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Joy Zipper is an American indie pop duo from Long Island, New York, made up of Tabitha Tindale and Vincent Cafiso, who are also a married couple. The duo has been playing dream pop since the late 1990s. The band is named for Tindale's mother.

Their songs are underpinned with darker scarred lyrics (suggested in interviews to have been inspired by the death of Cafiso's father) ... Read more in Amazon's Joy Zipper Store

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  • Audio CD (6 Jun. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B0009K9OZI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Go Tell The World 2:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. 1 2:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Thoughts A Waste Of Time 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. You're So good (Album Version) 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Anything You Sent 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. No Time Pt. 10:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. For Lenny's Own Pleasure 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. You've Changed 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Window 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
10. 2 Dreams I Had 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
11. World Doesn't Care 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
12. Rockdove 3:29£0.59  Buy MP3 
13. Holy Diver 4:50£0.79  Buy MP3 

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The Heartlight Set is the sound of Joy Zipper fulfilling their promise. It is the record of which we always knew they were capable, but feared they might never get to. The work of two people not only right inside the idea of what they are trying to do, but finally with the artistic and technical means to do it, and do it superlatively. The Heartlight Set is a rocking triumph from a pairing whose time has decidedly come.


Joy Zipper, the New York duo-cum-couple Vincent Cafiso and Tabitha Tindale, have had no problem over the years with veering from sleazy, psychedelic, My Bloody Valentine-esque songs to the kind of woozy material that wouldn’t be out of place on a Belle & Sebastian album. The Heartlight Set, their third long player, allegedly started life as a Country & Western project, though the boisterous hand-claps and plangent guitar of opener "Go Tell The World" suggests otherwise. By the band’s own admission, this track is out of character; it’s on songs like "Thoughts A Waste of Time" and "Dreams I Had" that they return us to their more familiar languid dreamworld. Some ‘bohemian’ themes are addressed too, notably on "For Lenny’s Own Pleasure" – their fantastic tribute to Lenny Bruce - while "Anything You Sent" and the Donavan-esque "You’ve Changed" coruscate with subtle brilliance. Candid and heartfelt, The Heartlight Set is a stellar example of how to make the influences of the past merge seamlessly with the more relevant sounds of the present. --Paul Sullivan

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By flimflam80 on 6 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
First off, I'm a big fan of Joy Zipper. I used to think that I could survive alone on their music without any other form of nourishment...seriously though, I still listen to their previous releases 'American Whip', 'Joy Zipper' and 'The Stereo and God' an awful, awful lot!
The title of this review may put off some, but anyone who has listened to any of the Vinny and Tabitha's music before will realise that this is no statement of intent, but more an attempt to get what they deserve.
Indeed, it may seem baffling as to why the band (who have suffered terrible luck with releases in the past through record company collapses, poor distribution and much-delayed releases) have not reached a greater level of 'sales' success.
Previous releases have been lauded with plaudits from critics and music lovers for both their brave and beautiful songwriting that touches upon any number of genres.
'The Heartlight Set' kicks off with the brisk opener 'Go Tell The World', seemingly marking out their stall for a stab at a more commercial sound. Big drums, crisp production, clap-claps and Tabitha simply oozing sex appeal in the vocal brings about something not unlike The Velvet Underground or young British pretenders to the throne, The Duke Spirit. However, '1' finds Joy Zipper in more familiar territory. A lazy groove and the trademark harmonious vocals carry a tune that wouldn't be out of place on a Sheryl Crow album (seriously, it's quite radio-friendly).'Thought's A Waste Of Time' is a nice little ballad that could have been on the 'American Whip' album and 'You're So Good' is a mid-paced rocker that comes out sounding a bit like Weezer, was probably a poor choice of single and my least favourite on the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. J. Laws on 8 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
This has some really catchy songs for lazy and rainy days like, Go Tell the World, 1, Thoughts a waste of Time, rockdove and For Lennys Own Pleasure.

WOW! JUST BUY IT!!! 10/5!!!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Stronger Set 18 July 2005
By WrtnWrd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's accessibility may be the very thing that makes the indie-darlings reject it out of hand, but Joy Zipper's The Heartlight Set is stronger than anything previously released by the band. American Whip has indie-cred, what with its tremulous psychedelica and depressive lyrical stance, but, song for song, this set is stronger. Vincent Cafiso and Tabitha Tindale are learning songcraft at an accelerated rate -- they're not afraid to wear hearts on their t-shirted sleeves, and their details have some of the emotional complexity of their spiritual kin Rilo Kiley. And it's positive outlook isn't simply a matter of good luck or decisiveness; it sounds like survival.
A Good Introduction to Joy Zipper 1 Feb. 2015
By Marian Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
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The Heartlight Set is a good introduction to a band that I hardly know anything about! I mainly bought it because I like that song "1" that was in some TV commercial. I forget which one. But while that song is what brought me in, I really enjoy a lot of the songs. Some of my other favorites are "You've Changed", "Go Tell The World", and "Anything You've Sent". Give this album a chance because it might pleasantly surprise you like it did for me.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Joy Zipper: The Heartlight Set (Universal) 29 Jun. 2005
By Young Music Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
To tell you the truth, Joy Zipper received the Modest Mouse treatment from me, because like Modest Mouse and Hot Hot Heat to the mainstream, Joy Zipper is kind of new to me. And it turns out they made more albums than I knew. So let me see here. On the first song "Go Tell The World" makes me feel...what the? The song sounds a little bouncy and dancy enough for attention. THe song is supposed to be her giving out the fact that she is not going to fall down. She has victory for herself. "I'm sorry but I have to say that every single word is true." Er...okay. Next. "1", all while sounding singleworthy, is going rolling-down-the-meadow sweet. All while being respectably lush, the song pulls out imagery to seal the deal on rising above My Bloody Valentine. "The flowers and the trees all laugh when you walk by/ and the naighbor's kids run and hide." "Thoughts a Waste of Time" seems a bit like a song worthy of balancing what you think it is about. I think it is another love song ruled by thoughts and worries. The album so far makes me want to give out a rating, but not yet. But it did prove what My Bloody Valentine did: love is lush and needs to be to be believable.

"You're So Good" goes down the road of Garbage and plays dirty with rhythm and signals being hot and/or bothered with behaviors of the one you want. "Thank you so much/I'm where I want to be." "Anything You Sent" takes possesion to the new level. "Everyone looked like you/I loved you so much that I loved them, too/Anything that you sent/I held it like a child/If it got broke, I felt like you died". Never has anyone put on better pedestals than a song like this, really. Obsession doesn't have to be scary when it comes to this. Oddly shorter than it should have been, "No Time Pt. 1" goes acapella with emotion in the voice good enough to support such timing. "I left my heart on the floor/I sold it all away/Now I'm not going to stay." What to do when a band has taken on a new version of "Fiddle And The Drum" and left you wanting more?

"For Lenny's Own Pleasure" takes on the fast taboo of sextapes and cigarrettes. "Lenny" has taken instant gratification to rather a questionable low, especially when it comes to being the devil's favortie customer. "You've Changed" is a complete opposite of The Cure's "Labyrinth". I just want to point that out sometime. Anyway the guy is remotely devastated with the changes of the one he loves. Amazingly this song takes a turn from acoustic heartsong to full band emphasis reminding you out of nowhere of The Arcade Fire. "Window" is the ultimate shoegazing experience with soft singing between man and woman and enough rocking out to blend in and get the experience of sweet bliss and worry hybrid. "2 Dreams I Had" is where they reach their ultimate Low to me. (excuse the pun.) "Why am I so sadd and sadder...maybe it's ecause I know you can't come back, even though you never could." Ambiguously heartbreak or just plain disappointment. "The World Doesn't Care" gets closer to disappointment as he finds out that people don't really know about his loneliness, and according to him, doesn't care much. "People are not that way" zconfused me a bit because it gave me the impression that he thinks people don't care at all so they shouldn't have to, or people really do care so they shouldn't treat him like a statue of Trent Reznor.

"Rockdove" isn't the best song on the album to me. "Are you a hawk or a dove" is pretty much the only line that is moot to me in being part of my crosshair collection. Now we get to the last song "Holy Diver" which has another Dio cover tattooed on my brain right now. But it was just as useless as a misspelled tattoo. The song kept the title making sense with a more cinematic and heavenly sound, unlike the latter band's plan to push the title into oblivion. And there is just no good vhallenging or sweet album without something that sounds like a reprise or a secret passageway to a song. So there you have it. I listened to the album and the band for the first time, and it turns out the lush music and heartfelt lyrics are entertaining. But the flow and sequencing didn't really keep me as interested as any other band would. But hey, at least the Next Last Big Thing curse is lifted, and I can find a new person in that crosshair. Congrats, and thanks for what sounds like a remarkable introduction.

Rating: 7/10
Excelente. 26 Jun. 2008
By Fernando B. Fernández - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Si ya tienes el "American Whip" y el "Stereo and God" ya sabes, si no, descúbrelos. Muy recomedable.
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