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  • Audio CD (22 Sept. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B0000ALSPP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. Tinkers Blues 5:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. She's All Up Above 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Between The Bars 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Mojave 3 can not put a foot wrong. It was always going to be difficult to follow up the previous 3 long players but they have come back with a bigger, technically better and more mature sound. The melodies and harmonies shine through as always and whilst they have that Mojave 3 sound stamped all over it, their are hints of others in the music such as Beta band, Beach Boys and even a touch of Floyd. This is evident especially in the epic album opener 'Bluebird of Happiness' at over 7 minutes long mixes ambience and rock with a spine-tingling guitar riff. The remainder see's a combination of acoustic folky rock and slightly more upbeat pop with the expected deep heartfelt lyrics unsurprisingly focused on broken hearts. I'm not convinced that this is their best record but it's definitely a grower and up to the standard I expect from a band that are simply second to none. Top Quality!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Soren Gilsaa on 13 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Great album, even better than previus. Better produced, depper sound and detailed soundscapes. I can only recommend this, and would just for others who might not have noticed recommend Neil Halstead's solo album as well - equally amazing. There is just nothing more soft, smooth and pensive than the halstead-mojave sound. Here with clear beachboys remnants, among others.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
As far as I am concerned, Mojave 3 can not put a foot wrong. The previous 3 albums have been different class but this is different. Much more of an epic record and a bigger sound than before incorporating multi-instruments. There are slight hints of musical similarities - Beta Band, even a touch of Pink Floyd but this still has the Mojave 3 sound stamped all over it. The stand-out opening track 'Bluebird of Happiness' is an epic 7 minute plus track that combines ambience and rock which after the first few listens grabs you from within. The remainder combines upbeat and an acoustic melodic sound with the expected heartfelt lyrics, much about life experiences and broken hearts. After the early listens, I am not convinced that this is their best but it's definitely a grower and technically bigger and better than before. There is no band around today that even comes close to Mojave 3 and this record proves why.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
They've Done it Again, Another Amazing Album 29 Sept. 2003
By All Wrapped Up in Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening to "Spoon and Rafter" for about a week now and I feel like I know it well enough to write a review. The style of this album is a marked departure from their past two albums, "Out of Tune" and "Excuses for Travellers," which epitomized the sun-drenched, blissed-out countrified pop sound. "Spoon and Rafter" throws some piano-driven rhythms and more experimental production into the mix. Glockenspiel and restrained synths, first heard on Neil Halstead's solo album, are also included.
Starlight No. 1 is an amazing pop song with an infectious chorus. "All up Above" is a beautiful song and features some of Mojave 3's trademark slide guitar work. Thanks to this album, I believe I have found one of the most beautiful and haunting songs I have ever heard, "Hard to Miss You." The piano line and fragile production are incredible and must be heard. Overall, "Spoon and Rafter" finds Mojave 3 stepping outside of their traditional sound and the results are truly amazing. Buy this album, you owe it to yourself.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Beautiful 16 Jan. 2004
By Patrick McManaman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you don't own this album, you are missing out. If you have nothing by Mojave 3, then you are really missing out. They are amazing musicians. FYI, buy this and the last 2, they are very similar. Here are some words that best describe this album. Earnest, Intimate, Calm/Peaceful, Gentle, Bittersweet, Plaintive, Reflective, Delicate. Trust me, if these words describe the kind of music you like, then I guarantee you will be 100% satisfied. If your looking for other Alt-country type stuff, check out the following bands: Bellwether (home late), Beachwood Sparks, The Tyde, Thad Cockrell, Hem, Holopaw, etc. Hope these get added to your collection.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Music this good should be shared to the whole world 23 Feb. 2004
By Erik C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Imagine a long stretch of highway heading into the sunset under a cool breeze signaling the change from summer's bountiful life to autumn's shortening days. Now imagine a soundtrack for this event. It would be anything from Mojave 3, especially this record. For some reason, this album brings about stirring reflections of landscape, longing, and escape. Theres a rare sound that is described as flowing, country, folkish, ambient, and hauntingly beautiful and sad.
The album starts with "Bluebird of happiness", which seems like more of an album closer than an album opener, which somehow is how I think they wanted it to take place. This song, a beautiful epic song about longing for peace, is pace setter for the rest of the album. The rest of the album flows along, with some very strong songs and a few not so strong, but the last two songs, "Too many mornings", and "Between the bars", perhaps are the best written songs on the album. But all songs are musically and lyrically excellent...just a step up from the awesome "Out of tune" cd, and very different from the extreme mellow "Ask me tomorrow". I am still relatively new with this band, but I can say their music is incredibly infectious, and the sound is definitely something I long for. No, this music is not depressing...but meaningful, and hopeful.
A must have cd, as is all cds by this artist. The mainstream has yet to find artists this sincerely talented...Perhaps thats what us real music lovers want...But its a shame not to share music this good to the world.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Simple, Great Listening 21 Oct. 2003
By Shanghaied - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My Pick for Album of the Year.
I'm a sucker for this band. These guys aren't taking "the road less travelled" and as they produce more and more albums, they aren't showing any signs of regretting their choice. Where many groups change course and progress to new levels or new sounds throughout their career, Mojave 3 for the most part have remained true to their sound and audience in a very Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers type fashion. Though they're only slightly under the radar, they do have a very accessible and easy sound, and you can rely on them to keep that sound consistently from album to ablum. It is good after all, to have a few bands as cornerstones in an industry that is dominated by fad and hype. These guys simply don't play the type of music you'd expect to find in the limelight and is perhaps too simple and soft for media aggrandizement.
Spoon and Rafter is the logical follow-up album to "Excuses for Travellers," featuring the same sort of laid back, simplistic music along with Halstead's humble vocals. In general the album is a tad more upbeat than Mojave's previous efforts but still captures that overall soft and gentle quality that Mojave has always offered. The opening track "Bluebird of Happiness" is remarkable, and shifts from a melancholy chorus with very sparse, percussionless, stripped down music to a more upbeat central segment, followed by a return to the beginning melody. Track 6&7 "Hard to Miss You" and "Tinker's Blues" sound like they could have been taken directly from "Excuses." "Hard to Miss You" features a sober melody behind simply isolated vocals from Halstead and Goswell. "Tinker's Blues" reminds me a lot of "Return to Sender" in that it gains percussion about a minute of the way through and picks up after that. "Tinker's" also is one of the happier more upbeat tracks, but isn't quite the comic relief "Return to Sender" was on "Travellers."
I could review every song individually for you, but that wouldn't be any fun for everyone else, and it would require me to do a helluva lot more typing than I'm willing to do. This music isn't intensely deep or complex and doesn't try to be, although it's country accents (ala banjos, harmonicas, and steel guitars) do give it a neat if not quite unique sound. Calling it country is wholly innaccurate itself however, there's far more emotion in the music and it feels very sincere and exposed, or undressed if you will. It's very relaxing to listen to even if it is a little predictable.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Treading water in a most beautiful place 3 Dec. 2003
By Dano M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
OK, so the latest Mojave 3 album has no major stylistic differences from the previous ones. So what? Music as beautiful as this will remain in my library for as long as I can tell. Mojave 3/Neal Halstead have perfected the slow, langourous, late Saturday night/early Sunday morning music that I love. I feel great albums are defined by either evoking a moment, a genre, a movement perfectly or by offering a tremendous amount of diversity within the album itself. Mojave 3's albums all fall into the former category. I will forever associate Excuses for Travelers and Travling on Roads with driving through the canyons of Southeaster Utah on the way to the Needles district of Cayonlands. My hiking buddy, who had never heard Mojave 3 before, said the music was so perfectly suited for the early morning drive on a prolonged roadtrip was so perfect that he bought the album as soon as we got back to Albuquerque. Spoon and Rafter, while not quite on the level of Out of Tune, all of the albums are so close that it really does not matter which one you buy. Just buy it and put it in some cold Sunday morning and listen over coffee. Enjoy.
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