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It’s been suggested—by fans, detractors, even by the band’s founder—that Shearwater and whatever we call underground/indie/whatever-rock in this part of the century are not an obvious fit. And that’s true. So much of what we hear these days (the lousy stuff, anyway) is willfully insular; Jonathan Meiburg’s songs, by contrast, have constantly tackled bigger ... Read more in Amazon's Shearwater Store

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  • Vinyl (10 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Matador Records/Ada
  • ASIN: B000NQR8S8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,433 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
In a move that could be described as inspired , risky , foolhardy even mercenary the first thing Shearwater did on signing for indie juggernaut label "Matador" was to re-release their last album -2006,s Palo Santo Their previous albums were all on the tiny "Fargo" label and mined an exquisite blend of rustic melancholy. However this re-release is not all it seems. The band have re-recorded five of the songs off the original album and thrown in an extra disc of demo's for good measure . Fans of the band who already own Palo Santo will have to decide whether they really need another version of this album in their lives . I would suggest they do- if only for the demo's. Anyone who doesn't already own Pala Santo really should buy it .Really rather quickly if you don't mind , as it is, as is usual with this band a work of unequivocal genius.
Shearwater started as a side project for Will Sheff and Jonathon Meiburg , both of folk rock band Okkervil River. Sheff stills plays in the band but Shearwater is now Meiburgs venture and that's fitting as it's his cracked extraordinarily emotive vocals that give the music much of it's dejected power and crumpled dignity. Take opening song "La Dame Et La Licorne"( A song that reminds me of "Spirit of Eden" Talk Talk) which is ushered in on lonely piano and some background discordant hum and virtually mumbled low key vocals before Meiburg suddenly howls "Bring back my boy " and you are shocked out of the spatial reverie like an electric eel just fell in your lap. The song then subsumes back to the delicate piano and low key atmospherics but it's a precursor for just how dissonant the album will become at times and the awesome power in Meiburgs voice .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stagger Lee on 29 Mar. 2011
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I knew nothing of Shearwater (shameful I know) before being put on the right track by a sage muso friend who would not stop raving about this group. Their work with Bill Callahan had also piqued my interest and yet disaster was to strike! For, like a fool, I simply bought their most recent release, The Golden Archipelago. Now there is nothing particularly wrong with that record but it simply did not warrant the praise that had been heaped on this band previously. However, like all good friends, my buddy persevered and lo and behold, Palo Santo was handed to me on my last birthday. What a revelation it proved to be!

From the meandering majesty of La Dame et La Licorne which slowly builds into an epic explosion of powerful folk fusion wonder to the driving piano led rhythms of Seventy-Four, Seventy-Five, this album lulls and pulls the listener in. The sheer diversity of approach continues to amaze, as does the undoubted sincerity of all who particpate in this veritable masterpiece. Even at their most conventional, such as in the quiet lament Sing, Little Birdie, they manage to stir the soul and engage the heart. Yet, the most riveting and awe-inspiring aspect of this album is Jonathan Meiburg's vocals. His raw power and pathos sends ripples of emotion through every part of you and I defy anyone to listen to his work on this long-player without being deeply moved.

So, this album certainly led to a new fascination with this band whom I had cruelly misjudged (and indeed, some humble pie with regards to my muso pal) and I shall definitely explore further. Shearwater are very much worth the extra effort.
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This album is such a grower, in common with The Golden Archipelago. These were released directly before and after their excellent and critically lauded, more immediate 'Rook' album. That was a superb four years of music-making. The latest, their Animal Joy is certainly less strong.

The Allmusic site uses the whole of its review to credit Jeff Buckley with all of Jonathon Meiburg's talent. This is ridiculous and somewhat offensive considering the excellent quality of the album that is being credited to another artist. The site doesn't even choose the correct singer to credit. It is clearly Scott Walker whom Meiburg owns a debt to in vocal style and even look rather than Buckley. That being said, none of the songs on the album were by Scott, so the credit remains Meiburg's.
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