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Lost Songs [Double CD, Limited Edition]

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Audio CD
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Plenty of bands like to yammer on about how their newest record is a “return to their roots,” as if some undiscovered brilliance is to be found and resurrected on early demos and basement jam sessions. But the in case of ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead (or Trail of Dead from here on out, because who really wants to type all that over and over), a return to form could ... Read more in Amazon's And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Limited Edition
  • Label: Superball Media
  • ASIN: B0094F2OH4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,231 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Open Doors
2. Pinhole Cameras
3. Up to Infinity
4. Opera Obscura
5. Lost Songs
6. Flower Card Games
7. A Place to Rest
8. Heart of Wires
9. Catatonic
10. Awestruck
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Disc: 2
1. Open Doors
2. Idols of Perversity
3. Pinhole Cameras
4. Up to Infinity
5. Opera Obscura
6. Lost Songs
7. Flower Card Games
8. A Place to Rest
9. Heart of Wires
10. Catatonic
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The eighth studio album from ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead, Lost Songs was recorded in Hanover, Germany. According to the band, the music was partly inspired by the apathy to real world events that has plagued the independent music scene during the early 21st century. It was also inspired by artists such as the Cure, KARP, Ros Sereysothea, Human League, Hildegard von Bingen, among others.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Trail: Blazing 16 Dec 2012
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To describe 'Lost Songs' as a return to form would be a little disingenuous. Throughout their career, Trail Of Dead have maintained an admirable level of quality control, with not a single bad album in their discography - even their 'will this do?' contractual obligation album So Divided is speckled with moments of greatness.

However, 'Lost Songs' is still a return of sorts. With this album, Trail Of Dead are harking back to a time when their riffs came hard and fast, before the orchestras and choirs came along to flesh out their sound. This is without a doubt their hardest album since Source Tags & Codes - and, quite possibly, their best collection of songs to date.

Straight from the off, the album builds tension before releasing in a flurry of frenetic activity. This pace is scarcely let up - even when the fury subsides, such as on 'Flower Card Games', an atmosphere of menace remains, building minute by minute as the guitars begin to churn.

There are certain comparisons that can be made to other acts - the aforementioned 'Flower Card Games' has shades of Slint, whilst 'Up To Infinity' carries aspects of At The Drive-In - but as a whole, this is a product of no other band than Trail themselves. At their absolute best, on songs such as 'Open Doors', 'Pinhole Cameras' and the impassioned title track, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead are unassailably untouchable, harking back to a time before emo became a dirty word whilst simultaneously creating songs that defy glib categorisation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Great set of songs with the trademark wall of sound. As usual there are one or two immediate stand outs that slip slowly back into line as the complex layers of sound on the album unravel over a number of listens. Like the last album it is well worth paying the extra to get the double cd pack as you get a version with the songs individually (ideal for ripping to mp3 for playlists) plus a segued version for deep immersion in sound. The double pack as usual also has the added bonus of the artwork and the book which are masterpieces in their own right
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5.0 out of 5 stars The heavy heavy monster sound 22 Oct 2012
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There appears to be the usual Amazon confusion over albums that come out in multiple editions so to make it clear this is a review of the 12 track "normal" album.

And with that in mind it is pleasing to report that this is a belter of an album, high octane pounding rock in the old style. A couple of proggy numbers like "Flower card games" and "Heart of wires" mix it up a bit without losing the energy and power that has become the band's signature. This is exemplified for me on the track "Awestruck" which starts of slow and builds to an incredible climax. Yes this has been done to death before but seldom as well as on here. The title track pays more than a nod to early U2 and is quite an interesting diversion and along with the closing track "Time and again" which to my ears could have been recorded by Wire, give your ears a respite from the pounding they have received albeit a very pleasant and energising pounding indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where do we go from here? 29 April 2013
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As a completist fan of the band i had to get this and boy has it delivered above and beyond expectation! What amazes me about Trail Of Dead is so few folk have ever heard of them and yet their entire catalogue is up there with The Doors, Zeppelin, Floyd, Hendrix, Banshees, Cure, Pumpkins and later post punk legends At The Drive In and Mars Volta to whom they are most likened to. Yes they are now one of the greats. They are a band that take you on a journey through space time and dimensions. Lost Songs quantifies everything thats great about them in short fast bursts of white noise that will leave you breathless! From Open Doors, the frenetic ATDI like Up To Infinity to Opera Obscura, the gorgeous title track, Catatonic and the beautiful Awestruck they are just hitting bullseye all the time with the dual vocalizer style Of Conrad Keely and Jason Reece now well honed. Those two crack me up, a comedy act in the making??! We also have the regally named Autry Fullbright II on bass (making up the well cool band shot inside the booklet). In fact the inspiration never lets up until the last track on the limited edition.

I bought the double cd booklet limited edition about the continuing saga of the boy Gilroy and his journeys into strange and beautiful places written by Conrad Keeley who also provides some amazing artwork once again. Three of the bonus tracks are worth it for the extra dosh. Skywhaling is a beautiful psychedelic instrumental piece with some intricate touches that send you to far away places, an ode to Tao of the Dead themes. Mountain Battle Song is a heavy metal rendition of Black Sabbath's Iron Man and its an oddball but welcome addition to their complex sonic tapestry.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album 24 Oct 2012
By CaptPostMod - Published on
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I personally prefer Trail of Dead at their meandering best with loose, symphonic song structures that butt up against and ebb away from each other as an album plays out. Tao of the Dead is my favorite Trail of Dead album--not Sourcetags. I add that caveat to my review because most other reviewers and quite a few Trail of Dead listeners seem to long for a return to the band's style on Sourcetags and earlier albums, which was much more focused on single songs and aggressive rather than progressive rock.

Lost Songs doesn't disappoint those fans. It's a focused, song-by-song album that ditches much of the symphonic (both in structure and instrumentation) efforts of their four preceding albums and sees a very tight band delivering well crafted rock tunes. I'm constantly astounded by how well Trail of Dead can hold my attention--six albums in for me and I still greet each release with great anticipation and have yet to be disappointed. I can't think of any other band that has produced six albums I'm happy to listen to in their entirety any time. (Yes, I know that Trail of Dead have eight albums counting the two before Sourcetags, but I don't count the first two in the "listen to in their entirety any time" category.)

If you longed for ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead to return to their Sourcetags sound and style, you should love this album. If you think that World's Apart was possibly even better than Sourcetags, then you might lament the turn this album takes, but should still find it very enjoyable as every song is ridiculously engaging and well crafted.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Band's Best in Years 24 Oct 2012
By T. A. Daniel - Published on
I almost didn't by this record. With a title like LOST SONGS, I thought this was a B-sides/rarities album filled with songs that didn't quite make it to previous releases. Not so! LOST SONGS is a completely new full-length record from ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead. The band's output since their masterwork SOURCE TAGS AND CODES has been scattershot -- many flashes of brilliance among some meandering or uninteresting tracks. I've been a fan of the band for a while now, and this is the kind of album that you will want to tell people about. The band crafts a brand of post-rock that feels hard to come by these days: part punk, part prog, and park alt rock, the band has slick sensibilities, but they do a great job creating a sonic atmosphere (complete with rolling intensity) around their tunes.

It's clear from the opening track that ...And You Will Know Us are making an tight, aggressive, and energized album. "Open Doors" pushes forward with an intensity that never lets up, and the energy isn't lost in transition to the next few tracks either ("Pinhole Camera," "Up to Infinity", "Opera Obscura"). In fact, this album burns with a fire that I haven't seen in quite a while; even when the band slows down ("Awestruck"), the result is a solid effort. The album does slow a bit towards the end, with the aforementioned "Awestruck" and album closer "Time and Again." These are by no means bad songs, but after the pure adrenaline of the first half of the record, listeners can't help but wait for the inevitable crash of cymbals and roar of amplifiers, but it never quite returns. The album is consistently good, but man, those first few songs are worth the price of admission alone. Not a single note on this album feels out of place or wasted. Sparked by civil unrest around the world and the collapse of the record industry, it's apparent that the band has found new inspiration some time between this recording and their previous TAO OF THE DEAD.

Pound for pound, this record is almost as good as 2002's SOURCE TAGS AND CODES -- it's a lean album that packs a punch. I would definitely recommend this album to fans of the band, and I would even suggest this as a good album to start listening to the band for new listeners as well. Fans of Dredg, Cave-In, or At the Drive-In should find plenty of material here to love. Standout tracks to sample/download: "Open Doors," "Up to Infinity" and "Pinhole Cameras." Definitely worth your time and money.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trail of Dead, back again!! 23 Oct 2012
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An aggressive, all out record that keeps Trail of Dead at the top of my playlist. Fresh off the heals of "Tao of the Dead," which was great in its own right, this record shows ToD can maintain quality, even on record 8, improving with time, and can provide me with the type of progressive rock that frankly, just isn't out there anymore. Great job guys! Keep the records coming.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album Great Band 30 Dec 2013
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If you're into Trail of the Dead, you'll dig this album. I love riding the trails with these guys in the mix because few songs ever disappoint. They're all over the place with their range and always create an interesting album. It seems like some faithful fans end up bailing on them because of their song writing or other reasons, but I still fail to see these guys as boring. If I go out and trail ride without music, several of their songs will pop into my mind and keep me occupied through my pain. Much rawkage.
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to basics 1 Jun 2013
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As a BIG fan of the ToD albums that precede this, the absence of the soaring symphonic elements and tonal shifts and sheer variety of styles disappointed me. But once past those hurdles, i quite enjoyed the new album. As noted in other reviews, this is a less produced and finessed album, a selection of songs rather than a concept album. On those grounds, it succeeds and thrills. So, while not the ToD album I've been waiting for - this si still fine, fine music.
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