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Roots & Crowns

Califone Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (9 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • ASIN: B000H49P6O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Califone ~ Roots & Crowns

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal Burned Sees Ghosts Crusade Spider Sour 30 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those albums, which seem to defy classification and that in itself makes it something which should be in every music fan's collection. Taking ideas and genres from all corners of the music spectrum to make something, which is genuinely fascinating and satisfying to listen to. Beautifully crafted, down right quirky, it flutters from gentle folksie ambience to hypnotic grind in the blink of an eye. And it does it all effortlessly and without self-indulgence. Intelligent without being overbearing and pretentious, it's full of surprises and joy, even after the umpteenth listen.

At the same time they seem to take a child like delight in the noises they make, and that brings with it a freshness and clarity not often heard; intense, laid-back, ramshackle yet perfectly constructed, scratchy, funky, bluesy, whimsical, gossamer threaded events that scamper delightfully from gentle, almost casual tunes to whirling dervish steel cored grunt and back again, without even breaking into a sweat. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the kitten you lost in the spiders house...... 15 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
califone are one of the great american bands. although tim rutili is the main focus of the band,there are another three,perhaps four members who form the nucleus of this set-up,and it is the collective force that drives this wonderful music. the only other band which seems to operate in such a way is nomo.this album is rated as the best califone album by many,but i feel it lacks the strangeness of 'heron king blues' and the brilliance of 'funeral singers'. all the trademarks are here;dreamy twelve-string guitars,inventive percussion,found sounds and field recordings,and the feeling that all involved are totally commited to making the best music possible.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very easy to love 29 Jan 2007
By Clancy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Full disclosure: I am a very big fan of this band's music. That said, this is their most accessible and easiest to love album to date. I struggle to say it's their best, only because Quicksand/Cradlesnakes is so stellar. One reviewer below insists it's easy to like, but hard to love. Oddly enough, I have the opposite opinion.

For any fan of ambient sounds, interesting arrangements, and evocative, textured instruments, I highly recommend this band's work. Throw Roots & Crowns on in the background a few times, and soon enough you'll be reaching for the case (or maximizing your iTunes window) to see which song it is that you're so drawn to. Before long, you will love this album. I have trouble finding the words to explain exactly why this music seeps so deeply into my brain.

If you are on the fence, listen to "The Orchids", "3 Legged Animals" and "Sunday Noises". If you like them, you will love this album. The songs vary from quiet, delicate, hypnotic tunes like "Our Kitten Sees Ghosts" to lilting, horn infused mid-tempo numbers like "Spider's House". If this is your first exposure to Califone, and you are typically drawn to more immediately accesible alt-folk like Wilco, don't throw this album on and expect it to wow you with clever lyrics and catchy choruses. Let it seep in gradually. After a few turns, you won't want to stop listening. It is infectious.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Joseph Cornell's boxes could sing . . . 26 Oct 2006
By M. L. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
they'd sound like this, narratives blown like an old transmission, parts clinking along the pavement, underwires pinging and cupping lasciviously, all sweet blues and sweeter decay. If you're familiar, Calfone improves on their already remarkable range, lacing horns into the loops, pulling a gem out of Psychic TV's catalog with "The Orchids." If you're not familiar, it helps if you like the slow surprise of a junk drawer opening, scraps of paper scrawled in pencil, that bolt you need, that tiny photo of someone you used to know. The lyrics are poems, the songs sublime.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Album 21 Oct 2006
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent cd. I haven't stopped playing it since I got it. When a new Califone cd comes out, it's like Christmas. Roots and Crowns is another stop on the long journey this band has been on. I never want it to end. I have over a thousand cds and this band has always been my favorite. They are the soundtrack to my life. I never want it to end. I live in Taiwan and I just wish I could win the lottery so I could see these guys live.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. 7 Nov 2006
By Antiquity - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This could be my favorite album of the year. It is a mature, unique album that contains brilliant songs structured in subtle, complex ways, with melodies weaving between simple acoustic strumming and electronic interference. This is an album best enjoyed in a quiet room alone, with headphones to fully appreciate. I haven't heard any of their other albums, so I cannot compare it to their past work. In fact, I cannot say exactly who I would compare them to. Maybe Iron and Wine meets Tom Waits. But who cares, it is a great album and will no doubt be a fine addition to your collection. Give it a couple of spins when you are really listening, and I think you will agree.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal Burned Sees Ghosts Crusade Spider Sour 30 Jun 2007
By P. Hodson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those albums, which seem to defy classification and that in itself makes it something which should be in every music fan's collection. Taking ideas and genres from all corners of the music spectrum to make something, which is genuinely fascinating and satisfying to listen to. Beautifully crafted, down right quirky, it flutters from gentle folksie ambience to hypnotic grind in the blink of an eye. And it does it all effortlessly and without self-indulgence. Intelligent without being overbearing and pretentious, it's full of surprises and joy, even after the umpteenth listen.

At the same time they seem to take a child like delight in the noises they make, and that brings with it a freshness and clarity not often heard; intense, laid-back, ramshackle yet perfectly constructed, scratchy, funky, bluesy, whimsical, gossamer threaded events that scamper delightfully from gentle, almost casual tunes to whirling dervish steel cored grunt and back again, without even breaking into a sweat. Brilliant.
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