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Heroes to Zeros
Heroes to Zeros
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5.0 out of 5 stars They are heroes to me, June 25 2004
This review is from: Heroes to Zeros (Audio CD)
I have to admit, that I foind out about this band from that John Cusack movie, yes you all know it. I fell in love at first listen. Wow they had such a distinctive sound and Stephens voice is just perfect for thier music. Well that was back with the famous 3 EPs. Through the years the boys have released some good music.
Now we find ourselves holding "heroes to zeroes" in hand. From the opening chords of the U@-ish " Assesment", you know you are in good hands again. Heroes to zereo is bulit on melody, catchy pop hooks and ofcourse the perfect balance of that straight-ahead and ahead-of-the-curve sound we have come to love. They set amazing curves through out this CD, taking you places you'd never think the songs would go, surprises around every corner.
another winner.
standout tracks:
lion thief
liquid bird (might be worth the purchase alone)

A Ghost Is Born
A Ghost Is Born
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing!, June 25 2004
This review is from: A Ghost Is Born (Audio CD)
From first look at the CD case, you'll understand everything. An egg, the beginning of a new life. In this case a new attitude, a new path, combining al of Wilcos best elements. Although "Yankee Fox-trot" was praised as the best release of 2002, and it was one of them. There were a lot of misses on that CD, as there were with all Wilcos past releases. All of them great CD's, but missing one thing to make them amazing.
Here Jeff and Co. blend all the right ingredients to make the perfect and yes amazing CD. The only miss here, if it is one is the track "Less than you think," but I am not even sure of that yet; I have only had this CD for 4 days. One track that is definitely not a miss is track 3 "spiders [Kidsmoke}" My God, it is out of this world.
Don't get me wrong for one minute, GIB is still full of quirky Wilco moments and there is also some experimenting here ofcourse.
It is full of haunting vocals, long trips into Neil Youngish guitar solos (which is a good thing to me). Jeff and Wilco found their roots and future in one great release here. Maybe its Jeff's new found mental state or a more focused band, but they have hit the nail one the head here. perfection!
Which each listen this CD gets better and better.
Standout tracks:
Spiders (kidsmoke)
Muzzle of bees
Handshake drugs
the late greats
Don't believe the hype, believe the music!

Talkie Walkie
Talkie Walkie
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5.0 out of 5 stars As one reviewer put it "This is the soundtrack to dreams", June 12 2004
This review is from: Talkie Walkie (Audio CD)
Let me start out by saying that I met the release of the CD with some caution. After being disappointed with "10,000 HZ Legend." I was considering that Air lost their brilliance that was displayed on Moon Safari."
Obviously Air took a cue from the fans and critics approach to "10,000 HZ Legend" and the results are "Talkie Walkie." They found a happy medium between both prior releases, keeping things to a minimum and the tracks are no more complex than needed.
But make no mistake, this CD isn't at all unsophisticated. It is one great electronica soundscape. It is chock full off surprises and ofcourse great melodies and orchestrations.
stand out tracks:
1) Cherry Blossom girl
2) Mike Miles
3) surfing on a rocket
4) Alone in Kyoto

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4.0 out of 5 stars "I" love it!, June 12 2004
This review is from: I (Audio CD)
Any other singer/songwriter would have been tapped out after the triple threat of the 3 CD set "69 love songs," but not our Stephin.
So we wait 5 years,(sure we were pacified with "Pieces of April"), for "I." As announced this was to be synthesizer free, to the dismay of some and the delight of others. Here Stephin relied heavily on cellos and acoustic guitar. Ever the hopeless romantic, he sings of life, love lost. The music rings full of a loss of hope and surrender normally reserved for the young.
Musically, the formula hasn't changed drastically and that voice remains true, though having found some new range, it fits everytime.
there are many songwriters out there today putting there heart into music, but when stephin takes the magnetic fields into the studio, it is always a work of art.
Stand out tracks include:
1) looked all over town
2) I was born
3) I thought you were my boyfriend
4) I don't believe you
5) In an operetta
6) its only time

You Are The Quarry
You Are The Quarry
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4.0 out of 5 stars I will gladly be his Quarry, May 22 2004
This review is from: You Are The Quarry (Audio CD)
In my head, Moz has always been, always will be a legend. Despite the fact that he was torn to shreds by the press and considered washed up by many fans. Whether with the smiths or in his solo work Morrissey has a wit, a humor, a disconnection, a sadness that has forever struck a cord in me.
Though he doesn't break new ground with YATQ (He doesn't have to), all his trademarks remain intact. With songs like "America is not the world," the single "Irish blood English heart," I have forgiven you Jesus" opening Quarry you know he is in peak form. Quarry is filled with surging mid-tempo guitar anthems that have been his stock and trade for years. His comedic wit is evident on tracks like "All the lazy dykes" and "You know I couldn't last."
Morrissey effortlessly picked up right where he left off with "Maladjusted," and adding more muscle to the music along with a strong set of songs.
Quarry is neither a comeback or a breakthrough, it is just a very good Moz CD, and after all these years, its exactly what I need.

Good News For People Who Love Bad News
Good News For People Who Love Bad News
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good news for music lovers, April 19 2004
It seems its taken 10 years for this band to find its place. After many "experimental releases" Modest Mouse have let loose on us their most cohesive CD to date.
"Good news for..." is definitely more focused than the meditative
"The Moon & Antarctica." Though "Good news for," is 100% Modest Mouse, you can hear many of their influences i.e. Tom Waits and The Talking Heads. They do not however just rehash their influences material, but bring their own quirky style to the for front, while allowing us listeners to understand where they found
some inspiration.
By bringing a louder more rocking sound to this CD, they only inherence the contrast between harsh and beautiful things about their music.
I hope the boys continue along this path, while still bringing in new ideas and styles, if they do they will be around a long long time.

Smell of Our Own
Smell of Our Own
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Gay folk music", Jan. 10 2004
This review is from: Smell of Our Own (Audio CD)
Unlike their predecessors/influences, Brian Wilson, Phil Spector, Belle and Sebastian, the Magnetic Fields, Hidden Cameras are not afraid to talk about sex. This CD is full of (gay) sexual imagery. in my opinion its about time, there have been many a "gay" bands, from erasure, the pet shop boys, all the way up to Rufus Wainwright, but very rarely do they touch on the taboo subject matter that Hidden Camera embrace.
Don't let the gay moniker scare you (it shouldn't anyway in this day and age) If you like any of the above mentioned influences, go out and get this. These are cleverly written pop songs, even if they are filled with sexually free thinking lyrics. Some of the best in years. These songs almost seem like a soundtrack to a musical.
Though they tackle subjects as wide ranging as golden showers and gay marriage, you cannot deny that at heart these are delicious indie pop songs.
And admit it gay and straight alike both have their dirty side, it just never sounded so good.

Tiny Voices
Tiny Voices
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5.0 out of 5 stars a voice that needs to heard, Jan. 10 2004
This review is from: Tiny Voices (Audio CD)
Have you ever been caught in the dream, where your walking down a lonely street in tin pan alley? Your alone wearing nothing but your best pinstriped suit smelling of stale cologne.
You walk up to a bar and when you enter all color leaves and your in a black and white world. the bar is filled with cigarette smoke and cheap booze.
You motion to the barkeep but your double bourbon has already been poured. Have you been here before?
The band starts playing, a sound combining jazz demons from the past and parts of your lonely future. The singer seems to know your whole life, the sadness, the heartbreak, all the pain, longings and loves won and lost. he tells it to you without holding back. Though you turn away you cannot escape the truth, the lies, your story.
You throw back your shot and feel it burn as it goes down, Just like your life. You stare into the singers eyes, he is crying, but so are you because you are the singer. Alone with your story and no one to listen, no one to care, no one to love.
No, you say, well put this CD on, turn out the light, and let it take you on the haunting, beautiful journey there.

Pass In Time
Pass In Time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive collection?, Jan. 10 2004
This review is from: Pass In Time (Audio CD)
How can you have a definitive collection of Beth Orton, she is just starting out, she is amazing and I don't see her slowing down quite yet; but whatever.
OK so the record label took Beth's greatest moments and put them all on one CD, PERFECT! Then the found 10 remixes, rarities, etc., and put them on a bonus disc, EXTRA PERFECT! All the Beth anyone could want, right? Wrongo! There is never enough Beth.
But Pass in time is perfect, for true fans and obviously for newcomers to her music. Its the perfect staring point. Once you hear this you'll run out and buy up all the other stuff. This 24 song compilation is worth the purchase though for long time fans, if just for the bonus CD alone.
You may already have her 3 previously released CD's but all her best are here, "She Cries Your Name," "Galaxy of Emptiness ," "Stolen Car," "Central Reservation."
The bonus CD includes the first-rate collaboration with "the Chemical Brothers" on "Where do I begin," She teams up with "Terry Callier" on "Dolphins," and "William Orbit" on "Water from a vine leaf." A reworking of "It's Not the Spotlight" just for this release.
But the biggest bonus here are 2 tracks from her "Superpinkymandy" album (now out of print), John Martyn's electronic "Don't Wanna Know 'Bout Evil" and the delicate "Where Do You Go?" . Both tracks give you a quick peek at her beginnings.
Beth is an undeniably gifted artist who has been copied by many (Dido and Sarah McLachlan, etc.). Her voice and vision cannot be duplicated though. I am sure this collection is far from conclusive, I eagerly await future releases from a shining star among clones.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern day Cure, Jan. 10 2004
This review is from: Transatlanticism (Audio CD)
What stands out the most about this CD, is the maturity and coherence. I think that has been missing in DCFC past releases. Not that they were bad CD's, I jus think they found their groove, so to speak.
Second stand outs are Ben's voice, as strange as always, and his wonderful lyrics, poetic and full of self-contemplation. The production by group member Walla is startling, and the track sequence is perfect. So often a CD is trashed by putting the songs in the wrong order, and that could have been the case here since you can go from rocking out to soft melodic numbers in the blink of an eye.
A band whose time had finally come. Recognition is due!

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