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Abulum [Import]

Glen Phillips Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Brick Red
  • ASIN: B00005AVR1
  • Other Editions: DVD Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Careless
2. Men Just Leave
3. Back On My Feet
4. Fred Meyers
5. My Own Town
6. It Takes Time
7. Drive By
8. Darkest Hour
9. Professional Victim
10. Train Wreck
11. Maya
12. Bonus Track

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5.0 out of 5 stars A really superb abulum 10 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Only problem with the album is that its hard to take out of your cd player. Such great subtle songs from Glen Phillips the former frontman of Toad the Wet Sprocket(the little know US act who had stateside hits with "All I Want","Walk on the Ocean" and "Fall Down"). Abulum contains such great tracks including "Darkest Hour", "It takes time" and the folky poppy "My Own Town". But my favourites are the fairground feeling "Careless" and the very subtle "Back on My Feet" where the voice of glen truly shines. Compared to the Toad albums I'd say it's more of a songwriting album with obviously more of glen in it than the toad albums. It has recently been compared to the 2nd Toad album "Pale", which although i liked a lot, it doesn't stay in my CD player for quite as long.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Georgeous 18 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Previous reviewers were bang on the nail. Lovely album, with many new tracks. This album is like trying olives for the first time and then thinking they are worth another taste and then eventually finding yourself addicted. Some tracks still grate a bit (a bit too country for me) but I find myself playing this over and over for the best ones (my own town, train wreck and darkest hour). Glen Phillips is one of the best vocalists I have ever heard and I hadn't realised what a great guitarist he was until I bought Live at Largo, another great post-Toad The Wet Sprocket release. Just get it and listen in a quite room and enjoy like a good bowl of olives!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-achingly beautiful 17 Sep 2001
By gavdget
Format:Audio CD
Toad the Wet Sprocket produced some fantastic albums in their decade of life, but with his debut solo album Glen Phillips sheds some of the weight of the full band for something more fragile and more intimate. There are some excellent Toad moments like the broody It Takes Time to the whimsical Careless and Drive By, but it's moments like Back on My Feet which lets Glen stretch his vocal talents. At times he sounds as soulful as Marvin Gaye, which, when coupled Glen's typically feminist lyrics, makes for a truly beautiful abulum.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Pop Treat from Toad's Former Front Man 10 April 2001
By JD Cetola - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Glen Phillips, former vocalist/songwriter from the terrific Toad the Wet Sprocket, has finally released a solo album (the first full album of material from him since Toad's 1997 overlooked masterpiece "Coil"). Musically, this album is more in line with the earlier Toad output ("Pale", "Bread & Circus"). Some of the edge from the band's later output is missing. Nevertheless, this is an album of great pop songs with the typical lyrics you would expect from Phillips (some quirky songs--see 'Drive By' and the single 'Fred Meyers', some moving songs--'Darkest Hour', and the standard depressing fare--see most of the other songs). Overall, this is a solid album from start to finish and well worth obtaining for any fan of Toad the Wet Sprocket.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible solo debut 1 Sep 2001
By Joe Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD Audio
An album with no filler material (ie, an incredible album from start to finish) is quite a rare find indeed. I can think of a few off the top of my head: Radiohead's "OK Computer", Neutral Milk Hotel's "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea", Guster's "Lost & Gone Forever" and Glen Phillips' "Abulum". I preordered the CD when it was first available on Glen's site, waited, waited, finally recieved the cd, and was completely blown away. Though I had already heard most, if not all, of the songs through various live recordings and such, the full band versions on the cd are so well done, so incredibly textured. Some of them bear little resemblence to the original solo versions. As fans of Toad know, Glen has an incredible talent for songcraft. Throw that in with Ethan John's talent for production, orchestration, and guitar playing, you have abulum. It's hard not to gush about something so beautiful when most of the music put out these days is absolute drivel. The 11 songs alone, remixed in 6 channel surround, would warrant purchase of this dvd, but with the interviews and 16 or so live solo tunes, including Toad favorites Something's Always Wrong, Crowing, and Dam Would Break and unreleased tunes such as Easier and Sake of the World. At under 20 bucks, it's a freakin' bargain.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite discs of the year! 2 Oct 2001
By "titoofadam" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
this cd explores the depths and heights of humanity. the depths contain a tragic beauty, the heights are indescribable. this cd is not, however, for some toad fans. it has a very elvis costello meets elliot smith meets toad feel with some old johnny cash and willie nelson thrown into the mix. if you are able to glimpse the hidden beauty of sorrow or elation, this cd is not for you.
each song has its own distinct presence, yet as a whole the record feels amazingly cohesive. personaly, my favorites are "darkest hour", which glen wrote about his father's passing. although i was disappointed that the album version is different from the first version i heard online earlier this year.
after listening to "train wreck"(amazing imagery) i'm convinced it was written about a girl i know. every time i hear it i think of her.
i can understand why some toad fans don't like this disc, it seems to have been written during a darker emotional period in glen's life than most toad fans are used to, but it also contains the same poetic beauty, with lyrics like "tear me open, sanctify me/find the beauty thats dying inside of me"-(maya); i could go on and on, but i would end up writing the entire liner notes, and we don't have enough space...
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting To Know Glen As A Solo Artist 4 Oct 2001
By Alicia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The lyrics in Abulum are not a far cry from his work with Toad...expressive, deep thinking, and beautifully delivered. Each song is musically exclusive to Glen's creativity...I felt like the lyrics and music tie more closely in this album than ever before in Toad.
Abulum is the opportunity to get to know Glen as a solo artist. Those who listen expecting to hear another Toad album will be disappointed because this is just Glen Phillips' creative work. Those fans of Toad that were so extremely disappointed by Abulum obviously set themselves up for it. Glen put the magic in Toad...take a listen and really let it flow through you and you'll see that, too.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Folky Side Of Toad 22 April 2001
By Dr. Anti-Pop - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Glen Phillips, the lyrical mastermind behind Toad the Wet Sprocket, has finally released his long-awaited solo disc, strangely titled "Abulum." Radio fans of his former band might be in for a surprise; gone are the polished sounds created by pop-rock producer Gavin MacKillop, leaving us with a more stripped-down presentation of Glen's lyrics. The songs have a certain wit about them, something that was missing from his earlier work, though I honestly didn't notice until now. However, don't let these patches of deadpan humor fool you. "Darkest Hour" is probably one of the most depressing songs I've heard in quite some time. With the death of his father looming over the production, Glen lets us into his inner-most thoughts in a much more natural fashion than expressed on most Toad albums, allowing long-time fans to experience something we've been wanting to do for a long time.
To get inside the head of Glen Phillips.
Mission accomplished.
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