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Kids in Philly

Marah Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Sep 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B00004TR0X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,612 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Swaggering, yet passionate. Chaotic, yet charming. Opposites attract in the band Marah, as this Philadelphia foursome take an emphatic, erratic, poignant and tension-filled ride through the dark and colourful. Steve Earle was stunned by the band's innovative debut, Let's Cut the Crap And Hook Up Later Tonight, and turned over the keys to his Nashville recording kingdom, releasing Kids In Philly on his own label. Led by the Bielanko brothers (guitarist Serge and singer Dave), Marah turn Philly into a raucous, 21st-century echoing of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska. The results (a roughshod entanglement of Pogues-style banjo, rock & roll mandolin, Memphis horns and loud guitars) are remarkably original: imagine the Replacements' Pleased To Meet Me with Springsteen at the microphone. --Scott Holter

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this years finest rock n' roll album 28 Nov 2000
By A Customer
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Marah are a band that have taken the best of 70's rock music, and made it relevant,exciting and fun again. There is not a weak track on this album -the tunes stay in your mind for days, the hooks snag in your brain and stay there and the lyrics are wonderful. This is a magnificent album from a magnificent band. I adore "Round Eye Blues", a wonderful emotional song about a viet veteran. Other great songs include "My heart is with the bums on the street" & "Faraway You" and "the Catfisherman". Buy this album -you won't be disappointed. The only drawback is that you find yourself having to play this album at least twice a day -it's that addictive.
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....if not ever. I read a review of it in Uncut when it came out and took a chance after hearing Round Eye Blues on a sampler CD. Like one of the other reviewers I used to think it was 'almost' a great album - but it is exceptional in almost every way from the wonderfully evocative lyrics to the exciting musicianship to the joy and dynamics of the band's performances. Every time I listen to it I enjoy every minute of it and I can say that about barely any other album I have - it never bores me. Buy it, take your time and you'll fall in love with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss Marah 29 Mar 2000
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When you're sitting in your flying car watching VH1 2050 they'll still be talking about this CD. One of the most original things I've ever heard, Kids in Philly is my pick for album of the year. The songwriting is as evocative and moving as any I've ever heard. "The Catfisherman" is an instant classic. If you've heard comparisons to Springsteen or The Replacements, forget 'em. Marah covers some of the same territory - the landmarks are there - but they've created a whole new landscape. Less sentimental than Bruce and closer to Tom Waits than Paul Westerberg, Marah's work is raucous, celebratory, touching, unnerving, and downright beautiful.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars so close 17 Mar 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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It's amazing that crap like Third Eye Blind or Lifehouse gets played on the radio, and smart, gutsy, honest music such as Marah is ignored. "Kids In Philly", while not quite the masterpiece it aspires to be, is one of the most ambitious rock albums in a while. Most of the all time great albums have a themetic unity that glues the songs together. "Born To Run", "Blood On the Tracks", "OK Computer", "London Calling" etc. etc. "Kids" biggest asset is the very same themetic unity, but it may also be the hindrance keeping the album from being an instant classic along with the above mentioned. "Kids" is a great leap forward from "Cut The Crap", their first album, much the same way that "Being There" was a leap forward from "A.M." for Wilco. The first album was a great collection of songs held together by everything except theme. This time they have tried for a concept album. Not an overblown and pretentious album like "The Wall", but an album about the streets of Philadelphia, like Springsteen used to write about Asbury Park. These guys are excellent songwriters, giving nearly every line and word the right detail so the listener can close their eyes and imagine being where someone has been killed, or fishing under a bridge, on in the middle of Christian St. I've been to Philly once in my life and I feel like I know the city like the back of my hand. The characters are ones we all know, and love them or hate them they keep it interesting. This is one of those albums that needs to be listened to straight through, unlike "Crap", where the individual songs may stand out more. That's not to say that their aren't great songs here. "Faraway You" kickstarts the album at a furious pace, and things hardly stop to catch their breath until deep into the second half. "My Heart is the Bums On the Street" is Philly soul with a heart, and "Round Eye Blues" is heartbreaking with its "please be my little baby" plea at the end. These songs, along with several others, stand out. Which means there may be a stray track or two here that keep it from classic status, which is the only problem. In making an arty "concept" album the band may have included one or two weaker songs because of theme, and left off great songs because they didn't "fit". "From the Skyline of a Great Big Town" is OK, with some nice lyrics, but falls short of the high standard set by "It's Only Money, Tyrone" and "Barstool Boys". "Point Breeze" may be the most instantly catchy song here, but gets annoying after a few listens, maybe because the guitar riff sounds like "Shiny Happy People" by REM. However, these rare missteps should not keep you from checking these guys out. If you're a real, serious music fan you should pick up this album. It's 10 times better than anything on rock radio, and comes from a band that will only get better.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this disc 16 Jan 2004
By Davis T. Featherstone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"round eye blues is a masterpiece" ... great sound, haunting memories of the war that will not go away ... the rest of the disc is good-excellent, but this one song ... the detail, the feelings, the hurt, the fear ...
i have a 20 year old daughter, junior in college, that heard this song, looked at me, asked: "who is that?,... and play it again!"
i hear all the comparisons to springsteen, which, is, of course, fine and good. i heard a rockin' steve forbert ... that raspy/scratchy voice, ... great rock and roll ... marah, by the standard they set, are an unrecognized force ... these guys, on this disc, are too good not to hear and feel ... it is wondrous.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not the first listen... 27 July 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one album that sure gets under your skin. I bought it because of all the good things I'd heard, but on the first listen, I wasn't that impressed. Sure it had a decent sound, but the songs don't have hooks, so to speak, so it didn't grab me.
That said, I put it on again for another listen. This time it was for the long drive home through traffic on a beautiful afternoon, and what a difference! Suddenly the tunes flowed together perfectly, and it was just like I was at the coolest party in town. I can definitely see why folks who are Marah fans love them live.
Sure it sounds like Springsteen and the Pogues put together. What a mix!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faraway You! 28 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I cannot stop listening to possibly the most joyous opening cut on a rock and roll album in decades. Faraway You has some Boss, some Stones, some Mats, but in the end it's Marah, and it's exhilarating.
I also love the breathless move to Point Breeze, a great party record.
Round Eye Blues is pretty powerful, a song Phil Spector may have produced after watching ApocNow.
Philadelphia: Rocky Balboa, the '82-'83 76ers, Live Aid, the '93 Phillies, and Marah.
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