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The fourth solo album, with June Miles Kingston.

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'Disaffection is stinking brilliant, seriously. Max Eider is perhaps best known as the once and (occasionally) present/future guitarist with the Jazz Butcher Conspiracy, but his four solo albums are filled with absolutely spectacular song-craft, anchored around the distinctive sound of his classic Gretsch Double Anniversary guitar, played as well as it can be played here. I've been listening to him for the better part of a quarter-century at this point, and yet whenever his music comes on the stereo, I reach to turn it up. It's timeless, in the good sense of that word. It's virtually a given, too, that if one of Max's songs pops up during a dinner party or other social occasion at our home, first-time listeners will always pause to say, Wow, who's this? He's got a fine knack for melodies that will stick in your head for ages, and you just don t hear guitar chops like these very often anymore. 'I remain perpetually befuddled as to why Eider has not become a household name over the years, burning up and melting down charts, given the consistently high-quality and accessible work he offers every time he puts a new record into the public domain. Being a snob, I chalk it up to the fact that I just have better taste than everyone else does. But here's a chance for you to demonstrate admirable style and refinement by sharing in the experience.' --Indie Albany, New York

'emotionally complex' --Valley Advocate, Massachusetts

'intimately relaxed' --Sunday Times, London

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Affected... 18 Oct. 2010
By Scott M. - Published on Amazon.com
If you've listened to Max Eider or late era Jazz Butcher Conspiracy, Mr. Eider's music doesn't need much description. For those who need a point of reference, Robyn Hitchcock, Prefab Sprout and Aztec Camera pose a slight resemblance.
I've always been partial to Max Eider's Jazz-tinged pop music since Jazz Butcher Conspiracy's 1986 album Distressed Gentlefolk. For the uninitiated, I recommend listening to The Best Kisser in the World and Back in the Bedroom before delving into this material, nonetheless, this is a great recording. Production-wise it is a bit more ambitious than 2007's Back in the Bedroom, but I found the former's sense of reverie more in tune with what I like about his songwriting. That said, this record stays in perfect step with the sound I associate with his music and it is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys his previous releases.
It saddens me that people like this don't have the exposure that talent-less twats like Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus get. In a perfect world...
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total gem 18 April 2012
By Andrew M. Waltzer - Published on Amazon.com
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Most people with a hear that swarms to finding that certain music that truly speaks to them have a few "if only people heard this, they would understand" artists. For myself, Max Eider is most definitely at the top of that list. In the years since his early role as right hand man for The Jazz Butcher, he has perfected the style of eccentric British indie singer songwriter and then expanded upon it to inhabit his own unique elements. This album is one of his finest moments. It's a rich heady brew of melodies that immediately stick to the senses, warm swirling minor chord wonders that somehow sound fresh & new & akin to the my favorites from labels such as Glass, El Records, Cherry Red, etc. The appearances of June Miles-Kingston (The Mo-Dettes, backing vocals on the classic Microdisney albums- speaking of lost gems...) certainly enhance this as well. The lyrics truly take things in new directions. Through recent releases, Max has become an expert at weaving tales that alternate between darkness and sweetness- on this album lyrically the darkness hits a peak while musically the sweetness hits an equal height. A melody can have you grinning from it's infectious chorus just as a lyric appears such as "I hope you die in a place like this, terrific and soaked in piss". Throughout, topics such as isolation, racism, violence and more are broached but somehow it never feels the way many "topic" songs do. There's always the seduction of the sweet melodies, the perfect lyrics, and a warm throughout. At one point, the music brings a surprise on the level of the lyrics and for me it provides that rare example of truly being shocked and swept up in a musical moment.

A great offering from someone who carries on without praise- it's highly recommended to give this a chance.
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