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BOTTOMS OF BARRELS [CD]

Tilly and the Wall Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B000GBEQ8U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Patience, Babe
2. Sing Songs Along
3. Black and Blue
4. Lost Girls
5. Urgency
6. Bad Education
7. The Freest Man
8. Rainbows In The Dark
9. Love Song
10. Coughing Colors
11. Brave Day

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Tilly and the Wall - Bottoms of Barrels

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much, much more than just a gimmick 27 May 2007
By ChrisD
Format:Audio CD
So the challenge - to write a review of a Tilly and the Wall album without mentioning...um, you know...their unusual percussion technique. Here goes.

First and foremost, Tilly and the Wall are proudly, fiercely, unashamedly melodic. You want tuneless sqwonking under the guise of "free expression" or "avant garde jazz" or whatever it's calling itself this week - go somewhere else. This is music for people who aren't embarrassed to like tunes - great big, pretty, sing-along-and-to-hell-with-the-neighbours tunes. This has led to some accusations of being formulaic and even (shock horror) a little twee. Well, they make not break down any musical barriers, but as experimentation is so often a byword for painfully unlistenable claptrap, who cares? Bottom of Barrels bounces along very prettily. Plus of course they do boast an unusual perc...whoops, that was close.

Stand out tracks include the...er...singalong Sing Songs Along, final track Brave Day (which even features drums! Yes, drums!), the uber-catchy and slightly sweary The Freest Man, and the astonishing Rainbows In The Dark, a song which contains enough words to make Paul Simon's lyrical technique seem positively taciturn and which moves from trot to canter to gallop before collapsing into its "hold back the river" coda, gasping for breath.

Perhaps the highlight vocally though has to be Lost Girls, in which main singer Kianna Alarid soars and shimmers majestically, but nevers shows off or grates on the nerves like certain "strong" singers can (evening, Mariah). If her vocal performance on this track alone doesn't send shivers down your spine, you're an invertebrate.

There we are then, and I even managed not to mention the tap-dancing.

Ah, rats.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rainbows in the dark 30 Mar 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Tilly and the Wall pioneered a weird new kind of indie-pop -- tap-dance pop!

That worked well in their debut, and it works even better in "Bottoms of Barrels," which makes everything about their sound fuller. The instrumentation is bigger, the melodies are catchier, the tapping is more promiment, and their second album is just more fun in general.

It opens with echoing vocals over a barely-audible electric guitar... then it's joined in by piano, increasingly with drama as the heels start ratatatting in the background. "I was kidnapped real young by the sweet taste of love/Built a fondness for things that just weren't good enough/I cradled the crow, always shooed off the dove/Which tagged me a naïve son," Kianna Alarid sings a little breathlessly.

It's followed up by the lo-fi mellotron swirls of "Urgency" and the Latin-flavoured stomp-stomps of "Bad Education" ("Girls and boys and full frustration/St. Valentine, I think I taste it!"). Then they tap and frolic through shimmering keyboard pop, pretty little piano ballads, solid indiepop, and tambourine-laden dance music.

This Omaha pop band really does have something special -- they really add life and vibrancy to retro indie-pop, and they have a knack for spinning up melodies that make you want to dance whether you like it or not. Perhaps the only weak spot is that their folkier songs are less engaging than their sprightly ones, though these are still above average

The album seems to center on unhappy, rebellious youth -- they're young, feisty, and they want OUT INTO THE WORLD. Boys who want to be girls, frightened young girls, and teens who "slept on the bad side of town.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really awesome. 5 May 2009
By Grace
Format:Audio CD
The first song I heard by Tilly and the wall was "Nights of the living dead" on their first album "Wild like Children".
I loved it and I bought the album (which is really great)
So then I decided to also buy "Bottoms of Barrels" so I could hear their other stuff.
and yeah although "Wild like Children" and "O" are great I think this is my favourite.
Every song is different and so full of passion.
They are often compared to bright eyes..and yes they are slightly similar but at the same time Tilly and the wall are totally original.
This album is simply fresh.And really addictive.
I couldn't stop listening to it for a week after buying it.
"Coughing Colours" and "Rainbows in the dark" are my favourite two songs on this CD but "Bad education" and "Lost Girls" are also brilliant.
I encourage you to buy this CD if you like really innovative,beautiful music with lyrics you can relate to. With a really good beat.
And the tap dancing does not sound odd.whatsoever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars keepon tapping 11 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
great 2nd album, not quite up to the standard of the first but still pretty good. The tap danceing instead of a drummer (the other instruments being an acoustic guitar and a key board with 3 singers) has not grown tired and set them into competition with Belle and seb for twee ist band. Up tempo happy sounding song with a campfireisdh sound nut they still get you tapping your feet. Stand out tracks are sing songs aloud , love song and rainbows in the dark.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best Yet! 23 May 2006
By Cale E. Reneau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am in love with Tilly and the Wall.

After hearing their first album "Wild Like Children" for the first time around a year ago, I was instantly hooked by the group's unique style and carefree sound. It's not too often that a band decides to forego the typical drumset for a drum machine, but when a band passes up both of those items for a tap dancer and trash can lids...well, it's time to have some fun! That being said, "Bottoms of Barrels" is a lot of the same, and so much more.

Mike Mogis steps in this timme around as producer, and it shows. The man famous for working with bands like Bright Eyes and The Concretes has made Tilly and the Wall sound much more well-rounded and polished. No longer does Tilly and the Wall sound like a one-trick high school gimmick band. They sound legitimate now, yet they maintain their signature sound.

The album begins with "Rainbows in the Dark," the standard Tilly and the Wall song that doesn't stray much from "Fell Down the Stairs, "the lead-off track to their previous album. What is noticably different, however, is the lyrical content. Whereas "Wild Like Children" was essentially an album about kissing, dancing, and other fun "Child-ish" things, "Bottoms of Barrels" contains more adult lyrics and even more of an adult sound. "Love Song," for example, is perhaps Tilly and the Wall's first attempt at a true acoustic guitar ballad. It is not only more mature than any Tilly and the Wall song before it, but it is also beautiful, well-written, and utterly unique. This matured Tilly and the Wall is all over the place on the album, notably on "Lost Girls" and "Coughing Colors." Despite this, the band has managed to maintain what made them so attractive in the past.

"Bottoms of Barrels" is a really fun album. The first single "Bad Education," for example, perfectly displays how the band has matured musically, yet remained true to their fans and their sound. Additionally, songs like "Sing Songs Along," "Black and Blue," and "The Freest Man" will be stuck in your head for days (and perhaps longer, but I've only had the CD for a week). Don't be mistaken. Tilly and the Wall is back, and they are louder, happier, and more fun-loving than ever before. This album completely wallops their previous efforts, and I am still obsessed with them.

By all means, "Bottoms of Barrels" is an amazing album. Tilly and the Wall is one of the most underappreciated and unnoticed bands in music today. Hopefully, this album will help get them the admiration and attention that they undoubtedly deserve. Indeed, with such attractive melodies and beautiful lyrics, there's nothing on this album that should go unloved. "Bottoms of Barrels" is one of the best albums of 2006 thus far, and from the sound of it, Tilly and the Wall has much much more in store for us!!

Recommended for fans of Tilly and the Wall, Mates of State, The Boy Least Likely To and anyone who needs music to accompany their carefree activities, like playing in the sprinkler.

Key Tracks:

1. "Rainbows in the Dark"

2. "Bad Education"

3. "Love Song:

4. "Sing Songs Along"

5. "Black and Blue"

5 out of 5 Stars
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Care-free Wunderkind, WOW! 20 Oct 2006
By Arcadio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These guys totally took me by surprise. I'm coming from an outsider's viewpoint. I read some stuff about them and decided to give them a spin.

Very glad I did!

There's no denying there's alot of subconscious remarks of comparison in my head that come to me when I listen to this.

Does that make this bad? Not at all! With melodies and arrangements that sound as though Oberst decided to sing about pure happy fluff stuff, and percussions that could rival that of Stomp! this group has very much going for them.

Each track molds and shifts into a new sound, and I am reminded of different types of music and of the world. "Bad Education" gives me images of a gun shooter duking it out with a Flamenco dancer, while being backed up by a Ukrainian gypsy band! Weird I know but that's how I envision these songs with each one a story of it's own, regardless of what they're singing about sometime! But they're very much infused with the heart of Americana and very folky yet poppy enough that most won't notice that which is good, in order to branch out to all kinds of people willing to take a listen.

Not only that but the lyrics and the vocals are beautiful! So much are we succumbed to the usual indie folk that really don't have the voice to express their emotions and thoughts. But with these female vocals that stand so strong and vibrant they really compliment the sounds that encompass you and the singers.

And those that say "more tap dancing". Honestly, what is the big deal? It's not a gimmick, it's a part of their instrument base, it's no longer a prank or twist, but an instrument in itself and it works very well.

They can totally keep up with any other drum kit and percussionist out there. They don't take over the tracks nor are they background filler. They fill in just nicely all over. As do the rest of the sounds, be it pianos, organs, synths or trash can lids.

You want to make music you'll find a way and they have!

And these guys are very uplifting, their music evoke almost like that of Aquarius; full of youth, playfulness, mystery and everything we hated back then but long for now!

It's nice to hear something refreshing like this out of all the usual dark and moody or straight up nonsensical lyricism out there.

I highly recommend this album to those that are into beautiful good music.
Now I'm off to listen to their first. I'm sure I won't be disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bottoms of barrels, top of the heap 19 Nov 2006
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Tilly and the Wall pioneered a weird new kind of indie-pop -- tap-dance pop!

That worked well in their debut, and it works even better in "Bottoms of Barrels," which makes everything about their sound fuller. The instrumentation is bigger, the melodies are catchier, the tapping is more promiment, and their second album is just more fun in general.

It opens with echoing vocals over a barely-audible electric guitar... then it's joined in by piano, increasingly with drama as the heels start ratatatting in the background. "I was kidnapped real young by the sweet taste of love/Built a fondness for things that just weren't good enough/I cradled the crow, always shooed off the dove/Which tagged me a naïve son," Kianna Alarid sings a little breathlessly.

It's followed up by the lo-fi mellotron swirls of "Urgency" and the Latin-flavoured stomp-stomps of "Bad Education" ("Girls and boys and full frustration/St. Valentine, I think I taste it!"). Then they tap and frolic through shimmering keyboard pop, pretty little piano ballads, solid indiepop, and tambourine-laden dance music.

This Omaha pop band really does have something special -- they really add life and vibrancy to retro indie-pop, and they have a knack for spinning up melodies that make you want to dance whether you like it or not. Perhaps the only weak spot is that their folkier songs are less engaging than their sprightly ones, though these are still above average

The album seems to center on unhappy, rebellious youth -- they're young, feisty, and they want OUT INTO THE WORLD. Boys who want to be girls, frightened young girls, and teens who "slept on the bad side of town." While the lyrics can be playful and fun, they can also be very dark ("so when your bones are broke and you're all alone/and the fog's so thick you can't see up close/just know that i will end up strangled too")

The music is a colourful swirl of bells, tambourine, xylophone, recorder and swirls of warm-tinged keyboard, with some guitar and bass lurking down there somewhere. No drums -- Jamie Williams just tap-dances really hard to the rhythm of the music, and surprisingly it works as well, if not better.

Tilly and the Wall are still as colourful and infectious as ever, and anyone who adored their first album will practically worship "Bottoms of Barrels."
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wait--So, Like, It's Cool to be Happy? 5 April 2008
By Gianmarco Manzione - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Tilly and the Wall is what happens when songs have babies. The obvious offspring of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," they are not an entirely female group-with Derek Pressnall on guitar and Nick White on keyboards-but the band's heart clearly resides in its trio of dancing wondergirls: Neely Jenkins, Jamie Pressnall and Kianna Alarid. Armed with tambourines, tap dancing shoes and really awesome hair, they leap into a joyous abandon on every song and instantly persuade you that something completely incredible has just happened, something worthy of the most jubilant celebration, but you're never quite sure what it is. And you don't care-because not caring has never been this much fun. And anyway, what can possibly be cooler than using a tap dancer as a "percussionist"? The answer, as you may have guessed, is a definitive "absolutely nothing." As if out to prove beyond the shadow of anyone's doubt that there's a reason why they're named after a children's book, Tilly's debut explodes with every ounce of that "enthusiastic hyperactivity" they boast of on their website, noting as well that it "set a precedent for" the identity of their young label, Conor Olberst's "Team Love," with music that is "original, smart, exuberant and, above all, easy to sing along to." If you think they sound a little proud of themselves, you probably haven't listened to "Bottoms of Barrells" yet. Check it out and you'll understand. This band is one of the most fascinating musical experiments to come along in quite some time.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 5 May 2008
By some dude - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This band is magic. They've got a unique sound, gorgeous lead voices, and some very interesting and often touching lyrics. Other reviewers have covered the uplifting, strikingly "happy" aspect of their sound plenty well--and make no mistake, I'm with them; listening to Rainbows in the Dark and Sing Songs Along for the first time, I felt like somebody had turned on a light that I never even knew was off. What a sweet rush that was.

But to my ear this album becomes its strongest when it's at its most... caring. After the pep and angst of the first eight songs, it ends with the one-two punch of the glorious, liberating tune The Freest Man--and if you don't feel about that one the way I do, then maybe you haven't spent enough time being a lonely young man for whom things are not quite right--and finally Coughing Colors, a song that starts out sounding like it might be cloyingly sentimental but then drives and builds for six straight minutes into a radiant, devastating memorial to an unnamed girl I only wish I could have known. Oh this is not just a happy album. It is a beautiful one.
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