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Everything Is Green

Essex Green Audio CD
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The Essex Green is a band based in Brooklyn NY. For their album, Cannibal Sea, the band’s three principal songwriters – Chris Ziter, Sasha Bell and Jeff Baron – have assembled a collection of songs that speak themes of travel, exploration, wanderlust and the desire for quiet niches amid the pressures of big city living. Like the protagonists in the opening lines of ... Read more in Amazon's Essex Green Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (27 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elephant
  • ASIN: B00002JXC7
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 803,083 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars English Mix 18 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
I know nothing about this band I stumbled on them while looking through the (recommended) Kindercore Records catalogue, but I quite like them. Lots of English pop influences there, in the same way XTC took the Beatles & reinvented their psychedelia, these have too, there's a bit of Anglo - Celtic folk which reminded me of Jethro Tull of all things and lots of swirling organ. It's timeless, but if you're looking for something up to the minute, this is not for you.
At least they have avoided the whining vocals that seem compulsory with modern sesnsitive bands (Mercury Rev, Grandaddy, Flaming Lips, Sparklehorse...)
And everything is green!!! There's a song about golf for heaven's sake!
Not a classic, but a quality product.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is it, 17 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
this album is seriously one of the best cds i've heard all year. they sound kinda like the zombies, if they were more influenced by british folk. it's a perfect album, and i don't hesitate in saying this.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Psychedelic Journey Into Another Green World 30 Dec 2003
By Gavin B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Everything Is Green" is about as ambitious a musical project as you will find in popular music. The Essex Green surpasses any of their Elephant 6 musical peers, on the basis of their sheer audacity and innocent quirkiness. This CD has been out for nearly five years and I hope it finds a larger audience. The "Big Green Tree" with it's plea to be anonymous "like a big green tree" is an ingenenous childlike ode to exsistential angst. The Essex Green has it all: a psychedelic Vox organ, child-like Cowsill vocals, weird shifts in tempo, fuzzbox guitars and hallucenogenic orange sushine lyrics. A few ambient Herb Alpert style mariachi horn arrangements are thrown in for good measure.
The comparison to the sixties group the Zombies, does not do justice to the Essex Green. The scope of the "Everything Is Green's" musical ambition far exceeds that of the Zombie's "Odessey and Oracle" classic. This is a mix of sunny psychedelic pop, jazz, rhumba, and celtic sounds that compares favorably to perhaps the Incredible String Band's "10,000 Spirits or Layers of the Onion", another eccentric sixties masterpiece from the sixties that split musical genres and had big ideas.
Eventually "Everything Is Green" will be seen as the visionary statement it is, and it will be appreciated as a forgotten pyschedelic classic, like Love's incredible "Forever Changes" and the previously mentioned Incredible String Band Album. The Essex Green released "The Long Goodbye" this year (2003) and it is a more polished Essex Green shifting from the psychedelic flourishes of "Everything Is Green" and experimenting more bucolic folk rock approach, but their vision remains intact. "Everything Is Green" still remains a favorite for it's magical charm and far flung ambition.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Money 7 July 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I like to think that the Essex Green is kind of what it would be like if Hansel and Gretel grew up and started a pop-band, writing fairy-tale tunes based on feelings resulting from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The songs have a child-like innocence with an unsettlingly sinister undercurrent. It's a great album, particularly songs like Mrs. Bean and Everything is Green. If you like sixties-inspired bands like Ladybug Transistor, Belle and Sebastian, and The Gentle Waves then you will really enjoy this album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but not fantastic 21 Nov 2000
By A. Temple - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Essex Green, although they don't measure up to the standards of the E6-east giants (The Olivia Tremor Control and Neutral Milk Hotel), are better than many of their labelmates, such as The Apples in Stereo, Elf Power, and Beulah. This album consists mostly of songs that are fun but not amazing, although a few songs--"Sun", "Mrs. Bean", "Primrose" and "Tinker"--stand out as excellent.
By the way, I don't really buy the comparisons to the Zombies, except for the beginning of "Big Green Tree" (which is pretty much lifted from "She's Not There")...
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zombies-Like Folk/Pop From The Elephant 6 Stable 23 Nov 1999
By Pop Kulcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Pop Kulcher Review: The Essex Green's full-length debut is pleasant and charming, but firmly part of the Elephant 6 second string (below headliners like Apples in Stereo, Olivia Tremor Control, and Neutral Milk Hotel). While those bands favor a more Beatles/Beach Boys-styled approach, the most obvious influence here is the Zombies, whose folky, pre-psychedelic flavor (including the chirpy organs and occasional harmonies) pervades the entire album. Much better production values than other bands in the Elephant 6 second string (like Elf Power and Of Montreal), though the instrumentation is still kept on the minimal side. It's all pretty enough, and fans of late 60's folk-pop bands like the Zombies and the Turtles (and, to a lesser extent, the Jefferson Airpline and even [ugh!] Donovan) will find it to be a nice discovery. But, as is the case with Of Montreal and some of the other more esoteric bands in the stable, it's hard to simply ignore the fact that the Velvet Underground and the Sex Pistols ever existed and accept this sort of naive retro-pop without occasionally cringing.
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