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The Chronicles of Marnia

Marnie Stern Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kill Rock Stars
  • ASIN: B00AK780EG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Year of the Glad 3:390.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. You Don't Turn Down 3:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Noonan 3:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Nothing is Easy 3:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Immortals 2:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Chronicles of Marnia 3:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Still Moving 3:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. East Side Glory 2:550.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Proof of Life 3:420.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Hell Yes 3:170.89  Buy MP3 


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This new album finds Marnie Stern passionately subtracting from her normally dense song structures to craft a sound that is both familiar and wholly original, fans will still find themselves bonding with the emotionally resonant material, cascading hooks and transcendental guitar riffs.

BBC Review

Strapping on a guitar is still considered the de facto symbol of rebellion by many. The guitar keeps on killing fascists, apparently.

This is cobblers when so much modern guitar music is more likely to inspire gentle, bucolic swaying in a field than any sort of kerfuffle. But wielding a guitar as if it’s a magic wand with new tricks left in its mysterious marrow? Yes, that still packs a punch.

Marnie Stern is one such wiz. After mum told the New Yorker to rock up her folksy pop many moons ago, Marnie grabbed the gauntlet and began picking out riffs at such breakneck speed, shuffling notes like a croupier attempting to blindside gamblers, that she’s now something of a guitar hero. Hers is a virtuosic punk rock – if there is such a thing.

But Marnie’s dotty synesthetic music, beloved of Animal Collective, The Flaming Lips and guitar magazines, will always be something of a niche thing. And at 37 she still tours on a shoestring and holds down other jobs.

And that, in essence, is what this fourth album is all about: carry on or abandon the dream? Even listening with ear half-cocked the answer sounds resolute.

The way Marnie plays is fresh, but she does hold true to some central tenets of rock’n’roll in her fizzing songs: invincibility and defiance.

This is never clearer than on Proof of Life when she moons over whether it’s worth all the effort before declaring: “Hell yes, all I’ve got is time.” Take that, destitution.

Four albums in, then, and Marnie has found a way to carry on doing what she does best and after a few more bruises that’s by flexing some muscle, as on the gnarring You Don’t Turn Down.

The rest of this jugular-slashing record – propelled by Oneida drummer Kid Millions – is by parts playful, dizzying, cloud-busting and, perhaps more so than ever before, serious. Not “I’m all out of luck” serious, just more carefully put together.

There’s far too much hope and spirit ricocheting around The Chronicles… to imagine she’ll give up now.

--Chris Parkin

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 'softer' sound from Stern? Definitely. 3 Jun 2013
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The punningly but charmingly titled Chronicles of Marnia represents something of a departure for Stern. Her previous two albums were underpinned by the frenetic, relentless, rhythmically inventive and propulsive drumming of Zach Hill.There's no doubt that he was instrumental (sorry) to the originality of Stern's compulsive drive to the outer-limits of bubble-gum math rock. At first listen, he's definitely missed on this album. But his absence opens up spaces which affords Stern the opportunity to elicit a type of light-and-shade texture to her music not really seen before. She shows a greater willingness to try out slightly different song structures without losing any of her signature sound. She's still recognisably the same Stern from MARNIE STERN and THIS IS IT AND I AM ... The curious thing is that, whereas before I'd have to spend time with each song to probe its structure and melodicism, now I have to spend an equal amount of time to probe each song to reconnect with those elements that are so indubitably Stern. Some might label CHRONICLES as a move to the center; and I have some sympathy with that. It's still a wonderful album; and there's nobody out there who sounds remotely like her (as far as I know ...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really excellent cd 20 Jun 2013
By David
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had never heard any Marnie Stern music but I saw that she was on the excellent Kill Rock Stars record lable, so I ordered the Chronicles of Marnia cd on the strenght of that.
What an excellent cd this is.
The songs are quirky in a really good way and all of the tunes get in to your head.
The drummer is excellent too.

I highly recomment this cd and I will be buying further Marnie Stern cd's in the very near future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of marnia 10 May 2013
By Adviser
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A triumph. I thought the last album was brilliant, but Marnie Stearn just gets better and better. There may not be so much flashy guitarwomanship (is this a word? it is now!) as on the first three albums, but that doesn't matter as it's better integrated into fantastic songs; there are some truly beautiful tunes. The woman is a genius.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars #18 Album of the Year 4 Dec 2013
By KBRI tunes - Published on Amazon.com
"Bubble gum math rock" (great quote from Amazon reviewer C. Skala) by one of the greatest indie guitarists around. Certainly more accessible than in the past, but now the focus is on songwriting instead of just crazy technical play. Melodic, frenetic fun rooted in a punk ethic
4.0 out of 5 stars A 'softer' sound from Stern? Definitely. 3 Jun 2013
By C. Skala - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The punningly but charmingly titled Chronicles of Marnia represents something of a departure for Stern. Her previous two albums were underpinned by the frenetic, relentless, rhythmically inventive and propulsive drumming of Zach Hill.There's no doubt that he was instrumental (sorry) to the originality of Stern's compulsive drive to the outer-limits of bubble-gum math rock. At first listen, he's definitely missed on this album. But his absence opens up spaces which affords Stern the opportunity to elicit a type of light-and-shade texture to her music not really seen before. She shows a greater willingness to try out slightly different song structures without losing any of her signature sound. She's still recognisably the same Stern from MARNIE STERN and THIS IS IT AND I AM ... The curious thing is that, whereas before I'd have to spend time with each song to probe its structure and melodicism, now I have to spend an equal amount of time to probe each song to reconnect with those elements that are so indubitably Stern. Some might label CHRONICLES as a move to the center; and I have some sympathy with that. It's still a wonderful album; and there's nobody out there who sounds remotely like her (as far as I know ...)
5.0 out of 5 stars hell yes 2 Jun 2013
By grant - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album rules. Marnie is one of the best song writers alive, and she keeps getting better. This album is right in the sweet spot of accessibility, so it's a bit more poppy than her last self-titled, but not too much to detract from her ideas and themes. The lyrics are her best yet, and this CD is worth getting for the nicely presented lyrics in the liner notes alone.
5.0 out of 5 stars High-energy super fun-time stuff! 21 May 2013
By 7 - Published on Amazon.com
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Just listen to the samples. A little bit of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs a dash of J-pop punk. It's awesome!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good warm-up. 9 May 2013
By Douglas Allan Rankin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Personally I'd rather Zach on the drums. Easier to listen to than her earlier stuff - however myself I'd rather the earlier stuff. Forget MP3 - get the CD, music this layered loses way too much on MP3 or whatever. Sort of album that always surprises you.
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