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Gently Down the Stream [VINYL] Limited Edition, Import

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  • Vinyl (24 Feb. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: Matador -- DNA --
  • ASIN: B0000036XR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

1. One Piece
2. Recidivist
3. Stomp
4. Sorry Too Late
5. Saints Around My Neck
6. Silk City
7. Middle of Nowhere
8. Fade-Outs
9. Jam Blues
10. New Coat
11. Former Model
12. March

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
Come first came to my attention on the early 90's when they received the accolade of being one of Sub-Pop's legendary "singles club" singles - which put them in some pretty illustrious company, including Nirvana.
Come, though, are a long way from the standard grunge formula; they play with a punky disdain for using any special effects or production trickery, apart from having everything up loud - and a bit of reverb, which gives the albums an almost "live" feel, but their songs are well-structured, sometimes quite intricately so, with changes in key, tempo or even timesignature, capturing various moods from melancholy to fury - not much in the way of jollity, though! Many of the songs on this album are pretty slow, moody and sparcely instrumented, conjuring up a picture of small-town America.
They are masters of the big build up, particularly on "Mercury Falls", which starts off deceptively quietly but develops into a furious piece, with Thalia Zadek's vocals shifting from conversational level to full throated rock 'n' roll yell without a slip.
"In/Out" starts off with the hum, crackle and feedback of electrical equipment strained to breaking point, but opens quietly with a solitary, mournful guitar solo. From there, though, things quickly start happening, and is soon ripping along - there is a great hook, too, with a deep, twangy guitar solo towards the middle. This would have made a great opener for the album, but the inappropriately named "Finish line" does the job just as well!
Other highlights, are "Yr Reign" and "Poison", which are both pretty full tilt rockers, though with Come's gift for structure, they still remain out of the ordinary.
One last special mention (I love every track on this, but want to keep the review short) for "Arrive", the last track.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Best since Eleven Eleven 21 May 2000
By William - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is Come's best album since the debut, Eleven Eleven. Come to think of it, it may be even better than that one. Thalia Zedek and Chris Brokaw's guitars intertwine to make one of the most distinctive sounds in rock (really!) and they've only grown better at it. Zedek's gravelly voice colors "Saints Around My Neck" in a way that makes the vague lyrics especially unsettling. And Brokaw's vocals, which used to strike me as perfunctory, are starting to sound really good. They've got a new rhythm section backing them up, but the way the songs build up and slow down, they sound as if they've been playing together for years. Sorry to get all anti-techno here, but just try programming these kinds of dynamics and emotions into your Groovebox.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Come - Great American Band of the 90's? 26 Dec. 2009
By M. Leduc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have to say I disagree with the lone two star review here. While this record may not match up to "Eleven:Eleven", or my personal favorite "Don't Ask Don't Tell", it still has a lot of great songs, fantastic guitar playing, and that unique "Come" sound, a ringing distortion that often sounds like bells, to offer. Also, while you can include me in the Chris Brokaw fan club, I disagree that his two songs are the strongest on the record as good as they are. As for "Stomp" sounding anything like Aerosmith...I don't even know where to go with that one (and what would be wrong with an Aerosmith lift by the way?).

This is a swan song album and I never expected the immediacy of the first two records, particularly because the two primaries (Zedek and Brokaw) had to deal with different rhythm sections on their final two records. "One Piece", "Saints Around My Neck", and "New Coat" are all very good songs, and while this album of the four may not be the first one I'd recommend to an interested fan, it is definitely a worthy part of their catalog. If you are a fan of the band and see it around, don't be afraid to pick it up.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great band, last dregs 8 Jan. 2004
By Williston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Come was the most underappreciated band of the 1990s -- their first three records are all knockouts. The songwriting energy goes in interesting new directions on this record -- the mellow, contemplative "The Former Model" seems like a pose, but "Recidivist" and "Silk City" were the last great songs Come wrote. The rest of it is rote rock -- while "Stomp" is a passable Aerosmith rip-off, elsewhere, as in "Saints Around My Neck" and "One Piece," the pained drama isn't earned. Go get "Eleven:Eleven" or "Near Life Experience" -- both frightfully good records. Leave this one in the bin.
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