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Frigid Stars Lp

Codeine Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B0000035EZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. D
2. Gravel Bed
3. Pickup Song
4. New Year's
5. Second Chance
6. Cave-In
7. Cigarette Machine
8. Old Things
9. 3 Angels
10. Pea

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**** --Mojo

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DELUXE PACKAGED 2LP W/ CD:The cover of Frigid Stars sets the mood well -- a negative black and white shot of some stars, looking even more haunting as a result. As for the album, the tone isn't simply being cold or unemotional, but simply gripped by a deep black mood, where everything seems on the verge of suddenly going wrong or collapsing. There's actually a cryptic warmth in the slow tempos and feedback produced from the deliberate strumming and chords from John Engle and Chris Brokaw's guitars. It isn't the narcotic hush of Low -- there's actually a little more relative energy than that! -- or sludgy stoner rock à la Black Sabbath, but something else entirely. Bassist Stephen Immerwahr's vocals lend to that feeling, softly ruminative, sometimes straining, but never sounding self-important or whining (though sometimes the lyrics are creepily macabre -- check out the start of Cave-In). If one lets oneself go for the album's general feel, then it all flows together to make a touching, surprising experience, but those seeking variety aren't likely to be happy. It avoids sounding repetitious by virtue of the dynamics -- treat the entire album as an extended mood piece, and it works well. Engle's lead guitar work throws in enough heartbreakingly strong moments to help -- the sudden low swoop on Pickup Song is a standout, while the dark, forbidding drones on Second Chance are truly chilling. An interesting cover surfaces a few songs in -- New Year's (co-written by Bitch Magnet singer Sooyoung Park but not recorded by him until the first Seam album, Headsparks, two years later). Codeine here sound a touch cleaner than elsewhere on Frigid Stars, where the guitars can really sprawl when needed, but Brokaw's drumming and Immerwahr's great delivery mark it out as their version instead of merely a straightforward remake.Ned Raggett / All Music. Frigid Stars LP A 1. D 2. Gravel Bed 3. Pick Up Song 4. 3 Angels 5. New Year s B 1. Second Chance 2. Cave-In 3. Cigarette Machine 4. Old Things 5. Pea C 1 Castle (SOS Demo) 2 Skeletons (SOS Demo) 3 Three Angels (SOS Demo) 4 Corner Store (SOS Demo) 5 Summer Dresses (SOS Demo) D 1 Pea (Acoustic) 2 Second Chance (Demo) 3 Pickup Song (Demo) 4 Cave-In (Demo) 5 Kitchen (SOS Demo)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twinkle twinkle little stars 11 Feb 2004
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Released around the same time as Slint,s "Spiderland", "Frigid Stars" mines much of the formers coal black seam, a relentless gruelling crawl through inertia, loss despair and grief all played with a weary resignation and sung in a voice so torpid it's like an anvils tied to his vocal chords. If this sound like it could be a bit of a chore to listen to then.....it might just be for delicate ears but stick with it and a stark beauty emerges.
All Codeine songs sound the same, but each has it's own unique grace and pulchritude. Skeletal guitars pick out plangent motifs, the percussion shuffles around in the background like a forgotten relative, that voice sounds like it's carrying the weight of the world on it's shoulders. Then the guitars will suddenly distort monstrously like some behemoth rising from the deep and the voice will raise from its slumber in sympathy before the whole thing collapses in on itself again.
None of this would matter if the material wasn't strong enough but the songs on "Frigid Stars" are all superb. Best of all is "Cave In" which follows the aforementioned formula but has a wonderful single guitar melody and a gut wrenching chorus that begs the question how can one man stand such enduring pain and misery?......By making albums like this I suppose.
Although hardly rock music in the traditional "rawk" sense this is a brilliant American rock album and though it doesn't contain a song as monumentally outstanding as "Good Morning Captain" from "Spiderland" (Though "Cave In" comes close.) is actually the superior work. This is a supremely consistent collection of fragile muscular songs that relate tales of real pathos from a whisper to a.....scream of sorts, these stars may be frigid but they still shine like diamonds on a dung heap.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow, yes, but not truly cold 22 Dec 2000
By B. Gabel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The previous reviewers have called Frigid Stars either the darkest or slowest albums they've heard. It's not quite either. Slow, lethargic rhythms are associated with darkness and depression, but this isn't necessarily a tragic album and it does pick up the pace in places.
Frigid Stars works as a singular piece - heck, they've appended an "LP" moniker to the album title - as dynamic shifts mark the progressions instead of distinctive tracks. It all works rather convincingly and makes for some good pre-Radiohead era mood music. Typical indie-style guitar dominates and is backed by a warmish, plowing rhythm section. The band look like a bunch of geeks in the liner notes, but in a music-is-salvation-and-sustenance sort of way.
This album recalls images of Slint's Spiderland. The spoken vocals, the dynamics, the moods, the guitar sounds. It's the closest well-recognized comparison I can think of, although Slint's effort has a bit more emotional depth and really can't be considered slowcore. Interestingly enough, Frigid Stars and Spiderland were recorded within a month of each other, during Summer/Fall 1990. The indie/underground volcanic bubble was on the verge of erupting. Galaxie 500 sounds a bit too popish and perhaps amateur to be compared with Codeine. Galaxie 500 was neither truly slow nor core, but Codeine is certainly slowcore.
If you don't have Slint's Spiderland, get it first and if you like it, come back here.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great slowcore 3 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is one of the slowest that I have ever listened to. It is a journey through a sleeping mind, with strange dreams wandering aimlessly. The songs can meld, but in a good way, and the whole album is sort of an insipid and immediate feeling of boredom, like when you know you should be doing something, but can't think of what it is.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frigid Stars 13 Dec 2000
By silverocket - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One hell of an album. Not for everyone, as it is definitely one of the darkest recordings I've heard. Walls of guitar, sad, sad lyrics, fumbling beats... and yes, very slow. This is great for breakups during the feeling-sorry-for-yourself period, but be warned, the tragedy is addictive.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars slow on the downtake 13 July 2005
By David - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Man what an album. Glad to see it has such a high rating here, but sad to see how FEW people have written it up.I first heard Frigid Stars LP via my roommate. Every night for several days when he went to sleep I would hear this album wafting down the hallway; muffled somewhat but effective and intriguing. Every night as I strained to hear its strains I would remind myself: "gotta ask Alfie what that is he's playing of an evening..." but I forgot time and again.I finally remembered to get to the bottom of it and he showed me the record, loaned it to me. Fifteen minutes later I was on my way to score a copy.And then that copy stayed in my player for days and then weeks and more. For about two YEARS I would listen to Frigid Stars over and over. Nothing else hit the spot. I would occasionally move away from it and onto other new music I would pick up, etc. but then soon I would revert back to this album and play it more or less exclusively for a few weeks. There are very few albums I have listened to as many times.I turned many people onto this...stellar recording. Tracks from it were magnetically sucked onto a bajillion mix tapes.I cannot say what it is/was about Frigid Stars that struck me as hard as it did. I don't feel that it is the greatest album ever, nor would I even necessarily put it in my top 50, but at the time it certainly connected with me on many levels. I was fairly young. Relatively gloomy. Too, I had never really heard anything like it before. (And it hasn't really been done as well since anyway...)Which brings me to a point: I think Codeine are truly underheralded. One of those "hugely influential bands" that quietly makes an impact through other bands' use of aspects of their style but only gets their proper recognition well after they've ceased to be. I hear Codeine-esque qualities in many bands who have come since that mine similar musical territory. Yet I rarely hear their name mentioned. They had something special though. I saw them once on a live triple bill with The Grifters outta Memphis and The Flaming Lips. Let me tell you, I've seen a lllllllot of rockinroll shows and this was up there in the top ten. Class act all 'round.I am older now. I probably haven't listed to Codeine in 6-8 years. I don't know that I'd find them rewarding now as much as they meant to me then. I'll have to pull some out and give 'em a spin here in a while.Beyond Frigid Stars, Codeine released a handful of stray tracks on singles, compilation appearances, etc. plus one ep and a final lp. They are overdue the reissue treatment. They deserve another look because the star may have been cold a long time, but everyone reading this will be long dead before it has gone completely out.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Single Greatest DEPRESSED album of all time 4 Aug 2004
By Rob Instigator - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you like music for the emotions stirred, for the levels of rage, or joy or hate or energy or peace that music can give you, this is the , it is hard to say pinnacle, more like the low-point of depression in music. This album tore through me on first listen and I ROCKED to it, but it was not your typical rocking, it was pure catharsis, so I bought it, then I listened to it again and again and truly realized what a sad, bleak, hopeless, tortured, almost-unbearably painful, BEAUTIFUL LP of music this album is. The music is spare, yet lush and thick and heavy, it is like watching icebergs breakup in slow motion sometimes, yet building such tension that you cannot help but be moved byt the RUSH of it all. It is truly for those who "enjoy" exploring the depths and pinnacles opf what music can draw out of you, because this is not an emotionally easy listen.
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