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BLONDE REDHEAD-FAKE CAN BE JUST AS GOOD


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Blonde Redhead's last album – ‘Misery Is A Butterfly’ – established them once and for all as one of the most distinctive and precious bands of their generation. Although conceived and recorded during a time of trauma, the album was a confident, thrilling and delicately-nuanced sweep of sound which enraptured the already-converted and won the band a whole new legion ... Read more in Amazon's Blonde Redhead Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B0000019LV
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,730 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacko on 24 April 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this album after hearing many of the tracks on grooveshark, and on buying it proceeded to listen to it incessantly for many weeks.

This album is truly one of the most expressive I've ever listened to, from incredibly noise inspired, near punk songs (Symphony Of Treble, Kazuality) to some of the most, hypnotic, beautifully composed tracks (Ego Maniac Kid, Bipolar). The dark riffs, firmly rooted bass, explosive drums and incredibly elegant but pained vocal melodies from both Kazu and Amadeo take you through a downhearted, yet seething 37 minutes of sound. Not a bad track on the album, one of the few albums that I will listen to from start to finish without once getting anywhere near bored.

It was my second term at university and the work was stacking up adding to the intense feelings of depression I seem to feel naturally anyway.. Instead of listening to horribly patronising, happy music to cheer myself up, I took to wallowing in this sadness, a sadness that I have no right at all to feel, considering how privileged and fortunate my life would certainly appear at this time. This album does not patronise or become repetitive, nor does it paint the usual pretentious image of self indulgent despair. It is uniquely perfect for me, for this time and place in my life, and if anyone recognises themselves in this, I would recommend this album and this band to be your soundtrack.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
here's where I started 6 Nov 2005
By Stargrazer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Funny, a lot of people are warning new listeners away from this album...but this is where I started -- and I would describe myself as a serious fan (of all their work). Starting someone out on "Certain Damaged Lemons" may be a surefire way of producing another convert, but they'd be a little misled about where the band's sound is coming from if they were compelled to dig into the back catalog.

"Fake" is a cusp where the band began moving towards the textural brilliance of later recordings. Yet it's still possessed of the scintillating no-wave-ish guitar that characterized their initial recordings.

Maybe I love it for partially nostalgic reasons, but even when I revisit it in search of faults it rocks my socks off!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
best album by blonde redhead 19 May 2000
By cody stewart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although "In an expression..." probably got better reviews, I feel this is the best Blonde Redhead album. I own every album they have released so far and this is the most beautiful and complex of their albums. Every track on here is beautiful. I would say "futurism vs. passeism" is my favorite on this album. "futurism vs. passeism pt. 2" can be found on "in an expression...". I had the wonderful pleasure of seeing this band live in houston just recently.i have even a better love and respect for "kazuality" and "water" after seeing them perform these tracks live. check this album out and there self titled release for the best sampling of blonde redhead.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It made me a fan 8 Dec 2001
By Aage Nielsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A few years ago, before I knew that BR had released earlier albums that sounded a lot like Sonic Youth, (which is not a bad thing) I saw that BR was coming to Boise. Fake had just come out, so I bought the CD a couple days before the concert. I became an instant fan and their concert was as good as the album. While I like all of their albums, this one is so unique that I really have nothing to compare it to. It is easily one of my favorite indie rock albums.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
second or third favorite blonde redhead album 7 Aug 2008
By jefferson metcalf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
i dont follow the band i just listen to the albums. i'm told they resemble sonic youth, but they are distinguished to me. my favorites are probably the two earliest i'm aware of: (self-titled) and mia vita violenta, the second being the best, and one of my favorite alltime albums. but this album has grown on me. it is much less improvisational than the other two named. i consider it to be a semi-conceptual album, and thus contrived. it is a much more routine sound than the earlier ones, but still less over-produced than later albums. the songs are very catchy, as well as synthetic and repetitive. i think it is their first album to demonstrate such a synthetic vibe, but it still seems to evolve naturally from their previous music. very listenable guitar driven music, with something to say, inspite of its shallowness.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good can be just as fake 4 Aug 2003
By "aarontsl" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm reviewing to add that this album is excellent, though it was a sleeper for me, having it for a month before I could even try listening to it a second time. The last BR album I had bought before this was "Mia Vita Violenta..." which I liked pretty much instantaneously. I guess that means that the two albums are pretty different. This album has a fairly consistent tone and sound, much like their first album. Feedback, distortion and jangled melodies give rise to Sonic Youth comparisons. (In fact one song has a chord progression that sounds just like a SY song, though I can never figure out which song.) The thing I like the best about this album is that it's packed with raw agression and energy and doesn't loosen its grip. If you like that, then I HIGHLY suggest PJ Harvey's Rid of Me, which sounds a bit like an ambush by rocket launcher.
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