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Vapor Trails
Vapor Trails
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 The Truth about the Mastering, July 4 2004
This review is from: Vapor Trails (Audio CD)
Yes, this CD is mastered so poorly it's unlistenable after a couple songs due to distortion and lack of dynamics(which is the reason for my rating). However, this is neither the band's nor the mastering engineer's fault. Record labels demand that their CDs are louder than all others; they have absolutely no regard for how this affects the music. They simply do not care. So, if you're going to complain, please complain to the record label responsible for releasing this. To find out more about the "loudness race," visit [...] Also, contrary to the misinformed belief of one reviewer, turning down the volume will not make things better; you're simply turning down distorted and overcompressed music.

Music For Courage And Confiden
Music For Courage And Confiden
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 If You're Unfamiliar With His Work, DON'T START HERE!!!!!, March 26 2004
I love Mark Eitzel and his band American Music Club, but I really can't sit through this album. The music rarely comes close to the haunting beauty of that in his own songs. And his vocals are more subdued (in a bad way) than on any of his other albums. The only covers that I really enjoy here are "Snowbird" and "I Only Have Eyes For You," both of which are quite different from the originals. By the way, everyone I've come across who loved the original versions pretty much dislike these covers.

Basically, the point I really want to get across in this review is that this is the worst introduction to a brilliant body of work I could possibly think of. Please do not buy this if you've never heard Eitzel's solo work or his more amazing work with American Music Club. Instead, I'd recommend AMC's "Everclear" or "Mercury" or Eitzel's "60 Watt Silver Lining" or "The Invisible Man." Oh, and don't buy "West" as an introduction, either. Thanks, Peter Buck (R.E.M.), for that disaster. ; )

Long-time Eitzel/AMC fans will most likely find "Music for Courage and Confidence" an interesting and fun listen, but it'll probably leave the CD player after the first few spins.

Kids (Widescreen) [Import]
Kids (Widescreen) [Import]
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Nothing Even Compares, March 12 2004
This review is from: Kids (Widescreen) [Import] (DVD)
First of all, if you think this movie glorifies sex/drugs/alcohol, you either weren't paying any attention whatsoever, missed the ending, or are a complete moron. This movie is the least-glorifying out of anything I've seen. The cinematography, along with superb acting all across the board, creates a documentary-like realism. Hell, the first time I saw a brief part of it, I could have sworn I was watching a documentary. Anyhow, if you are put off by any content early on, do yourself a favor and just put up with it. You must see the end of this movie to truly understand the tragedy and obvious message in the story. And trust me, it'll stick with you. Especially if you see it twice (a good idea).

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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Mediocre Voice Over Terrible Music, Feb. 8 2004
This review is from: Closer (Audio CD)
Any Josh Groban album would be mediocre at best, even with good music, simply because his voice falls far from astounding. He is pop music's excuse for a classically trained singer. Anyhow, what truly makes this an abominable listen is the terribly unoriginal, uninspired, hackneyed, over-produced music. Any competent composer/arranger could write better music in their sleep. Furthermore, the lyrics are some of the fluffiest crap I've ever heard in my life. Anyone who falls for these and thinks they're heartfelt or meaningful is a complete moron. The majority of the other reviews of this album further prove that people's musical taste is being dumbed down by pop music, more specifically it's producers and "artists."

Owl Remix Low
Owl Remix Low
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Not good., Oct. 3 2003
This review is from: Owl Remix Low (Audio CD)
After you listen to this once, chances are you will never listen to it again. I actually made two attempts, but I was even more disheartened after the second. This CD probably doesn't deserve any stars, but I gave it one because if you're a diehard Low fan, Owl still a "fun" thing to have. It'll make a good conversation piece if you ever have another Low fan over for dinner.

Ugly American
Ugly American
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Infinitely Better than I Expected!, July 30 2003
This review is from: Ugly American (Audio CD)
When I first heard about a Greek Mark Eitzel album, I was quick to dismiss the idea as another mediocre side-project, much like the covers album "Music for Courage and Confidence", Eitzel's last effort. While "MFCAC" was hit and miss, these Greek interpretations of Eitzel/American Music Club songs are superb. The arrangements, filled with mandolins, violins, et cetera really lend themselves to Eitzel's compositions. The only instrument that strikes me as out of place is the flute/recorder, which doesn't surface too often, thankfully. The best aspect of "The Ugly American" is Eitzel's voice. He has never sung better. His pitch is precise, his phrasing wonderful, and his overall emotion at a greater level than ever. I know it's difficult for Eitzel fans to imagine, but I actually think these versions of "Western Sky", "Last Harbor", and maybe "Will You Find Me?" are better than the originals. Eitzel has changed the lyrics to many of the songs. Sometimes these are nice simple changes, such as changing "astronaut" to "moon man" in the beautiful "Will You Find Me?". However, other songs suffer from too much change. "Here They Roll Down" suffers from such dramatic lyrical change, as well as the worst musical rearrangement on the CD. I actually find it unlistenable. The music consists of the most annoying drone immaginable and the only unchanged lyric is the repeated line "Here they roll down, til the miracle was over". "Nightwatchman" also features quite a few lyrical changes, but is still an interesting listen. Overall, this CD brings yet another dimension of longing, beautiful sadness to Mark Eitzel's songs. Old American Music Club fans will love the AMC era songs. Fans of Eitzel's solo music will love the interpretation of "Anything" and the previously unavailable (except on the limited-to-500-copies "Lover's Leap USA") "What Good is Love?". This is an exceptional track, and I can't believe it hasn't been officially released. "Love's Humming", written by the album's producer, isn't bad, but I would have much preferred an additional Eitzel/AMC track. All picky complaints aside, if you're an Eitzel fan, a fan of Greek music, or if you just love beautiful, melancholy lovesongs, "The Ugly American" is a must-have.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Quietest Idaho CD, June 22 2003
This review is from: Alas (Audio CD)
If you're a fan of loud Idaho songs like "Pomegranate Bleeding" or your favorite Idaho CDs are "Three Sheets to the Wind" and "Year After Year", you may not like "Alas" as much. I love Idaho's loud aspects, but its soft side is much better, musically speaking. "Alas" features instruments never before heard on other Idaho albums. There are more intricate details in the performance of each instrument, and the overall feel is much more intimate. The reason for this incredible level of intimacy is the fact that Jeff Martin created most of "Alas" alone. It's his first in a line of three "solo" masterpieces: "Alas", "Hearts of Palm", and "Levitate". I recommend buying all three of these CDs and listening to them back to back, preferably with headphones. If you've never heard of Idaho before, but you're a fan of the Red House Painters, Low, American Music Club, Nick Drake, Bluetile Lounge, or any other sadcore/slowcore music, don't hesitate to purchase "Alas".

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Often Wrongfully Dismissed Masterpiece, June 20 2003
This review is from: Faith (Audio CD)
The reviews here that claim this is unmelodious, boring, and cold obviously do not understand this type of music. Anyone who complains about the cold, dark nature of this album should not have purchased it in the first place. This is absolutely beautiful minimalist post-punk/goth rock. No other band has ever come close to achieving the overall feel of this album. "All Cats are Gray", "The Funeral Party", "The Drowning Man", and "Faith" are defining moments in this musical genre and in the Cure's glorious career. If you like sad, slow, soft, atmospheric, introspective music, you simply will not be disappointed with this CD. It grows more beautiful with each and every listen. Do not bother reading reviews by people who should be reviewing pop music.

All This Time We Could Have Been Friends
All This Time We Could Have Been Friends
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Get this for the Jeff Martin tracks, June 18 2003
About Lauri Kranz: She's an okay singer. About the important part: Half of this CD was co-written (i.e. everything minus lyrics), produced, performed, and mixed by Jeff Martin of Idaho. The other songs were cowritten and produced by people who I couldn't care less about, but mixed by Jeff Martin. The three Martin tracks are fabulous, with gorgeous piano reminiscent of Idaho's last effort "Levitate". If he sang these songs, they could easily make it onto an Idaho album. He seems to be getting really into reverse tape delay effects. The other songs are okay, but pale horribly in comparison to the Martin tracks. The last song would be good, but the main instruments, acoustic guitars, are distractingly out of tune. Basically, if you know who Jeff Martin or Idaho is, buy this.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Impressive Debut, June 16 2003
When this surfaced on my list of Amazon Recommendations, I was hesitant to buy it because no-one else had reviewed it and I'd never heard of this band. But I'm very glad I did buy it. This album is in the lo-fi sadcore/slowcore style, but definitely has its own distinctive sound (as most artists in the genre do). The chord changes, melodies, interesting arrangements, and vocal harmonies are all very beautiful. Songs one through three are my favorites at the moment. The first song is very beautiful, and features beautiful finger-picked guitar (think Nick Drake or Mark Eitzel), voice, cello, brushed drums, and a bit of trumpet. I know you may be thinking, "Trumpets?" Don't worry, they work very well. This album reminds me a lot of what Dakota Suite wishes they could do. The second song features beautiful piano and absolutely gorgeous male/female vocal harmonies. Tasteful accordian comes in, bringing to mind a couple of American Music Club songs. The third song is great too, with sizzle cymbals, piano, guitar, keyboards, and a bit of trumpet again. The piano melody and the chord changes in the chorus could bring you to tears. The fifth song has a definite Mark Eitzel's "Invisible Man" feel. I would mostly compare this CD to AMC's "Mercury", due to the basic feel, arrangements, time signatures, etc. Fans of American Music Club and especially Mark Eitzel (due to the more "solo" feel of the record) should definitely not pass this up. Various elements of "Everclear", "Mercury", "Sixty Watt Silver Lining", "West", and "The Invisible Man" come through on this album. Basically, if you like sadcore and slowcore like American Music Club/Mark Eitzel, Red House Painters/Mark Kozelek, Idaho, Low, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, you will not be disappointed with this purchase.

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