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  • Audio CD (13 Aug. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jade Tree
  • ASIN: B00005LOT0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Conolly on 15 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
On the contrary, it's the vocals that really set this apart from the rest of the jangly guitar genre crowd. This is a really weird mix of surfy, spazzy guitar work and very accomplished drumming. The drum patterns are deceptively simple, and tend to put whole songs just off kilter. I really think this is an album on which Tim Kinsella's lyrics and delivery work well - there are enough interesting lines to avoid a lapse into nonsense, but enough nonsense (Life in the Hair-Salon Themed bar on the Island) to keep it quizzical. The "self portraits" in the sleeve are almost worth the price of the CD alone. I've gone back to this album again and again, and found it really, really incredible.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J on 15 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Lovely delicate jangly guitars and jazzy drums, this would have been a great album if it wasn't for tim kinsella's lazy grating vocals.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Honest Review 4 Aug. 2005
By A Face I Have Found - Published on
Format: Audio CD
What happens when you cross healthy doses of experimentation, jazz, and post-emo? You get Owls. If you accidentally arrived at this page while trying to find the Rob Thomas album, let me save you some will hate these here Owls. But if you're so burnt out on G-D-C chord progressions that you're seconds away from vomiting an owl pellet, then please, allow this band into your musical collection. But let me get one thing off my chest, I'm not going to even attempt to describe the schizophrenic guitars that have somehow discovered how to walk an invisible fence that lies between rhythm and lead. And there's no way I could relate to you how such brilliance and flavor arises from this seemingly chaotic mess. Those of you who prefer more beatifully symmetric and accessible indie should check out the amazing music of American Football, another bead on the Kinsella necklace. But you can't always drink chocolate milk, even if it's as good as the American Football flavor. Sometimes you need a red wine; an acquired taste like Owls. In place of the accessibility is perpetual mystery. It will force you to rewrite your definition of music. Think Zen. Think Jazz. Think of a carrot dangling from a fishing pole, just centimeters from your face, puzzling and enticing you into gloriously alien territories. The unadventurous need not apply. But to all the acrobats I leave you this truth about Owls: I am certainly addicted.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Kinsellas do it again... 20 April 2004
By Nathan Pierce - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Good Lord. How do they do it? We marveled at Cap N' Jazz. We puzzled at, but loved Joan of Arc. We fell in love with American Football's beauty. Owls does not break the chain of genius. Imagine Joan of Arc with a consistant beat and Tim Kinsella singing (mostly) on-pitch notes. Now imagine the coolest songwriting ever penned. Owls fits somewhere in the middle. It's jazzy and sporatic. It's beautiful and disturbing. It's like nothing you've ever heard. After a few listens you will thank the music gods for allowing this record to be made. It will suck you in and not let you go. This is one of those albums that you won't leave home without. It simply will not leave your CD player no matter how hard you try. Well worth every penny. The only downside to this record is that it only has eight tracks. Mike, Tim... give us another one please...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Density of Space 8 Aug. 2001
By Matthew D. Haller - Published on
Format: Audio CD
To describe this debut is like describing the density of colors between clouds, or the layers of a jawbreaker - there are so many that they tend to blend together in chaotic perfection. Musical anarchy dosed in existential motion. The music alone is worth the purchase. The guitar work is like the voice of an alienated spirit, undaunted and complex. The rythmn is often joyous and warm, inticing every muscle to twitch and switch in accordance. Take only your emotional attachment to Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, AF, etc, but not your musical expections - though not far off the mark - The Owls have reached a structual perfection and the music has grown a symbiotic relationship with Tim's abrasive vocals and cryptic yet simple poetry. I recommend this CD with all of my heart and mind.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
between 27 Dec. 2001
By Mindy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I love cap'n jazz.
I didn't love joan of arc so much, but i loved the way they played with language in their lyrics that was so reminiscent of the innovative cap'n jazz lyrics.
Owls is not either of those bands. I wanted to love Owls. I really really did. but it turns out I only like Owls. They aren't intense like cap'n jazz, but they aren't as experimentally cool as joan of arc. Owls are somwhere in between.
Don't get me wrong here. I really like some of the songs on this cd, but it wasn't what I was expecting. and it wasn't what I wanted. I'm just an old cap'n jazz fan looking for more.
Do listen to "Life In The Hair Salon-Themed Bar On The Island," "Everyone Is My Friend," and "I Want The Quiet Moments Of A Party Girl" to see if you'll like Owls. These songs are pretty good.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sonicicity and Boomness 21 Oct. 2002
By the sean - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This gets 4.5 stars, but I will give the boys the benefit of the doubt...
The album is more reminiscent of Cap'n Jazz than Joan of Arc, and, most accurately put, is a hybrid of the insturmental Ghosts and Vodka and the eccentricity and pretention of Tim Kinsella (even if you think he is a genius, you have to admit that he might be the most pretentious person EVER).
The album is ambitious, and has many high points, but perhaps the highest is the evolution of Victor Villareal's guitar playing: he is truly an innovator and a master of his instrument. He intricately picks the strings, and has practically invented a finger picking style of playing which is unfortunately unimitated and undeniably unparalleled. Vying for the same honor of album highlight is Kinsella's voice, which has matured with time and age, and is a compromise between the recklessness of Cap'n Jazz and the veritable silence of Joan of Arc. He screams when it fits, but restrains when it does not. Lyrically, the album is concerned with cleverness and intricate "micro" and "macro" plays on words, and motifs. It is much less concerned with any problem of identity or relationships (Cap'n Jazz and Joan of Arc, respectively). As for the cleverness, Tim and Mike Kinsella trade off and repeat singing "We fall into patterns quickly/We fall in patterns too quickly" early and often throughout a song, making a "macro-pun." Speaking of Mike Kinsella (Cap'n Jazz, American Football, Owen), he also competes for the highest point, as his drumming has really come to fruition. It fits well, and it is amazing that he plays guitar well in his other bands. With the talent he has, I figured that he lived at his drumset, but apparently not!
The songs are well-layered and very well-textured. This kind of production value means a big name. That name is the name that makes Chicago the producing and mixing Mecca: Steve Albini, of Nirvana and Pixies fame. So go look up Steve Albini, it will tell you anything you wanted to know about production value. Just keep in mind that he actually likes this band.
The only thing that keeps me from unabashedly giving it the full five stars (instead of the more accurate 4.5) is its brevity. 8 songs is the absolute minimum for an LP in my opinion, and although it works as an album, it barely qualifies. The only thing that saves it is the fact that it is just so well made, and in my mind, is such a startling take on the re-unity of old musician friends. That is plainly subjective, but anyone who liked Cap'n Jazz will have their mind blown by the sound of this album.
This is not to say that it is esoteric, or specific to any one taste or style. Quite the contrary, for instance, I made a friend who likes Jack Johnson and Dave Matthews who digs these guys (*NOTE* they do not sound remotely like either of these two guys). Take this anecdote to be a symbol of the album's diversity of appeal, and not a comparison its musical content.
The bottom line is that this album is for anyone with an ear for sound. It is, above all, a successful experiment in the sonic and auditory, and is always a pleasure to listen to.
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