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Divine Discontent [Import]

Sixpence None The Richer Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (29 Oct 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Word Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00006LHY1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Breathe Your Name 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tonight (LP Version) 3:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Down And Out Of Time (LP Version) 3:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Don't Dream It's Over 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Waiting On The Sun - Album Version 2:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Still Burning (LP Version) 4:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Melody Of You (LP Version) 4:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Paralyzed (LP Version) 3:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I've Been Waiting (LP Version) 4:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Eyes Wide Open (LP Version) 3:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Dizzy (LP Version) 6:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Tension Is A Passing Note (LP Version) 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. A Million Parachutes (LP Version) 6:190.79  Buy MP3 


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Sixpence None The Richer ~ Divine Discontent

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sixpence's long awaited album simply divine 1 Jun 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Sixpence None the Richer fans have had to wait an inordinate length of time for this latest offering to be released, not through any fault of their own I hasten to add. Has it been worth it? I say it has! This album is simply divine with a wonderful array of songs covering the general theme of relationships - their ups and downs; joys and sadnesses etc. From interviews with the band it's clear that the songs are basically autobiographical in nature and reflect the last few difficult years they have endured since the huge successes of 'Kiss Me' and 'There she goes' and the eponymous album. Sixpence, who made the move out of the Christian music scene in the U.S. into the main market, have always worn their Christian faith on their sleeves. Their songs have reflected their faith in a heartfelt, honest and compassionate way without being 'preachy' and its no different on this album.
If you're familiar with Sixpence's previous albums especially 'Prayers for a Ticket Wheel', 'This Beautiful Mess' and 'Sixpence none the Richer' you'll know that much of their material was driven by powerful electric guitar work and had a real edge and rawness. In fact if you ever thought that the successful commercial singles were representative of their music as a whole you'd be in for a suprise listening to the albums.

So what about 'Divine Discontent'? Well, Leigh Nash's delicious heavenly bell-like voice is as captivating as ever; the song-writing of Matt Slocum (and Leigh Nash has got more involved too) is of the extremely high quality one has come to expect, imaginative and fresh with great melodies; the covers well chosen and delivered with the Sixpence touch. But there is a difference - the heavy guitar riffs are not so evident and the one song that actually rocks a bit is 'Paralysed'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very accomplished ambum 5 May 2012
By dan
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Here, the band have matured and created a confident collection of songs.It could never have been as good as their previous self-titled album Sixpence None The Richer(what could?), which was off the scale in star ratings, but it is very good none the less. The voice of Nash has lost its innocent quality here and is strong and confident, in keeping with the tempo of the musical arrangements. Lyrically, things have moved on from the searching and questing of the past (no lyrics supplied), and the music reflects this. A highly accomplished album, it is sunshine music, though with some more serious musings also.Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Gorgeous Album 17 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
Mature and mesmerizing - even down to the artwork. Highlights: britpoppy 'Eyes Wide Open', the heavy and desperate 'Paralyzed' and the evocatively wintry 'A Million Parachutes'. Oh, and the gorgeous cover of Crowded House's 'Don't Dream it's Over' (arguably better than the original). By turns deep and uplifting Divine Discontent sparkles with genius.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 28 Jun 2004
By David Dunton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is lyrical and musical eloquence. Leigh Nash's voice may be an acquired taste for some, but her ability to emote and float above and blend into the accompaniment is haunting and soothing by turns, and always impressive.
Though the radio-poppiness of some of the early tracks does not blend too well with the remaining songs, which are far more orchestral, both styles are well done (though if you are tired of top-40, you will probably enjoy the later tracks much more).
Expect music that explores frustration, mystery, loneliness, sadness and angst in a vulnerable way, undergirded by a constant faith. Some songs incorporate driving, jangling electric guitars, while others meld acoustics and violins. All are enhanced by Ms. Nash's enthralling vocals.
If you want honest, well-written songs in an acoustic/electric alt album that invigorates and soothes, choose "Divine Discontent."
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in love. 1 Aug 2003
By spiral_mind - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Goodness. Sweet, ear-candy, occasionally string-tinged, deliciously eargasmic, sugary pop goodness. Sixpence has returned after five years with the strongest offering of their career. There's a marked growth in all their abilities - writing, performing, producing, what have you - that's pretty noticeable even between this disc and their latest self-titled offering. Their own brand of intelligent pop (still embellished with some occasional violin and cello) is thankfully intact. And I don't mean to cheapen it by saying 'pop' - I just mean that it's eminently listenable, but it goes beyond simple pop with some tinges of jazz and classical sensibility, topped off with a little more whimsy than your average mainstream band. Take a listen to the non-radio tunes and you'll discover a whole world of songcraft beyond their breakthrough "Kiss Me."
Matt Slocum's way with a catchy ear-pleasing melody is as on-key as ever. Leigh Nash's half-childlike voice is sweet and innocent as always; I can understand how some people might not enjoy hearing her all the time, but I consider those vocals a fitting & essential part of the whole. Slocum's guitar is just about perfect throughout; quiet filtered chords under "Breathe Your Name" and "Don't Dream it's Over," fiery riffing through the uncharacteristically dark "Paralyzed," gentle soothing ambience in "A Million Parachutes." That closer is probably the disc's most shining moment, which is really saying something considering how solid the twelve tracks leading up to it are. There isn't a weak moment to be found anywhere.
"Breathe Your Name" alone is one of the most perfect four-minute helpings of melodic ear candy I've heard in years, and it's not even the best this album has to offer. Beautiful ballads ("Still Burning," "Melody of You," "Parachutes") sit among the more catchy upbeat tunes and there's a natural flow between them throughout. It was surprising to see that "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Waiting on the Sun" weren't written by the group; they're performed with such a dreamy upbeatness that they don't sound the least bit out of place on a SNtR disc. "Eyes Wide Open" shuffles between quirky alt-rock and an almost jazzy beat. Every song has its own identity, but none seem out of place amid the whole album's sublime mood.
The reactions to Divine Discontent seem to be mixed even among the band's fans, and I'm still not sure why. This one grabbed me right from the first spin and its appeal hasn't faded yet: it's never been out of the rotation for almost six months now and I'm only liking it more and more. It's worth at least a good listen or two for those curious. Enjoy it half as much as I do and it'll still be money well spent.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I Give it 6 Stars? 18 Feb 2003
By Amanda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I do not like all of the songs on "Divine Discontent", but just for the ones I do like, I would be willing to give this CD more than a 5-star rating. First of all, lead singer Leigh Nash has such a sweet, beautiful voice that it's really hard to dislike ANY of the songs. Second of all, their very respectable remake of Crowded House's "Don't Dream it's Over" (which also appears on the "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" soundtrack) is quite possibly one of the best remakes of any song I've ever heard, the only big difference between the two versions being the sex of the person singing it. I think the song really works with a female voice, especially Nash's. Third of all, some of the other songs on the CD (my other favorites being "Down and Out of Time" and "Tonight") are so breathtaking that they more than make up for any of the songs that may not be as good.
I must say, I've never really liked Sixpence None the Richer, mainly because their really big hit "Kiss Me" was so overplayed on the radio when it came out, I quickly became sick of it. And I certainly never thought I'd ever buy one of their CDs. But I'm glad I did, and I'm glad it was this one. I bought it because of "Don't Dream it's Over", which was a really good song originally, and which is just as good now done by this group. I highly recommend this CD.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sparkling pop deliciousness. 17 Jan 2004
By Lord Chimp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been inspired to write this review after someone at the university saw me with this cd alongside Napalm Death's classic _Scum_ (definitive grindcore, ya know) and made a snide remark.
For the sheer aural delight of pop songcraft, Sixpence None the Richer is tough to beat. Leigh Nash's innocent, sweet voice and the nonpareil popitude (that's a new word for you) of songsmith Matt Slocum is a deadly combination. With a six-person lineup of vocals, two guitars, piano, bass, and drums (as well as guests on strings), SNtR fills their songs with reams of sparkling texture, but it is never too 'crowded' to detract from its eminently snug, intimate poppy feel, and the tasteful, well-crafted structures keep everything concise and effective. Even the songs that push six minutes are highly compelling. All of these songs are perfect showcases of pure audio sweets. It's so tasty, so deliciously sugary, it makes me think of candy, but the kind of candy that you never get tired of, even as it rots away your teeth and supplicates expensive dental procedures.
Since I have one _minor_ negative point to address, I might as well get it out of the way. There are a few times when the album feels a wee bit overproduced. I suspect a more lo-fi recording might have added some extra charm to it (note that lo-fi does not proscribe glossiness, which is an essential element of SNtR's music -- for an example of a polished lo-fi pop recording, check out the Shins' _Oh, Inverted World_). But trust me, it's a very small point not really worth grumbling about. It takes away nothing from the sheer pleasure of this delightful cd (I just think a shift in gear for production would improve the music -- as is, the sound is not a detriment, per se).
But who cares about my frivolous objections...this album is a jewel of tremendous worth. Songs like "Breathe Your Name", "Tonight", and "Waiting on the Sun" are supremely listenable, ravishing pop gems. Nash's voice is so perfect for Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" you'll think it was meant for her all along. Gorgeous, heart-melting ballads like "Still Burning", "Melodies of You", and the stunning "A Million Parachutes" provide foil and balance and a nice flow for the album. The lavish string arrangements on "Dizzy" are perhaps melodramatic and cheesy IN THEORY, but they cannot work but impeccably with this band's dreamy, sumptuous sound. It just works so well.
I love this CD. I want to get some more Sixpence None the Richer albums.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait. . . 31 Oct 2002
By Josh Arthur - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
With this album, Sixpence None The Richer proves itself to be among the finest bands in popular music, crafting thirteen fine pop songs with a nice dose of modern rock. Like their earlier work, the music on Divine Discontent is complex and creative, yet the melodies are simple enough to stick in your head hours later. As always, the lyrics are poignant and the analogies compelling. However, in this album Sixpence takes their music to new level. Much of it lies in the production. The melancholy legato of their previous album gives way to a much brighter sound. The guitars have some added punch and there is a heavier emphasis Leigh's harmonies. The band is better than they've ever been, with great bass lines and splendid percussion. That being said, what makes this a phenomenal album is first and foremost the songwriting. Songs like Tonight, Breathe Your Name and Waiting on the Sun are pop songs so stunning that you'll sit in your car 2 minutes after you get to your destination just to finish the song. A Million Parachutes and Tension are sparse acoustic songs that make you want to close your eyes, lie on your bed and let them wash over you. Eyes Wide Open, written by Leigh, is a neat song with a completely unpredictable melody that actually works. It moves from a simple acoustic song to a piano bashing rocker in a matter of measures. Crowded House's Don't Dream It's Over is a great addition to their repertoire. With a new arrangement and vocalist, this song sounds better than it ever has. Songs like Paralyzed, although written before 9/11, have added poignancy in the wake of that day. As with any album, there are stronger songs and weaker songs. On this one, I'd say Dizzy is the only song I skip. I keep waiting for the hook, but it doesn't seem to come. However, that being said, each of their songs has it's own value and place on this album. Like few albums, this is one that can be played from start to finish over and over without getting old. Lyrically and musically, Sixpence is a band whose music will change you. I've been waiting 5 years for this album, and it was well worth the wait.
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