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1 May 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 May 2009
  • Label: Kill Rock Stars
  • Copyright: 2007 Kill Rock Stars
  • Total Length: 44:33
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  • ASIN: B0028PQC5W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,195 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Craig on 4 Jan 2008
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Marnie Stern walks many a fine line. The music features multiple layers of "fiddly" guitars and often atonal vocals, but throws in enough melody and hooks to make it wholly memorable and not at all difficult to listen to. Marnie wears her influences on her sleeve, admitting that her guitar tapping technique is largely inspired by Don Caballero's Ian Williams, and goes as far as getting Hella's Zach Hill to drum on the album and help produce it, but the album sounds more like her own personal vision than anything else. And her personal vision is one of fascinating music, complicated enough to reward repeated listens but not so dense as to make a bad first impression. It's one of the few albums of 2007 I feel I will still be listening to in years to come.
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At first the blast of drums and guitars and vocals that makes up yr typical Marnie Stern song might sound like an explosion in a music shop, but don't run for cover right away. Pay attention to the virtuoso fragments as they whiz past your ears and you'll realise that that songs such as 'Vibrational Match' and 'Absorb Those Numbers' contain beautiful melodies in their jagged tangents. What does it sound like? Like Sleater Kinney exploded into a million art rock pieces, all intricate guitar parts and songs that combust and re-combust as they go on.

Forget such easy comparisons and throw yourself into the heart of the album and you'll discover the greater purpose of this musical shrapnel. It's there in the lyrics and song titles, which read like frantic notes to self: "Keep on! Keep at it! Keep on! Keep at it!", 'Put All Your Eggs In One Basket and Then Watch That Basket!!', 'Every Single Line Means Something'.

This is music that constantly challenges itself to get better, more imaginative. It'd sound hectoring if there wasn't so much going on, if every song weren't a firecracker full of ideas, just waiting to seen, heard, imitated, and dreamed of. On album closer 'Patterns of a Diamond Ceiling', Stern describes her method while she demonstrates it. "The picture in my head is my reward" she says, and you believe her, but you know that the picture wouldn't be half so valuable if there weren't listeners out there eager to misinterpret it for themselves. By the time all of the elements in the song have been brought together to ignite, you've learned Stern's methods, and it's time to burn your own picture into the sky. You've got the tools, you've got the know-how: go!
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Prepare to be destroyed 14 Aug 2007
By Dodo-Calvaria - Published on Amazon.com
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This album hit me like a Loony Tunes anvil from the sky. I got flattened by the melismatic shredding; the geometric ethereal vocals; the noise mastery; the 70s thick-bellied sci-fi hooks; the far-sighted lyrics.

And then we saw her show. Mother. If I hadn't seen it, I wouldn't have believed it. Stern's fingers dance, my friends, while she smiles at you. Zach Hill - just furious, insane. And guitarist Robby Moncrieff is a treasure; he and Stern wove big magic for the ending of This American Life (probably my favorite). Left me breathless.

We shared a cigarette with Her Greatness before the show - what a sweetie. Nothing like what I've heard of New Yorkers. Kidding, kidding! (shout out to Fig Newton!)

Marnie Stern's record here helped restore faith in my generation. Thought we'd all grown up and forgot to rawk out, no prisoners, no visionless angst. I haven't enough arms to pump all the heavy metal salutes this inspires.
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What a Sound! 17 Oct 2007
By Russell Workman - Published on Amazon.com
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After hearing on radio just once a track from this album, I found it in Amazon and straight away ordered. After waiting impatiently for it arrive it finally came. It's been top of my play-list since.
Marnie, what a gentle name for such an amazingly fierce guitar player. Not only can she play fantastically, she sings great lyrics at the same time. Every track sounds live (and dangerous). Marnie Stern brings rock guitar at great speed into the new millenium, both hands on the fret-board! If she ever tours here I'll be in the front row!
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Lady Shredder 11 July 2007
By Mr. Thistle - Published on Amazon.com
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Stern's out-of-nowhere debut epic is quite a formidable listen. It's like a musical treadmill, this one. Stern is the most apt candidate for guitarist of the year this side of Mike Barr (who obliterated The Urban Lounge for those with kind of normal expectations when he opened for Gang Gang Dance this month). Listening to this female shredder is truly an endurance test. That may be a bit misleading because Stern has some super catchy, truly accessible tracks here on Broken Arm. It's just that I can't even imagine how some of these guitar lines are possibly being played by a human and there is no letting up through the entire album. Seems fitting that the drumming on the album is completed by none other than Hella mega-drummer Zach Hill (also a Mike Barr collaborator along with everyone else in the world besides you). This is the best pop/rock record set too alien guitar metal in the entire world. I'm not sure how to let you know why you should listen to this. I could reference Deerhoof or maybe the Ladies or something. Either way, In Advance of the Broken Arm will not disappoint and here is a guarantee that you will not want to try out these songs on Guitar Hero (unless your name is Bjorn Turoque). Now let me get some rest because I think that the live version of these songs might give me a heart attack tonight if I'm well rested.
pick your poison 23 Mar 2014
By Carty Consortium Carrie - Published on Amazon.com
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as a shredder Stern is top notch, if slightly sterile. Vocally, she calls to mind 80s girl-punk bands such as The Avengers, The Expelled, or Vice Squad. Both things would make me check her out, but what really, really clinches it for me is just how WEIRD the songs themselves are. Full of esoteric imagery, literate references & subtle philosophical meanderings these songs are the highly educated answer to punk. Patterns of a diamond ceiling should be enjoyed in the dark, eyes closed, drug enhancement at your own risk.
stays with you 9 July 2007
By Greg Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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i read the reviews in the ny times and washington post and ordered this album.. the more i listened the more i liked it.the songs stayed with me all day..i have HEALER in my mind now. marnie looks so petite it is hard to imagine that she is such a guitar heroine. her music is strange and compelling..her fingerpicking and tapping is a breathtaking barage of notes and colors.there are offhand references to the likes of plato and rimbaud and a spellbinding and surrealistic tribute to glenn goulds solitude trilogy of radio documentaries. marnies music is the intersection between hendrix and highbrow. the drums of zack hill are the cherry on the top.
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