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There are a handful of things about Viva Voce that lend themselves to a just-the-facts presentation: This songwriting team —Kevin and Anita Robinson – met and married in rural Alabama over a decade ago and made their first four-track demo as Viva Voce in 1998. Since then, they have relocated to Portland, OR, released a number of critically acclaimed recordings and toured ... Read more in Amazon's Viva Voce Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Barsuk
  • ASIN: B000H8SF9I
  • 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: 1,602,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Believer
2. When Planets Collide
3. From The Devil Himself
4. Drown Them Out
5. Bill Bixby (Interlude)
6. So Many Miles
7. We Do Not Fuck Around
8. Faster Than A Dead Horse
9. Special Thing
10. Never Be Like Yesterday
11. Helicopter
12. How To Nurse A Bruised Ego Back To Health

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Viva Voce ~ Get Yr Blood Sucked Out

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Viva Voce are a husband ( Kevin Robinson) and wife( Anita Robinson) duo from Portland Oregon .Anyone expecting soft cosy loved up music better look away now. Like that other husband /wife duo The Handsome Family Viva Voce have a dark streak coursing through their music as wide as the Mississippi and produce a sonic palette alive with interest and Socratic detail.

The music is sumptuously detailed, a delirious melange of psychedelic pop, textured rock, nebulous ambient with some glorious harmonic interplay. Influences detected by this reviewer include The Mamas And The Papas, My Bloody Valentine, Fleetwood Mac, Mazzy Star, Neu, The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev but they are purely subjective observations so feel free on listening to chose your own and disagree with me.

This is the bands fourth album and displays a level of easy confidence and talent throughout its 12 tracks. First track "Believer" opens with its heavy hand claps, military percussion and strangulated trails of guitar. "When Planets Collide" is wrapped up in coagulated chords and scuffed dissonance while "From The Devil Himself" has more handclaps and free wheeling instrumentation but at it's heart it beats pop at a more than healthy rate. "Drown Them Out" is a lovely barbed wire lullaby leading to the plangent instrumental interlude "Bill Bixby". The eight minute plus "So Many Miles" has a coarse bass spine with sonic ribs sprouting at odd angles and a seriously messed up last third while "We Do Not F*** Around" is ushered in by forlorn piano but has a chorus of magnificent melodious significance.

So far so superb and so it continues with the galloping bass, furious guitar squalls and playful vocals of "Faster Than A Dead Horse".
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Format: Audio CD
I first ran across Viva Voce when a mobile phone company soundtracked a TV ad with their woozy, blissed out track "Lesson No. 1" from the previous album. Already a devotee of the OTHER obscure American husband and wife duo obsessed with 80s and 90s British indie guitar-noise bands (Joy Zipper, check 'em out), I thought I'd give Viva Voce's new effort a listen. Standout track is the lead single "From the Devil Himself" which skilfully hooks up the Mamas and the Papas with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - a neat trick if you can do it. Viva Voce (alias Anita and Kevin Robinson) have been touted as Portland's very own Jesus and Mary Chain appreciation society but there isn't too much of the Reid brother's influence apparent to me on this album, more a selection of different musical moods ranging from the hypnotic chain-gang chug of "Believer" to the dreamy Lesson No.1 retread "Drown Them Out" via the plaintive solo piano figure of "Bill Bixby" (he was the not-green bloke out of the Incredible Hulk, in case you'd forgotten). Unhinged guitar distortion is available if you want it (see So Many Miles) but repeated listening reveals more subtlety amid the racket than you might expect. Viva Voce turn out this stuff for fun at home (Full Time Hobby seems to be their philosophy as well as their label) so they might not be too bothered if you like this or not. But I like it a lot. Buy it now.
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By T. Wood on 4 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on the strength of hearing "From the Devil Himself" on the radio, none of the other tracks are similar to that though, but that's not a problem. With a sound that reminds me in places of Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Spiritualized and even the Velvets, this is a great and varied album. "Never can be like yesterday" is a great laid back M. Rev type track but the stand out is the extended So Many Miles, shades of Sister Ray with amazing guitar, a song on the edge of chaos but one of the finest pieces of music I have heard in years.

Risk £10 if you haven't heard them before and if you have you should have bought it already.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Happily, finally... 3 Oct. 2006
By Maeda Telecaster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Finally, an album that isn't just another indie-rock generic. With bits equally Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Pixies, and reminiscient of The Monkeys and The Mamas & Papas, this will make you dance and nod your head and clap your hands, sometimes all at once. The album is both heavy and light, with heavy, psych-y guitar solos and drums that really lash out at times. The first song, "Believer", is softly psychedelic, with wavery, dreamy, freak-out guitar injected into a stompy, clappy rhythum, while "Drown Them Out" reminds me of some early-90s jam, including Anita's voice on this, which sounds like a mix of Kim Deal and Julianna Hatfield. But the sweet-rock of that song doesn't last too long, as it continues into weird, but fantastic bowed saw, and then into more freak-out guitar riffing and chant-like harmonied singing. I love it. "We Do Not F**k Around" has some funny Pink Floyd-esque verses, but it doesn't stay there - it launches into more psychedelicious pop territory with "Faster Than A Dead Horse". Every song is different, but with the same Viva Voce stamp. It's original, but tastefully rips off bands and music of yore, as every new, good band does.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Southern Rock 26 Feb. 2007
By Grandpa Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I knew I was going to dig this album about thirty seconds into my first spin. The opening track "Believer" combines classic stoner rock, Beatles psychodelia, and a good old fashioned southern stomp. What follows is just as inventive and fully realised of a rock album as I've heard in recent years. The Albama rock paired with the smooth female vocals (think Azure Ray) combine to make something truly special. The biggest comliment I can give this album is that it is unlike anything I have heard of before. It is an unussual combination of sounds that, if your anything like me, will leave you with a huge smile.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
a husband and wife duo that isn't totally lame 5 Feb. 2007
By Andrea Bonaventura - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Husband and wife duo, Kevin Robinson and Anita Robinson, make up the sweet and soulful indie rock outfit, Viva Voice. They've earned their touring stripes by opening for indie legends like Sunny Day Real Estate.

Their 2006 release "Get Yr Blood Sucked Out" is arguably their best album to date. They've developed this fuzzy, distortion-filled, stoner rock sound with the harmonies of Sonny and Cher. Their dueling vocals are always appreciated and while this album isn't as poppy as their previous releases it really sets the bar for other indie bands attempting to break out.
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