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  • Audio CD (14 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ici d'Ailleurs
  • ASIN: B0007DAXKC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By harrie999 on 11 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
sublime dark luscious simplicity... my(our) heart(s) will ache red and clear and we shall be cleansed and righteous- thank you matt
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "johnnymobasher2" on 4 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the most fabulous albums that i have ever heard in my life. its brilliant lyrically although not a lot of lyrics but the quality makes up for it. it actually doent need any more that it has. musycally, it plays all the right notes in all the right places. I feel that the whole album, is one track. To coin a phraze from the late Zappa, a conceptual continuity. it reminds me of a lullaby but dont fall asleep to hear the last mamoth instrumental piece of music which is in a class of its own with & totally different from the rest of the album. all in all, its a great album & if u like MUSIC u'll like this. johnny
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "johnnymobasher2" on 5 Jan. 2006
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Now that I can spell teh word beautiful, let me say that Drinking Songs is one the most BEAUTUFUL & tender but tough albums that u will ever hear. both musically & lyrically it stands apart ( If u like music that is! ). it plays all the right notes in all the right places. I managed to get the lyrics from the Third eye foundation website which totally adds to the greatness of the album. its a lullaby that is NOT. dont listen to anyone that might say its a little DOWN in emotions, its just emotional. u cant seperate any one track as better than the otheres as they are all on the same level. sounds like I'm his agent!! but I'm not. i particularly like The Guilty party, as we have all been there at some stage. & the last track, the Maid we messed, is a 20mins Epic totally different to the rest of the album. All in all, an album that, i'm 100% sure, u will listen in 30 years from now & will still make sence.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "johnnymobasher2" on 4 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the most fabulous albums that i have ever heard in my life. its brilliant lyrically although not a lot of lyrics but the quality makes up for it. it actually doent need any more that it has. musycally, it plays all the right notes in all the right places. I feel that the whole album, is one track. To coin a phraze from the late Zappa, a conceptual continuity. it reminds me of a lullaby but dont fall asleep to hear the last mamoth instrumental piece of music which is in a class of its own with & totally different from the rest of the album. all in all, its a great album & if u like MUSIC u'll like this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Amazing, depressing, disturbing 26 Dec. 2012
By Tom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is one of my favorite albums, but I can't listen to it.

A few years ago, I was going through a personal crisis. It was a difficult time for me, and I was depressed, did not go out much, did not communicate much. Then I discovered Matt Elliott.
Sometimes your emotions, your thoughts, your mood - all have to come together, in some exact moment, in order for you to like the music that you are listening to. This was such a moment for me. I don't know if in any other moment I would feel the same way about this album.

"Howling Songs" is sad, melancholic, dark, disturbing, experimental. Its gloomy sounds, along with Matt's singing, will make for good comapny when you're down. It will make you feel like someone understands you, when no one else does.

"All goes for a reason? Or no?
Please let me know, my fallen friend, I've failed you again, again..."
(From "The Kübler-Ross Model")

Matt has a low, rough voice, he mumbles the lyrics and they're hard to make out; but it fits the music perfectly. He is a skilled guitarist and a skilled soundman, clearly.
The songs are long, they are built on classic, familier rhythms - Spanish guitar and Flamenco, March, Waltz and even Tango - but there is nothing routine about them. They start very minimalistic, just Matt's guitar, sometimes with strings or keys in the background. Sometimes they change their nature or rhythm in the middle. Towards the end, they grow stronger, louder. Matt loops several layers with his guitar, gradually he adds more and more, until it becomes noisy, dirty, distortioned, disharmonic even! They shriek and they scream in chaos, until they overload and blow up.

It's not an easy album to listen to. I won't recommend it to anyone.
I think that it's an absolutely amazing album, it helped me through a rough time, and I am so grateful for it. But the simple truth is, that I can't listen it today, I don't want to. I have moved on, and I just don't... need it, anymore; and I'm grateful for that, too.

So to sum it up... If you're feeling sad, hurting, you might find comfort in this album. If you woke up smiling this morning - I'm happy for you! - but you probably won't like it :)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2007 26 Feb. 2008
By Edward Daniels - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was one of the best albums I found in 2007.
A talented musician.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum 25 Nov. 2005
By somethingexcellent - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Matt Elliot has been creating music for well over a decade now, first as a loose member of the group Flying Saucer attack and then starting nearly ten years ago under the name Third Eye Foundation. His releases have always been a somewhat despairing mixture of dark samples and heavy drum programming, but on his last release The Mess We Made, he started making large steps away from his earlier output (as well as releasing work under his real name for the first time).

On that release, he backed away from the breakbeat outbursts even more and honed in on actual organic instrumentation and even ventured into including vocals on his track. The result of which was an album that still had many of his moody trademarks (like eerie, pitch-bent instruments and vocals), but touched on new genres like Eastern European folk music. It was a welcome change of listening (despite my enjoyment of his past work) and showed that he was moving beyond boundaries that anyone may have set for him.

Drinking Songs is an even further and logical continuation from the sound of his previous album, and finds Elliot relying even less on filtering and electronics. On the release, Elliot plays a wide variety of instruments (acoustic and electric guitar, vibes, , piano, bass) and is joined by others playing cello and trumpet. The vocals are even more prominent in the mix, and the result is just what you might expect given the title of the release and the direction he hinted at on the previous release with songs like "The Sinking Ship Song."

The release opens with "C.F. Bundy" a long, creepy instrumental that bobs and weaves without any percussion, and actually just sort of morphs into the shorter second track "Trying To Explain," which finds Elliot layering multiple vocal parts, playful electric piano, and electric guitar that give it a feel similar to what you'd expect from Tom Waits. "The Guilty Part" and "The Kursk" both continue the bar-song sing-along style tracks (with the exception of the startling sound effects which open the latter track) that focus on haunting themes. Unfortunately, the tracks both mimic each other (and other tracks on the release) structuraly, progressing naturally and appealingly before sort of stalling out about halfway through and relying on backwards tracking and effects to close out.

The above is unfortunate, because the tracks needn't be needlessly long and Elliot is plenty good at keeping some dynamics on the release and writing concise songs without resorting to gimmicks. "What's Wrong" is a perfect example of this, mixing accordion, guitar, piano, and multiple layers of vocals (again, adding to the sing-along effect) into a sad lament on the state of the world that quotes one of Ghandi's most famous lines. Although the liner notes state that it should be viewed as a piece unrelated to the album itself, the twenty-minute closer of "The Maid We Messed" is another fine example of what Elliot has to offer. The track opens with slow progressions of layered instrumentation before careening wildly with growling basslines and heavy drum programming. The result is one of the strongest tracks that he's done on his past several albums and a huge punctuation mark on the somewhat uneven Drinking Songs. Here's hoping he can bridge the two sides of his work even more powerfully on his next effort.

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