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  • Vinyl (21 Feb. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Temporary Residence Ltd
  • ASIN: B004GHYC20
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,939 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By A Customer on 9 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Beautiful weirdness dominate this second release from Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong, American innovateurs in the field of...well, music. One of them is obviously a very skilled musician, playing all styles and sorts of string instruments. The rest is a very diverse heap of found sound; people singing, talking, cheering, lecturing, laughing, whispering; noises galore. No songs in the traditional sense, but something is definitely happening here. With an outspoken sense of humour, The Books display a true championship in the multi-layered cut-and-paste technique which transform these odd bits and pieces into a kind of storytelling, coherent in it`s own way and with a peculiar ability to make all this sound very interesting and engaging. This music is cinematic in a different way. Although this clearly isn`t to everyone`s liking, those familiar and comfortable with the work of Four Tet, norwegian Kim Hiorthöi and Múm of Iceland are hereby given a strong advice to check this out. You just might end up loving it, like I did.
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A melange of bizarre samples, dictaphone recordings and nonsense phrases, 'The Lemon of Pink' is unlike anything else I've heard this year, or indeed ever. While it might initially appear directionless, confusing and altogether removed from music, the beauty of this record is in its rich variety of sound. 'S is for Evrysing' encompasses strings, beats, and fragments of conversation, while the title track sounds like 13 songs and 2 films distilled into a perfect six minutes. 'The Lemon of Pink' is less a set of tracks, more a series of layers which can be explored endlessly and guarantee the discovery of a new perspective every time.
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HASH(0x92dd2660) out of 5 stars Less Rock, More Talk (in a good way) 23 July 2004
By Ian McDowell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to think how anyone could follow up such a strikingly unique release as Thought for Food, The Books first masterpiece. As with their songs, the Books seem to approach their album progression with a knack for mixing subtle and drastic evolutions to startling effect.

The most immediately noticeable difference in the Lemon of Pink is the greater use of vocal tracks; indeed, many tracks even feature singing! This departure from Thought for Food initially turned me off the album, I expecting more of the eerie hauntings of Thought for Food. The more I listened though, the more I was amazed at their ability to create synergy between eclectic sound samples and organic vocal tracks.

The result is what I believe to be a much more accessible album than Thought for Food. While Thought is more immediately striking with its ommissions of many elements considered indespinsible to a modern record, the Lemon of Pink actually pushes the envelope further with its synthesis of traditional and innovative sound. While Thought for Food was clearly a product of modern innovators, The Lemon of Pink seems pulled out of some past that never was, evoking in one feelings of odd familiarity and even nostalgia despite the fantastic newness of it all. The soothing vocals on the title track evoke a long lost lover or friend whispering of mysteries wrapped in the haze of time.

The Lemon of Pink could be compared to a piece of fine sculpture. A casual glance reveals a work of startling beauty, while a careful study yields countless intricate details and attentions that establish it as the work of a master. While some tracks may seem indulgent(bonanza, explanation mark), when considered as part of the whole their place and purpose becomes apparent.

And of course, the Books trademark fascination with language and wordplay permeates the work, from the name of the album and tracks to cryptic vocal samples such as "with your eyes closed, close your eyes," and "something unknown is doing we don't know what."

I've had this album for around eight months now, yet with every listen I discover new subtleties I hadn't heard before. To give this record anything short of five stars would be criminal, and I highly recommend The Lemon of Pink to anyone with an interest in beautiful compositions at the frontier of music. Country and Eastern aficionados too.
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HASH(0x93819c90) out of 5 stars More of the Same of the Different 24 Oct. 2003
By W. B. Hutchison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I know. I know exactly what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Second album. First album was amazing. Could be it was an unrepeatable task." It was, thankfully, mercifully, astonishingly, not. There's a vocalist, Anne Doerner, singing on several of the tracks (It's really okay, I promise. I wouldn't have believed it either until I heard it.), but more than anything this sophomore offering underscores the postulate offered on their last record: that they are, in fact, more than anything, a crazy American folk band. Yes, samples abound, alongside the concomitant banjo licks. And the flavor of electronica tingles a little more shockingly on the tongue. But this, my friends, is The Books second album as only The Books (as you imagined they just might be) could have made.
38 of 47 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93517438) out of 5 stars How the Record Store gets your Money 27 April 2004
By Seg Arch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I did not intend to buy this cd.
I merely walked into a record store and decided I'd take advantage of their cd players that they allow customers to use for previewing purposes. I had already bought a cd that day, and I was certainly not going to buy another so soon. I put the head phones on, and was instantly blown away under 20 seconds. Jaw dropped, eyes full open, scrambling to check the interior of my wallet.
2 minutes later I bought this cd.
This is an excellent CD. A complete classic.
Its probably not very accessable, but if you are a fan of Four tet, or Manitoba, you might find this a natural extension. I'm blown away.
Damn you record store!!!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92dca198) out of 5 stars please please get this album somehow 8 May 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you listen to this album a few times you will start to feel like it retells all of human history. The messages of the songs are beautifully articulated through soundbites and lyrics that give some of the most poignant and relevant advice I have ever heard. The swells and breaks in the music are so beautiful they make me want to cry. I really think this is some of the most revolutionary music out there today. Please find a way to listen to this album.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93684a80) out of 5 stars Too droll, but still delightful 7 Feb. 2006
By Stargrazer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A fun listen for anyone interested in unconventional sampling. The album is a cornucopia of acoustic-derived samples and cascading textures, marred (but only slightly) by an overabundance of tongue-in-cheek spoken snippets. A less self-conscious approach might not have resulted in such a joyous, surreal romp through popular culture and quasi-mysticism, though.

Any neo-folk revivalist type should own this -- as a reference, at least -- of what else they can play when they burn out on covering "Uncle Penn."
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