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Insignificance [VINYL]

Jim O'Rourke, Akira Sakata & Jim O'Rourke Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (19 Nov 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B00005QZIN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 878,306 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars what can't this man do?? 19 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
not content with being one of the best producers currently around (see stereolab, smog or high llamas)jim orourke made one of the most suprisingly beautiful and lasting albums of the 90's with his last record, eureka. however his latest offering ups the ante even further. ditching the van dyke parks 'song cycle' of the previous record for a fuller more 'live band sound' above all else there is a real joyous quality to most of this album (in fact close your eyes and you could be hearing the best smog album never recorded). from the snarling guitars of opening track 'all downhill from here' through the bowie/velvetsesque melodic minimalism of therefore i am - there's to many highlights to mention. this record really deserves to catapult jim orourke to great fame - but inevitably will find a small but devoted following amongst those willing to seek out a gem.
if you've ever thrilled to the likes of the above mentioned artists or like your music to challenge and cajole try this you really will love it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of warmth in one little CD 7 Jan 2005
By Gummo
Format:Audio CD
I've not long heard of Jim O'Rourke, the man first came to my attention upon the soundtrack to 'LOVE LIZA'. But ever since I've become one of the man's biggest fans.
When I got this album I couldn't stop listening to it for weeks, it seemed so beautiful and so intimate. I listened to it as I walked through parks, as I sat on buses, as I lay in the bath. I took it everywhere with me and told eveyone willing to listen about him.
Normally I'm into angry fast music, my favourite band are the Clash, and I'm a massive Wire and Gang of four fan, so soft, sensual and intimate, aren't usually what I look for in music. But Jim O'Rourke has the power to convert, with an overwhelming sense of quality and brilliance to his music that can't be overlooked, not even if you're an avid dancehall fan.
He's just been made an honourary member of Sonic Youth for God's sakes! What more needs saying.
Buy this album if you have any taste, if you've even heard of him in the first place you're bound to be a person who's a little more switched on then all the Dido and Norah Jones fans of the world, and the kinda person who's gonna be looking for quality music. This is of the highest quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars O'Rourke as good as it gets 18 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Vinyl
Eureka two years ago sure was something even O'Rourke can't redo. His style in combining acoustics to electronics and really inventive arragements were something that made Eureka a really sympathetic album. It contained absolute hits and slow yet beautiful movie soundtracks.
Insignificance doesn't beat Eureka, but gives it a good opposition. Well, actually you can't even compare Insignificance and Eureka, since electronics are mainly forgotten on Insignificance and distorted guitars have a bigger part. That isn't a bad thing at all. Jim O'Rourke sure is at his best when he takes a guitar and leaves his Powerbook alone for a second.
The songs of Insignificance aren't as strong as on Eureka -- yes, the same comparison again -- but you can't deny that such songs as "Therefore, I Am" and "Memory Lane" wouldn't be the best stuff Jim has put out so far. They are based on one or two riffs, but O'Rourke's style in arranging makes them really delicate pieces. Not to forget Jimbo's guitar work on the opening track "All Downhill from Here," which sounds a really folkish (sic) considering his earlier works. Nothing wrong there, vice versa, the loose feeling in playing asserts the listener that this isn't a tight artistic album. No, it's not at all. This time Jimbo has forgotten all his expectations and made an album he wanted to.
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