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Hand axes. Watts Towers. Cornell’s boxes. Sirk’s painterly cathartic tearjerkers. Rimbaud’s Bohemian Life. Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. To all quixotic human enterprises built for no purpose but purpose itself, things put together with emotional spittle and creational sweat that bellow or whisper “I’m here; we’re here” into the Void, add the latest ... Read more in Amazon's Woodpigeon Store

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  • Audio CD (29 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: End Of The Road
  • ASIN: B001C4Z774
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,967 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Home As A Romanticized Concept Where Everyone Loves You Always And Forever - Sunshine
2. Chorus Of Wolves - Sunshine
3. The Alison Yip School For Girls - Sunshine
4. Ms. Stacey Watson, Stepney Green
5. A Sad Country Ballad For A Tired Superhero
6. A Hymn For 2 Walks In Different Cities
7. Feedbags
8. If Only I Were A Painter, I'd Paint For You The Moon
9. Take The Hint Kid
10. Death By Ninja (A Love Song)
11. Jonathon Ashworth Rollercoster
12. Songbook/The Sound Of Us Playing Together
13. A Slight Return Home
14. That Was A Good But You Can Do Better/Closing Credits

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CD Description

Group whistling, tambourine, handclapping, fey longing, winged eyeliner, and corduroy blazers conspired to create music that was as glittery and piquantly morose as fresh snow on sidewalks under a full moon. Woodpigeon are a group of Calgarians (home to the 1988 Winter Olympics, remember?) playing Mark Andrew Hamiltons episodic orchestral pop concoctions. Woodpigeon has performed alongside the likes of Grizzly Bear, Broken Social Scene, Calexico, Iron & Wine, Basia Bulat, and Julie Doiron amongst others.

BBC Review

On first encounter with Woodpigeon's winningly under-stated debut, you might be forgiven for thinking that the elegant Canadian eight-piece hail from California, such is the light, loving, chilled, sunny, serene, softly swooning, cosseting warmth of all that seems to be on offer.

But dwell a little, and a painful, wistful nostalgia, a disenchantment with the all too quixotic here and now, and rapidly fraying threads of longing and loss, of uneasy displacement, and of unsettling isolation begin to make themselves felt. And suddenly this Woodpigeon becomes an altogether tougher, chewier and tastier proposition.

Any album that begins with a song called Home As A Romanticized Concept Where Everyone Loves You Always And Forever, and ends with the deliciously tongue-in-cheek That Was Good But You Can Do Better, was always going to have something to recommend it. What is especially likable is that somehow Woodpigeon, thanks in no small measure to the engaging jangling juxtaposition of Mark Hamilton's delightfully dour and lovelorn lyrics and sprightly, sweetly mellow music, makes the morose seem wholly palatable.

Hamilton's acute eye for the detail of domestic dramas is matched by a well-proportioned sense of scale and while the easy-going lyricism of it all may evoke the gentleness of folk music, there are enough deftly executed attention-grabbing hooks that hint at a keen pop sensibility lurking in the background.

That Songbook can't be easily label - is there such a category as 'Canadiana'? - is just one enticing element in the manifold attractions of this accomplished, quietly intelligent, playful and really rather enchanting debut. --Michael Quinn

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A.Bee on 23 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
I accidently lost track of gravity and stumbled into 'A Slight Return Home.' It was a 'oh my gosh, I have gotta know who that is and I must have...NOW!" Luckily the fan-video it had been layered with coughed up the origins of the music (which it seems to have been a starting point for many & their subsequent romance with the Woodpigeons). Youtube gave me a taste of the rest & it isn't all instrumental tapestries of the soul, you know. I was met with a Belle & Sebastian pouring tea for Mogwai kind of soundscape. It was love. And perhaps this was to blame for 2 of their albums invading my home, nestled on the music shelf between the Doves & Jacob Golden. And perhaps this CD has lead me to singing Death by Ninja (a love song) to my partner. Or maybe it hasn't, only he can tell you if that really happened.
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