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  • Audio CD (20 Oct 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B000024MIH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,421 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. On Fire
2. Prince-S
3. Ocean
4. Nothing Like You
5. Crystal Gypsy
6. Beauty Of The Ride
7. Mind Reader
8. Sforzando!
9. Willing To Wait
10. Hillbilly II
11. Zone Doubt
12. Too Pure
13. Worst Thing
14. Love To Fight
15. Perfect Way
16. Can't Give Up
17. Open Ended
18. Weed Against Speed
19. I Smell A rat

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Lou Barlow set up Sebadoh after he acrimoniously split from uber-grunge stoners Dinosaur Jr at the end of the 1980s. His new band was more soul-searching than J Mascis's dirty lullaby troupe, but he still maintained a fascination with lo-fi, and the effects that can be gained from less, not more, production. This, Sebadoh's eighth LP (the title comes from the cover photo--it shows the storefront of a pharmacy, with the "P" dropped off), finds Barlow in a happily blue mood, sounding pleasingly barren and lost, kind of like In Utero-era Cobain; his songwriting partner, Jason Lowenstein (who actually wrote 11 of the tracks here) shares the mood but proves a bit rawer in execution. Some tracks are slow and sweet ("On Fire", "Nothing Like You"), some rampant ("Mind Reader"), but all nineteen are understated and never self-indulgent. It's not an album that will become a best friend, but is one to cherish--it's mood summed up by the one-from-last track, "Weed not Speed". --Charlie Porter

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan 2001
Format: Audio CD
From the blindingly beautiful opener "On Fire" to the blistering punk/grunge of many of (co-writer)Lowenstein's numbers, this album just about covers every base in the lo-fi/U.S. indie book, and does it with style. If you're the kinda person who relishes the heart-on-your-sleeve tactics of Evan Dando, but also revels in the sheer adrenaline rush of two-minute punk-ish workouts, then this album comes very highly recommended.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Oct 1999
Format: Audio CD
After an album of excellence 'Bakesale' what can you do tobetter or equal it, you give us 19 songs and hope that it will make up for the small loss of quality from it's predecessor. The band give us Prince-s, Willing to Wait and Open Ended which are not bad songs full of power noise and guts but the other 15 or so drag them down. There may be something in here for everyone depending what you enjoy from a band, it's worth listening to try it then buy it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Incredible 29 April 1999
By Justin Oser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard Harmacy, the opening track shocked me with its incredible beauty. Lou Barlow has written many beautiful songs, but "On Fire" tops them all. And the tracks which follow are the same kind of mix of power and beauty which I thought Sebadoh had perfected on Bakesale. But they surpass Bakesale on this one. Buy this album--if you like beautiful and powerful rock, you will not be disappointed. I also have to mention that one critic said they listened to this album over and over again and "didn't get it." If you believe as I do that there isn't anything profound or important to "get" about an album, and the experience of incredible music you want to listen to over and over again is all you want, buy this album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good stuff 26 May 2000
By daibhidh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have a curse--any band I like either breaks up, folds, or has a member die in it. For a long time, I figured Sebadoh would be immune from this curse, but it appears they may at last have succumbed. If you've never heard of this trio, then get this album to see why I would mourn their passing.
Fittingly, there are really three styles apparent in this album, alternating between songs: basic, quirky, almost folksy tunes ("On Fire" - the lead track, which will stick in your head on the first listen--my favorite tune on the album), "Ocean", "Willing to Wait", "Too Pure", "Perfect Way", "Open Ended", and "Weed Against Speed". The majority of these are Lou Barlow's work, and they're full of soulful brooding.
Secondly, there are college alternarock-style songs: "Prince-S", "Beauty of the Ride", "Mindreader" and "Can't Give Up" (hints of Pearl Jam), "Sforzande!", "Zone Doubt", and "Worst Thing" (hints of the Pixies or Nirvana). When I say "hints of", I think the better known bands were more likely influenced by Sebadoh, and not the other way around.
Finally, there are stripped-down, crunchy, punky/grungy tunes in "Nothing Like You" (hints of Sonic Youth), "Crystal Gypsy", "Hillbilly II", "Love to Fight", and "I Smell a Rat".
These different styles might be jarring to a casual listener, trying to figure out what the heck Sebadoh's about. but that's what makes them so cool. When "alternative" became mainstream, it was nice to hear Sebadoh avoiding being pigeonholed and doing what they wanted.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Different sound, same songwriting 21 Jun 2004
By Paul Kath - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After the semi-success of Folk Implosion in 1995 with the song Natural One. Fans were eagerly waiting to see what Lou Barlow would do next. The result is this.
Harmacy is a total indie sound. No more low-fi, no more Eric. We're in the NORMAL stage now. With songs like On Fire, Willing to Wait, Beauty of the Ride and Open Ended making this seem more like an almost different band but the songwriting is still there as is the hard rock/punky songs to fill in for these more pop sounding songs. The harder songs are actually the better ones, but something comes to mind. Without Eric writing these, they sound disturbingly close to Mudhoney or Nirvana especially Crystal Gypsy and Love to Fight which have the grungy guitar sounds and the Mark Arm-like signing. Then there's Can't give up, Worst thing and Nothing like you which sound like Nirvana-esque tunes. Can't give up actually reminds me of Pearl Jam a bit in some cases. A few instrumentals on here also, Weed against Speed (I'd take speed), Szforando! (don't quite get it) and Hillbilly II (hilarious Mudhoney-type song) which make for some jammin songs with no signing. The whole album is worth listining too if you're a new fan to Sebadoh (This was the first I got from Lou) the sound is there and so is the soungwriting but it does lose a star for the lack of ANGER. The past albums had more emotion and anger to fill the void of these depressing love songs goen wrong. And without Eric there, I think half the anger is gone (if you don't believe me, then listen too "As the world dies from Sebadoh III). But still Sebadoh snowballs as you progress into their catalouge of music.
What's next after this? Try the Freed Weed or Bakesale if you're a new fan.
I highly recommend this awesome piece of indie rock.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
harmacy equates harmony 26 Nov 2001
By "indieconqueso" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Prior to purchasing this album, I had heard so much exasperated to-do from other fans about how it was "below" anything else Sebadoh had put out, that I became all the more attracted to it, and knew it was likely to be favored by my unconventional self.
Likewise I was correct. Anymore it seems like albums aren't worth taking a chance with, but this little treasure clearly defied that weary statement. Putting the collective opinions aside, and focusing on the pinnacle of the music, the tragically restless crooning of Lou and glimmering guitar strums magnifies, the catchiness prevails and Jason sanctifies his frustrated cries.
"Prince-S" conveys amusingly honest lyrics, but the music that supports it is an intangibly firm ballad of the lonely, cool quality that is indie rock. My personal favorite on the album :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
harmacy for the masses 4 May 2000
By david shields - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
BLISSFULL,MOVING...THOSE TROUBADOURS HAVE AGAIN PRODUCED A ALBUM THAT ANYONE WHOSE FELT THE PAIN/ JOY/FEAR OF RELATIONSHIPS CAN TAKE SOLACE IN... SOMETIMES ROCKY,OTHERTIMES ETHERAL,BARLOW AND CO. KNOW HOW TO ONE MINUTE TUG ON HEART STRINGS,THEN NEXT MINUTE TELL YOU ITS GONNA BE COOL,NOW ITS TIME TO LIVE...THE MOST EMOTIVE THING I'VE HEARD FOR A LONG TIME....NOT A CLASSIC,BUT WHILE PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES,FALL IN AND OUT OF LOVE,HURT EACH OTHER,AND MISS OPPORTUNITES AND CONNECTIONS,MUSIC LIKE THIS MUST CONTINUE TO BE MADE,AND IN THIS COLD UNFEELING AGE,ITS ALL SOME PEOPLE HAVE...
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