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Tropical Ice-Land

23 Feb. 2004 | Format: MP3

£1.98 (VAT included if applicable)
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  • Original Release Date: 23 Feb. 2004
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Copyright: 2004 Rough Trade Records Ltd
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  • ASIN: B001MY0T68
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,794 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Fiery Furnaces slipped onto the indie scene in 2003, with their offbeat collection of music-hall eccentricities, "Gallowsbird's Park." It was not only critically acclaimed, but it got them a devoted fan following who loved (and still love) their oddball music.

With a debut that unusual, it seems pretty appropriate that their "Tropical Iceland" single isn't quite... ordinary. Neither of these songs are on the actual album, although the title rerecording appears on their "EP" album.

The "Tropical Iceland" here isn't the same as the album's -- this is dancier, more energetic and full of rippling harps, blurry screeches and guitar dance music. Eleanor Friedberger belts out the nonsensical lyrics with tremendous enjoyment: "Tropi-cool, oh tropi-cool/Tropi-cool Icy-land/tropi-cool, oh the tropi-cool/Tropi-cool icy-icy!"

Similarly, we get the "SBN" version of "We Got The Plague," the last song on their debut. This is also very different from the "regular" version -- instead of straightforward acoustics, we get foot stomps, music-hall piano, and what sounds like a delirious kazoo.

Cheap as it is, is it worth it to get only two remixes or alternative versions? Well, in this case, it probably is. These versions take the oddball charm of the Furnaces and amp it up with psychedelic flourishes, over the piano and guitar of the originals.

These aren't mere remixes, or an alternative version with only a few things differently. These songs are different in every musical way, excepting the songwriting. What could it have used? A few more songs, to be honest -- the songs are good, but it needs a few more to round it out.

For die-hard fans of the Fiery Furnaces -- or people who want a tiny taste of their sound -- the "Tropical Iceland" single is a pretty good acquisition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Most PSYCHEDELIC SONG in history 27 Oct. 2006
By W. T. Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
WHAT? you might ask. MOST PSYCHEDELIC SONG? What about the Beatle's "STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER"? NO, its more far out. What about HENDRIX? More flipped out. What about Camper Van Beethovan's THIRD ALBUM? No, no, no, no matter what you say, from "8 MILES HIGH" by the Byrds, to the songs off ZAIREKA by THE FLAMMING LIPS, there is absolutely NOTHING in the world, that matches the new version of TROPICAL ICE-LAND that the Fiery Furnaces put on this CD SINGLE (also on the EP, if you want to save some $$). IT was BREATHTAKING, it literaly shook me out of my seat, when i heard this for the first time, the second time, etc. Its not like the ALBUM VERSION, which is sort of based on the acoustic guitar track, and lots of penguins in bondage sound effects. NO, this song has Keyboards, autoharps, strange breaks, backward lyrics, they increased the speed of the song for an even stranger effect (Variable Speed Ossalation, a psychedelic effect employed by the Beatles for many of their strangest tracks.) SO, the song is a whole step higher than the Album version. If you enjoy this kind of music, DO buy this song, either on this format, so you can have the cool artwork, or just get the EP CD. Either way, you are in for a treat for your brain. By the way, its the kind of song you end up walking around singing all day. So, expect musical flashbacks, its THAT PSYCHEDELIC. GEEZ, what are those two siblings on?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Tropi-cool 22 Nov. 2005
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Fiery Furnaces slipped onto the indie scene in 2003, with their offbeat collection of music-hall eccentricities, "Gallowsbird's Park." It was not only critically acclaimed, but it got them a devoted fan following who loved (and still love) their oddball music.

With a debut that unusual, it seems pretty appropriate that their "Tropical Iceland" single isn't quite... ordinary. Neither of these songs are on the actual album, although the title rerecording appears on their "EP" album.

The "Tropical Iceland" here isn't the same as the album's -- this is dancier, more energetic and full of rippling harps, blurry screeches and guitar dance music. Eleanor Friedberger belts out the nonsensical lyrics with tremendous enjoyment: "Tropi-cool, oh tropi-cool/Tropi-cool Icy-land/tropi-cool, oh the tropi-cool/Tropi-cool icy-icy!"

Similarly, we get the "SBN" version of "We Got The Plague," the last song on their debut. This is also very different from the "regular" version -- instead of straightforward acoustics, we get foot stomps, music-hall piano, and what sounds like a delirious kazoo.

Cheap as it is, is it worth it to get only two remixes or alternative versions? Well, in this case, it probably is. These versions take the oddball charm of the Furnaces and amp it up with psychedelic flourishes, over the piano and guitar of the originals.

These aren't mere remixes, or an alternative version with only a few things differently. These songs are different in every musical way, excepting the songwriting. What could it have used? A few more songs, to be honest -- the songs are good, but it needs a few more to round it out.

For die-hard fans of the Fiery Furnaces -- or people who want a tiny taste of their sound -- the "Tropical Iceland" single is a pretty good acquisition.
Essential for Fans 12 Mar. 2004
By Aaron Feaver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Finally a band that understands that their singles should give the listener something more than just the album track and a couple of studio floor sweep-ups. Though both tracks on the single are on the album Gallowsbird's Bark, these are completely different versions. Both take the originals uptempo and break out of the blues rock mold established on the album. Fast, frenzied, and with wider-ranging vocals, the single is an absolute must-have for fans.
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