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Schmotime [CD]

Absentee Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Memphis Industries
  • ASIN: B000CR8RQU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. More Troubles
2. We Should Never Have Children
3. Getaway
4. Hey Tramp
5. You Try Sober
6. There's A Body In A Car Somewhere
7. Weasel
8. Truth Is Stranger Than Fishin'
9. Duck Train
10. Something To Bang
11. Treacle

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Absentee - Schmotime

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This 2006 album is, I think, the third from Absentee. I listened to it after having heard some of Dan Michaelson's solo work and wanting to hear more of his unique voice and writing.

It's an excellent album. It takes a wry, cynical look at life, inverting the traditional love song and talking about the way most people really feel. Lyrically there is an eye for everyday detail and a sense of humour that ether makes you smile or think. Centre stage is Dan Michaelson's voice, that deep, craggy moan that sounds perpetually world weary. He's a great singer, totally unique. The rest of the band are no slouches either, and a decent album of music ranging form slower, bluesier numbers to some up-tempo rockers result, played with precision and imagination.

An excellent album, certainly the best of Absentee's short life. 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this music. 24 July 2006
By Lyd
Format:Audio CD
This wonderful cd is on permanent loop in my car at the moment. From the first track when Dan Michaelson's incredible deep voice comes in I was hooked. Great tunes, funny lyrics, play it loud, play it soft it seems to fit every mood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! 23 Nov 2006
By Muso55
Format:Audio CD
Witty yet poignant lyrics and great melodies coupled with the astonishing lead vocal delivered by Dan Michaelson make Schmotime a must buy album for anybody looking for something a little different to brighten up their days, nights, whenever really! You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joyous depression 20 April 2007
By Hankford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
'Oh darlin'/ You're no oil painting / and I'm no Michaelangelo...' So starts the glorious 'We Should Never Have Children', a dark and funny rock-country powerforce sung with a voice dipped in whiskey and cigarettes. Other standout tracks are 'You Try Sober' with it's sweet backing vocals over that crunchy voice (Why don't you try sober/ if you're so sure about it...), and the alt country rock of 'There's A Body In The Car Somewhere'. And 'Something To Bang' has single written all over it. This album comes off as a Nick Cave meets Royal City meets Arctic Monkeys with a little Tom Waits at his whiskey best. Bright horns and keyboards and sweet melodies stop this album of dead-end relationships and self destruction from becoming grim. It was a surprise discovery and a continual joy. Oh, and great cover art, too.
4.0 out of 5 stars Over in leftfield, it's Absentee! 30 Oct 2006
By Peter L. Knutson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm primarily reviewing this on the strength of one track "Getaway" which is capturing all my attention right now.

Off Memphis Industries (the label of the Go Team! and the Pipettes), Absentee seems to come more from the era of those delightful independent bands that emerged in the wake of Pavement. Just a little sloppy, remarkably tuneful; the comparisons to Tindersticks or the Pastels are apt but I would also include some of those great New Zealand bands like the Dentists or the 3D's, and underappreciated U.S. bands like The Mendoza Line (specifically the off kilter, sloppy pop music on _We're all In This Together_).

This is absolutely 2 guitar, bass, and drums pop. But its pretty, delightful, shambling... and it's not uber-fashionable Gang of Four/Josef K retread, which seems to be all we get nowadays. That might be as good a reason as any to give a listen.

-peter
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Bitish Alt/Rock with deep vocals 20 Dec 2006
By J. Hothan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album because of one reason, the awesomely deep voice of the lead singer, and the few catchy tunes I had heard sounded smooth with great lyrics and vocals as well. As it turns out, this album has some great songs. I love most every song on this album, not because they're catchy and stay in my head, but because they are fantastic and include really honest lyrics. My favorites include 'More Troubles', 'Truth is stranger than fishin', 'Weasel', 'Treacle', and finally 'We should never have children'. I would most definitely encourage anyone to check this album out. I can't wait for their next.
4.0 out of 5 stars Grim and joyous! What an achievment 19 April 2007
By Hankford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
'Oh darlin'/ You're no oil painting / and I'm no Michaelangelo...' So starts the glorious 'We Should Never Have Children', a dark and funny rock-country powerforce sung with a voice dipped in whiskey and cigarettes. Other standout tracks are 'You Try Sober' with it's sweet backing vocals over that crunchy voice (Why don't you try sober/ if you're so sure about it...), and the alt country rock of 'There's A Body In The Car Somewhere'. And 'Something To Bang' has single written all over it. This album comes off as a Nick Cave meets Royal City meets Arctic Monkeys with a little Tom Waits at his whiskey best. Bright horns and keyboards and sweet melodies stop this album of dead-end relationships and self destruction from becoming grim. It was a surprise discovery and a continual joy.
5.0 out of 5 stars debauchery never sounded so good 23 Mar 2007
By E. T. Higgins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
an excellent slice of music as good as anything released in 2006 and better than most. i'll go a step further and declare it one of the best releases of the millenneum.

this cd is certainly not mediocre, which will probably prevent 'absentee' from gaining the fame they deserve. unfortunately, in the good ol' usa mediocrity rules.

one last thing; "we should never have children" is a standout track on an album filled with nothing but standout tracks!
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