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|1. And You Will Know Them...|
|2. Mistakes & Regrets - ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead|
|3. Totally Natural|
|4. Blight Takes All|
|5. Clair de Lune|
|6. Flood of Red|
|7. Children of the Hydra's Teeth|
|8. Mark David Chapman - ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead|
|9. Up from Redemption|
|10. Aged Dolls|
|11. Day the Air Turned Blue|
|12. Perfect Teenhood|
|13. Sigh Your Children|
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Top Customer Reviews
standout thrash tracks such as "Totally Natural" and "A Perfect Teenhood" make you wanna go nuts, whilst the gentler "Clair de Lune" and "Sigh Your Children" both wrap you up in their melancholy magnificence just as effectively.
the album plateaus with the epic "Aged Dolls", an amazing piece which uses suppression and release to bring you up, down, up, then down a bit more, and then kind of leaves you hanging somewhere in between the two extremes.
peppered thruout the album are short 1 or 2 minute "intermissions" of bizarre drumloops and guitar melodies, which are comprised of equally bizarre names- "Children of the Hydras Teeth", "The Day the Air Turned Blue" for example.
i cant say enough how good this album is. definetely one of my favourite albums of all time, and an album which deserves to be remembered all thruout time.
The stepping stone between their self-titled debut and Source Tags and Codes is a must-have for any minimalist Austin punk but also attractive to more mainstream Thursday, Taking Back Sunday-type emo heads. Anybody who can listen to Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation, Radiohead's OK Computer or Husker Du's Zen Arcade will find this collection of music to be an essential soundtrack to your life.
Possibly my vote for best album of 1999, "Madonna" has less to do with Ms. Ciccone than with the mythic lure of the divine, as manifested by these four energetic dervishes in washes of dense guitar noise and whirling drums. The production here is more immediate than their debut (although never as 'warm' as their privately issued demo cassette which will rearrange your furniture if you're not careful!) and has a more textured feel.
"Mistakes and Regrets" wraps despair in a screeching yet almost angelic guitar veneer, culminating in crashing, galloping drums. "Totally Natural" is less inspired, and devolves into a blatantly Sonic Yoop spin in mid-stride. But "Claire De Lune', ruminating over lost love and hopes, takes on an infectuous 3/4 time spin, as much a lament as a lullaby.
"Madonna" lacks some of the muscle found on their debut, but acts as one frictionless piece, flowing imperceptibly from one title to the next. In the end, "A Perfect Teenhood" wraps things up as it usually does onstage, when giant amplified-rubber-band guitars make repeated glacial headbutts into oblivion (or, in a live context, a pile of rubble).
Sure, these guys listened to "Daydream Nation" a few times too many, but at least someone is carrying the flag again.
Most recent customer reviews
This album is loud indie rock background music. Its fine for cleaning your house to but probably not something to sit down and listen to closely. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Noel J. Bartels
Trail of Dead are one of my favorite bands, and I can't say that I've heard anything bad that has their name on it. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004 by R. Brown
Madonna has it all. Crunching guitars, melodies, bombast, etc., but it's quieter moments are what make it stand out, if not above Source Tags & Codes, then pretty close. Read morePublished on April 26 2003 by Greg Morris
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Comparing one band to another is really not reviewing an artist's work. Read more
Pretty much, the first time I heard this album, my jaw dropped. It seemed so different, so alien, and yet strangely familiar. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2002 by Tom Moosbrugger
This is why I love indie rock, every so often a band will come around that will just totally blow my mind away. Read morePublished on May 31 2002 by Raldante McGillis
These guys have always been amazing live...well, when they are good, they are outstanding. I have seen these guys since they were a duo alternating between drums and guitar/vocals... Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2001 by Kevin Parrish Claussen
At a time when noisy rock music is supposedly at it's lowest commercial ebb, one of the more brash and energetic proponents of the genre grabs a fair amount of attention. Read morePublished on May 22 2001 by Dirk Hugo