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Halfway To A Threeway [VINYL] [EP, Maxi]

Jim O'Rourke Vinyl
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American post-classical composer Jim O'Rourke has been a key component in the increasing overlap of the American and European experimental music avant-garde, working in everything from jazz and rock to ambient and electro-acoustic, and building many a bridge in between. A Chicago native, his work has found equal luck with experimental jazz and noise fanatics, chill room denizens, and ... Read more in Amazon's Jim O'Rourke Store

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  • Vinyl (12 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP, Maxi
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B00761NJ7C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,553 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twenty four minutes of perfection 21 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Jim O'Rourke's music two weeks ago on the soundtrack to the film 'Love Liza'.
I was intrigued by the laid back, almost horizontal, vocal style - stayed through five minutes of credits to find out who was singing and went straight from the cinema to the nearest music store.
'Halfway to a Threeway' was all they had - and, even though it's only an EP, it is extraordinarily good.
'Workplace' has been on repeat play in my car ever since - that track alone was worth the money.
Reviews of his other stuff portray him as an 'out there' avant garde musician - but I found these four simple songs to be almost folksy in tone.
Beautiful. Buy it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
After falling in love with his "Eureka" album, I delved deep into his (irritatingly small) discography. I almost didn't buy this because I was told it was a single, and what with most outlets selling it for around five pounds, I thought it was overpriced. The CD itself has four tracks, and is about 25 minutes long, so I think of it more as an EP, it certainly has the feel of an EP. From the first track I was in heaven. The polished sounds on "eureka" are replaced by a folkier, warmer sound. Jims guitar playing is also a lot mellower than on other records of his and the production (especially of the drums) give the record an almost 1970's edge, as do Jim's glorious harmonies on the first track. This CD is a must have for all Jim fans, and if you haven't heard any Jim'rourke, make this your first buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sell your stuff or your sister to buy this album! 20 Mar 2003
By "sbrooks76" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is incredible in each and every way. The only detractor is it is so short and leaves you begging for more. Jim O'Rourke, the backbone of the indie scene it seems, creates with four songs what most bands can't do in a career. From Fuzzy Sun to the perverted, twisted, brillian title track this album doesn't quit. Fuzzy Sun seems to start in medias res and pulls you into the album before you know what happened. O'Rourke's genius is manifest in the way which he exploits the seemingly simple things to make them shine, and both the lyrics and the music do this on Fuzzy Sun.
Probably the best track is the second which is a brilliant, sporadic tempoed ode to jazz (Stan Getz always comes to mind with O'Rourke) and rock. The beginning is a medling with guitars and choppy themes until it ascends into the languid and beautiful trumpet rifs. This song will make your day!
Three and four are more subdued. But the title track is perverted and grand! Superficially it has the trappings of a love song, but with O'Rourke nothing is at it seems! Genius!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Eureaka! Believe it or not.... 11 Dec 1999
By Sam Grawe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Although far too brief, this disc is a worthy addition to any collection of contemporary music. O'Rourke serves up a stunning batch of whistful pop tunes which will stay in your head for days. This record is more on the acoustic tip, with less pomp than the arrangments on EUREAKA, however that's not to say that the songs aren't complex or engaging. "Halfway to a Threeway" is certainly the stand-out track with hilarious lyrics, and a sort of Leonard Cohen-ish vibe (like when he has children or soft female voices accompany him). This album will leave you yearning for more...
Note to Amazon... if the import has extra tracks why not list them so we can see what we would be spending the extra money on!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute little froggy! 19 Aug 2000
By Jonathan J. Casey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a sick, wonderful work of art. Bacharach, yes, by way of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. This is acoustic pop at its loveliest and most touching, but the lyrics are extremely nasty..."A cigarette to burn the baby's arm/a bit of ash in his face keeps him warm." I'm disturbed by this, yet I feel right at home listening to it. So what should I think? The music that swells at the word "warm" is so amazing that it affects me physically, and I think it's that "bee in a strawberry" feel O'Rourke has mastered that makes his music so incredible. The hope is that he's not treating child abuse as a joke...but I'm not so sure. "The Workplace" has an inexplicable cross-dressing theme and one of the best "la la la" long drawn-out instrumental fades I've ever heard. The music all the way through is consistently brilliant, including Rob Mazurek's cornet. The singing isn't the best in the world but it is cleverly down a bit in the mix. If you love well-constructed pop with a tinge of nastiness under the surface, I can't recommend this highly enough. Jim O'Rourke is a twisted genius.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner from Sweet Jim... 31 Mar 2000
By Richard W. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Too call this music beautiful is an understatement. It is beautiful, but much more. Jim O'Rourke has managed again to re-define the way we listen and respond to sound. Although this is an EP, it hosts as much good music as most full length disks. Each of the four pieces are a graceful extension of his excellent previous release "Eureka". He has made a song seemingly related to sickness and death (title song) into one of the prettiest ballads you are likely to ever hear. You must hear it to believe it, and even then you won't have to understand it to love it. This might be his most "acoustic" outing, but it is Definately one of his best. Few musicians posess this degree of mastery with guitar and lyrics - the ability to marry a syllable with a note. He makes us feel warm and knowing - like we always wanted to hear this stuff but only needed to know where to listen. The single instrumental offering is another nice chapter in his evolution toward a more massive audience. Let's all hope he stays clear of "Stereolab" and his many other side projects long enough to keep delivering such fine music on his own. I'll be there waiting.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cannot hear better 14 Jan 2000
By sammy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This E.P. is pure genius. As usual Jim's music is a wonderful mix of clasical guitar, muted trumpet, piano etc. Again Jim's lyrics do not dissapiont; "I can't wipe the smile off my face, when you strut by in your leg brace..." It is this dry wit and the beautiful melodies that make J.M's music so appealing.
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