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The Blow Audio CD
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It’s funny, trying to find words to describe music, isn’t it, because the point of music is that it’s something other than words. Music, at its best, is something better, hanging out in a mystery dimension with its cool friends, sex and drugs, each of them outdoing each other with their refusal to be reduced into sentences. But we will try to describe it anyways.

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  • Audio CD (24 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: K. Records
  • ASIN: B000I2IRA0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 830,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Pile of Gold 2:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Parentheses 3:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Big U 2:320.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Long List of Girls 2:550.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Bonjour Jeune Fille 2:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Babay (Eat A Critter, Feel It's Wrath) 3:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Eat Your Heart Up 2:140.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Pardon Me 3:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Fists Up 4:140.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. True Affection 3:230.89  Buy MP3 

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5.0 out of 5 stars the blow - paper televison 15 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'd just about lost my patience with The Blow, after all I kept reading glowing review after review about how great they were, like some kind of synth poppers dream, it all sounded so job, but for me the records failed to deliver with the exception of Poor Aim: Love Songs a five or six track EP that shone as jewels alongside Tom and Girls (?) in The Blows paper crown. Just the mention that Tomlab were releasing the record though was enough to get me interested, a label fast becoming a guarantee for quality, look no further than The Books, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Final Fantasy (maybe don't look quite so closely at the new Les Georges Leningrad one.

As so here it is sat in my hands, glued to my stereo, soundtracking my cycle to and from work each day, helping me get ready to go out helping me to sleep, helping me to eat, in other words the peoples favourite, the safe bet, the Real Madrid of the music world should watch her pretty little step, here we have a serious contender for album of the year just when we thought there was no catching miss Newsom.

Each songs a glowing synth pop jewel, unlike Freezepop who, though they have their time and place, as I get older tend to grate occasionally, maybe a little too twee, instead the Blow give us perfect songs, songs that emit feeling and warmth "when your holding me/ we make a pair of parenthesis/ there's plenty of space to encase whatever ..." songs that'll make you want to dance but will also carry feeling, subjects you can relate to instead of clever puns about gameboys.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars Moments of brilliance 28 Jan 2007
By David Reimer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Paper Television is good enough to make you hope that The Blow's upcoming album will be better. Unlike the hostile reviewer below, I felt that Khaela Maricich's vocals perfectly blend cool detachment with barely-supressed but genuine emotions. The musical arrangments, as well, show a hip but not hipster sensibility, and both music and vocals also reveal an underlying sense of humor that makes this a good listen. Which brings us to the lyrics...

At their best, songs like Parentheses, Babay, and True Affection provide intelligent pop pleasures and clever-w/out-cute lyrical surprises. At their worst, songs like Long List of Girls and Bonjour Jeune Fille feel like bad high school poetry.

The overall result is frustrating, because The Blow's arrangements are such that the lyrics stand front and center, so the weaker material cannot hide. Quite the opposite - it scratches through like nails on a chalkboard. The good songs are truly enjoyable though. Hopefully their upcoming album will offer greater lyrical balance to support the duo's basic musical strengths.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love true affection, but this album is not for me 24 Sep 2008
By Pollyester - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love the song true affection, and I love her voice, but the rest of the songs are just not for me. I was pretty bummed there was nothing else along the lines of true affection, it's such a unique and interesting song.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my faves from 2006 25 Jan 2007
By G. Rhabyt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
With wonderful vocals riding in and out of the lo-fi electro loops, Maricich approaches pop in both style and content, while keeping us just off balance. The tracks, like her voice, tease by touching love and sex without following through in any predictable way. A lovely frisson.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Road trip proven 26 Aug 2009
By Doctorslamdunkulus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Because my car audio "system" was so hastily conceived and crudely implemented, changing CD's while driving is dangerous. So, having just ordered it, I listened to this CD over and over and over during a nine hour DC-to-Atlanta drive. I would always forget to change the CD when I stopped for gas, but then wouldn't care. This album is only 30 minutes, so that's like 18 times through. Proven, I'd say.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you remove the junk there is a "repeat" album here. 1 Mar 2014
By Giznary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
While a couple songs on this album just rub me the wrong way, removal of the offenders results in a real jewel! Parenthesis and True Affection are stand-out tracks in my opinion.
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