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The Strange Idols Pattern And Other Short Stories Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (18 Aug 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B0000AJ5S6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tuzzster on 9 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD
the 3rd LP by felt is a strange affair. Trying to reconcile the magesterial album tracks and poppy singles, they came up with this, a very schizophrenic album. Top tunes abound including dismantled king, and a rewrite of my face is on fire (felt cannibalized their own tunes a lot, probably showing a lack of material). The one gripe is of course that the original artwork not liked by Lawrence is not here, and even more dammning is the continual omission of "crucifix heaven", which is on the original LP and 1st Cd pressing on cherry red. Was he jealous of deebanks chops? who knows but it's damn shame as it is a fantastic track.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Pleasant Surprise 24 Sep 2004
By C. Romney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was pleasantly surprised when my girlfriend put this album on tonight. Our tastes are often quite different, but this record is great. Comparisons to Tom Verlaine and Television immediately came to mind, and sometimes I was reminded of Johnny Marr's work with the Smiths. I can't vouch for any other of their records, but this one is brilliant.
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"I thought your poetry was sometimes good." 27 July 2005
By Brent Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is in my opinion, hands down, the best early Felt album. Maurice Deebank's guitar shines. The guitar interplay is bright, concise & sharp, & unlike the subsequent 1985 album Ignite The Seven Cannons, which also features the guitar interplay of Lawrence & Deebank, the tones are clean & unmuddied. If you're buying the Felt re-issues, this release is #3. Like the rest, it comes in a thin cardboard jacket with minimal artwork & no liner notes, & which usually include only a single B&W picture of Lawrence on the interior gatefold. As an overall effect, I like what they have done with the packaging, although I tend to prefer the uniformity of a standard Jewel case for releases which I collect. This is actually Felt's first full length album.
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Felt goes pop! 29 Jan 2008
By Lypo Suck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Strange Idols" marks a significant development in Felt's evolution. Firstly, this is the album where drummer Gary Ainge ditched his cymbal-less, Moe Tucker tom pounding style, and adopted a conventional set-up with a cracking snare drum and high-hat. This changed Felt's sound profoundly, making it more conventionally poppy in feel. Secondly, songs are sped up and shortened to the 3 minute mark, eschewing the mesmerizing but lengthy, noodling passages of previous albums, while adhering more closely to verse-chorus-verse pop structure. Thirdly, producer John Leckie provides a bright, crisp, crystal clear sound, stripping away the dark, gauzy atmosphere that characterized prior releases. I'm not sure if Leckie deserves the credit or if Felt was already headed that way, but this was as bold of a leap forward as the Go-Betweens huge growth-spurt from "Send Me a Lullaby" to "Before Hollywood." The brooding, reverb-soaked atmosphere of earlier efforts suited Felt beautifully, but this newfound brightness opens them up to countless new possibilities in pop's pastures.

But do all these changes mean Felt sold out? Hardly.

Felt's basic MO remains: lead guitarist Maurice Deebank still spins gloriously melodic, shimmeringly ornate, and dexterously intricate melodies over singer Lawrence Heyward's lush, acoustic-strummed chords, all interspersed by the latter's cool Lou Reed meets Tom Verlaine vocals. But rather than sound like two guys jamming in a bedroom, they place this in the context of three minute pop, and the results are absolutely stunning. If anything, this new adherence to conventional pop structure brings out even more of the aching beauty in Deebank and Heyward's playing.

Bright, super melodic, and sometimes catchy as hell, "Strange Idols" might easily be Felt's best album. Heyward and Deebank's guitars interweave throughout, forming a shimmering, dizzying, jewel-like tapestry, enhanced by Leckie's clearer sound. Solid and upfront drums forcefully anchor the songs. Felt's propensity for brooding moodiness remains intact, particularly on the gorgeously melodic "Vasco de Gama" and "Crystal Ball," but even the upbeat songs possess that Felt-like air of melancholy. "Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow" is easily one of the most gloriously majestic pop gems of their entire career. The upbeat "Roman Litter" and "Spanish House" are so catchy that one wonders why they weren't singles. Deebank's noodly, Durutti Column-esque instrumentals serve to balance the poppier moods. This is one of Felt's very best albums and a perfect intro for newcomers.
Absolute Classic Masterpiece 28 Aug 2013
By Likebeingalive - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Criminally overlooked during their existence in the 1980s, Felt and their legacy continue to operate outside the mainstream. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, as Felt constitute the epitome of what a true cult classic is in every sense of the term- largley unknown, enigmatic frontman, extensive catalog, committed fan base, and some of the most gorgeous pop music ever created firmly establish Felt's credentials. Knowing about them is like being privy to a well-kept secret. To the initiated, Felt is held in the highest regard, standing head and shoulders above such contemporaries as The Smiths, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, and other post-punk bands. Taking their cues from the likes of The Velvet Underground and Television, Felt adopted elements of both but managed to avoid sounding derivative, creating their own unique sound and vision.

The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories is one of Felt's best records and stands as a fine entry point to the band and their music. It marks the point where their unique brand of gloom/dream-pop coalesced into a solid album's worth of material from start to finish. Whereas previous efforts Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty and The Splendour of Fear offered primitive charm and promise, Strange Idols fully delivers on that promise. The songs themselves bask in an elegant, lysergic glow thanks to John Leckie's masterful, uncluttered production which allows the band space to breathe and push's singer Lawrence's hyper-literate, poetic vocals to the front. Guitars ring and chine incessantly on such Felt classics as 'Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow', 'Dismantled King is Off the Throne', and 'Whirlpool Vision of Shame' courtesy of the talented and underrated Maurice Deebank. These are the types of songs R.E.M. wished they had written but never did because they took themselves too seriously. In other places, instrumental pieces such as 'Sempiternal Darkness' and 'Imprint' echo earlier Felt records with their complex, nocturnal musings.

The artiness often associated with Felt is in no way contrived; they are true eccentrics, but the eccentricity does not overwhelm the accessibility of the music. This is some of the finest pop music ever created, melodic and hook-laden, yet still strange and somewhat unsettling- a delicate balance that only Felt could manage. For those wondering where to begin in Felt's sometimes daunting discography, The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories is enthusiastically recommended.
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