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Ovations

Piano Magic Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Make Mine Music
  • ASIN: B002OJ6P5Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,829 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Applause for Ovations.. 4 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
I knew nothing about Piano Magic until word got out just before this album was released that Brendan Perry and Peter Ulrich of Dead Can Dance both were making guest appearances here. I bought Piano Magic's Writers Without Homes ahead of this release, and have mixed views on it, but find Ovations to be quite a different proposition: richer, more dynamic and immediate, less desolate and distant.

The album opens in strong form with the first of two lead vocals by guest Brendan Perry. He sets the scene with charm and presence over an epic, brooding soundscape haunted by the memory of DCD. His singing here has subtle shades of the isolation present in the vocals by guests on Writers Without Homes. Track two - March Of The Atheists - also sounds starkly reminiscent of DCD, but drawing from a different aspect of their sound, evoking the middle east: hypnotic percussion, handclaps, swooping strings, mesmeric hammered dulcimer (courtesy of Peter Ulrich) underpinned by a loping bass-line. Here, Glen Johnson takes lead vocals, and it's one of the albums great moments. DCD fans will be in bliss by this point, and maybe like me they'll be wondering how Piano Magic, who have been around since 1996, came to release so many albums and eps - even some on 4AD - without their noticing.

On Edge shoots off on a different tangent, a harsh, chattery piece based around electronica and percussion, Glen Johnson singing "I'm as taut as a wire, and the pressure's building up..."

The Blue Hour is another gorgeous track, possibly my favourite piece on the album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Err....surprising! 10 Feb 2010
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I came to Piano Magic through "Writer's Without Homes" and "A Trick of The Sea", so I must confess to be being rather surprised when I listened to this album. Instead of the minimalism and off-centre sounds I was expecting to get I find an album which reminds me (showing my age here) of an updated mix of Joy Division and The Cure. Most of the tracks are pretty solid and do well what they are seeking to do but the final track, "Exit", reminds me most of the Piano Magic I liked and left me wishing more of the album had been like that.

So, it is a move away from the sound I liked but, perhaps, a move in to a more accessible sound for many others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock, electronic, ballads, new wave. 13 Jan 2012
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Rock, electronic, ballads, new wave: this the mixture Piano Magic loves to play with. Another masterpiece featuring: the faint horiszon, the blue hour, recovery position an on edge. Can't miss this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dead can Dance Magic 10 Feb 2010
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Piano Magic are much ignored (I personally think due to their crappy name). This cd slunk passed last year without fanfare - and is their best release. It follows the harder feel of the Dark Horses ep and, due to the presence of Brendan Perry (Eye of the Hunter) and Peter Ulrich (Pathways And Dawns) (both ex- Dead Can Dance (Within the Realm of a Dying Sun))has some exotic and magical drumming. Brendan Perry sings twice and after his long absence from music this is a cool drink of water. The lyrics are rich and meaningful throughout, and Cure-ish guitars add occasional lightness.
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