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For Beginner Piano Import

4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 28 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00001IVAI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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1. On My Bus
2. Top & Low Rent
3. Plock
4. Marbles
5. Busy Working
6. The Greek Alphabet
7. Press A Key
8. Bibi Plone
9. Be Rude To Your School
10. Summer Plays Out

Product Description

The music of Plone, a sonically erudite British trio who have released highly acclaimed singles on the Warp and Wurlitzer Jukebox labels, is deceptively simple and nursery rhymeish. Plone is clearly influenced by coolster retro sounds--Atari video games, cocktail lounge music, soundtrack music (in particular those to 1950s sci-fi flicks and 1960s spaghetti Western films), das Kraftwerk, early '80s electrobeat, and Casio keyboard music. But the group mostly avoid the trappings of kitsch for its own sake; this is "real" music, with heavy (albeit loopy) melodies and intriguing and unexpected progressions, even though they've been made to sound as if they're emanating from a Colecovision console. One of the more interesting things about Plone is the way that modern, computer-based manipulation of sound is brought to moldy analog synths; there are multiple, delicately lopped and smudged layers of sound to each track. Take "Plock," which sounds all at once like Smurphy techno mixed with Ovalized Teletubbies electro and the long-lost soundtrack to Tron: The Toddler Years. --Mike McGonigal

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Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to this album for about five years by now and I have yet to get tired of it. It's not for everyone, but for those people who like bloopy electronic childlike melodies, you should listen to this CD. I personally like "Top and Low Rent" the most but "Bibi Plone" is great too as an insanely happy sounding song that sounds like background music to some brightly colored alien land where all the inhabitants are blobs (okay, that's just my opinion...they might not be blobs). In general I enjoy all the songs, but as much as I love this album I'm giving it four instead of five stars because I think it could've been longer (otherwise, definitely a 5!). Nothing really compares to Plone in my mind but if you like them you may also like E*Vax, B. Fleischmann, Lullatone...and vice versa.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa586a57c) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa58d7d50) out of 5 stars forget the comparisons Jan. 26 2001
By bowery boy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
people keep comparing this cd to other groups and musicians which boxes it in and places loftly expectations on it. (if i were to compare it i would say think air's "remember" or "kelly, watch the stars!". vocoder vocals, funky 70s bass lines and simple synth beats. i know. . . i'm being hypocritical) so when i bought this cd i was expecting kraftwerk-like rhythms or autechre=like beats (after all they are on the warp label) needless to say i was disappointed at first listen. then, i threw all of the pre-concieved ideas that were shoved on me out of my head and listened to it again with a clear open mind. lo and behold! i discovered that this is one of the freshest, funnest simplest CDs i've ever bought. i won't try to explain the songs or describe the style (with the exception of my hypocritical comparison at the begining of this review), i just suggest that you buy it, listen to it, and enjoy it without paying any attention to what anyone has to say about the cd. you'll love it based on it's own merits. i did.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5525594) out of 5 stars Catchy melodies, but perhaps not a "keeper" April 4 2000
By Bryan O'Sullivan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Listening to "For Beginner Piano" provides a fine opportunity to play "spot the influence". For me, at least, the closest antecedents to this album would be European instrumental music from the late 1960s through the early 1980s. From Kraftwerk-like abstraction, through stirring tunes that sound for all the world like old Ennio Morricone movie soundtracks, this album is a journey in nostalgia.
Every track on this album is immediately accessible, but I don't really feel like there's enough depth or variety to keep me coming back to it. Once you've listened to a given tune a few times, you're unlikely to get more out of it. The simplicity of the music is beguiling, but it also leaves "For Beginner Piano" bereft of lasting impact.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa58041f8) out of 5 stars The Pleasure of Synthetic Euro-Pop Melodies Oct. 6 1999
By Sam Grawe - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Those familiar with Plone's earlier singles should know what to expect from this album. Not only does it include two of the songs from those releases, PLOCK and PRESS A KEY, but the rest of the tracks are quite similar in nature. For curious electro-trainspotters this album is unlike any other in the Warp catalog, so dont expect any Squarepusher jungle, or Autechre bit-bleepage. Plone's simple "fischer price melodies" and "lego beats" (from Matador's promotional sticker on the wrapper) hark back to Kraftwerk and the 1980's electro-pop, while at the same time referencing current analog trendsetters AIR and I.S.A.N. That's not to say that Plone dont have a sound of their own or that this album isn't a worthy addition to anyone's music collection. "For Beginner Piano" has been worth the wait (for those few of us who have been looking forward to it all summer). Every song on the album is great. That said, I shall register my one complaint: about 2/3rds of the pieces start to sound very similar upon listening to the disc as a whole. On a record that doesn't break the forty minute mark, that's a little dissapointing. Its as simple as a favored chord change and melody (that lilting minor chord sort of Euro-sound from French and Italian records of the 60's), but you would think that such talented musicians would persue a little more variation on a disc of such brevity. If you like melodic music with a sense of humour (BE RUDE TO YOUR SCHOOL could be the uplifting theme from the end of an 8-bit Nintendo game) and analog synths, check out this disc... you will love it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5d5ca5c) out of 5 stars this is what music was created for Jan. 28 2003
By meek - Published on
Format: Audio CD
since the lost days of the space pop electronica,a few albums could made us feel that nostalgia about the future.But with these guys of UK,our hearts will be sad for something that still hasn't happened..
For beginner piano is a masterpiece,melodic electronica,with a touch of 60's glamour,and the presence of jean jaques perrey everywhere.It's has been almost 4 years since this cd was released,but you are in time to hear the most wonderful album of electronic pop that you can imagine...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa60b34ec) out of 5 stars ventures for the 90's and 00 Nov. 12 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
after a few listens to this album i've come to the conclusion that this is what the ventures would have sounded like if they had started in the 90's as opposed to the 60's.
the melodies are catchy and the lack of drum loops that warp is known for do not detract from this album. its like listening to music that you would have heard as a kid, the sounds are all nostalgic since their repotoire of instruments are from old analogue synths, over all im glad i bought the album,