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  • Audio CD (31 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B000SINSWG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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The Brunettes ~ Structure & Cosmetics

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Curtis on 28 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Brunettes write beautiful layered melodies with a 60's twist.From New Zealand. This being their 3rd album.
Straight from the off it carries on from where "Mars Loves Venus" left off with the spectresque B-A-B-Y.
The standout tracks for me are" Her Hairagami Set" and "Small Town Crew".
All the tracks stand on their own as well crafted pop. The only reason I didn't give the album five stars was it only has 9 songs.
Does leave you wanting more though!! A great album as a whole ,which probably wont get the airplay or attention it deserves, ah well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IWFIcon VINE VOICE on 6 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Sweeter than a vat of Sugar, The Brunettes hit Sub Pop for their first major release, Structure & Cosmetics. They're also unashamedly purveyors of bubbly, light and breezy pop which, I would imagine you'll generally love or hate. There's not too much room for the middle ground.

Of course I'm now going to disregard that and say that I'm somewhat in the middle. I can certainly appreciate the quirky pop melodies in songs such as Obligatory Road Song but then you come to something like Stereo (Mono Mono) and you can't decide if the twin vocals that lament the singers separation that, naturally, come at you from separate speakers are a touch of genius or a trick too far.

Fans of The Postal Service or Rilo Kiley or The Shins will probably find enough here to delight them, but I have to say that a whole helping of The Brunettes in one sitting is a little too much for my taste.
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By nuclearwaster on 21 Feb. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
i love the first 2 brunette's albums but for years i resisted buying this record cos i cant stand the first 2 tracks - which are more of an intro than actual songs. however if you skip these the rest of the album is great and not that different to 'mars loves venus ' etc...the production is perhaps not quite as nice but its not bad at all.
''small town crew'' is really beautiful , they may never top 'polyester meets acetate' but thats a tall order. sometimes i think this band go out of their way to offend with their sweetness. if they had skipped the big intro a lot more people would have found this accessible.
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By Emma on 29 May 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The smallest labels are sometimes the best. This is a quirky album bursting with originality. Distinctive sound and lovely melodies.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
To Dye For... 13 Sept. 2007
By E. Brunak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ok, so lame pun aside, the Brunettes seem to have hit their stride, and perhaps benefitted from touring with the bands that always seem to be name dropped whenever folks just want to find out about this fine New Zealand troupe. Where they initially got by on charming, refreshing tunes, they now seem to have tapped into a darker side (perhaps from experiencing frustration that much less talented bands around them get more attention?). Either way, these Kiwi kids have merged Shangri-La influences with Hazelwood/Sinatra interplay, to great effect. Lots of great tunes, including stand out "Her Hairagami Set" - self described as the result of "when New Zealanders try to get epic". Good stuff.
So fresh and so clean 15 April 2008
By Anthony Rupert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Brunettes are another one of those bands that I had on my list of albums to listen to but I don't remember where I heard of them. At any rate, their latest EP Structure & Cosmetics is pretty good.

This album might feel a little dated to the average listener, especially considering that the duo kind of reminds me of the Buggles (especially on "Stereo (Mono Mono)" and the title track, not that they're bad songs). But there are other good songs like "Small Town Crew", the playful "Her Hairagami Set", and when they poke fun at the industry, "Obligatory Road Song".

The only song I can do without is "If You Were Alien". The Brunettes' style isn't for everyone, but Structure & Cosmetics is still worth a listen.

Anthony Rupert
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
awesome 26 Sept. 2007
By PennyKF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Just saw The Brunettes live last night at a small club. Didn't really know their music well, but they're amazing. This album is great. They're very talented and seem genuinely lovely!
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Crushingly dissappointed 4 Nov. 2007
By Kirk N. Rahusen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've been a Brunettes fan for years now. I saw them open for Rilo Kiley and I was hooked! After memorizing all the lyrics to all the songs of their previous two albums and EPs and pre-ordering this album, Structure and Cosmetics was like a kick in the teeth. When you put a Brunettes album into your music player of choice, you do so because you want some fun, cynical bubble-gum pop. I'm all for evolution of a band's sound, but this album doesn't have the cute, catchy appeal of Things Things Take Time or When Ice Met Cream. The heavily publicized songs like Her Hairagami Set are still kinda fun, but they don't hold a candle to older Brunettes stuff.

If you're a fan like me and you haven't heard the album, borrow it from a friend before you buy it and make your own decision. If you're just getting into The Brunettes, buy one of their older LPs. This one just isn't them.
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