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  • Audio CD (14 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B003BWBA7Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Antifogmatic, the follow-up to the Punch Brothers' 2008 debut, Punch, is a collaboratively written collection of songs from these "five wily, omnivorous bluegrass titans," as the Village Voice has called them, a quintet that the Washington Post, in turn, has described as "some of the best string pickers of the new generation."

The arrangements on Antifogmatic range from intimate to boisterous and back; genre-wise, the band once again ventures where no string band has ever gone before. The spare opening track "You Are" contrasts percussive guitar riffs with lyrical string parts that dance around Thile's sweet upper register as he spins a tale of romantic emancipation; occasionally, the other instruments give way to reveal the throb of the bass. The band also engages in some unexpectedly beautiful harmony singing, smoothing out the compelling melodic twists and turns of "Welcome Home." "Me and Us" and "Woman and the Bell" both have a dream-like quality; the former, in fact, was inspired by those jumbled, thought-filled moments before sleep sets in, and the instrumentation keeps pace with the ever-shifting imagery. In contrast, "Don't Need No" and "Rye Whiskey" are foot-stomping barroom boasts and"Next to the Trash" is the closest the band gets to traditional bluegrass, even as the lyrics tug the piece in a more surreal direction.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. F. Hunt on 23 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I recently purchased the deluxe edition complete with instrumental 'EP' and live video. Really the the two CD's could have been made into one single, but that is a minor quibble about an otherwise brilliant release. Although they could sometimes be accused of being a bit too clever and tricksy with their music, the Punch Brothers are one of the most amazing acts on the planet. They have emerged from the bluegrass tradition and incorporated many other styles such as jazz and rock in their sparkling acoustic image. Led by genius mandolinist/vocalist Chris Thile, this bunch of virtuoso musicians never cease to astonish me with their craftmanship, invention and great sense of humour and humanity. Their ability to play astonishing accompaniments and solos whilst delivering unusual lyrics and melodies is nothing short of breathtaking. Sometimes, this can leave you literally breathless and in need of a break but there is always the feeling of exhilaration. If you need proof, watch them on Youtube to catch some of their 'joie de vivre'. The live DVD is a joy from start to finish and for me, captures the essence of one of the best bands that I have ever seen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graham Sniffchin on 25 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
The follow-up to the superbly inventive 'Punch' was always going to be difficult, particularly as it wouldn't the same sort of focus and unity that the 40-minute suite 'The Blind Leaving the Blind' gave the band's debut. The first album was inventive and brilliant, this is just as inventive, but not quite as brilliant. It seems less cohesive as a whole, and the musicians' virtuosity at times gets the better of their musical judgement, over-complicating tracks such as 'You Are'.

That said, there is much to be lauded. Punch Brothers have not tried to re-create the first album, but have moved in different creative directions, with some tracks that would fit more comfortably in the bluegrass genre, such as 'Rye Whiskey', as well as more aggressive and progressive tracks such as 'Don't Need No'.

In short, buy it. It's an inventive, genre-bending album, and certainly makes me look forward to the next album: 'Who's Feeling Young Now?'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane Foulds on 18 Nov. 2013
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I heard this on Garrison Keiller's radio show and had to go out and buy it! A very original sound.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen H. Lyall on 19 July 2012
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Not the sort of record you can put on as background music. It needs to be given your full attention as there is so much going on. The regular shifts in tempo and stop start nature of some of the tracks may not be to everyones taste but stick with it and you may well find yourself warming to them. The band consists of 5 members who are all wonderfully expert musicians - all play stringed instruments (mandolin,guitar,bass,banjo and fiddle) which may give a good clue to the type of music on offer. There is no doubting the terrific musicianship that features throughout and there are several moments of sheer beauty - 'missy' comes to mind immediately. Of the more standard format type of tracks 'rye whisky' and 'next to the trash' are singalong jaunty efforts and 'this is the song' is a pleasing closer. However with repeated listens I have come to enjoy the whole album. The latest release 'who's feeling young now' is perhaps much more immediate in its impact and maybe doesn't come over as quite so complex in the construction of the songs. The second of the three discs here showcases the bewildering technical ability of the musicians but I must admit does not do a lot for me but to be fair I have only given it a single airing. The dvd is an accurate and enjoyable account of a Punch brothers live performance - maybe one day they will release a recording of their excellent cover of the strokes 'reptilia' (or maybe they already have????). The 3 discs are housed in individual cardboard covers and are contained together with a lyric booklet in a hard sided presentation box.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Huddwulf on 17 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Brought this album on the back of previous Chris Thile work, both solo and in particular with Nickel Creek who I loved. In truth I have not followed his recent work too closely such as his Mandolin Concerto 'Ad astra per alas porci'. If I had maybe that would have given me a little more insight into Chris's current musical direction. Having listened to the album a couple of times it feels to me like some rather erratic self indulgent jamming sessions that are proving difficult to develop any affection for. I will persist with some further listenings for the sake of my investment (even though the prospect at this point doesn't particularly appeal). Maybe its the Alison Krauss production that I'm missing, whatever I certainly wouldn't question the capabilities of the musicians, absolutely first class. Just rather uncertain about the overall end product.
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