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Product details

  • Audio CD (29 Aug. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zoo Music
  • ASIN: B005COJDQ6
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,310 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lucy.sunshine on 1 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
The minute I discovered `Badlands', I instantly had my perceptions warped. Rockabilly heard through the jaws of hell? A psychotic voice calling out amidst the clanging repetition, repetition, repetition? What kind of album is this?

The answer is less mysterious than you would believe. Dirty Beaches is the one-man project of Alex Zhang Hungtai, a Taiwanese-born Canadian musician, who like to use really old samples and distorted effects to achieve his distinctly retro-sounding music. In fact, his sound is so "retro", it seems to be coming from a really damaged tape from the 1950s. This adds to the chilling atmosphere of `Badlands'.

It's the sort of album James Dean would have loved. Enough said.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Keeling VINE VOICE on 12 May 2011
Format: MP3 Download
Ha ha, sneaking up on you and taking over your very soul, the dirty guitar and Crampy riffs coupled with Suicide-identi-kit vocals... lovely stuff.

You cannot help but love it!
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By nooby on 3 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent album, I really love Lord Knows Best. His music sounds like a death Elvis riding on his mystery train...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The man from Basildon on 23 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It is not that I do not like the CD, it is just, it was such a massive disappointment. I have seen many of his videos on You Tube and they are all classics in his own perculiar way and they seem to add atmosphere to his recordings, unforuntately, exactly what is missing on this CD. It is about time Dirty Beaches releases the video and recording of 'White Sand' to remedy this situation then perhaps he will get a better review in future..........Listen to your fans
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
You Look Just Like An Elvis From Hell 8 Sept. 2011
By Western - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is very good. I've heard a lot of similar statements; but this album really does sound like if you had a drunken nightmare where you went to hell and it was a 1950's post-apocalyptic, black-and-white wasteland full of motorcycle gangs and Elvis was the devil. Very cinematic. Great for walking by yourself in the city at night.

"You look just like an Elvis from Hell"
-Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Gun Club
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
BADLANDS IS BAD ASS ! 6 Oct. 2012
By Dept. - Published on Amazon.com
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BEST music i have heard all year ! refreshing low fi david lynch-a-billy tripper rock.
some songs make me want to dance and some songs sound like a prom night car crash party.
Beautiful - twangy - reverby vocals - minimal - solid
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Shadowy reverberations from ago 7 Jan. 2014
By 410 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With so much "loop" based music entrenched in techno or hip hop, Dirty Beaches show a fresh way forward. While hugely indebted to pulsating rhythms and vocals of the first Suicide album, Dirty Beaches relies more on guitar and drums than synths in its blurred reinvention of 50s rock and pop. The murky, lo fi production suits the material: channeling lysergic Link Wray guitar riffs atop loops of what sound like real drums (as opposed to loops of electro drums) in "Horses" or "Sweet 17", or the wistful melancholy of "True Blue", which sounds like Roy Orbison guesting for the Royal Trux after stealing their drugs. "Speedway King" and the final two tracks are more ominously bleak, but anchored in loop rhythms that know when they are about to outstay their welcome (the entire album is just under 30 mins). While some can accuse Dirty Beaches of flagrant theft from those who came before, he steals from the best, with a fresh slant on 50's nostalgia, the early Suicide/Cabaret Voltaire records, and postpunk. While some see his dark take on pop Americana akin to David Lynch, I'd say he's a romantic at heart, but with a cool record collection, and Wong Kar Wai's films are the mood he's really going for.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dirtied-up retro? 28 Oct. 2011
By Lisa Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
I don't really know how to describe this album with some pithy title. It's mostly rockabilly type melodies, but grungy, crackly, mumbley. Lots of people have invoked David Lynch in describing it. Definitely, if you like Lynch's soundtracks, you will love this. I just happened upon Dirty Beaches and I can't stop listening to it.
Great Record Shipped Quick 5 Jan. 2014
By ValueShock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This is in my opinion the best Dirty Beaches record. This is a perfect record for spacing out or chillin' with your pals. I got it nice and quick. The first time i played it I thought it was warped, but it was just thawing out. I ordered it in the winter and it sat out side for a while. Once it reached room temperature it played like a dream. Great record. Great price.
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