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One Bedroom [Import]

Sea and Cake Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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1. Four Corners
2. Left Side Clouded
3. Hotel Tell
4. Le Baron
5. Shoulder Length
6. One Bedroom
7. Interiors
8. Mr. F
9. Try Nothing
10. Sound & Vision

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A busy slate of side projects seems to have cast this vaunted Chicago "post-rock supergroup" (featuring refugees from Shrimp Boat, Cocktail, and Tortoise) into occasional limbo--this is only their third album since 1997. But it's those very activities that arguably inspired the Sea and Cake to record this vibrant, often sublime collection. Colored by a seductive cocktail of influences that includes Brazilian jazz and arty kraut-rock textures, with singer-songwriter Sam Prekop's breathy vocals a much less precious take on Michael Franks's, the 10 tracks on One Bedroom are a masterly exercise in restraint, subtle sophistication, and melodic playfulness. Prekop's über-cool delivery takes center stage throughout, whether it's playing against jazzy, electronic-infused backdrops on standouts like the dreamy "Left Side Clouded," the nervous rhythms of "Hotel Tell," the breezy ambitions of "Shoulder Length," or the spare beauty of the title track. It's an album whose languorous jazz-pop dares defy deconstruction, and one that glides toward the future with a clean, well-defined sound several musical strata removed from its members' alt-rock roots. --Jerry McCulley

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5.0 out of 5 stars It'll grow on you Jan. 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
The only TSAC album I had before this was "The Biz", but I generally like to get the artists most recent albums before I get the older ones.
Don't believe the 3.5 star average (at least before this)...this album is great. It's hard to say much that hasn't been said, but I will say this..."Le Baron" is an amazing song. "Interiors" really strikes some personal chords as well.
Each song on the album is quite unique. The drumming, as these guys are known for, is excellent. I would recommend listening to these guys with a bass system...most groups that aren't rap or techno generally don't exploit bass too much, and as a result, those two genres sound awesome with a subwoofer, while other music doesn't benefit as much. Let me say this; with a sub, One Bedroom (and The Biz) is absolutely amazing. Listen to "Hotel Tell" with a good system if you don't believe me.
Anyways, as the title of this review suggests, first time or two you listen to it, it's not gonna be as good. There are times when you can really get into it - coming from someone who loves a lot of music and tries to listen to it as much as possible, if any album is so enticing that I'll listen to it three times in one day, there's gonna be something special there. One Bedroom is one of those albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average pop music April 6 2003
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Format:Audio CD
With One Bedroom, TSAC have proven their knack for writing quirky pop songs that still endure long after its 40 minutes have ended. At the same time, TSAC lives up the motto of "Sound and Vision": giving the listener a view of the world, as seen through them - a hypnotic panorama of sound that doesn't disappoint, and sure enough, is only getting better over time.
The first track, "Four Corners," immediately sets the tone for the entire album, and TSAC is at the top of their creative game here. A hypnotic (as well as memorable) riff from Archer Prewitt and John McEntire's 4-to-the-floor drumming sets things off, but not before the electronics help intensify the proceedings (along with Eric Claridge's always melodic bass playing). Not until the 3-minute mark do we hear Sammy Prekop chiming in with his first words of the whole album, and he delivers the goods. Like an indie rock answer to Dave Matthews, Prekop may be hard to figure out in terms of what he's singing about, but this is the TSAC I've always loved & known, & this track really stands up for repeated listening.
"Hotel Tell," the title track, "Mr. F," "Interiors," and a cover of Bowie's "Sound & Vision" are no doubt highlights on an already awesome album, done up in typical TSAC fashion, but the indisputable highlight that deserves some mentioning is "Shoulder Length." Again, McEntire's fetish for analog synths and old-school rhythm machines really work together brilliantly, but on this track, even more so. However, they don't distract from the center of attention - you guessed it, Sam Prekop right up front in the mix. With its dub/reggae/Can/Neu!/techno vibe all over the place, "Shoulder Length", even if it clocks in at just over 3 minutes, is worth every second of its playing time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Junkmedia.org Review - Not their best, but good March 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
One Bedroom isn't the Sea and Cake's best record. This goes doubly for those of you who lament the slow waning of the Sea and Cake's brand of pop-rock, the angular guitars and sharp drums that epitomized early releases. Sam Prekop's buttery vocals used to stand in counterpoint to the crisp, dry production, but over time the band has smoothed out every edge. In fact, there are no edges on One Bedroom. It's almost round.
But that doesn't mean that One Bedroom isn't a good record. The Sea and Cake have been around long enough to prove they're not going away any time soon. Instead of latching onto the fickle scenes that have come and gone over the years, the Sea and Cake have worked against the grain of musical trends with great success. Ignoring the electronic zeal that began to mushroom in the mid-'90s, the Sea and Cake made rock music with two guitars, a bass and drums. Since their debut in 1994, they've managed to slowly and cautiously integrate tasteful and subtle electronic undercurrents into their sound. These are not four college sophomores with hopes of changing the face of music as we know it.
One Bedroom, their sixth album, floats by in a haze. Each song sounds as if it was recorded live, with guitar, bass and drums, and then glazed over with an electronic veneer. With little variance in tempo, it's easy to forget the record is playing. Great effort was obviously expended in post-production, and the result is stunning: Sam Prekop's voice often-and sometimes mid-phrase-becomes just another synthetic layer, the vocals become secondary to the overall sound. The drums sound like they've been compressed into intricate reflections of beats once played.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Anticipated and Amazing Return March 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
Sam Prekop's vocal delivery just gets better and better. For those of you who loved The Fawn and Oui most of the band's ouevre, you might just love One Bedroom even more.
Very much a feeling of progression, but with more of an 80's feel, One Bedroom feels like they had more fun than they did while recording Oui. There are interesting synth textures propelling many of the tunes, especially the Bowie cover Sound and Vision (a standout). Also, Sam's vocal is slightly reminiscent of Michael Franks here and there, and also like long-lost China Crisis vocalist Gary Daly. Archer's sometimes spare but wonderful guitar work is still here, playing perfectly through enigmatic lyrics and deliciously-hypnotic and exotic rhythms.
OK, so no mega-theme like Jacking the Ball (from '93's self titled album), which I played over and over for months. The title track is staggering, but not in a rock-song kind of way; more profound, quiet. But that might be exactly the part of Sea and Cake which I enjoy the most now; more even, and very mature.
A must buy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars More of the Same
Like the Bodean's, these guys from Chicago can put out three CD's with six songs on them! I liked "Fawn" and "The Biz" sort of. The latter I gave to a friend. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004 by Blackeyedboy
4.0 out of 5 stars A cohesive electronic statement
This album is a huge departure from The Sea and Cake's previous album, Oui. On Oui, the songs were very warm, the synthesizers were used to support the traditional rock... Read more
Published on March 28 2003 by Langdon Alger
5.0 out of 5 stars Laid back genius.
If you are used to TSAC's first few albums, their last few seem like a big departure. I feel One Bedroom represents the best of TSAC's later music. Read more
Published on March 18 2003 by Chicago Cliff
4.0 out of 5 stars A long overdue return to form
For you diehard Sea and Cake fans like me who bounce with the first album, live and breathe with 'Nassau' & 'The Biz', groove with The Fawn', & try to forget the dreadfully... Read more
Published on March 6 2003 by AmazonCustomer
4.0 out of 5 stars what's not to like??
I happend on this cd after reading a review in a magazine. Like their Chicago counterparts The Aluminum Group, The Sea and Cake make seemless skyscraper pop. Read more
Published on March 1 2003 by JBT
4.0 out of 5 stars Picks up where 'Oui' left off.
The Sea and Cake's latest is very much in keeping with the moody pop soundscapes that filled much of 'Oui. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2003 by skytwo
1.0 out of 5 stars Sea and Cakes ALL TIME WORST !
In a career that outshines all the indie pretenders The Sea and Cake have had more than their share of clunkers. Before you is the bottom of the barrel. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Light music: Electronic Indie Pop as Pure Moving Surface
The latest confecton from Chicago scenesters the Sea and Cake is a floating ripple of subtly colored light across a breezy sunlit hillside. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2003 by Phil
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Uknown Band in the World
TSAC are the band that represents the soundtrack to my life ever since the FAWN was released. With Each release the subtle magic that is TSAC grows deeper and more sublime. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2003 by KK Yaggi
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