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Fine Art of Self Destruction [VINYL]

Jesse Malin Vinyl
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After three critically acclaimed solo records, dozens of world tours and TV appearances, Jesse Malin found himself back in New York City questioning his next move. From his days fronting seminal hardcore trio Heart Attack and infamous glam punks D Generation, then seven years on the road as a solo artist, Malin had ... Read more in Amazon's Jesse Malin Store

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  • Vinyl (5 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: One Little Indian
  • ASIN: B00009300A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,047,800 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional debut 12 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
The strength of 'The Fine Art of Self Destruction' lies in the fact that it is filled with quality songs, not a filler in sight. Malin has envious songwriting talents and the ability to emulate all the great artists of the last 40 years whilst retaining his own individuality. 'Solitaire' in particular could be easily be the heartbreaking song that Springsteen has never wrote.
Lyrically, Malin keeps things fairly simple but invokes intrigue in tales of parental divorce, recurring Sunday evening illnesses (!) and of course stories of loves lost and found.
The album is endorsed and produced by none other than Mr. Ryan Adams, who has remarked that Malin is "scarily good". On this performance there is every reason to believe Adams should be scared cos at last the ex-Whiskeytown man has some serious competition!
At times rockin' and upbeat, at times tearful and heartbreaking, Malin succeeds in producing one of the finest and most listenable debut albums for years!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So you like Ryan Adams do you? 29 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
Well you've come to the right place as this is very Ryan Adams...not surprising as he produced and guested on guitar. But this is no cheap rehash of another artist's songs. No this is much more. Unfortunately Ryan may have caused himself a problem as his guy could become so much better than his mentor! I first heard of jesse malin when he was support at Adams' Belfast gig and i was not particularly impressed by his songs as his mic was too loud for the songs. On this album everything sounds in better balance and the true brilliance of his songs can come through. This is pure americana but with a true pop sensibility. Highlights of the album are undoubtedly 'Queen of the Underworld', 'Brooklyn' despite it's singer-songwriter pastiche and my personal favourite- 'Almost Grown'. However, there is no bad song on the album and many people will prefer 'Solitaire' and 'Wendy' for their more popish sound. My only problem is, as i bought the album for my girlfriend, how do i tell her i'm going to keep it? Go out and buy this as he could end up better than the brilliant Adams and this stands up to 'Heartbreaker' anyday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant debut 13 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
I too first saw Jesse supporting Ryan Adams at Manchester Apollo, and was impressed enough on the night to buy this CD.
What a find ! This is a fantastic debut, and it might be the best debut album I've heard since Bruce Springsteen's "Greetings from Astbury Park". It really is that good. He reminds me of Bruce a lot, and the songs like Queen of the Underworld and Riding on the Subway are simply brilliant.
Not over keen on Wendy as its a bit of a barroom upbeat track that is a bit of a filler. The rest is outstanding. Go and buy it if you like Ryan Adams or Bruce Springsteen
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut solo offering 8 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
Like many people, my interest in Jesse Malin sprang from the Ryan Adams connection. Upon buying the album, initial impressions were of mediocrity, with the bare bones production hampering the songs. With repeated spins however, the quality of Malin's craftsmanship shines through, and the man shows remarkable confidence and assurance in this, his debut. The songs are uniformly excellent, being simple yet brimming with hooks and polished choruses.
Those expecting an Adams clone will be dissapointed, as the two are stylistically quite different. While Adams straddles genres with his eclectic, yet rootsy music, Malin remains firmly ensconced within the straightforward rock n roll eouvre. This is a fine debut, and fully deserves the plaudits that have been thrown its way. Roll on the archetypal "difficult" second album...
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is excellent 10 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
for a debut it stands up brilliantly. Under the tutilage of ryan adams he is on the right track, as long as he steers clear of labels trying to hold up material! How he makes you fall into his world, namely New York, is on another level. His throaty voice is dylan and adams, american to the core and well suited to evey emotion he wants to evoke. Solitare is case in point 'I don't need anyone/got some cigarettes/I don't need anyone' the way he screams 'one' after the delay sends shivers all over! one minute example of the promise this guy has. buy it, then get annoyed that he hasn't released anything else yet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Adams? Who he? 6 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
Not another male solo artist singing dreary ballads, surely? Well, no actually. But you'd be forgiven for thinking that way, especially if you checked out the latest offerings from David Gray and Ryan Adams last year.
With Adams on production duties on this, Malin's debut solo record, it's refreshing to find that Malin has more to offer than just a re-hash of his fellow New Yorkers typically downbeat back catalogue. Whereas Adams skits around North America in his songs (New York, New York, Goodnight Hollywood Boulevard, Oh My Sweet Carolina) Malin is definitely most at home in his native City, observing the various nooks, crannies and trannies that 'The City That Never Sleeps' ™ offers him.
Opener Queen of the Underworld, the lead off single, is a fair benchmark to kick off proceedings, showcasing the precedent for most of the record - Malin alone with his guitar until he's suddenly joined by his band, engulfing him in the musical equivalent of a group hug. It's a trick best used on Wendy, perhaps the most immediate pop song on the record and surely a future single. 'Wendy left me all alone/no postcard or telephone,' Malin sings with gutsy bravado; rarely has being dumped led to such a hedonistic racket - just ask Ryan Adams. Saying that, it's one of only two songs that really put their foot to the floor here, with Almost Grown also providing a jaunty stomp through a parental break-up.
It's on the rest of the album that you really feel the presence of Ryan Adams' production. Whether it's the spiky guitar of Downliner, or the piano which lurks at the back of the room on Solitaire or Brooklyn. In fact, on this UK version of the LP we get the gluttonous luxury of two versions of the latter song - one album version, the other with the full band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 1st & the best
The first, and for many the best, of Jesse's solo albums following his departure from N.Y punks D. Generation and the short lived Bellvue. Read more
Published on 12 May 2008 by R. Tolfree
4.0 out of 5 stars This is Springsteen without the bombastic drums
This album came as quite a surprise to me. Except for Lucinda Williams I've not been big into Alternative Country. But this is good. The songs are nice, texts are good. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2005 by "thurlog"
5.0 out of 5 stars boom bangabang
I've never listened to anything by Ryan Adams. In fact I came across Jesse Malin when he supported Counting Crows. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2004 by A. Marczak
5.0 out of 5 stars jesse is god
besides being the best cd i purchased this year , his gig at the acadmey in liverpool supported by tommy stinson was the gig of the year. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2003 by duncan worman
5.0 out of 5 stars "Poetry or destiny on bar napkins..."
The best songwriters are those who have the ability to somehow transport you to their world with such grace that you can easily believe yourself to be a part of it. Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2003 by "tickordidj"
5.0 out of 5 stars Best rock album in 20 years
I know those are big words, but the more I listen to the album, the more I'm convinced that they're true. Read more
Published on 30 April 2003 by Rasmus Hastrup
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fine Art of Great Music...
Ryan Adam's protege certainly had a lot to live up to, and the fine art of self destruction proves that he is well worthy of the title. ... Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2003 by "gales_twin"
4.0 out of 5 stars The man is destined for great things
New York native Malin’s name has been on the lips of every music know-all for almost a year now since Ryan Adams name-checked him. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2003 by J. W. Bassett
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album.
Like so many others,i first heard of Jesse Malin at a Ryan Adams concert with just his guitar, a head full of stories and a wonderful collection of songs. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars JESSE MALIN - great new talent
Following in the footsteps of Ryan Adams, Jesse Malin has left the punk band days of the mid nineties to carve out a bloosoming solo career effortlessly blending his beautiful song... Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2003 by NEAL HENSON
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