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Loved [Import]

Cranes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B000025CNG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,045,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cranes Huge Sellout Hit. 17 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Beautiful,indulgent ethereal goth with child like vocals by Alison Shaw and gorgeous instrumentation. This may have been the "Sellout" album but no Cranes fan (or indeed Cocteau Twins or This Mortal Coil fans) should be without this release.A wonderful indroduction to the cranes poppy ethereal sound for anyone looking to hear their material.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like a small child at the bottom of a deep well 12 Feb 2002
By Aaron Weber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
People certainly seem to love or hate this band. The vocals sound like the cries of a small child at the bottom of a deep well, and large portions of the music are indeed melodramatic, depressing, and in many cases jarringly dissonant. I'm particularly fond of the mournful, almost bluesy slide guitar on "Beautiful Friend."
However, this isn't just a disc for mopey goth kids. It's got some beautiful moments of pop sensibility mixed in with its dark tones, and that mixture, along with the disturbingly childlike voice, bring me back to this band again and again.
I enjoyed this album a great deal more than other Cranes albums-- the later ones were a little too bright and poppy, and the earlier ones a little too dismal and repetitive. This album, however, can go on repeat play for hours or days filled with both sunshine and sadness.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect see-saw of sinister and sweet 9 May 2005
By Beketaten - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I believe it goes without saying that the Cranes were, and still remain, one of the most under-recognized musical groups of the 90s.

While they banged and bashed out their roughness on their first three albums, there was a subtle yet present trend toward cerebral melancholy and gentleness.

"Loved" marked a turning point in their career, but this is not to say that this is a work without bite, but rather, the bite is all the more noticable for the showcasing of Allison Shaw's rapturously delicate voice filled with girlish whimsy, against a background of pulsing effects and acoustic guitar.

"Shining Road" the first, and most obvious single carries with it hopeful yet world-weary lyrics against glorious pulsations which manage to tug on the heart-strings while provoking a kind of industrial hopping dance effect.

Elsewhere, as in the terrified "Lillies" (whose lyrics appear in the liner notes), and the softness of the mournful "Beautiful Friend", the dichotomy achieves heights of its awareness in the listener, and by the time "Paris And Rome" and "In The Night" have swept past, a peaceful and pensive suspension add eagerness to the final remixes.

As of when I write this, "Loved" is my favourite of the Cranes' albums, and is highly reccomended as a starting point to their career, which is also handy, since it is one of the only two Cranes full-length albums available in the US.

Do make the purchase and enjoy.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absoute Bliss!!!! 18 May 2001
By Steve Haynes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One of the best unheard albums of the mid 90s! The music intertwines sweeping orchestral scores with mad industrial noise, wrapped with Alison Shaw's very unique vocals, creating a sound in a class by itself. So, if you're looking for a vanilla "alternative" band to listen to sing along at frat parties - then Cranes are not for you. But if want something completely different from anything else out there today, definitey give this band a try.
The album is co-produced Flood (who's track record includes such artists as U2, NIN, Pumpkins, Depeche, and Curve).
Enough said!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing... 3 Jun 2002
By Joshua Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This band is amazing. The music is very chill and sedate, if you're looking for something aggressive you might want to pursue other options. The melodies are a complete dream, Alison's voice is that of an angel. We saw them in Houston about two years ago and I actually got to meet Alison Shaw. She kissed my cheek and it may have slightly altered the color of my soul, I'm not sure. Anyway, she is amazing. This band is worth checking out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply Captivating 25 Oct 2006
By J. Holmgren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For some odd reason back in 2004 this album was burned onto the shared drive of the Multi-national Corps-Iraq located in Baghdad. Morale so you can hear music while you are covering shift on your work station. I had seen The Cranes open for The Cure in 1990 and picked up on their name among the other detritus in the shared drive. And my first listen--Amazing. "Beautiful Friend" and "Shining Road" stand out but overall the album is an outstanding effort of pop/goth/dark artistry. I spent probably 20 nights in a row listening to this album. When they finally wiped the hard drive I was crushed. But losing 12 bucks for this great album was a small price to eventually pay. Buy it. And go see the Cranes next time you are in Europe.
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