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Long Arm Of Coincidence

Jessamine Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. Say What You Can
2. ...Or What You Mean
3. Periwinkle
4. Step Down
5. You May Have Forgotten
6. Polish Countryside
7. Schisandra
8. It's Cold In Space
9. The Long Arm Of Coincidence Makes My Radio Connections
10. All The Same

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3.0 out of 5 stars At least they tried Dec 28 2001
Format:Audio CD
Seattle's version of Can? Well remember meeting my share of people up there who know very well of Can. I was told Jessamine was a Seattle version of Can (if I remember right, Jessamine were originally from Ohio, then moved to Seattle, but musically they sound very Seattle). I bought on LP The Long Arm of Coincidence, nicely packaged, with a cool embossed cardboard-like cover and a cardboard-like insert. For me the album sounds a whole lot like how Can, circa Monster Movie or Tago Mago would sound like if they were a Seattle band, they had no members with the talents of Jaki Liebezeit, Michael Karoli, Holger Czukay, and Irmin Schmidt, and had a much greater tendency to experiment with feedback. There is a very strong Seattle indie-sound to it too, and I really dig the electronics, which has a very analog sound, which I am really happy about (especially given how dominated the digital sound was in '96). It reminds me very much of those early 1970s Krautrock albums that tend to the experimental and spacy side. Female bassist and vocalist Dawn Smithson, well, I can live without her singing as she sounds like she's going through heroin withdrawl. Guitarist and vocalist Rex Ritter tends to include lots of feedback and it's pretty obvious his style was influenced by that city's grunge scene. The drummer obviously could use a little practice. While I find Jessamine really interesting for a Seattle indie band and the fact they did something a little different in a land of a thousand Nirvana clones, they sounded like they did not have enough good ideas to cram on to two LPs of The Long Arm of Coincidence, making it a little tedious to sit through. At least they tried. But if you like Jessamine, you might want to try some Can (particularly Tago Mago) to see where this band got many of their ideas.
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By Lee L.
Format:Audio CD
Jessamine released a wonderful debut album that took me by surprise, so I had high hopes when I picked up their second record. This album starts off with great songs that picked up where the first album left off.
However, after making it all the way through the album, I realized that I was wrong to think that all post-rock had structure to it. The first few songs are terrific, but the rest sounds like Jessamine being covered by a jam band. There are a lot of interesting arrangements and noises that I enjoy listening to every once and a while, but if you're not really a fan of improvised music, it won't stand out like the first Jessamine record did.
Fans of the band's first album should give this record a shot for the first few songs because they are quite good, but don't get your hopes too high for the rest of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stunningly good July 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is magic. There's this amazing lushness to it that grabs my attention and stokes those musical pleasure centers in my brain. Jessamine, with this album(and others), explores many different musical terrain balancing elements including pop, noise, ambient/drone with beautiful, dark tonal qualities. If you like this Jessamine, be sure to check out Fontanelle. After Jessamine broke up, some of the members joined with a bunch others to form this even more progressive and experimental group with 3 albums so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YES! Nov. 16 1999
Format:Audio CD
I love it when I come across an album by pure coincedence and end up treasuring it. I liten to this album often when I commute to work and its trancy melodies open up my third eye wide and my pineal gland starts juicing up! Seriously though....Great Album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars incredibly beautiful and dense April 13 1999
Format:Audio CD
Shimmering and fluttering, sublimely beautiful vocals drift over thick and fuzzy guitars and crisp moogs. One of the best and most overlooked albums to come from the northwest in quite some time.
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