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Everyone Alive Wants Answers

30 Jun. 2003 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 July 2005
  • Release Date: 30 Jun. 2003
  • Label: The Leaf Label
  • Copyright: 2003 The Leaf Label Ltd
  • Total Length: 39:40
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  • ASIN: B001O2B9JO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,474 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Cavanagh on 22 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
I discovered Colleen through a debut 7" single release on the French Active Suspension label. Soon I was playing this disc repeatedly, caught up in a mesmerizing soundworld and - I don't use the word lightly - longing to hear more.
This album does exactly what I had hoped in extending the range of tones and textures without losing the purity of the tracks I already knew.
To listen to Everyone Alive Wants Answers is, I have found, to venture into an evocative realm, triggering long forgotten visual memory. Some of the titles suggest specific atmospheres... pre-dawn journeys through urban Paris and the subterreanea of the Metro, for example... but you don't need a programmatic guide to enjoy this music. The sweep of sound ranges from celeste and woodwind to intense fuzzy guitar, a young childs voice and exotic twangling instruments which hum about your ears. Some of this is redolent of 1960's analogue tape loop minimalists in the way that the sound conveys a warmth and intimacy, which is lacking in so much current and rather glacial electronic music.
An album I'm sure I'll be drawn back to for a very long time.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 21 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful c.d. Very dreamy and evocative. I can tell it'll be on my late night playlist for the forseeable future! It was recommended to me on the basis that I enjoyed Kid Loco's 'A Grand Love Story' but if I was to compare the mood of Colleen with another c.d. I'd say it reminded me of Gabriel Yared's 'Betty Blue' soundtrack. An excellent piece of music, well worth the money!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Cavanagh on 11 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
I discovered Colleen through a debut 7" single release on the French Active Suspension label. Soon I found myself playing this disc repeatedly, caught up in a mesmerizing soundworld and - I don't use the word lightly - longing to hear more.
This album does exactly what I'd hoped in extending the range of tones and textures without losing the purity of the tracks I knew.
To listen to Everyone Alive wants Answers is, I have found, to venture into an evocative realm, triggering long forgotten visual memory. Some of the titles suggest specific atmospheres... pre-dawn journeys through urban Paris and the subterreanea of the Metro, for example... but you don't need any programmatic guide to enjoy this music. The sweep of sound ranges from celeste, harp and woodwind to intense, fuzzy guitar, a young childs voice and exotic twangling instruments which hum about your ears.
Some of this is redolent of 1960's analogue tape-loop minimalists in the way that warmth and intimacy is captured, qualities often missing from much digitized and rather glacial electronic music. An album I'm sure I'll be drawn back to for a very long time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Process Music 6 Aug. 2005
By K. Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Colleen's first album is built entirely of small fragmented loops taken from various sampled sources. The music is very simple, slow, beautiful. One thing that I find amazing about this is that Colleen's music is the process itself. That is, what you're hearing as the end result is the very means by which it is made - the simple loops. You're hearing the broken pieces of the music placed next to eachother. She lets the seams show. If you have the patience for quiet and slow music, then this comes highly recommended.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Amazing 17 Jun. 2005
By Mylo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This cannot be right...why hasn't anyone reviewed this yet? Well, I will not compare it to anything else, let me just tell you that it is amazing. Good for listening to when you want to get lost, because it will happen indefinitely. Where it takes you is sometimes a scary place, but sometimes the happiest place you have ever imagined.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Amazing 9 Nov. 2006
By M. Stevens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A truly amazing CD, expressive, creative, beautiful, simple and yet sophisticated all at the same time. A must for anyone interested in contemporary ambient music.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great soundtrack to make up experimental animated films to in your mind. 31 Aug. 2011
By twark maine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I ran into this album at a local record store and the more I listened to it the more I fell in love with it. It could be described as experimental ambient electronica, but Colleen has a way to select and process the sounds and layer the gestures that hits an immediate and unique spot, making my musical brain wonder intently:
Where does she take all of this from?
What is the mystery behind all these compelling, riveting textures and developments?

Each track has its own atmosphere, sometimes warm and cozy, like grandma telling you forgotten stories while you watch super-8 films of your childhood, some spooky and playful like paper maché ghosts dancing around in a toy castle, others bringing a fragile and mysterious beauty to life that seems dusted but you better put your gloves on and be extremely careful when you handle it! :)

There is no limit to the images that come to mind when I listen to this album, and I wonder if I'm the only one who sees the immense quality of what Colleen has achieved.
It works well as a vinyl record too.

Anyone who is looking for soundtracks to experimental film should definitely give it a listen, if only for inspiration.
None of it seems overly complicated, but I never heard an electronica album as mysterious, beautiful, deep, poetic, melancholic and warm that would come even close to affecting me with the same intensity.
Occasional mistiness included. (Babies?)

Hope we hear more from her like this. <3
Colleen ‎- Everyone Alive Wants Answers 16 Sept. 2013
By scoundrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Colleen's debut EVERYONE ALIVE WANTS ANSWERS is like a sonic blast of bliss; the opening title track layers on the sounds for a cloud-like atmosphere. Meanwhile, the loop on "Ritournelle" flits around like a fairy on a leash, while the short and shimmering "Your Heart On Your Sleeve" drifts on the edge of happiness. "Long Live Mice In The Metro" brings in a wobbly darkness, while "I Was Deep In A Dream And I Didn't Know It" is spare and nearly glacial. The music box melodies of "Babies" blends a sweetness with an edge of creepiness, and "A Swimming Pool Down The Railway Track" clatters with seemingly found percussion and organ swells. And "Nice And Simple" ends the album on a bright note. Utterly unique and compelling.
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