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Invisible Man Import

4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (May 22 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00005B9SN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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1. The Boy With The Hammer In The Pape bag
2. Can You See?
3. Christian Science Reading Room
4. Sleep
5. To THe Sea
6. Shine
7. Steve I Always Knew
8. Bitterness
9. Anything
10. Without You
11. The Global Sweep Of Human History
12. Seeing Eye Dog
13. Proclain Your Joy

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track list: * boy with the hammer in the paper bag, the * can you see? * christian science reading room * sleep * to the sea * shine * steve i always knew * bitterness * anything * without you * global sweep of human history, the * seeing eye dog * proclaim your joy

As former singer of American Music Club, Mark Eitzel was one of the biggest critical hits of the late 20th century. Yet adulatory reviews don't necessarily lead to sales and so this soulful, inspirational artist remains a cult figure. The Invisible Man is his first new recording in some three years. It's said the delay is due to the death by overdose of his muse and closest friend, Kathleen Burns. Yet this is no fraught collection of primal screams and gothic thunder. Instead we have a wildly varied selection of mood-pieces. "Christian Science Reading Room" has a quiet acoustic guitar occasionally attacked by military drum-rolls, then engulfed by a strange keyboard recalling The Residents' Not Available. "Sleep" is a beautifully judged electronic lullaby (Eitzel actually spent the last two years producing the album on a Mac in his front-room, and his diligence shows through), while the closing "Proclaim Your Joy" is like a speeded-up take on Eileen Rose's "Would You Marry Me?", warm and countrified with Eitzel sounding genuinely (and surprisingly) uplifted. Being Eitzel, the album's often wordy and morose, like Leonard Cohen badly beaten and left to think and die in solitary confinement. But there is a truly human spirit on display which music lovers will appreciate. Everyone should have one Eitzel album. This one will do. --Dominic Wills

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i'm slowly working my way back through mark eitzel's work and started by picking up the invisible man a few years ago. a young kid then, probably floating around in the record store, partly terrified partly at home. i went up to the counter, tossed the cd on the counter and the older lady at the register just kinda looked at me. i said mark eitzel used to be in american music club thinking i prolly beat her to discovering an amazing artist. i had never heard anything by the guy but he was already mine. and looking like the biggest sixteen year old ever, i stepped out of the record store into my car, put eitzel on and didn't know what the hell was going on. the intro to the boy with the hammer sounded like someone just fell over and died on the piano. it was scary. this old drunken guy was whispering his stories of drunkely spewing "F**K YOU WORLD!" and then running out of the bar to sleep under the night sky at some random location in downtown s.f. "I'M ONLY SIXTEEN, MARK! JESUS..." so i safely placed eitzel near the bottom of my rotation and went back to safe, angry alternative, brit-pop or anything else that would keep whatever eitzel was singing about at bay. as time went, eitzel became more of a routine and then, without me noticing, eitzel was everywhere with me. after that, i picked up 'west', 'caught in a trap', amc's 'san francico', 'mercury', and 'music for courage and confidence'. all are phenomenal and give listeners the backalley treatment. there ain't no red carpet, there's not a soul in sight. it's just you and a drunken, depressed guy who just might be the most decent person in the world.
enough has probably been said about the invisible man. i won't try to add anything new. to the sea is unbearably fitting to buckley. eitzel really knows what he's talking about (maybe that's what separates him from everyone?). certainly, like another reviewer mentioned, it is darkness visible.
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Mark Eitzel is the greatest living songwriter, without question. In my mind, this album is a return to his glory, something that hadn't been seen since 60 Watt Silver Lining and before American Music Club split. Definatively different than anything he'd ever done before, either solo or with American Music Club. There is a little dance feel to it, with drum machines and synths adding some textures. But Mark's gorgeous, fragile guitar playing is not lost at all with this. The electronics merely add to the songs. "Sleep" is my favorite solo Mark Eitzel song. Maybe it's the line about the pedal steel guitar, I don't know. But just an absolutely beautiful song. "Anything" is a haunting little song, perhaps about his ex-girlfriend Kathleen Burns, who died of an overdose in 1998. Although they hadn't been together for a number of years before her death, you can tell that he knows he might never love anyone as much as he loved her. "I'd do anything to be where you are;" perhaps calling to Kathleen in heaven. "Without You" feels like it belonged on an American Music Club album, maybe "Mercury." I could honestly go one forever about this records. It's beautiful, amazing. It makes me cry. I listen to it in the car and imagine Mark standing before me, onstage, holding his acoustic guitar. A very honest man. This record is almost like he opened up his soul and let anyone see what was inside. It really, really is a horrible shame that Mark Eitzel and the American Music Club were never really recognized for their amazing talents.
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Coming on the back of some unbelievably memorable live UK shows in late 2000 this album fulfilled all the expectation and represented a blistering return to form.
The sound could be defined as lo-fi home electronica,in keeping with 'Lovers Leap USA' and the '99 demo's,and would hopefully appeal to those who found 'Caught In A Trap...' too bleak.
'The Boy With The Hammer' sets the tone with its slow-building intensity only punctuated late on by Eitzel's knowing self-parody when he croons,"So... boo, hoo, hoo,I'm really gonna miss you...".
The next is best..."Can you see,can you see,can you see what the world is?/The way it pulls you on and tricks you it's always some new spring morning...?".A song as good as anything in the AMC and Eitzel back-catalogue.Acoustic and emotional beauty is the best way to describe it...but if I could describe it properly,you wouldn't be reading the rest of my hopeless attempt to do justice to the man and would instead,simply be buying this and the entire AMC/Eitzel collection.Which I sincerely hope you are...
'To The Sea' is a tribute to Jeff Buckley but in a slightly more personal way than I suspect other attempts might be...As the live introductions confirm(with the then hindsight of listening to the song on CD)the song is Eitzel confessing his attraction to Jeff but only to us in song...because the last time he saw Jeff in New York prior to his tragic drowning Eitzel had almost waved him away rather than face up to his feelings.That Eitzel can then tie all this in with Jeff's inability to come to terms with his father and just us,how we generally act and feel is genius...
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