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Howling Book [Import]

Eleven Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (11 Nov 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Pollen
  • ASIN: B0000VV4KY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. All My Friends 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Three Voices 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Hidden 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. No, I Know 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Will Drink It All 6:48£0.99  Buy MP3 

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3.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten tribal elders of the LA music scene 3 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
Eleven are the forgotten tribal elders of the LA music scene. Guitarist Alain Johannes played in a proto-Chili Peppers and along with partner Natasha Shneider, provided extra musical muscle for Soundgarden/Audioslave singer Chris Cornell's solo album, Euphoria Morning. But despite their musical expertise and technical wizardry, their own band Eleven - now also including Pearl Jam refugee Jack Irons on the drums - has so far failed to make it big.

Their album Howling Book is a strange affair. It combines bluesy jazz-punk outings with ghostly torch songs, nursery-rhyme ballads with elegantly baroque soundscapes. Influences seem to range from the Beatles - as a guitarist, Johannes does an uncannily accurate George Harrison impression - to Schubert and Bach.

Some of the songs visit too many chords for their own good and Shneider's musical training is plainly visible, veering at times into Muse-style prog or classical pastiche. Such moments are redeemed by the broken passion of her singing; Kill Me No More addresses ghosts, someone who "made the sun go out...all the seams have come undone" and the album's haunted title track heaves with agony, her throaty, Eastern European voice lamenting old wounds and absent friends. Johannes is at his best when he's grinding out riffs and spinning elegant guitar textures; the swampy intro to You're My Diamond flows like melted chocolate and when he remembers to relax, he's a sensual pleasure.

All too often, though, Eleven simply push too hard. It needs to look easy - and the best musical ideas on Howling Book are too often marred by self-conscious effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Music to make memories to 18 April 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I will always find a place for this record in my heart just because it reminds me of a time when life was sweet. However, that doesn't mean that the album should only be special to me; the reason it formed the backdrop to that time was that I simply couldn't put the thing down at the time.

It is quite a mellow album, although you wouldn't know it from the opening two tracks. "Show Me Something" is impossibly catchy, fusing punk power chords, drum and bass and top power pop to produce something special. "Flow Like A River" is beautifully crafted raunchy rock. But just as you think that this album is a simple collection of intimate chants between Schneider and Johannes, it suddenly drops, quite beautifully. "This Simple Kiss" is a lovely acoustic piece, "You're My Diamond" beautifully understated blues, "Kill Me No More" a heart-wrenching anthem to the faltering step into love, and "Now Is The Word Of The Day", again understated rock at its finest.

To be honest, the first half of the record is superior to the second, if only because I generally prefer Johannes's rich sneering voice to Schneider's haunting one. However, there are a number of highlights in the second half, not least the impossibly catchy "All My Friends" (even if the verse does borrow slightly from "Stuck In The Middle"!); and the tension-release ballad of "Hidden", which is the only song on this record that nods towards their association with Chris Cornell on "Euphoria Morning". If you want more of that, try their previous offering, "Avantegardedog".

Better still, buy both. You won't be disappointed with either. For me though, this just shades it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moody, magical musicians whose compositions are creative, compelling and challenging 22 July 2006
By Myron Kalifowitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Eleven is an exceptional act. They are moody, magical musicians whose compositions are creative, compelling and challenging. Their mesmerizing melodies melt in my mouth. The drums gently groove and are pounded with a precise passion that is missing in a lot of modern music. You could listen to this amazing album in almost any atmosphere. The tunes are both inventive and intimate. I could write a lot more but you need to take the time to sample these songs for yourself and decide if this brilliant band is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ***** 21 Jan 2007
By J. Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Buy this album before you die, in fact go over to itunes now and check the songs there and plunk down 9.99. Listen once and then 1000 more times, you will not get the tunes out of your head!

This is the best straight up rock and roll album I have and that I have ever listened to. They do not get any airplay at all, but that's probably good because it makes the record all the more enjoyable to listen to. It is very passionate music, even when Eleven rocks hard or soft. For more on Alain Johannes, check Desert Sessions 8&9, "Holey Dime" and "Dead in Love", and Desert Sessions 7&8, "Making a Cross".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A FITTING TRIBUTE 1 Oct 2008
By Russell Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
Eleven is probably the one band that no one has ever heard of and that is a pitty. With the few albums put out durring the short life of the band, their unique style is unequaled. I'd say if you have never heard Eleven before, start out with their first album titled with the bands name, "Eleven". However on this album, "Howling Book" the title cut has a haunting melody sung by Eleven's keyboardist, Natasha Shneider, who sadly passed away this past July of cancer. I would strongly recomend this album.
5.0 out of 5 stars All good things must come to an end 20 Nov 2013
By Terry Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Refreshing musical originality executed with pure craftsmanship. What a huge loss to the musical world. I hope Alain Johannes finds peace in his life and joy in his subsequent musical pursuits.
Thank you to all of Eleven.
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