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Vol. 2-New History Warfare: Judges

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 22 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Constellation
  • ASIN: B004GY6EF6
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,424 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Colin Stetson is a horn player of uncommon strength, skill and genre-defying creativity. He composes and performs otherworldly songs that combine a mastery of circular breathing technique with percussive valve-work and reed vocalizations. This is Colin's second solo record and his first for Constellation. Stetson has been making his mark as a staggering solo performer for several years now, opening for Arcade Fire and The National, and playing at jazz and new music festivals like Moers and London Jazz. His talents have been employed by artists as diverse as Tom Waits, Antibalas and Bon Iver.

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This is a concept album and like Emerson, Lake and Palmer albums it grows on you. Late at night in the dark turned up loud it is amazing. I really liked it but my wife not so much so I knocked one star off for her opinion ;>)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0c31774) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0c5b57c) out of 5 stars In my top 3 best albums of the year - but be warned: It ain't for everyone! Aug. 9 2011
By Edmund Wells - Published on Amazon.com
Back in April 2011 I tuned in to "All Things Considered" on NPR (you can go to the NPR website and listen or download the show from 04/16/11 titled "Colin Stetson: Horn Of Plenty") and heard an interview and samples of Colin Stetson's new cd "New History Warfare Volume 2: Judges" (it is part 2 in a trilogy). I was BLOWN AWAY! The instrumentals were amazing in and of themselves, but then hearing about the recording process and how each song was recorded live in one take using up to 24 mikes in Montreal's Hotel2Tango amazed me. Finally I heard what was for me the highlight -one of the few vocal pieces "Lord I Just Can't Keep from Crying Sometimes." I saved up my pennies and ordered the vinyl LP (which comes with a copy of the cd) from his website. The cd is great, though if you have a good turn-table, the vinyl will blow your mind! It has much more depth. Obviously this music is not for everyone. If Milli Vanilli does it for you, then so be it. But for those a bit more daring and adventurous in your listening abilities, do not pass this offering up. And if you have the equipment to spin some wax, the limited edition vinyl is totally worth it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0c5b984) out of 5 stars This is the sound of a man giving birth Jan. 6 2012
By Hbar - Published on Amazon.com
The physicality of this album's creation is an integral part of the creation itself. You can feel Stetson straining to produce the fog horn blasts from his sax in nearly every note. The sound crashes down on you like an avalanche. You don't merely listen to this album. I felt like Stetson's comrade in arms, battling a void that threatens to consume every sound he strains to generate.

The experience of the album rewards the effort. The music sounds like battle, but the violence is beautifully heroic. There is an undercurrent of masculine virility that transforms the work into something monumental. The sound expresses a grandeur and expansiveness that evokes a historic struggle. The album leaves you feeling exhausted but elated.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa12e0c9c) out of 5 stars All I can say is WOW!!!! May 20 2011
By quatphysh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
WOW WOW WOW!!! I simply LOVE THIS! You have to really REALLY like minmalist compositions and deep emotionally moving music to really get this... it is reminiscent of Philip Glass, who I alove just adore. I suggest listening in a quiet enviroment so you can hear all the subtleties like recirulating breathing technique and a contact mic on his throat (sounds like screaming into a pillow) are just astounding.

Colin Stetson's own brand of experimental jazz is just heart-stopping! And Laurie Anderson's work on this CD is her usual best. :) It's not for everybody but it certainly is for ME!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0c5b9f0) out of 5 stars Saxophone > Guitar April 29 2012
By daniel j baker - Published on Amazon.com
If you like the punk/DIY ethos of Montreal post-rock radicals GodspeedYouBlackEmperor and/or Silver Mt. Zion chances are you will love this album. Yes, the saxophone is traditionally a jazz instrument, but this is not jazz. This album will not make you do jazz hands. What it will do is force you to recognize the sonic power of the solo sax. With a dynamic range from whispers to wails this music is all about creating tension and release. It's a challenging listen, but will reward the diligent ear.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0c5b798) out of 5 stars I've never heard anything like this, but I wish all music sounded this way March 4 2011
By @globetrotmrw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
This album is simply awesome! I don't know how to describe the sounds Mr. Stetson makes, but he's clearly in control of the chaos and the rhythm. The few tracks with spoken words add to the music nicely. I'll definitely be looking for a Colin Stetson concert.