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Frame and Canvas [CD]

Braid Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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In the 1990's musical landscape, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois' Braid carved a place for themselves that continues to resonate.

Armed with a much deserved reputation as a touring band, their dual guitar and vocal assault coupled with a math-rockesque rhythm section earned them a legion of fans and a popularity that continues to grow over a decade later.

In 1992, Bob Nanna, who ... Read more in Amazon's Braid Store

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  • Audio CD (7 April 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Poly Vinyl
  • ASIN: B000006CEH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,862 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The New Nathan Detroits
2. Killing A Camera
3. Never Will Come For Us
4. First Day Back
5. Collect From Clark Kent
6. Milwaukee Sky Rocket
7. A Dozen Roses
8. Urbana's Too Dark
9. Consolation Prizefighter
10. Ariel
11. Breathe In
12. I Keep A Diary

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars conceptual review of: 14 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Fantastic.
Fully roaring emotional, tortured lyrics and sounds all the way down to smooth mellow ambient feeling music. Cleverly written and structured music creating the most incredible of moods in any situation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bobnannarama 31 Dec 2009
Format:Vinyl
Part of me feels bad about bringing down the score for this album, I do love parts of it but it's not perfect. It's got some classics like "The New Nathan Detroits" and "First Day Back" which pretty much defines Braid, and "Killing A Camera", which is good but a bit middle-of-the-road compared to some of their best songs. My personal favourites are the slow moving waltzer "Never Will Come For Us", and "Urbana's Too Dark" which is tucked away near the end of the album and takes a while to get going, but when it does is one of the most rousing, energetic and melodic songs on the album.

Unfortunately with Braid, while they have many songs that I absolutely love they have an equal number of filler songs. Frame & Canvas is the closest Braid came to having a classic album so it's still worth the price.

If you like this then also check out Bob Nanna's previous band, Friction, and the post-Braid band Hey Mercedes.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Some how I feel I shouldn't like this band or album as much as I do. Ever since I was quite little, Iv'e been a sucker for westcoast style rock, roaring crechendos, supposedly meanful, heartfelt lyrics about love lost, alienation, sitting on a beach staring out to sea, the need to feel wanted, the impulse to always be on the move, the bohemian 'beat' ethos: I mean come on, once you put it to paper, you start to cringe at your own ideals! And then I found emo or 'emotional' rock as it should be termed!..........and not that pretend chart pop 2001/20002 stuff, we're talking much further back in the early to mid 1990's - 'mineral' 'christie front drive' 'cap'n jazz' 'appleseed cast' 'american football', oh how we love american football and 'braid'.

this is a great album. if you like intelligent emotive rock, dynamic time signatures, wailing guitars, creshendo heaven, you'll love this! Great stuff! Makes you want to get a guitar and start hannering away in a 'braid' style yourself, although if your like me, and you've only got an acoustic because your amps broken, this can be relatively hard! Definately worth buying. Also check out 'american football' by american football, 'mare vitalis' by the amazing appleseed cast and 'alphabetology' by cap'n jazz and any record by 'owen' alias mike kinsella, if your thinking of doing the whole acoustic guitar thing!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars emo classic 22 Aug 2001
By John Cofer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For those of us who find it acceptable to categorize music, Braid's 'Frame and Canvas' is, in my humble opinion, one of a handful of cornerstone emo classics: it is one of the albums that defines the genre, persay. Along with Sunny Day Real Estate's 'Diary', Mineral's 'The Power of Failing', The Promise Ring's '30 Degrees Everywhere' Texas is the Reason's 'Do You Know Who You Are?', Rites of Spring's 'End on End', Jimmy Eat World's 'Clarity', and Jawbreaker's 'Bivouac', this disc is one of the true greats of the whole scene. All of the aformentioned albums are significantly different from one another, and each has a distinctive element or a number of elements to it that set it apart from the rest. In Braid's case, I believe that the interlocking guitars, creative time changes, skilled technicality, and excellent compostion make them one of the best bands of the genre to surface, and then, unfortunately, dissolve.
Braid plays emo-pop, not emo-core; for it is lighter and easier to swallow than say Planes Mistaken for Stars or Drive Like Jehu, but they do not, like many many other emo-pop bands, cross the line into insincerity, sappiness, or over-exaggeration. Instead, Braid offers truly heartfelt music that has real substance to it.
The band's sound is not as bleak and depressive as the sounds of, for example, Mineral and Cross My Heart, but it still "tugs at the heartstrings" with intensity and depth. This is one of the reasons why I like this album so much: it displays an incredible depth of feeling, yet it is not depressive or brooding. The album has, like all great emo albums, a sentimentality and nostalgia for the past built into it, and it deals with the classic themes of relationships and self-definition. This album, at least to me, parallels The Promise Ring's '30 Degrees Everywhere,' for both of them display these qualities extremely well and much to the same effect.
Additionally, both albums offer poetic lyrics, that are, of course, intensely personal [and therefore not as obvious], but they contribute to universal understandings: there are some lines that will strike a definite note with you, or call upon a specific personal memory. The lyrics are personal to the writer yet they have the ability to stir your own senses and can be applied to your own personal experiences and memories. This is yet another reason why the album is so great: the lyrics are seemingly meaningless but upon further examination they really hit home, and are truly poetic.
Also, I personally like the band's usage of two singers. Like Jimmy Eat World's Atkinson and Lindon, Nanna's and Broach's singing meshes well and contributes to the pair's interlocking guitars.
The best songs on 'Frame and Canvas', in my humble opinion, are Urbana's too Dark, Killing a Camera, Never Will Come For Us, and a Dozen Roses, although there are no weak tracks on the album. This disc is hands-down one of my favorites.
If you like this one then I'd recommend Braid's other stuff, particularly 'The Age of Octeen'; that is also an excellent listen.
Note: check out Sky Corvair's 'Unsafe at Any Speed' [they have it here on Amazon.com but it's hard to find in generic music stores]. Sky Corvair was a sideproject of Cap'n Jazz and Braid, featuring Tom Kinsella of Cap'n Jazz and Bob Nanna of Braid. 'Unsafe at Any Speed' has to be one of the most overlooked, passed-over emo records ever. It is stunning and is every bit as good as 'Frame and Canvas.'
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "once... twice... sold." 29 July 2001
By Bill Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Braid's last album was truly the pinnacle of their career, marking the final chapter of the band's steady growth from its post-hardcore roots to a more melodic, if not poppier, emo sound. Mentioned countless times as an inspiration, this Chicago band created a sound of their own with intricate guitar work, sudden starts and stops, and time signature changes. Bob Nanna and Chris Broach always did an amazing job, but especially on Frame and Canvas, of fitting their "straight from the journal" lyrics to the appropriate music. The twelve songs found on this album highlight Braid's strengths as well as hint at a weakness or two. One of the initial tasks of first-time Braid listeners is undoubtedly getting used to the distinct vocal styles of Nanna and Broach. Both guitarists share singing duties, with Nanna's songwriting credits just slightly outweighing Broach's. To get a good feel for how the singers' voices intertwine (a synonym of Braid... coincidence?), this reviewer recommends "First Day Back," "Collect From Clark Kent," and "Ariel." Because the album flows so incredibly well, sooner or later the complimenting melodic-screaming vocal style will make much more sense and will allow the listener to then move their attention to the amazing musicianship underneath. For a group of four guys in their early twenties, this album is mature enough to be taken very seriously, but also displays that amazing sense of confusion that walks hand in hand with growing up. Being that young and constantly on tour, as Braid was for nine months of the year, also seemed to have played a role in the subject matter of songs like "The New Nathan Detroits" and "I Keep A Diary," which details a roller coaster relationship suffering through distance. "Nineteen i said i hated you / but kissed you on twenty-two / and music together / i meant it for a moment / twenty-two and through and through." Whether you have heard nothing but good things, the occasional reference, or never knew there was a band called Braid, Frame and Canvas will be worth your time and is sure to spend plenty of time in the stereo.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heaven hits me hardly - 11 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
is all i have to say. This is by far the most amazing album Braid has ever put out, and i urge everyone in the world to buy it. Every song on it is a winner. Don't hesitate! Support these young lads. The only problem i have with this record is Chris B.'s "yeah!"s. However, Bob Nanna's lyrics (excellent, as always) make up for it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is one of the best cd's I own. 24 Jun 1998
By mindy@geocities.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I only bought this cd because I had a friend who thought that Braid was good. But now that I've owned it for a week, I'd have to say that it is completely awesome. "A Dozen Roses" is my favorite song by far. The best line is "every now and then I tend to pretend I'm not alone" I also like "collect from clark kent." Superman is stuck in a phone booth calling for help, to be saved "from the superpowers" he doesn't believe in. Bob Nanna has a great voice. All the guys in the band are very talanted musicians and the music is really great.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING 28 Sep 2000
By Micah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
quite possibly one of the best albums ever by one of the best bands ever braids definatly in my top 5 every bit of this album is amazing..a true modern masterpiece...it really is a shame they broke up...but three of the members stuck together and got a new guitarist and have recorded a new ep under the Hey Mercedes on polyvinyl records ..it and the new album by firebrand (which features chris from braid) are the closest youll get to braid so be sure to check em out
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