cure for pain and yes have more standout tracks, and flow as albums better than like swimming. 'swing it low' is a nice touch on the end, very low and mellow, but also melodic. 'like swimming' was originally going to only be a cd5, with the title track, 'early to bed,' 'french fries with pepper,' and a live version of another song. glad they decided to release these sessions as a full album. not their greatest, but still much better than 95% of other groups' best albums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good one May 30 2003
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I am still a huge fan of "Yes" but I do like this one too...Morphine's sound is bluesy and jazzy...cool and calming...you will love them...once you heard them you're hooked!! A great band from Boston!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Morphine's finest Feb. 26 2000
By Jason Kent - Published on Amazon.com
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Like Swimming is Morphine's best CD (I haven't heard The Night yet, though). It's hard to write about it since Mark Sandman's death, but I will try.
Like Swimming builds off the strengths of their previous album, Yes. Their unique sound created by a saxophone, two-string slide bass guitar, and drums is both suppressed at times by Sandman's halting vocals, and at others unleashed with amazing force and beauty. Take, for example, the difference between the hauntingly sublime "I Know You (Pt. 3)" and the chaotic "11 O'Clock". Only Morphine could deliver these two opposite styles of music with such perfection.
One of the best things about Morphine is that they cannot be pigeon-holed into a genre or a style of music. Are they rock, or jazz, or alternative, or what? You also cannot say, like so many other bands, they are "a cross between 'so-and so' and 'someone else'" because no one has ever played music like this. Have you ever heard of a two-string slide bass guitar? Or a Double-Saxophone? All this is just a part of the genius of Mark Sandman and Morphine.
I think PJ Harvey once said that Morphine is one of the sexiest bands ever. I agree with Harvey. Morphine's low, smoky sound is perfect mood music for, well, you know.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morphine Best of the Best Jan. 6 2006
By Daniel M. Schottland - Published on Amazon.com
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Being a huge Morphine fan for years now, and having all of their albums I figured it was time for me to share my thoughts (finally!)

If I had to order the albums in terms of least to most favorite I'd go Good, Yes, Cure For Pain, The Night, & Like Swimming...Like Swimming is their best album in my opinion. Take for example the song Like a Curtain totaly symbolizes what Morphine was about. Drawing beauty from things that seem dark simplistic. The song only has one "riff", but as it progresses it seems to become more and more complex. It might be my favorite Morphine song...period.

I Know You (PartIII) strong enough to carry the album by itself. Billy Conway could not have added a more perfect drum beat during the Chorus ("I know you, you know me too, I know everything that you're gonna do")

French Fries w/ Pepper is another song that proves Mark to be an absolute genius. For those true music lovers (and even more so for bass players), the bass riff itself is amazing. The lyrics are also very good.

I have to end this review a little abruptly, but I definately recomend this album to everyone, as I'm sure you Morphine fans already own it. Bottom line, this is just a very cool album.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I feel like swimming right now.... June 5 2004
By Sean Widlake - Published on Amazon.com
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Being from Boston, and being friends with Mark, i can say that i thought he was a man with a vision...well...anyway... I loved this album, and actually found it to be my favorite. Yes I do like all of his albums, but i especially like Like Swimming, for his haunting lyrics and saxaphone sounds. I thought it was a brilliant balance of jazz and rock with poetic verse to bring this album to a life of its own. I love every song but my favorite is Empty Box for its words, they're very meaningful, and whatever one person thinks, another thinks something completely different which brings perspective, that is brilliant... I don't think i have anything more to say except for the people that found it monotonous and boring, or so drawn into the "Morphine Style" get a life, because you completely miss the point Mark wanted and so you just think about what sounds good rather than what's interesting and different and how it continues on as such....
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazzy May 31 1999
By Tom Barta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These guys are too "rock" to play jazz clubs and too "jazz" to play rock clubs. No matter; their deep, seductive sax is makes you want to start swaying with the music. Play this album on big speakers.
The lyrics are simple; they kind of remind me of some of Slim Gaillard's excellent Swing music, but Morphine has more edge.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improves with each listen... persist persist persist! Jan. 22 2002
By "arizona_dee" - Published on Amazon.com
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on first listen i was disappointed with most of the tracks (except "early to bed" and "murder for the money" and "eleven o'clock" ) ... since the majority of songs aren't "instantly accessible" like they are on Cure for Pain ... perhaps i was expecting a sequel of sorts to "Cure for Pain". But I persisted and gave myself the chance to appreciate the subtle irregular "perfectness" of the whole set. And slowly let myself fall further in love with the album after each listen. My most surprising favourite is "I know you III" has a swingy cool mellow groove that is irresistible. The tracks fit perfectly together to form a nice aural journey down the dark mysterious alleyway that is morphine. If you're new to the band I recommend trying "Cure for Pain" or even "Good" for a better introduction to the experience of morphine.
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