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Birds Make Good Neighbours

Rosebuds Audio CD
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To the seventeenth-century poet Robert Herrick, rosebuds were a symbol of the fleeting pleasures of youth. Orson Welles made “Rosebud” the dying word of Charles Foster Kane, again a symbol of the tenacity of youthful memory. Kelly and Ivan - The Rosebuds - make music that embodies that certain spirit—youthful, but complex. Not at all fairytale, but magical. Not realistic, but ... Read more in Amazon's Rosebuds Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Aug 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hold Hands And Fight
2. Boxcar
3. Leaves Do Fall
4. Wildcat
5. The Lovers' Rights
6. Blue Bird
7. Outnumbered
8. Shake Our Tree
9. Let Us Go
10. Warm Where You Lay
11. 4-Track Love Song

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Album 29 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is a good album, for unusual reasons. There is nothing particularly different,outstanding or remarkable about this album, it is essentially just another indie guitar album.

Yet i really like it, as i said there are no real stand out tracks, but the feel of the album as a whole is "feel good relaxed" dare i say it, it is the perfect background album.

Should you be looking for music to play on a sunday afternoon whilst waiting for the BBQ to heat up, supping on youe favourite tipple, then give The Rosebuds a try. You wont be dissapointed.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a matter of personal opinion. 18 Sep 2005
By Kevin Satterwhite - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
And my opinion claims that this album is one of the best this year, right there with the likes of Bloc Party, The Bravery, Maximo Park and Franz Ferdinand. The problem is that The Rosebuds will likely get the least recognition. Which is not fair, as this album could be successfully argued the better album of all the former mentioned bands.

"Birds Make Good Neighbors" starts with what is now the best Rosebuds song to date: "Hold Hands And Fight". The song starts soft and melodic, after one minute however it picks up and enduces one of the most melodic vocal melodies yet by The Rosebuds. The song makes the best use of the expression "whoa" ever.... ever. It's enchanting, really. "Boxcar", the next track, is another really good track. The song starts off a lot similar to "Back To Boston" from "Make Out", but proceeds to differentiate itself with the rest of the song. "Leaves Do Fall" is an amazing song, which has husband and wife, Ivan and Kelly, trading vocal duties. "Shake Our Tree", which is the second best track on the album, has a nice beat with an ambiance of clapping that would in fact provoke clapping. It also has an extremely good chorus. The album ends with "4-Track Love Song", which has a slow 80s sonic guitar sound. VERY nice, it definitely finds itself on multiple repeats from me. Other notables are "Outnumbered", "Warm Where You Lay" and "The Lover's Night".

With only a few months remaining in the year, this album is without a doubt one of the best yet. It's nearly perfect if not for two songs, which is not unlike any other great release this year, but "Bluebird" and "Wildcat", which seem repetitive to me, could have seen a change up or two. In a year which as seen so many great releases, The Rosebuds just proceeded to cemented themselves on the top of the pile.

Pick this one up for sure, and look out for the new releases by Rogue Wave, Franz Ferdinand and especially 31knots.

P.S. 31knots sounds nothing like these other bands, I just wanted to mention them as I am obsessed with their music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really like this album really I do you should know that I really do 12 Dec 2005
By Jasper Mcworthy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a band that makes you wish the music industry would take a hint once in a while, but what are you gonna do huh? Honestly if you're looking at this to see whether you should buy the album or not, let me just say. This band is good, they are very easy to like, both interesting for their innocence as well as their passion to make you like music for the good old fashioned reasons you know because of love and having a good time. Whatever happened to music like this? They care to charm you, and maybe you should care too once in a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better every time. 7 Jan 2009
By A. Cano - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the first Rosebuds cd I purchased and four years later I still absolutely love it. Every time I listen to it, I find something I new to marvel at. 4-Track Love Song itself is worth the entire price of the cd.
4.0 out of 5 stars trees make good houses 5 Nov 2005
By Stargrazer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
They've always had this great sound going for them, but they really find a voice on this album and bring the songs into sharper focus.

Where the debut had a few songs which seemed trite and by-the-numbers (i.e. "Kicks in the Schoolyard"), and the preceding E.P. was a little blurry for all it's sonic payoff, "Birds Make Good Neighbors" gels extremely well as a whole. The songs feel carefully crafted and recorded yet still come on like a sugar rush.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Small Triumph 14 Oct 2005
By WrtnWrd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Though the previous Rosebuds releases are all enjoyable in varying degrees, Birds Make Good Neighbors is a small triumph: perfectly realized pop, beautifully observed. It would be easy to overpraise its qualities, and set up bad voodoo with overwrough expectations. But for fans of other good pop bands such as Nada Surf or Dios Malos or Old 97's, there's no reason not to get on board with this.
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