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The Death of Quickspace

Quickspace Audio CD
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1. The Lobbalong Song
2. They Shoot Horse Don't They
3. Climbing A Hill
4. Munchers No Munchers
5. Gloriana
6. The Munchers
7. A Rose
8. Lob It
9. 4

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What's worse than an album full of nothing but bad songs? An album like The Death of Quickspace, the U.K.-based outfit's third full-length release, which boasts two excellent cuts hidden among several tracks of anonymous indie rock. It's frustrating to taste such brilliance amid such mediocrity. The Death of Quickspace shows promise early on with the second cut, the Slint-by-way-of-Stereolab "They Shoot Horse, Don't They?" However, that bit of aural manna is followed by "Climbing a Hill," an go-nowhere bit that spends 11 minutes sulking under a dull fog. Frontman Tom Cullinan resigns himself to the background, a cruel tactic for those who enjoyed his work with cult-rock heroes Th' Faith Healers. Aside from unleashing the tasty Krautrock throwback "The Munchers" midway through the proceedings, Quickspace seem to be the only ones looking forward to death. Let's hope they find a renewed faith in life and return to the promise hinted here. --Jason Josephes

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5.0 out of 5 stars A sonic delight Nov. 6 2001
By gfriday
Format:Audio CD
The Death of Quickspace is a perfect example of what happens when like-minded people get together and create great - no, really great sounds without relying upon typical popular songwriting/vocal talent. That might seem like a backhanded compliment, but this album's hypnotic qualities have made it one of my most listened-to discs over the last year and a half.
It took some time for me to even discover that one or some of the people behind th' Faith Healers were even still making music, due to a lack of Quickspace-related press here in the U.S. At first, I was put off by the opening track, "Lobbalong Song," but it's agressive rhythm and distorted vocals make a compelling, curious contrast to the two extended, tense numbers that follow (which other reviewers have already described). This album also features instrumental segments or versions of two songs that appear elsewhere ont the LP with vocals, but work well enough on their own to transcend the label "filler". To cap it off, "Gloriana" and "A Rose" strike a great balance of delicate guitar melody and "rock" power.
Despite their apparent simplicity, i'm jealous of this bands command of sonic nuance. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars More smart people from Matador Aug. 10 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Quickspace's first record on Matador (the greatest label of the past decade), and it lives up to the musical standard set by other bands affliated with the label. Though not as smart as Pavement or as experimental as Mogwai, Quickspace are a staggeringly unique and enjoyable band.
This is basically an album made with typical rock instruments, but the song writing is anything but expected. "They Shoot Horse, Don't They?" and "Climbing A Hill" both drone on for just under ten minutes, and neither have a definite climax. Instruments are added and the male/female vocals become more fevered, but the songs are plateaus - they don't need a highpoint because it's all beautiful.
Quickspace are good at being a faceless collective of musicians. The music is strongest when there is no lead vocalist (as in "The Munchers", a song about uniformity and its destructive nature) or the music is instumental. The exception is the opener, "The Lobbalong Song" which features wonderfully distorted female vocals. This is not a particularly groundbreaking album, but these nine songs are enough to tide anyone who is into serious pop music over until the next group of geniuses emerges.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great artwork, even better music May 10 2001
Format:Audio CD
Tom Cullinan has done it again! He is not necessarily the greatest songwriter, nor does he necessarily surround himself with the greatest musicians and producers, yet every CD that Quickspace releases refuses to be anything but amazing. This album is more cohesive than Precious Falling (which I also highly recommend- it's longer than this album because it has some filler material in it, though), and retains that album's genuine, raw emotional quality. Give this CD just a couple of spins, and you'll get sucked in. It has mysteriously muddled (yet gorgeous) vocals similar to My Bloody Valentine, and some crisp, interesting guitar work to boot. The artwork is cool, and hints at the beautifully simple music inside. One of 2000's best!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More smart people from Matador Aug. 10 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Quickspace's first record on Matador (the greatest label of the past decade), and it lives up to the musical standard set by other bands affliated with the label. Though not as smart as Pavement or as experimental as Mogwai, Quickspace are a staggeringly unique and enjoyable band.
This is basically an album made with typical rock instruments, but the song writing is anything but expected. "They Shoot Horse, Don't They?" and "Climbing A Hill" both drone on for just under ten minutes, and neither have a definite climax. Instruments are added and the male/female vocals become more fevered, but the songs are plateaus - they don't need a highpoint because it's all beautiful.
Quickspace are good at being a faceless collective of musicians. The music is strongest when there is no lead vocalist (as in "The Munchers", a song about uniformity and its destructive nature) or the music is instumental. The exception is the opener, "The Lobbalong Song" which features wonderfully distorted female vocals. This is not a particularly groundbreaking album, but these nine songs are enough to tide anyone who is into serious pop music over until the next group of geniuses emerges.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sonic delight Nov. 6 2001
By gfriday - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Death of Quickspace is a perfect example of what happens when like-minded people get together and create great - no, really great sounds without relying upon typical popular songwriting/vocal talent. That might seem like a backhanded compliment, but this album's hypnotic qualities have made it one of my most listened-to discs over the last year and a half.
It took some time for me to even discover that one or some of the people behind th' Faith Healers were even still making music, due to a lack of Quickspace-related press here in the U.S. At first, I was put off by the opening track, "Lobbalong Song," but it's agressive rhythm and distorted vocals make a compelling, curious contrast to the two extended, tense numbers that follow (which other reviewers have already described). This album also features instrumental segments or versions of two songs that appear elsewhere ont the LP with vocals, but work well enough on their own to transcend the label "filler". To cap it off, "Gloriana" and "A Rose" strike a great balance of delicate guitar melody and "rock" power.
Despite their apparent simplicity, i'm jealous of this bands command of sonic nuance. Highly recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great artwork, even better music May 10 2001
By Filmore Jive - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Tom Cullinan has done it again! He is not necessarily the greatest songwriter, nor does he necessarily surround himself with the greatest musicians and producers, yet every CD that Quickspace releases refuses to be anything but amazing. This album is more cohesive than Precious Falling (which I also highly recommend- it's longer than this album because it has some filler material in it, though), and retains that album's genuine, raw emotional quality. Give this CD just a couple of spins, and you'll get sucked in. It has mysteriously muddled (yet gorgeous) vocals similar to My Bloody Valentine, and some crisp, interesting guitar work to boot. The artwork is cool, and hints at the beautifully simple music inside. One of 2000's best!
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice follow-up to Precious Falling Feb. 22 2005
By Gnomobaraus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
it's not good as Precious Falling but has its strong moments anyway... most notably THEY SHOOT HORSE DON'T THEY and CLIMBING A HILL...

they would highlight any prog-rock classic, but whose overall value is diminished by too many flaccid "experiments". Howaver, The Lobbalong Song, Munchers No Munchers, Gloriana and The Munchers mix psychedelia and Pere Ubu and demonstrate solid improvement in songwriting.
4.0 out of 5 stars Quickspace!!! The Rebirth Feb. 22 2012
By Hilton Royale - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A widely overlooked album containing a few good songs and two truly great ones;
"They shoot horse don't they" and the 11-minute wonder of "Climbing a hill".
"They shoot horse" starts with a careful picking of guitar strings and builds up
to a frenzied climax, with layers of distorted guitar. "Climbing a hill" is a
slow-building blues influenced number with a four minute guitar part that goes from
delicate picking to a short, scratching drone, with Tom Cullinan and Nina Pascale
singing in their trademark, off-kilter fashion.

They were both called "A more rhythmically-oriented Yo La Tengo" and "The Stereolab
that rocks" by reviewers, an understandable likening, all their albums considered.

For further explorations, check out the US version of their first album, as it holds a
few really good songs, especially "Rise", a small masterpiece. The "Precious Mountain"
EP is another amazing piece of music; fuzz, grooves and spaced-out spaghetti western.

Cullinan's first band, Th' Faith Healers, released a good album in 1993 with "Imaginary
friend", it held a heavier shoegaze influence, and he has also released a full cover
album of Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" under the name of Dougal Reed.
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