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Emancipated Hearts

Dean Wareham Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,487 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2013 solo release from the former leader of Galaxie 500 and Luna as well as half of Indie duo Dean & Britta. Emancipated Hearts was recorded with Jason Quever of Papercuts at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco and as well as Britta, features Anthony LaMarca and Gillian Rivers.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly there... 5 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD
This ep kicks off with a great track in ‘Love is Colder than Death’, has one track (‘the ticking is the bomb’) which could almost be mistaken for an unheard Galaxie 500 track and a cover of the Incredible String Band’s ‘Air’. These for me, are the highlights to this ep as Dean Wareham appears to be finding his feet (which he does in his self-titled album).

Musically, this is unmistakeably Dean Wareham and as such, falls into the alternative / indie category. I rate this as a high 3 (rounded to 4) as it contains songs that need to be heard and songs that will grow on the listener.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but.... 16 Oct 2013
By MTC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
when the flock is Luna getting back together? Still love Dean's music, but the dueling guitars from Luna are missed....one of the greatest small venue live bands ever.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comes close to the heights of Galaxie 500 and Luna 20 Oct 2013
By T. A. Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Galaxie 500’s reputation is so large, and their influence so enduring, that it’s hard to believe that they were only around for three-and-a-half years. Dean Wareham, the singer/guitarist for Galaxie 500, would go on to form Luna1, write and record music with his wife Britta Phillips, produce, and score movies2. After 20+ years’ worth of music behind him, he’s never released a solo record until now, but he’s not launching himself as a solo artist with a sweeping manifesto of a record. Instead, Emancipated Hearts is a “mini-LP”3 of six tracks that allows Wareham to dip his toes into the proverbial singer-songwriter waters.

So what does it sound like? Galaxie 500? Luna? Something else? Well, it’s not exactly like either of those bands, but you can tell it’s definitely Wareham behind the microphone here. His voice – never a selling point – is serviceable, but runs a little flat. As for the music, it’s a further continuation of some of the ideas Wareham dealt with in Luna: dreamy, 60’s revival psychedelia. You could’ve put some of these songs on a Luna release, told me they were B-sides, and I would have looked around nervously and said “uh, yeah, of course they are, I knew that!” But Emancipated Hearts is psychedelic without the trippiness, and dreamy without the sense of wonder. The songs are solid, but they don’t have much passion behind them.

By this point, you already know whether or not you’re going to listen to Emancipated Hearts: if you’ve followed Wareham this far, you’ll follow him a bit further. If you’re still mad about Galaxie 500 breaking up, this record ain’t going to mend your heart. If you’re a newcomer to Wareham, I’d suggest starting somewhere else other than this mini-LP; Galaxie 500’s Today is excellent, along with Luna’s Bewitched. Fans of Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, or Brian Jonestown Massacre will probably find some tunes on Emancipated Hearts that are worth plundering, but for the most part, we’ve heard these sounds before. As the chief driving force of Galaxie 500, Luna, and Dean & Britta, Wareham can do better than this.

Key Tracks:
“Emancipated Hearts”
“Love is Colder Than Death”

Well, actually, there’s one more thing. Depending on which version of Emancipated Hearts you buy, you’ll get different bonus tracks. The digital comes with an additional cut from the recording sessions (“Living Too Close To The Ground”4). The other track, the one that comes with CD version of the album, is a remix of the title track. This cut is actually pretty interesting because it attempts to modernize a song that is otherwise part of a stale, dusty genre. Welp, there you go! That’s the last thing I had to tell you. Have a good week – see you next time!
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dean Wareham ... Emancipated Hearts 15 Oct 2013
By R. Kesler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Enigmatic lo-fi dream-pop hipster Dean Wareham has wandered in with a new romantic 10" solo album that touches all the right nerves, and pushes all the right buttons, conjuring a waylaid grouping of gentle songs that he could no longer keep to himself; yet made the calculated decision that they were so personal, he needed to present them under his own name.

Yes, you'll still be swooned by the lush and mysterious backing vocals of Britta Philips, and for all intent and purposes, had the songs not been played and delivered so singularly raptured, Emancipated Hearts would sound very much like a Dean & Britta release. But it's not, this is resoundingly a Dean Wareham release, and in that vein we get to turn another page, diving deeper into the nature of this odd man out, spare no secrets, symphonic character, fashioned from existential pop-culture, who seems to have stepped right out of the pages of "The Third Man" or "On The Road."

The songs that makeup Emancipated Hearts are rich and full, at times joyful, laced with childlike fever-dreams, filled with sonic guitars that lead you down side streets and into places you've never considered, or perhaps avoided, yet are instantly recognizable, warm and comfortable. At other times the songs have the depth and feel of looking in on your own home, face pressed to a window, with that single pane of glass reshaping everything you see, causing one to smile with the satisfaction of who they are.

I was treated to these drifting gems back in April of 2013 when Dean connected his iPod to my stereo ... it was so good to get lost in this new material, and like all things magical, I remember the day I could no longer hear any of the tunes dancing in my head. I'm glad to have them back, glad to hold this album in my hands, feeling that in the course of my musical journey, I've made the right choices with Galaxie 500, Luna, Dean & Britta, and here with this understated piece of vinyl.

Midnight music for gazing on a daytime moon ...

*** The album was recorded with Jason Quever of the band Papercuts at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, featuring Britta Phillips, Anthony LaMarca, and Gillian Rivers. AND you might want to check out the cover of Friedrich Nietzschi's book The Gay Science: With a Prelude in Rhymes and an Appendix of Songs

Review by Jenell Kesler
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a gem 12 Feb 2014
By Madley - Published on Amazon.com
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I can never get enough of this man's unique and dreamy voice. Not to mention his prolific lyrics. He is an amazing performer, better yet, artist, true artist. His projects speak volumes. Check out all his work including Galaxy 500, Luna and his work with his lovely wife Britta Phillips (Dean & Britta). I recently saw their Andy Warhol project "13 Most Beautiful" were Dean and Britta skillfully scored the most stunning musical landscape for the short films Warhol had produced called "Screen Tests" - you will not be disappointed in the slightest. I can't wait for his new release next month...A true musical icon.
4.0 out of 5 stars a haunted, beautiful and distinctive album 18 Dec 2013
By Charlie Quaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Debut album from Los Angeles artist best known as the leader of Galaxie 500 and Luna.
Sadly winsome & cuddly, Wareham’s voice invites deep-soul, glassy-eyed hugs with his
magically haunted, beautiful and distinctive singing style. Hypnotic threads of repetitive melody-
drone with a masterfully subtle emotional tug curl around a folk/pop psychedelic core. It’s a
comforting, soft & forlorn wrap for wandering the foggy shoreline with nowhere to go. Includes a
cover of The Incredible String Band song “Air”. Guest musicians have played with Dean & Britta, St. Vincent,
The Skygreen Leopards, Papercuts, Botticellis, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Amazing Baby.
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