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Unaccompanied Voice An A Cape [Compilation]

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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. Farewell To Nova Scotia - Sharon Topper & Fly
2. Four Nights Drunk - Appendix Out
3. La Vie En Rose - Mia Doi Todd
4. Around & Around - Mark Kozelek
5. Rosary - Drunk
6. Blackberry - Nikki McClure
7. Breadwinner You - Pedro The Lion
8. Om - Jandek
9. Under The Rug - Dave Fischoff
10. Hits Keep Comin' - The Grifters
11. Goodbye Second & Main (Pink Violence) - Swearing At Motorists
12. The Gypsy Daisy/Pinafore Blues - David Grubbs
13. Daniel - The Japonize Elephants
14. Allhallow's Eve - Danielson Famile
15. Leaflets Gabe - Modest Mouse
16. Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down - Richard Buckner & P.W. Long
17. And I Name Myself Hag - Jarboe
18. Kindly Blessed - Mimi Parker & Alan Sparhawk
19. Dance Hall Places - Damien Jurado
20. Tzara - Elliot Sharp
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This compilation takes the inclusiveness of indie rock's DIY (do-it-yourself) ideology to a logical extreme by getting 24 underground rock-based artists to contribute an unaccompanied vocal. A capella singing is as accessible as music gets--who hasn't, at some point or another, lifted their voice and sung out loud? Some of the contributors to this disc are moderately well known, some quite unknown, and their performances range from impressive executions of technically complex vocal music to artless bellowing. There is a lot to like about the efforts at each extreme, especially when they're surprise discoveries. Who'd have thought that guitarist Elliott Sharp was a passable throat singer? That someone in the Grifters was such a good human beat box? Or that visual artist Nikki McClure could sound so breathlessly sexy on "Blackberry"? I have no idea who the Japonize Elephants are or how they got their name, but they do a great rousing job on the hymn "Daniel." Just one caveat--Richard Buckner and P.W. Long's rendering of "Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down" is so dreadfully misogynistic one hopes they're wrong. --Bill Meyer

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3.6 out of 5 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars accompanied by emotion and immediacy Aug. 3 2000
By C.S.W.
Format:Audio CD
Something happens when voices sing out naked without the structure and expectations that accompany intrumental "back up" and arrangements. These voices sound sweet and immediate and will remind many of archival field recordings of blue grass, mountain, and western songs. "La Vie en Rose" is how I wish I sounded when I sing a lullaby to child. This CD is by turns contemplative, rockin', moody...and always interesting. You're unlikely to have anything quite like this in your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not pretty, but it is pretty cool May 16 2002
By Kalle
Format:Audio CD
If you're a college radio listener, or and indie fan or even just a bizarre music junkie, how can you pass this up?
Innovative, if weird, bands and performers singing accepella!
Like any of these compilations, there are gems and , well, lets just say songs that aren't so gemmy. But who doesnt need a haunting version of La Vie en Rose in their collection?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds of something else Aug. 3 2000
Format:Audio CD
This cd is a very intereseting listen, all voice no music(well there is some clapping.) Remmeniscent of old dust bowl/depression error music, Of course with a modern twist. Worthy of multiple plays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jandek Aug. 7 2003
By Spiffy
Format:Audio CD
It has Jandek on it.. come on! Buy this for the horrible, yet fun Modest Mouse song if not for anything else. I can't rate this, it gets no rating, its a novelty item. Don't take things so seriously.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware!! March 26 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Notice the number of used copies available. This is not at all of the quality of the many other acapella albums I've ordered.
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