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Birds of My Neighborhood

Innocence Mission Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 April 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00000JMGB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Where Does The Time Go?Karen Peris;Mike Bitts;Don Peris;The Innocence Mission 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. SnowKaren Peris;Steve Brown;Mike Bitts;Don Peris;The Innocence Mission 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Follow MeKaren Peris;Don Peris;Mike Bitts;The Innocence Mission 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lakes Of CanadaKaren Peris;Don Peris;The Innocence Mission 4:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. You Are The LightKaren Peris;Don Peris;Mike Bitts;The Innocence Mission 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. BirdlessKaren Peris;Don Peris;Mike Bitts;The Innocence Mission 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Haven't Seen This Day BeforeKaren Peris;Mike Bitts;Don Peris;The Innocence Mission 2:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. She May Turn AroundKaren Peris;The Innocence Mission 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I Was In The AirKaren Peris;Don Peris;Mike Bitts;The Innocence Mission 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. JulyKaren Peris;Don Peris;Mike Bitts;The Innocence Mission 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Going AwayKaren Peris;Don Peris;Mike Bitts;The Innocence Mission 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Green Grass, Red TreeKaren Peris;Don Peris;The Innocence Mission 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best IM album 31 July 2006
By Donald
Format:Audio CD
The CD is well worth having for Lakes of Canada alone. Many other moving tracks. If you don't like the etherial guitar / piano / female vocalists genre, like previous reviewer, then you won't like this. The only weakness on the album is letting Don Peris have a couple of tracks at the end. Karen's voice is the star here.
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3 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only if you like Vashti Bunyan... 17 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Irritating girlie voice and teenage angst lyrics. One of those times when Amazon's "You might like this" was completely wrong. Every time I hear something like this, I have to back to Judee Sill to remind myself that some women can sing like grown-ups. Oxfam will benefit from this one.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning 29 April 2002
By Chel Micheline - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Many people claim that "Glow" is IM's best recording (and it is an amazing acoustic-folk-pop fusion), but I have to disagree. "Birds of My Neighborhood" is not only my favorite IM CD of all time, but probably in my top-5 favorite albums of all time.
The only way I can describe this cd is by calling it pure, beautiful, and moving. I originally bought the CD when it was first released, but was a little taken back by it because it was so simple and sparse compared to some of Innocence Mission's previous recordings. I started listening to it again last summer and was blown away.
The songwriting is truly amazing. The lyrics capture so much of what I am feeling at the moment (being 27 and dealing with abandoned childhood dreams and new decisions) that I almost feel as if this CD was created specifically for me. That's a rare thing, and I thought I had lost the ability to feel so strongly about music. It's good to know that some bands still have the power to move me.
If you like beautiful female voices, thought-provoking lyrics, andacoustic-based music (I hesitate to call it pure folk because there's so much more to it), you *have* to buy this CD. While it's not as upbeat as some of IM's previous releases, it really captures what the band is all about- brilliant songwriting and beautiful execution.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Serene 16 Feb 2000
By Timothy J. Slivinski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Innocence Mission have released four albums of simple, yet beautiful, music--all to little acclaim or fanfare. Few people outside a devoted following of fans seem to know of their haunting sound. Each successive release has only solidified their niche in music, and this CD is no exception. Now that the group has lost its drummer, the trio's sound is even more acoustic than ever. Karen Peris is not a traditional vocalist, her voice light and soprano. But she brings a beautiful intensity to the lyrics she writes and sings. Listen "The Lakes of Canada"--it will stay with you forever. The opening track, "Where Does the Time Go?" is equally beautiful. The entire CD creates a soothing mood, just right for relaxing. If you are willing to take a chance on a group, then give the Innocence Mission a try. It is quite likely that you will be hooked. Those of us who appreciate their serene simplicity look forward to each release from this talented trio.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stark and Beautiful 28 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When The Innocence Mission released their self titled debut in 1989, fans were more than impressed with Karen Peris's voice and her husband Don's guitar playing. However, the album was over produced by Larry Klein; most likely in an attempt to make the band radio-friendly. Luckily with each subsequent release, the band has gradually paired down their sound. "Birds of My Neighborhood" begins where the band left off with their best effort "Glow" which came out in 1995. "Birds" is filled with what is now trademark Karen Peris vocals - so beautiful you just can't figure out why she's not as famous as Joni Mitchell or Stevie Nicks. There's not the crunchy crackling Velvet Undergroundish sound that popped up frequently on "Glow" but instead almost every track delivers quiet contemplative guitar driven stories. The track "Snow" could have easily found a place on Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush" with it's haunting minor-key piano track mixed right behind Karen's vocals. Other standout moments are "The Lakes of Canada" written while the band was on tour with Emmylou Harris and "Birdless", another jaw-dropping beautiful song. The Innocence Mission have kept so consistant throught their 10+ year career with gorgeous musicianship and intelligent, often awe-inspriring lyrics. If they haven't given you goosebumps yet or made you shake your head in disbelief that they're just so great, wait to you see them perform on stage - it's an experience everyone should have. Birds of My Neighborhood is a perfect addition to the band's catalog and possibly their best next to "Glow". Support them - they deserve it and they're without a major label these days.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a worthy follow-up to a classic 29 Oct 1999
By John Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Karen Peris is often mentioned in the same breath as Natalie Merchant and the Sundays, but she has so far proven herself a more consistent and striking songwriter than either of those admirable artists. Birds has the unenviable task of living up to Glow, the nearly perfect prior release from the Innocence Mission. And if it doesn't quite match that work stride for stride, it offers plenty of its own pleasures. 'July', maybe the most beautiful recording of the year, is made all the more heartbreaking when you read of the primary songwriting couple's recent struggles to conceive a child. Thankfully, they did. The John Denver cover ('Follow Me') is another highlight; a song that easily could have been crafted by Peris herself. Contrary to other reviews posted here, there IS percussion on Birds (as in 'Snow'), but certainly less than on previous efforts. Most importantly, Peris' lyrical ambitions have not flagged. Her fractured imagery is some of the best going in popular music. If you're a newcomer to the band, I think Glow still serves as the best introduction. But if you're simply wondering if the latest holds up, fear not. It does.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars caught off guard 30 Oct 2002
By Larry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
okay, i have been an IM fan for a few years (about 15 now). this cd caught me off guard after the few previous. where is all the music? the drums? whappen??. well, good things come to he who waits. after a few listens, i was gently wrapped in the texture and nostalgia of this album.
when i was about 6 years old, i got deathly sick. i was feverish and going in and out of delerium. i don't remember a tremendous deal about it, except for the hushed cooing of my mother's lullabyes. it was then, in the middle of that terrible sickness, that i felt safe. that is what this cd does for me. it brings me back to the safety of my boyhood home and my family's love.
ok, i guess that's not a true critical review of this cd, but its what it means to me. go out and buy it. try it with the chicken soup!
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