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1. Return to Cookie Mountain (with
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2. Amputechture
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3. Greetings From Michigan: The Great
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4. Funeral
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5. Yellow House
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6. Roots and Crowns
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7. Stupid Dream
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8. Rather Ripped
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9. Takk...
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10. A Lazarus Taxon
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11. The Soft Bulletin
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12. The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place
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13. Ágætis Byrjun
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14. Witching Hour
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15. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
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16. De-Loused in the Comatorium
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17. The Complex
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18. Gang of Losers
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19. Frances the Mute
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20. You Forgot It in People

1. Return to Cookie Mountain (with Bonus Tracks)
by Interscope Records
Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Their second album and first for Interscope is almost wholly brilliant. Like Mogwai, Sigur Ros and a dozen others, TVOTR excels at making slowly-evolving tunes with vaguely anthemic choruses and lots of loud-soft dynamics. Unlike virtually any of those other bands, TV on the Radio mix a genuine and actual songwriting ability with their knack for finding sounds that appear to be "new." This record is crisper-sounding and incorporates more dance-based elements, but it's essentially a pop album. While the lack of the free web-released "Dry Drunk Emperor, a tribute to President Bush, is initially a bummer, the album percolates with enough pre-apocalyptic tension to satisfy anyone. In a Prince-pitched falsetto, the group sings "I was a lover/ Before this war," While throughout, the combination of melody and invention is always pitch-perfect (well, except on "Province" and "Let the Devil In," those songs sort of suck.) People of Earth: please make this band into total superstars and buy several copies of their album: one for the car, another for the office, etc. What we really need in our popular music is more weirdness, and more truth.Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best of 2006 so far.
This album is so good that I finally decided to write a review. I had to add some thoughts especially since some of the other reviews aren't that positive. Return To Cookie Mountain sounds fresher than anything I have heard in a long time. "Wolf Like Me" is amazing and what drew me to them in the first place. But it's the other songs that will hold onto you for much longer. "I Was A Lover" is a great intro and sets the tone perfectly. "A Method" which no one here has really discussed much, is a beautiful song with layers of harmony that lead into wonderfully sinister drums. It is that kind of juxtapostioning that keeps you on your toes through out. the last part of the album drags a bit, but it's only because the first part is so extraordinary. If you really like eclectic and beautifully crafted music you can go wrong with this. Gets better with every listen!

2-0 out of 5 stars Turn off the tv on the radio!
This band is getting alot of critical acclaim right now, but I'm just not feeling it. The single "Wolf like me" is the only song that stands out to me on the whole album. It is a great song, but everything else is just blah. I think the band could use a different singer, the guy they got doesn't sing very well or very "soulful". The music is good, very original and the only reason I haven't sold the cd yet. I really think ppl need to hear this one for themselves before they buy. Don't be fooled by these 5 star reviews. Just listen to the cd before you buy it. That's my advice.

3-0 out of 5 stars When it works it is friggin' wonderful...
...but when in doesn't, it really, really doesn't.I have to admit that if the review were based solely on the songs I really enjoy from this album it would be 5 instead of only 3 stars, but alas as a whole the album, for me at least, doesn't work.That is not, however, to say I don't respect these guys for trying something new.On the contrary, I think that their mistakes are brilliant attempts.That said, the songs that work are, as the headline says, "Friggin' Wonderful"."I Was A Lover" and "Wolf Like Me" are fantastic.The later of the two will definitely stay in constant rotation on my Nanopod for years to come(Not that the Nanopod will actually last that long, but that is another story all together).I would definitely suggest it to fans of the first.The album is a logical progression in their sound, and I can't wait to hear what they do next. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Indie Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Rock/Experimental    4. Rock    5. Rock/Pop    6. United States of America   


2. Amputechture
by Umvd Labels
Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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Asin: B000GPI1BO
Sales Rank: 453
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars But.....I Like It
In 25 words or less...interesting music by great musicians..they continue to break the mold....and challenge our ears...bravo MV...

3-0 out of 5 stars Amputate some songs...
If someone were to ask me the answer to today's Pink Floyd, my response might be The Mars Volta. With 2003's Deloused in the Comatorium, the galactic battlefield that is Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez's guitar work ripped apart the common man while the saucy vocals of one Cedric Bixler Zavala put it all back together again. Their music was weird, trippy and, for the most part, frighteningly original.
4-0 out of 5 stars Humans as ornaments
This is the first disc I've heard by The Mars Volta (TMV) and I can understand why this could be a negative experience for some. Piercing dissonant guitar tones that could shatter glass, odd time signatures and weird changes during a song usually turn most people off. Adding creepy shrieking sax playing and falsetto vocals that can warp your eardrums and sound Chipmunkish at times, and you have a difficult listen indeed. For me, TMV sound like a combination of Faith No More, King Crimson, and Santana. All songs on this disc, less the beginning and final track, are intriguing and the simple groove of "Meccamputechture" is infectious. The production suffers at times from audible distortion and the drums are buried in the mix, but these are only minor issues to an otherwise solid release. Definitely makes me want to check out more of their discs. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Post-Hardcore    3. Post-Rock/Experimental    4. Progressive Metal    5. Rock    6. Rock/Pop   


3. Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lake State
by Asthmatic Kitty
Audio CD (01 July, 2003)
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Sales Rank: 496
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzz
I don't usually buy a CD by someone I never heard of w/o listening to the clips, but I'm from Mich. and I just wanted to hear what this one was like no matter what. Besides, it has those weird titles peppered with all those exclamation points!!I thought it was probably going to be a lively rockin' little tongue-in-cheek CD with some songs that were even borderline novelty tunes! Oops! No question these people are great musicians, and I like indie/folkie stuff, I really do. But (and you knew there was a but coming) these songs don't say Michigan to me. I think you could almost insert state/cities of your choice in each one and no one would notice. And maybe it's because I'm a first-wave boomer teetering on the brink of old foggie-dom, but I expected/wanted more from this CD. These songs are just a little to bloodless for me. But hey, I grew up on Seger and Smokey, so cut me some slack, 'kay?

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Hey, "Music I Am," Sufjan Stevens and Cat Stevens are not the same person.Cat Stevens (who changed his name to Yusuf Islam) is nearly 60 years old, and Sufjan himself is in his 30s.
5-0 out of 5 stars Thank heaven for CDs!
...else if Michigan was on vinyl I would have worn it out by now.
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Subjects:  1. Ambient Pop    2. Indie Pop    3. Indie Rock    4. Pop    5. Post-Rock/Experimental    6. Progressive Folk    7. Rock    8. Rock/Pop    9. Singer/Songwriter   


4. Funeral
by Merge Records
Audio CD (14 September, 2004)
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Asin: B0002IVN9W
Sales Rank: 542
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Change
In the atmosphere of so much music labled as particular genres like "rock" or "pop", here comes a very different sort of band that doesn't seem to care about such distinctions. The band was luckily able to gain recognition, due to some promotion on MTV's "Advance Warning" program and radio play on alternative stations. Though "The Funeral" was released in 2004, it could've very well been released in any other era. It carries with it a sort of timeless quality that's not modern, but not entirely antique either. This effect is achieved through the variety of musical instruments, use of lyrics of a poetic quality, and the sincere earnestness found in the vocals.
4-0 out of 5 stars It works for me
Some bands you have to dig for, or Amazon suggests to you and you buy...Either way its a joy to find these gems.This album is a great listen from beginning to end.Love the melodies, love the lyrics, love the passion.If you find great pleasure, as I do, from music that moves your soul you must get this album today.

4-0 out of 5 stars need to be nice
I just trashed a bunch of other bands, so I figured I ought to say something nice. This is a great album. It has an intensity that seems impossible, given the amount of chaos going on in within it. The singing is a bit weak, but the band's enthusiasm makes up for it.
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Subjects:  1. Indie Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Rock/Experimental    4. Rock    5. Rock/Pop   


5. Yellow House
by Warp Records
Audio CD (05 September, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 647
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars I want to live in a yellow house...
Have you ever been to a model home in a midwestern suburban housing development in the midst of being completed? These houses, constructed inside and out to look as though the most pleasant families in the world have been happily inhabiting them for years, create the kind of warmth and familiarity that one could be convinced can never exist elsewhere. Nowhere else except perhaps in the cascading strains of "Yellow House". Much comparison has been made between The Grizzlies and The Beach Boys and Animal Collective...but I hear bits of Eno at his most jilted, Vashti Bunyan at her most tender and even, yes, Aphex Twin at his most melodic. This is not experimental music for pop fans, nor is it pop for fans of experimental music. This is intriguing music at its most populist...tuneful, expansive, exposed and redemptive.

5-0 out of 5 stars best album in a decade
I both envy and feel sad for anyone who has not heard this album.I envy you because when you first listen to this album it will awaken beauty in your life and I feel sad that you have yet to expierence it yet.I haven't fallen for an album like this since flaming lips, yoshimi. you can sure find influences in thier music, I hear beatles and beach boys but there is also a very distinct quality, untapped in modern music, I can't place it,but it is haunting and this album stays with you for a long time. I work nights in badgad, its the soundtrack of my deployment and brings beauty to a horrid situation. thank you grizzly bear. its exilirating to say the least. Easily the best album of the year and in my top 5 of the decade so far.

5-0 out of 5 stars yes get it and see them live
a song excerpt may help you get the genre, but to really get IT you should hear the whole album, go for the whole ride, and listen to how the delicately balanced songs progress with geometric precision, then are broken with magnificent grizzly guitar tantrums and textural spasms that manage to be both futuristic and timeless.dont write them off as a freakfolk experiment. grizzly bear is a really great band. you must see them live too. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Experimental Rock    2. Indie Rock    3. Pop    4. Post-Rock/Experimental    5. Rock    6. Rock/Pop   


6. Roots and Crowns
by Thrill Jockey
Audio CD (10 October, 2006)
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Asin: B000H49P6O
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The fifth proper album by the Chicago-based roots-loving group is their slowest, weirdest, and best. Some of these hazy songs are pretty little pop jams, while others are more experimental things stitched together haphazardly, all the wires showing. If you want to hear a group that "pushes the envelope" while never forgoing the pleasure principle, Califone is exactly that. It's so nice to hear people who could so easily form a (really good) jam band forego such lucrative tendencies for more foreign, complex, and subtle pleasures. "Black Metal Valentine" and "A Chinese Actor" are stitched-together Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars fresh and old califone
this a very good collection of songs that have elements from every type of califone album.While I dont think it is their best ever..its a lot better then HKB.This album is an excellent sampler to califone. I like all their styles so I am happy with it, hasn't left my car cd player since i got it. The 3rd listen is when the beauty really emerges. go get it! viva la 'fone!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another amazing album from an amazing band...
If you have enjoyed previous Califone albums you will enjoy this one as well.No need to review this, it is a perfect album.Go buy it now! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock    3. Rock/Pop   


7. Stupid Dream
by Snapper UK
Audio CD (08 August, 2006)
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Asin: B000FVRRH8
Sales Rank: 841
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  • Original recording remastered
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Subjects:  1. Experimental Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Rock/Experimental    4. Prog-Rock/Art Rock    5. Rock    6. Rock/Pop   


8. Rather Ripped
by Geffen Records
Audio CD (13 June, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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It's been almost a quarter century since a youthful, avant-garde band with cut-rate guitars and an impetus for experimental noise burst into the New York underground, and it's very possible that as its 21st record to date, Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This album is like a sunny day
I am a latecomer to Sonic Youth, having never been a fan of noise pop, art pop, or atonal experimental rock. However, as a fan of the Stooges, American Analog Set, Low, QOTSA and many things in between, Rather Ripped fits right into my groove. It's fuzzy, raw, sometimes spare, guitar-oriented, and melodic. Kim Gordon manages to sing on key and Moore, oddly, sounds like a youth Bruce Springsteen sometimes.
4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
I own Daydream Nation, Goo, and Rather Ripped. Of the three, I probably skip the most tracks on this one ("sleepin' around" and "rats" usually, "what a waste" and "rapture" occasionally). There are some really really good tracks that are classic sonic youth too though. "Jams run free", "Incinerate", "Reena", and "Pink Steam" are all great, with "jams run free" probably being my most played. If you want to get into sonic youth, this is a good start but I'd recommend "Daydream Nation" as a starting point - it may take a few more listens but overall "Daydream" is their best work.

5-0 out of 5 stars a late-career triumph
The beauty of this album doesn't immediately jump out at you, but grows with time - the streamlined serenity of tracks like "Reena" or "Do You Believe in Rapture?", the noisy "Rats" and "What a Waste" - and the crescendoing climactic glory of "Pink Steam."
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Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Experimental Rock    3. Indie Rock    4. Pop    5. Post-Rock/Experimental    6. Rock    7. Rock/Pop    8. United States of America   


9. Takk...
by Geffen Records
Audio CD (13 September, 2005)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Just when this Icelandic crew seemed stuck in loud/soft/loud/ soft rut a la Mogwai or Godspeed You Black Emperor, they release their most beguiling, subtle and beautiful album yet. This album, allegedly the group's first sung in Icelandic rather than their own made-up "Hopelandic" (not that this listener could tell the difference) is relentlessly joyous, unaffectedly rad and inventive but never just for its own sake. Strings hold an ever more prominent place in the music, and this is a good thing. Songs unfold slowly as usual, but they take unexpected turns as often as not. The brilliant "Glósóli" burbles with as much melodic invention and anything by their fellow Icelanders Mum.Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Takk is amazing
All of their albums have been gold, takk is no different great album.

5-0 out of 5 stars a strong statement
Sigur Ros are one of our very best and most special bands, and this album is no different. Some detractors had said that after () they looked like they may have been caught in the same sort of trap that many post-rock bands get caught in, the loud-soft-loud syndrome. Takk answers this charge by containing, to my ears at least, a fair deal more diversity. Though that really seems almost meaningless when the songs are as beautiful as they are. Takk/Glosoli exemplifies this. I was shocked the first time I heard the crescendo and explosion towards the end of this track, and knew great things awaited. What makes the album so great is that it contains so many extremes. Glosoli contains a subtle sense of innocence and joy (indeed one of the most striking images from its music video is that of a small girl kissing a small boy on the cheek), and the sense of grandeur that is so often invoked on the album (Saeglopur), and also the sorrow and longing (the 10+ minute Milano-that never seems to drag-and the amazing Andvari) just here create a total experience. It is music not for life, but rather it illuminates life. They, in their most profound moments, allow you to view and identify with all that is beautiful, and sorrowful, and terrible and majestic, making their music in my mind far from "weird" as many put it, but rather intensely human.
4-0 out of 5 stars David
it was agaetis byrjun that got me into the sigur ros style of music and that one is still better than this album...dont get me wrong but if someone wanted to get into sigur ros i would highly recommend starting with agaetis or ()...this is still a great album but it sounds a bit more pop-ish than id like...i grew accustomed to the long and "nothing else like it" sound of the untitled album as well...it is a bit of a sleeping pill like others mention but this one is more likely to keep u awake and listening to that beautiful music that sigor ros produces. i bought it on expectations of it being an extention of () but was only slightly dissapointed...still worth every penny ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Ambient Pop    2. Chamber Pop    3. Iceland    4. Pop    5. Post-Rock/Experimental    6. Rock    7. Rock/Pop    8. Space Rock   


10. A Lazarus Taxon
by Thrill Jockey
Audio CD (22 August, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 2006
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Open Sauce music
This has to be the best bargain since I found a Harry Partch record for 50 cents in a public library sale. The first CD alone in "A Lazarus Taxon" is worth the cover price. In the liner notes, Alan Licht quotes Brian Eno's "Unfinished" essay: "It used to be the case that a record was expected to contain the definitive and perhaps only version of a song, and that the job of the band and the producer was to create this "ideal" object." This collection does a great job of dispelling that old notion forever, as some of the tracks are so much developed from the originals that they resemble a house built around 300 year old foundations. To hear how "Gamera" evolved out of "His Second Story Island" is intriguing--maybe it should be the subject of a documentary in itself. This is now my favorite Tortoise CD;I thought "Millions Now Living" would never be bettered, but this one makes this band's music more like the living, open source language it should be. The production is so good that I decided to buy better earphones, and better speakers. (Maybe it wasn't so much of a bargain, after all.)

4-0 out of 5 stars A great deal
The videos on the DVD are great.Some of the live stuff is pretty good, particularly the recording of "salt the skies" and the 40+ minute set.The CD's may include a little too much material, but there is plenty of good work to find on these 3-discs.Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic deal
First off, if you're a Tortoise fan and are expecting some kind of comprehensive, best of overview, well think again. I do want to say however that the music included in this compilation is indeed awesome. You have some very early, more rare material, all the long deleted remix collaborations, all so well done, and a very artful, visually pleasing dvd showing some excellent concert footage, music videos, and more. All this for under twenty dollars, plus some beautiful packaging. Again, it seems the first reviewer here thought this to be some sort of greatest hits box set or something, and thus his opinion soured. Don't listen to him--listen to the music and simply enjoy. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Experimental Rock    2. Indie Rock    3. Instrumental Rock    4. Pop    5. Post-Rock/Experimental    6. Rock    7. Rock/Pop   


11. The Soft Bulletin
by Warner Bros / Wea
Audio CD (22 June, 1999)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of those
I few years ago I randomly picked up Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and was hooked. Hungry for more F'Lips I went back in time to this -- and was disappointed. Besides Race for the Prize and Waitin' For A Superman I didn't find much else to like. I decided to pick up this CD again recently, since I was going to one of their shows (it was unbelievable) and I was blown away. This is one of those albums that takes some time and careful listening to in order to fully appreciate its beauty. Tracks like Feeling Yourself Disintegrate and A Spoonful Weights A Ton are so well crafted I can only smile and sometimes even shed a tear. Simply gorgeous and worth every second.

5-0 out of 5 stars Have a nice day.
The Flaming Lips are perhaps the ultimate "happy" rock band.Their music is just perfectly fluffy and uplifting, without having to be too overtly sunny and positive.I really think it's impossible not to feel good while listening to these guys.Heck, even Trent Reznor lists the Flaming Lips as one of his favorite bands, and look at what a gloomy guy he is.
5-0 out of 5 stars A Modern Day Symphony
The major reason that "The Soft Bulletin" is such an amazing album is because at the time that it came out no really excepted that the Flaming Lips could make an album like it. Whilst they constantly realised albums that were brilliant, they were very much a cult college band.
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Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Dream Pop    3. Experimental    4. Experimental Rock    5. Neo-Psychedelia    6. Noise Pop    7. Pop    8. Rock    9. Rock/Pop    10. United States of America   


12. The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place
by Temporary Residence
Audio CD (04 November, 2003)
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Sales Rank: 806
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars beauty isnt the word for this album
To be honest I can't think of a word that can explain the emotional link with this album apart from it being the most beautiful sound I've heard. For me listening to this album makes me feel emotionally confused but absolutely complete at the same time, never before has an album stopped me in my tracks as firmly as this one. My favourite songs on the album are "the only moment we were alone" and "six days at the bottom of the ocean" every time my ears are blessed with these artworks I'm am fixated on nothing else but them. I literally cannot communicate with anyone or anything I just have to listen to them intently. This album is not as experimental as "those who tell the truth shall die those who tell the truth shall live forever" but I feel it is just as good and the songs are put together impeccably well, with no song being neither longer nor shorter than it has to be. I love the pure, clean sound of this album and see it as light as the wind. The trance that this album provides is indescribable; I'm not saying if you buy this album it will have this exact effect on you this description is merely from a personal note. Either way I strongly recommend this band and album to anybody who is looking for a purchase, for you can have no doubt that this album is extremely well produced, written, recorded, thought out and sounding. Buy it, you will not regret your choice one bit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Minimalistic, and Sheer Post-Rock Perfection
It was hard for me to determine if this recording deserved a 4 star rating or a 5 star rating.I've been a prog fan for years but only recently did I get into post-rock material.I started off by listing to Godspeed You Black Emperor, A Silver Mountain Zion, and Sigur Ros.While impressed a times, I found some of their compositions kind of boring and repetitive after a while.I definitely wouldn't say these bands are "heavy rotation" bands in my music playback lists.
5-0 out of 5 stars Words Can't Explain
Theres rarely a day that passes where i don't listen to this amazing album.
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Subjects:  1. Indie Rock    2. Pop    3. Post-Rock/Experimental    4. Rock    5. Rock/Pop   


13. Ágætis Byrjun
by Play It Again Sam Us
Audio CD (22 May, 2001)
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Asin: B00005IC2H
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Reykjavík-based noise quartet Sigur Rós are the biggest band in their native Iceland, which should say much, much more about the collective insanity of that earthquake-ridden, blizzard-beaten crag of an island than anything to do with Sigur Rós's sound. But in their music, Sigur Rós reflect all the breathtaking glory of the Icelandic wastes--a fairy-tale explosion of unhinged elemental majesty that's finally crystallized here, their debut European release. Poised somewhere between the haunting soundscapes of Labradford and the lilting Celtic falsetto of Enya, Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Do some research.
I would just like to point out that the only song on this album sung in "Hopelandic" is the eighth track, "Olsen Olsen". All of the other tracks (besides Intro and Avalon, with no vocals) are sung in Icelandic, meaning they have actual words with meaning. Their next album, ( ), is the only one entirely in Hopelandic, and Takk only has three songs in Hopelandic. Their debut, Von, only has one song in Hopelandic, the title track. So stop talking about your distaste for their made-up language spread all over this CD. Thanks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sigur Ros - In the year 2525...
Sigur Ros' debut is one of the weirdest CD's I've owned for a few years.I just listened to it the other day and I am still blown away by its awesomeness.It's sung in a made-up language by Icelandic space rockers.
5-0 out of 5 stars Achingly beautiful
The first song I heard from this album was "Viorar Vel til Loftarasa," and even years after hearing the song, there's something beautiful...and sad about listening to it, and the way the music drops out in the middle of the song, as if to illustrate a point at which someone's hope seems lost, only to build into a beautiful, triumphal sonic climax filled with strings, piano, drums and waves of oddly reassuring guitar feedback.It's one of the few songs that really evokes a concrete emotional response even without the benefit of a lyrical narrative, and most of the songs here have that same ability to resonate.I listen to everything from death metal to African folk music, and there really isn't any other group I know of that sounds quite like this.Buy it; you'll be moved. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Ambient Pop    3. Chamber Pop    4. Iceland    5. Pop    6. Post-Rock/Experimental    7. Rock    8. Rock/Pop    9. Space Rock   


14. Witching Hour
by Rykodisc
Audio CD (04 October, 2005)
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Sales Rank: 2832
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Orgasm of Sound
I'm a very busy gal, holding down 2 jobs on top of being pre-med! The only time I get a break to sit down and listen to music (that's not in a bland retail store mix) is in my car, going from/to class or work. Therefore, my iPod requires some kickass driving music! That's where bassy, danceable tunes like those on Witching Hour come in. It transforms my boring vehicle into a mobile club! When you have an album that makes you feel like you're driving a Lamborghini, that's a worthy investment, my dear.

5-0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of electrogoth atmosphere
My girlfriend and I walked into a goth nightclub recently and heard these amazing tracks. I had to ask who it was. This is the first I've heard of this group and I have to say I am extremely impressed with what they've done here. If you're lucky one night you too will have a similar experience; it's perfect for late-night, very loud, smoky, dark, laser-lit venues, replete with PVC-attired patrons dressed in black. It's very sexual, fetishistic music. The vocals are extraordinary. It's reminiscent of material released years ago for the 4AD label in the UK. I commend the production very highly. This is one of the best albums I've heard in a long time.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the coolest albums of the last few years.
The first time I heard Ladytron I wasn't to into them, it seemed alright, but nothing to interesting.However I came back and listened again after a few months, and I found them strangely addicting.Songs, one after another started sticking very persistantly in my brain, and before I knew it I owned everything of theirs that I could get my hands on.The band has a rather enchanting sound that is very sublime and beautiful, matched with with a smart head for songwriting that gives them a very dreamy feel.This is one of the groups helping keep modern music interesting, hopefully this or another one of their albums are in your collection. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. England    3. Indie Electronic    4. Indie Pop    5. Pop    6. Post-Rock/Experimental    7. Rock    8. Rock/Pop   


15. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
by Nonesuch
Audio CD (11 April, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 1417
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Eno and Byrne score a hit
I first bought this album on a whim since I'm a big eno fan, but not so much of David Byrne. This album was a quite nice surprise, with its beat driven rhythms and guitar of David Byrne, and pulsing ambient textures of Brian Eno. Originally released in the eighties, this album stands the test of time and is still one of the better collaboration albums in Eno's catalouge.
5-0 out of 5 stars What about Amos Tutuola?
I don't understand why no review ever refers to Amos Tutuola's amazing book, from which this album's title was taken. Try reading it and then see how it relates to the album!

5-0 out of 5 stars What really happened in the eighties.
Albums like this one are what makes me grit my teeth when people talk about how vapid 1980's music was. If only they knew how much they missed that was brewing below the surface (The early Butthole Surfers and Big Black, for example).
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Subjects:  1. Ambient    2. Experimental    3. Experimental Rock    4. Pop    5. Rock    6. Rock/Pop   


16. De-Loused in the Comatorium
by Umvd Labels
Audio CD (24 June, 2003)
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Asin: B00009V7T2
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Fair Rating
I haven't offer reviews before, relying on other opinions to broaden my music horizons.I just couldn't let this one go by.This would get a half star if there was such a rating.No value whatsoever.Stick to Porcupine Tree, Afrocelt Sound System, Gentle Giant to name a few exploratory groups with talent.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
And I don't even like prog-rock that much. There is such a devine space created by these guys though that I'm compelled to listen... over, and over, and over... you get the idea. I've also listened to Amputechture and Frances the Mute and for myself personally De-Loused is the go to album of these guys - the others seem a tad to overbearing and overindulgent (even prog-rock is supposed to represent these two ideologies). Somehow the inspiration of their friend's coma experience and subsequent death helps elevate this piece of material above the other two in my opinion. On a purely technical level, these guys have chops, the engineering makes perfect use of the stereo range, and the mastering job is one of the best and most natural that I've heard in a long time.

5-0 out of 5 stars They could be the next Pink Floyd!
I bought FTM and loved it, and I knew then that I was in need of this fantastic album! A great suprise. The album tells a stroy.
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Subjects:  1. Neo-Psychedelia    2. Pop    3. Post-Hardcore    4. Post-Rock/Experimental    5. Progressive Metal    6. Rock    7. Rock/Pop   


17. The Complex
Audio CD (22 April, 2003)
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Asin: B00008OWZD
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Take equal measures of Gallagher and Kraftwerk, mix in a 15-year supply of blue body paint and shake with a double-shot of modern marketing savvy and you might have something akin to Blue Man Group. This ambitious second album by New York performance artists Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars BMG should stay with their strength
I have enjoyed the innovative and pecussive sound of the BMG for years.The addition of vocals has, in my opinion, really decreased the enjoyability of the group.I would hope that BMG would stick with their original success factors and go back to the pure instrumental sound.

4-0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR MUSIC LOVERS
DA COMPLEX - CRUSHES THE BEATLES - BACH AND MOZART WERE GARBAGEMEN COMPARED 2 THE COMPLEX.
4-0 out of 5 stars The Complex
Blue Man Group has an awseome sound of thier own. The DVD is just as enjoyable. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Experimental    2. Pop    3. Popular Music    4. Rock    5. Rock/Pop   


18. Gang of Losers
by Arts & Crafts
Audio CD (03 October, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 1014
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars One of 2006's Best!
After The Dears' 2004 masterpiece, "No Cities Left," many fans were left wondering if it could get any better. That album made The Dears into one of indie rock's biggest stars and one of Canada's most notable talents, so topping such a brilliant album would undoubtedly be a monumental task. Fortunately for the fans, The Dears have not let us down. "Gang of Losers" not only builds upon the fundamental sound of The Dears, but it also improves it.
5-0 out of 5 stars Top Ten Albums of the Year
Since I heard The Dears were working on a new album I have been impatiently waiting to see how they could follow up 2004's masterwork No Cities Left. With the new and equally impressive Gang of Losers, this wonderful band from Canada do not recreate No Cities Left. Which is a great thing. The intro to Gang of Losers would lead us to believe we are in for a supersonic sounding album. How quickly things change with the first actual song, coincidentally the first single from this masterwork. I was surprised to discover a sound that is much rawer than The Dears previous efforts. Almost a grunge sound on a few songs. There are definitely echoes of The Smiths scattered about in little vignettes. When listening to this album pay special attention to the wonderful tracks Bandwagoneers, Ballad of Humankindness and You and I are a Gang of Losers. Murray Lightburn puts his emotially charged voice on display in his chant "Heaven knows that I'm a fake" on Bandwagoneers. Heaven may know Mr. Lightburn but those of us not to divinely gifted can't see anything fake going on here.
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Subjects:  1. Canada    2. Indie Rock    3. Pop    4. Post-Rock/Experimental    5. Rock    6. Rock/Pop   


19. Frances the Mute
by Umvd Labels
Audio CD (01 March, 2005)
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Asin: B0007GAEW6
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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If one needed further proof of the contemporary revival/reassessment of the ambitiously overwrought sensibilities once so reviled in '70s rock, this aggressively mindbending second album by the Mars Volta offers it up in spades. Band mainstays Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala insist that labels like "prog" don't interest them, and that this is emphatically Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Epic but overbearing and overreaching, hits stride in final stretch
3 1/2
1-0 out of 5 stars Worst Rock Music EVER!
I am baffeled by the belief that this is music.I just don't get it.This is the WORST music and concert that I have ever ever ever ever heard.

5-0 out of 5 stars INSPIRING.
I had long since given up hope of ever hearing another modern Progressive Rock band to match those great bands of the 70's, when a friend let me hear this album, "Frances The Mute" on vinyl through a top end hi-fi rig. The instant the stylus touched the record, I new I was about to hear something new and full of surprises. I loved the music on first hearing and it takes a VERY special recording indeed for this to happen!
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Subjects:  1. Neo-Psychedelia    2. Pop    3. Post-Hardcore    4. Post-Rock/Experimental    5. Progressive Metal    6. Rock    7. Rock/Pop   


20. You Forgot It in People
by Arts & Crafts
Audio CD (03 June, 2003)
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Sales Rank: 1808
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of all time (believe it!)
These guys make creating incredible rock music appear easy.There's something incredibly natural about this album, and yet it feels wholly original.The songs are emotionally powerful and very well written, identifiying this as a standard indie rock album among the ranks of The Arcade Fire or Wolf Parade, but it also has a sense of groove and musicality to it that identifies it with almost a jazz/funk/jam-band aesthetic.I in no way mean to mislead people by making a connection between this CD and these other genres, because the sound of the album really has little to do with jazz, funk, or jam-bands, but it does demonstrate the power of this album and the skill of the musicians that they are able to strike a balance between a sense music-for-music's sake (as in tight grooves and great musicianship), which is primarly a concept associate with jazz, and concise, emotionally-loaded, structured songs that give this CD the strength of the indie rock albums we all know and love.This CD is enthralling, soft and gentle as a whisper, emotoinal, powerful, dreamy, and groovy.Its also remarkably consistant.What a f@#$ing great album!

3-0 out of 5 stars Help me out
Help me out someone!? I have a wide experience of listening to every kind of (alternative) music but I really cannot see the greatness of the album. Sure, it sounds great and there are great moment but it didn't get me like the Arcade Fire, Bloc Party or even Stars, of which there are some members in BSS as well.
4-0 out of 5 stars vocals....last time I checked, they were important
This is undoubtedly a very talented group, though you do obviously have to be of the indie persuasion to enjoy it. Many tracks really capture some beautiful melodies and wrap them up in unusual but usually effective arrangments. They also change up the sound effectively from song to song, and show considerable artistic range. One aspect, though, in which they show strikingly little originality or variance is the vocals. Every vocal is pretty much the same. Either a slightly fuzzy and faded sound with sometimes harmony from the female lead singer, or the aformentioned female (sorry, not aquanted with the names yet) singing, with her very typically indie and unimpressive voice slightly altered so that it doesn't sound crisp and clean. This in itself is fine, and is effective in many tracks to deliver an evocative, distinctive style, but because they do it continuely it really becomes a one dimensional aspect of the group, and a bit of a shortcoming. I know they are not a stripped and unproduced sessions band, and that they are not going for a traditional sound, but at some point youy have to have some confidence in the natural sound of your vocalists, without putting their voices through a million studio alterations.
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Subjects:  1. Canada    2. Indie Rock    3. Lo-Fi    4. Pop    5. Post-Rock/Experimental    6. Rock    7. Rock/Pop   


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