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This Is The Ice Age

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  • Audio CD (April 12 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000978ZFG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,400 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Swimming
2. Women Around The World At Work
3. Casualties Of Glass
4. Boy Without Filters
5. Jets Seem Slower In London's Skies
6. This Is The Ice Age
7. One Day In Paris
8. You Sold The Cottage
9. Three Hundred Years / Chemistry
10. I'm No Good At Conversation
11. Twenty-two In Cincinnnati

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Coyle on Oct. 7 2005
Format: Audio CD
M+M's second album is a sonic masterpiece, in part because of the subtle nuances of soon-to-be famous producer Daniel Lanois but more because of its subtle marriage of texture and theme. Moody, tounge-in-cheek, and downright gorgeous, the album features strong songwriting by Gaine and Johnson and great realization by the Muffins. Songs like "Swimming", "Boy Without Filters, "Casualties of Glass" and the title song showcase the considerable talent of this Toronto band at a time when rock music was going through its most creative, innovative and fascinating period. This is one of the finest albums of the '80s, and is a testament to the freshness and pop intelligence of the New Wave movement -- as well as to the great musical talent north of the 49th parallel. Well worth looking into.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
At long last... Oct. 7 2005
By Pinner Blinn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The legendary masterpiece of the 80's New Wave genre is finally out on CD more than 20 years after its original vinyl release.

This record sprang from the ashes of Canada's top New Wave band, best known for the rousing single "Echo Beach". The original band had two Marthas, and one of them (Martha Ladly) had gone solo under the name "Martha". But the remnants of the original band distilled upon the lead singer Martha Johnson and lead song writer and guitarist Mark Gane. And from this turmoil came startling freedom.

New Wave music was about more than just reclaiming the dance floor for rock-n-roll, it was about breaking the bounds of style. Myriad influences, quirky instrumentation, dissonant tonalities, ironic humor--these were all part of the mix. This record is a classic of the genre. It opens with with the clatter of Toronto street noise which then weaves into the snaky trance of "Swimming". The single "Women Around the World at Work" comes next with a completely different mood. And on and on. The title track "This is the Ice Age", surely the perfect accompaniment for an existential bike ride, "an unfinished memory". "One Day in Paris" is heartbreaking, while "You Sold the Cottage" is a zany romp.

The standout centerpiece. "Boy without Filters", has Mark Gane singing lead, Martha providing vocal atmospherics, and is enough alone to recommend checking out this album. A brilliant, haunting piece of music.
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One of my favorite albums Nov. 4 2006
By Tony Breed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had this on vinyl, and finally bought it on CD. How did I live without it? Just great. Excellent production provided by Mr. Daniel Lanois; ambient textures pull you into the songs. Good stuff. Mark and Martha say this is the album that was closest to what they wanted it to be. It's also the album that saw Mark and Martha salvaging essentially a new band from the wreckage of Mrtha and the Muffins' earlier incarnation, which had imploded under the weight of their initial success. Just a little interesting note.
Hard to find great great album sent to my door! Feb. 9 2014
By Morgan Painter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this album on vinyl over thirty years ago. Listened to it about 800 times. Way way ahead of its time. You know what a major talent this group with the funny name when you listen to just one track. Especially 'One Day In Paris,'
martha and the muffins rule! Sept. 3 2013
By Linda A. Frantz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first heard their music in 1985 in Missoula, MT. on an alternative rock station. I fell in love with the intellectual lyrics that have a bit of sarcasm to them. The music is very intelligently written and performed. But the vocals and the harmonies are superb! I remember swimming laps in the pool at U of M, singing, "we're afraid to call it love, let's call it swimming". Great song. "Several Styles Of Blonde Girls Dancing" is excellent! "Casualties of Glass" very deep and melodic, like a Renaissance period song. I think they did not get the attention and respect they deserve. They are as innovative, creative, and original as other bands that came out in the 1980's such as the Talking Heads. Buy their CD's and have a blast! They're worth it!
A change in direction. Experimental and creative. Aug. 16 2013
By Scott Davies - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
'This Is The Ice Age' was the 1st Martha and the Muffins album after a drastic lineup change and a shift in musical direction. It works most of the time, though other times seems to meander aimlessly. The lyrics get a bit heavy at times on the album, and approach the dreaded word "pretentious", but I'll say that they just avoid that... maybe... A little bit of art school excess is nice now and again.

You know from the opening traffic sounds of the classic 'Swimming' that you are in for something different. The party atmosphere of their previous album, my favorite 'Trance and Dance', has been replaced by cool keyboards and diffused guitar sounds, with Mark Gane's very pleasing baritone vocals. The lone single from the album 'Woman Around The World At Work' has very catchy music but the preachy lyrics blow it for me. I don't like fist-in-the-air styled anthems. 'Casualties of Glass' and 'Boy Without Filters' are both pleasantly experimental, though do sometimes overstay their welcome.

What was side 2 of the LP is the real highlight here, starting with the excellent title track. Despite its 7+ minute length, I never get tired of it. Martha Johnson sings it wonderfully over the very catchy music. Even the sound of what can be described as squawking geese don't distract from its excellence. This is followed by the beautiful and minimal (piano, light keyboard and vocals) of the timeless 'One Day In Paris'. I love the lyrical slant here about a trip to Paris being ruined by a "melancholy mood". But that's quickly changed with the should-have-been-a-single 'You Sold The Cottage'. An amusing little flashback to childhood memories. This is last time we hear M+M this fun and zany. The original album closes with 'Three Hundred Years/Chemistry'. The first part is dreamy keyboards and subtle guitar sounds before the memorable keyboards ring in the 'Chemistry' portion of the piece. A real winner.

You also get 2 bonus tracks. 'Twenty Two in Cincinnati' is a forgettable instrumental experiment, while the outtake 'I'm No Good At Conversation' fits the album very nicely. The booklet contains some press quotes, but sadly no lyrics. The CD has been mastered from original studio master tapes, and other than being a bit loud, the sound quality is very satisfying. This is an excellent reissue that, judging by the prices being asked now, appears to now be out of print. Just another rare treasure in my CD collection, I guess...