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For Carnation

Carnation Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (6 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B00003WTJT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Empowered Man's Blues
2. A Tribute To
3. Being Held
4. Snoother
5. Tales (Live From The Crypt)
6. Moonbeams

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Taking over two year to write 45 minutes of music is, by anyone's standards, a fantastically long time. But the six songs in question that make up The For Carnation are far from ordinary. The meandering guitar tunes--whose subtle dynamics, dragging blues and weary country strings narrowly avoid depression--barely even count as songs. Instead TFC take their cue from their post-rock roots--the band's line-up includes members of Tortoise and Slint--with improvised riffs, minimalist loops and apparently random words in the pursuit of pure atmosphere. And they find it ... in large quantities. In fact, the slurred rhythms, nocturnal noises and vague melodies that drive "Empowered Man's Blues" and "A Tribute" are so genuinely abstract and submerged in atmosphere that they are one step away from a David Lynch dream sequence. TFC make music to get lost in, that let's imagination run wild and that is as heartfelt and organic as anything can be. Music like this doesn't appear overnight, it evolves, and The For Carnation has evolved very nicely. --Dan Gennoe

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Jam 22 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
If, like me, you come to `The For Carnation' through the Slint connection, you will find plenty of similarities with the legendary `Spiderland'. There are six tracks over about 40 minutes; one unorthodox instrumental; songs with no conventional structure and Brian McMahan delivering half-spoken narrative-style vocals.

However, the musical style on `The For Carnation' is far more restrained. The tracks are all driven by languid, rolling basslines with minimal percussion, augmented by string flourishes and bursts of distorted guitars and odd noises.

This is slow, carefully crafted music but wonderfully atmospheric and dark. The instrumental `Being Held' is a particular gem, being built upon a persistently ringing bell over which are layered low mechanical rumbles and bursts of tight percussion. The whole effect is tense and conveys a real sense of alarm.

It's a great record which rewards repeated listens but the one downside is its lack of variety. All the tracks are very similar and I find my interesting waning slightly towards the end. Still, great for late nights and comes recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Logical Progression 1 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
The For Carnation have produced another master piece. This album swims in detail and atmospherics. Sometimes to the point that, If you pay attention you almost feel the room become a dark and somber private world. Some people can say "its very slint". Well yes it is... but is that a bad thing? They do have their extreme differences though. The bass lines in the whole album provide a basis for quiet and subdued expermentalism behind them. All the while held closely to their chests with a solid slow drumbeat. Don't expect sudden, or even built up bursts of aggression, no no, this is not what the album is about. Think of the last album you would put on in the most tiring day of your life.
It just fits there. Perfectly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece dicovered by accident 18 Mar 2002
Format:Audio CD
The music is incredibly atmospheric, dark and mood lowering. Chilling in an almost dangerous way. Easy to get lost in while never challenging with it's simple, repetitive structures and low tempo/low amplitude construction. It is one of the prides of my collection, which is bothe far-reaching and varied. But not for lovers of Kylie.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
6 slow, dreamy songs that take their time before you realise they're not going to build up into anything dramatic. It's still very good though. Music to put on and lose yourself to, shut out everything around you and let yourself fall into it. Ignore the repetative and deep basslines, focus instead on the swirling backgound intruments and noises and soon you'll be lost in the album.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars 24 Feb 2002
By "atlk"
Format:Audio CD
you have slint and then they branch off. One of the members, Brian McMahan decides that this band would be could to make and record music with. He was right.
This is slow music with a great sound. They got all the instruments in there, including a space echo ( no idea what that is but anyway).
If you like the well pplanned complex and darker songs slint did on spiderland then that hand was been writing some of the songs on here.
you also get kim deal thrown in for good measure as singer on 'tales'. Between them the Pixies and slint have had their hands over everything good about the underground in Eastern America.
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