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Entanglements


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  • Audio CD (22 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tomlab
  • ASIN: B001COB39K
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. N. Reece on 2 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
On Entanglements, The Parenthetical Girls continue with the same warped, experimental, cabaret-esque pop they've developed over the past few years on their two previous studio albums. There's a definite hint of progression - Entanglements is a far more polished affair than 2004's (((GIRLS))), but at times, there's an almost desperate need to be as manic as possible, as Zak Pennington with his offbeat, drawling vocals sings 'Pressed unto us flesh still sickly sweet / With scents of love / But lost of this lust / Exactly what becomes of us?' on a `Song for Ellie Green', a tribute to the 60s folk rock singer. The album is still undeniably catchy, sure, but the production has been toned down this time round, so while it's chaotic in places, it's also slightly smoother and occasionally drifts into flatness. The whole thing comes across as a sort of happy, more twee version of Xiu Xiu in all its camp strangeness.

`Song for Ellie Green' highlights The Parenthetical Girls' obsession with the perverse and stranger side of human relationships and the whole album is essentially a collection of bizarre tales of love. Lyrics play such an important part on any Parenthetical Girls records, from the rather silly, Vaudevillian charm of ` And what such fates we to betray / As your legs gave way' on `Young Eucharist' to the even more absurd, over-the-top theatricality of `His legs gave way like pages from a pop-up book' on `Unmentionables' to the oddly beautiful, but very twisted `Avenue of Trees', which tells the story of one man's love for a younger girl. It has the same silliness as The Magnetic Fields'
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Love in the time of Quantum Uncertainty 3 Nov 2009
By David M. DeLeon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You can't call Entanglements a concept album, the term has been used too often on things way less clever. It's more like a series of dramatic monologues, or a poem sequence set to music. In that sense it's similar to their excellent but somewhat less cohesive previous album Safe As Houses. The viewpoints in that album shifted over the course of ten tracks from mother to daughter to sister, but Entanglements, it seems, has one narrator. The actual details of the story being told are intentionally ambiguous (how sure are we that the narrator is female? are the lovers related?), wrapped up in Zac Pennington's elliptical, witty and utterly delightfully lyrics -- and I know if I started quoting bits of wordplay I'd never stop, so better just to listen to the whole thing yourself and pick out your own favorite lines.

What we do know is that the story hinges on two lovers, one much older than the other, starting that initial rush of emotion (Four Words), and from there we bounce forward in time, as they meet again and again and grow more entangled. There are moments of guilt and regret, what might be a pregnancy scare, abandonment, and finally that always awkward long-after encounter. ("Entanglement" is a term in quantum physics for the way two particles, though long separated, still affect each other.)

Which is to say nothing of the lush ornamental arrangements, the Bacharach and Mancini-like rondos, the cover of "Windmills of your Mind," the Elfman-esque coda. "A Song for Ellie Greenwich" is easily one of the most unique and catchiest songs in the genre, with the brass notes marching and the strings and flutes dancing and Pennington's voice rolling all around it happy as a clam and just slightly sinister.

This is one of those rare albums that reveals more and more the more you listen to it. Not everyone is going to have the patience for it, but for those that do, the rewards are well worth it.
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