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Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us

Death Vessel Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B001B92E4Y
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Block My Eye
2. Jitterakadie
3. The Widening
4. Bruno's Torso
5. Obadiah In Oblivion
6. Exploded View
7. Fences Around Fields
8. Peninsula
9. Circa
10. Belt Of Foam
11. Unknown Track

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This collection of music was written and sung by Joel Thibodeau. It is unlike anything you've ever heard. People will call it many things. Few will get it right. This is Death Vessel.

Death Vessel's debut album Stay Close was released in 2005 to critical acclaim. Since that album's release Death Vessel has toured with Iron & Wine, Low, Jose Gonzalez, and The Books, among others. Recorded with longtime producer/collaborator Pete Donnelly (The Figgs) at his New Jersey studio, and various locales across the US Northeast, Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us is Death Vessel's Sub Pop debut. While in recent years Joel has toured primarily as a solo performer, and the songs are inarguably mesmerizing and relevant in that setting, on record they take on a new life, thanks to his and Donnelly's inspired, and often unusual, arrangements, and the contributions of numerous friends and players. The album exudes a unique, wide-scope ambition. Its musical reach is fully extended---deep into the past, grounded in the present and nodding to the future. Owing to the gritty avarice of Joel's singular spirit, voice and musicality, the songs sound as progressive, experimental and modern as they do antique and old-world. The music is haunting and spiritual, mysterious and kind, ageless and contemporary, soulful and psychedelic. In short, it's where the requiem meets rock `n' roll.

"Now I am versed in silence/my throat hurts, not from yelling but from holding back", Joel sings on "Block My Eye", the album's opening track. And that's ok, because the music speaks for itself. And nothing ever sounded so loud, and so clear.


4**** -- The Guardian

4**** CD of the Week -- The Sunday Times

-- NME

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My most played of 2008 2 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Probably my favourite discovery of 2008, made entirely by accident, but I just can't believe I never heard of these guys before. Once I did, theirs quickly became the most played tunes on my ipod - there's just no dud tracks.
My theory is their name makes people think they'll be some ghastly goth adolescent doomongering, but in fact it appears to me, along with their excellent first album, as if this band somehow took elements from my entire lifelong music listening history and managed to rewrite and put their spin on the whole damn thing.
It's not very often you are reminded of Nick Cave, The Incredible String Band, Johnny Cash and maybe the soundtrack to "Oliver" sometimes all in the same song.

Even though most people I've played it to think Joel Thibodeau sings like a girl, I've no real objection to that with a voice and songwriting skill as melodically original as his. (They said that about Neil Young too, didn't they?)
Maybe not for everybody, but personally, I just love it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Endearing But Not Enduring 23 Jan 2009
By Gannon
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Another review, another alt. folk, alt. country, Americana influenced album. If each of them sounded alike I could cease, and simply file under derivative, but there is still life in genre yet.

This album successfully hosts these alt. themes but also houses a true folk ethic, heard in the picked banjo of "Obadiah In Oblivion", as well as more straight-up, quiet-loud indie-rock as can be heard on "Peninsula".

Despite being on Sub Pop, the sound often veers more toward Nebraska and the sound of Saddle Creek, but misses the inimitable and identifiable production of Mike Mogis. As such the album sounds a little like a Rilo Kiley release, or one from Azure Ray, but miss the bite that Mogis provides. And so we move to the inevitable, the voice. Sounding like Jenny Lewis or Orenda Fink is no bad thing, heck these gals can sing. However it is a dude called Joel who fronts Death Vessel, and once this is out in the open we can all move past it comfortably.

His impersonation is so uncanny that the singer's gender is not in question until one reads up about the band. Only at the start of "Exploded View" does he resemble a male vocally, and then only at the track's onset. This amounts to a distinctive sound, but one that is not at all detracting. The greatest problem the record faces is whilst being endearing, is sadly not enduring. Not one of the tracks leaves a lasting impression, in the way that say, similar sounding Iron & Wine do. The mix of influences spread the record a little bit thin, which is peculiar for an album that also sounds quite simple and effective.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Such an amazing vocal surprise 15 July 2014
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Knowing nothing about them previously, I saw Death Vessel as a support act earlier this year and was totally amazed by what I was hearing. The name is certainly not in keeping with the sound which, at times, is quite beautiful and there's an interesting selection of instruments too. Having enjoyed them live, I then looked for some albums. I really like this one which, whilst short, does n't waste a second. Well worth a try if you like something different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Aug 2014
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A true american original 30 Aug 2008
By grasshopper - Published on Amazon.com
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As a fan of Death Vessel's previous album Stay Close I anxiously waited for this follow up (which seemed to take forever) to see how the band would develop. From the first few listens it seemed like nothing really hit me and i almost gave up on it. But then that voice and those melodies, got into my head. You've got to hear that voice! Joel sounds like Mother Maybelle from the Carter family or some kind of Angel singing from up high (Or, as others have noted, he sings like a girl). Then slowly but surely the melodies started getting into my head and i've played the record every day since. The music is a real mish mash of styles, sometimes folky, but then out of nowhere heavy guitar. Trumpets, Choruses of voices, it all blends together perfectly and just sounds like...uh, Death Vessel. While Sub Pop's other big summer release Fleet Foxes may be getting more attention, Death Vessel is a equally fine,and dare i say more original talent, and very worth your attention. Fans of Calexico, Iron and Wine, Devendra, FF, Carter Family, etc might want to give this album a try. Highlights: Obediah in Oblivian, Bruno's Torso, Block my Eye, & Circa.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Is Sounding Like This ... 6 May 2011
By Natalie Cladt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What to say... The production of this recording is gorgeous, so interesting. The arrangements and musicianship on NOTHING IS PRECIOUS ENOUGH FOR US is excellent, very original in its approach, and ultimately, quite hard to define within any one genre. Oh yes, and the drumming on this is, well, it's just plain strange... But it is the voice of singer Joel Thibodeau that is oddest of all and is also what defines this and other Death Vessel recordings. Some people might run screaming from Thibodeau's near-soprano. But personally I think it's one of the most beautiful things I've heard put to vinyl in years. Like John Jacob Niles or Johnny Ray or Bob Dylan or Antony Hegarty or [insert oddball singer here], it is truly his own voice. One thing that has my mind reeling is that, for the life of me, I still can't figure out what any of these songs are actually about despite dozens of listens. Typically this would make me think the jive factor is high. But in this particular case, I chalk it up to an original vision, one that still intrigues and rewards after multiple listens. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars . 24 Nov 2012
By Patrick Weber - Published on Amazon.com
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Death Vessel, by name and by appearance, lend themselves to assumptions of Black metal. Surprise! It's Not! (I'm not sure if you also noticed the cover art... please scroll up if not). Death Vessel will melt your face though, and most respectable music historians will tell you that in fact if Varg Vikernes was born in Appalachia (or Maine) he would have instead made music of roughly this flavor, but that every other event in his life would have stayed much the same.

It's hard to find music that feels important, and new, and oooooold, and unique. Actually Unique. Buy it, you turkey.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death Vessel - Nothing is Precious Enough For Us 6 Sep 2008
By S. D. Mason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Nothing is Precious Enough For Us (2008, Sub Pop) Death Vessel's second studio album. ***1/2

Probably the most shocking thing I discovered about Death Vessel was that the singer, Joel Thibodeau, is, well... a guy. Upon my first listen to Nothing is Precious Enough For Us, I didn't for any moment doubt that the singer was a woman with a decent voice. It wasn't until I did a little research that I found that Thibodeau had quite a... unique falsetto.

The style is a very laid-back folk approach, as refreshing as Iron & Wine was when he first came about. But unlike Iron & Wine or Bon Iver, Death Vessel has a much more uppity feel to it. While there are slow moments, Nothing is Precious Enough For Us can be bouncy on numbers like the bluegrass "Obadiah in Oblivion." And Thibodeau proves to be a great composer on some of the album's earlier moments, most notably the dreamy "Block My Eye," or the innocent child-like tune "Jitterakadie." It's all relatively simple stuff, never diving into the strange studio sounds that The Shepherd's Dog has. It's about as raw as raw can get, and that's a mixed blessing, because while Death Vessel has the sincerity of his folk peers, the production values aren't as clear as an album like Fleet Foxes, which manages to both be organic and ear-friendly. Sadly, a collection of exceptional tunes is brought down a tad by hiss-tape-like production.
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