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Kingsbury Manx Audio CD

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1. Pageant Square
2. Regular Hands
3. Piss Diary
4. Cross Your Eyes
5. Blue Eurasians
6. Hawaii In Ten Seconds
7. How Cruel
8. Fields
9. New Old Friends Blues
10. Whether Or Not It Matters
11. Fanfare
12. Silver Trees

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet autumn leaves... 1 Mar 2001
By "jlmonty" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Within the intriguing packaging (dreamy 1970ish cover painting, lack of credits, lyrics, etc.), the Chapel Hill, NC quartet The Kingsbury Manx have created a humble gem. Refreshing in its lack of music-biz glossiness (see above), this album seems like it sprung out of the ground fully formed - it's an awkwardly beautiful, organic, growing thing. Shades of the Velvets, Brian Wilson, New Zealand pop (Chills, JPS Experience), Syd Barrett-era Floyd, even the Dead! (check out "How Cruel") abound, but merely influence-checking this record really trivializes the wondrous sounds of this astounding debut.
The album opens with the sleepy, loping "Pageant Square" , then eases into the chilled air of "Regular Hands" - both different sounding tracks, yet both imbued with the sun-dappled gentleness that transcends you into a hazy, leafy world. This feeling is carried even further with the misleadingly titled "Piss Diary", it's sumptuous, autumnal glow passing over you like a blanket from your childhood. The funky wah-wah of "Cross Your EyesÓ leads into the wall-of-sound dirgey jam of "Blue Eurasians", which is in my opinion the weakest cut on the CD (if there is a weak cut!). "Hawaii In Ten Seconds" is acappella, full of ernest, albeit nasal, warmth. "Fields" starts as a sort of psychedelic song-cycle which evolves into some gorgeous acoustic guitar finger-picking (which they should have expanded upon). "New Old Friend Blues" has a mellow, Yo La Tengo-ish vibe that is further enhanced by its tired, lazy vocals which suit the songs feeling entirely. "Whether Or Not It Matters" has the kind of harmonies that you just don't hear anymore - without falling into soppy, Eagle-ish smooth rock - no small feat. The echoey slide guitar that careens throughout the rambling, spacey "Fanfare" washes out into the albums beautiful closer "Silver Trees", a slow, meditative tune with a late-fall, Nick Drake kind of vibe (except that the band uses electric guitar and harmony vocals, yet the feel is still there).
Forgive the hyperbole, but the fact that all of these sounds and moods are in one album, and a debut album at that, is extraordinary. If only other artists would take this direction and get back to creating art instead of pedalling image, music would be in a much healthier state. As it is, just be glad that an obscure jewel like The Kingsbury Manx is able to rise to the surface amongst all of the garbage.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 31 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I just saw and met these guys last night at a show in Denton, TX. I bought this CD from them. There are a lot of different styles here. Influences range from Elliot Smith and American Analog Set to Palace and Bedhead. They said they were very proud of the album when I asked for a copy, and one can hear why. My fave line: "It's hard not to crumble under the pressure of an angry woman."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful desolation 24 Feb 2000
By mark briggs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this record on a whim, one day before a blinding snowstorm in my Indiana hometown. This was perfect timing for repeated listening to an amazing debut. The brutally honest lyrics coupled with the desolate, almost rythmically ambient music create a beautiful bummer of a record. Take some cough medicine, get under the covers, close the curtains, set the cd player on repeat, and call off of work.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful music 17 Sep 2001
By "mikefrei" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely beautiful CD. I saw The Kingsbury Manx when they opened for Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks at Irving Plaza in NYC on March 31st, 2001. I had never heard of them before and the place was only half full when they came on. After the first song, however, I stepped out into the hall to buy their CD. It would be hard for me to classify their music, but in the interests of anyone reading this review, I'll try. It is deep, slow, sometimes heavy music. They make great use of the organ and a stand-up base. It is dreamy, sleepy, and harmonious. The only sound I could remotely compare it to would be The Red House Painters (very similar in some ways, but Kingsbury Manx is, I dare say, even more complex) or The Tindersticks. I think if you like either of those two bands, you owe it to yourself to get this CD. It is now like a rare jewel in my music collection, and I am highly anticipating their next release.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars starry-eyed 11 Aug 2000
By Shelley Levine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite album -- it has been since the day I received it. It's become familiar and personal. I never get tired of listening to the Manx, and I RECOMMEND them to everyone who wants to hear dreamy harmony, thoughtful lyrics and a really pleasing sound. The combined genius of these four guys is amazing. The CD cover above is your first clue to the creative talent of the band...one of the members painted it. Definitely buy this music...listen to it often...sometimes it feels like they're singing right to you
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