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El Perro Del Mar Import


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Product details

  • Audio CD (10 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000E1IFUW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,394,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Candy
2. God Knows (You Gotta Give To Get)
3. Party
4. People
5. Dog
6. I Can’t Talk About It
7. Coming Down The Hill
8. This Loneliness
9. It’s All Good
10. Here Comes That Feeling

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By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 May 2006
If Sarah Craknell of St Etienne was suddenly to immerse herself in the doo wop girl group classicism of the fifties/ sixties, with the contemporary nous of "Toe Rag" records in conjunction with Angelo Badalamenti she might just make an album that sounds like this. If that idea has crossed her mind she should jettison it right now because El Perro Del Mar has beaten her to it and more importantly done a fine job of it too.

The reason I mention Sarah Craknell is there is a purity about Del Mars vocals that brings to mind the singer of pop maestros St Etienne. But there is a constant ever widening crack of melancholy traversing this album. The instrumentation is pretty minimalist, with airily strummed guitar, gentle brushes of percussion, subtle flicks of finger popping and the omnipresent cooing backing vocals. Del Mar as well writing the songs and playing most of the instruments herself (Saxophone and some percussion is provided by session musicians) has also produced the album, giving it a grainy but symphonic sheen.

Quibbles could be raised about the lack of dynamic range in the songs - they all follow a similar pattern with oft repeated phrases encompassing the lyrics and are mono tempo- and her voice too is deficient of variety but they are all lovely and carry an emotional depth that transcends mere affectation. "Candy" the opening track lays down the blues-print for the album from the off with some gorgeous harmonies and her own exigent approximation of an old largely discarded genre. "Party" "God Knows (You Gotta Give To Get)", "Dog" and her cover of Alexander Nilsson's "Here Comes That Feeling" are all sumptuous pop music with a hidden epidermis of textured detail. "It's All Good" as that title would suggest is so upbeat it would make Timmy Mallet balk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skeechy on 12 May 2006
A left-field indie pop gem mixing elements of Julie Cruise, Kate Bush and Fifties girl groups to create something uniquely exquisite. In the long tradition of sweetly melodic music undercut with darker lyrics, many of the songs here are suffused with a beautiful melancholia and are really quite heartbreaking. Personal favourites are 'This Loneliness' and 'Dog'. This album is something to treasure. And what a fantastic cover.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julian Dailly on 2 April 2007
I bought this CD on, basically, the advice of a load of reviewers and listeners that I didn't know. And boy am I glad of that fact now. That said, who am I? Anyway, I'll be brief. This is one more example of Scandinavians trying to cut and paste their way into emotional credibility by pastiching episodes in pop music history they have no business aping. Half of the tracks on this stand-off-ish, sytlistic cut and past-athon are drawn 60's and 70's "la la la lahhing" and other peoples paraphenalia. We are not, today, in some post-modern reappraisal of lollipop, going to discover the anguish and trauma of failed romance. The audience demands more than your scrap book notes. I'll not go on. I really would not buy this if you want more from your music than H&M. I give it 2 stars for starting and finishing a project.
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