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Vexation

Get Well Soon Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: City Slang
  • ASIN: B002ZTIIXA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,505 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nausea
2. Seneca's Silence
3. We Are Free
4. Red Nose Day
5. 5 Steps 7 Swords
6. We Are Still
7. Voice In The Louvre, A
8. Werner Herzog Gets Shot
9. That Love
10. Aureate
11. We Are Ghosts
12. Burial At Sea, A
13. Angry Young Man
14. We Are The Roman Empire

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elusive Wonders 2 Feb 2010
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Get Well Soon is German born composer and intrumentalist
Konstantin Gropper and his extraordinary band of minstrels.

This music is hard to pin down. Just when you think you've
got a grasp on what's going on it slips out of your hands
and scuttles off in an entirely different direction.

'Vexation' is a bit of an epic collection but
despite its considerable length it doesn't
stop being interesting for a moment.

Mr Gropper has a wild and wonderful musical imagination.
Sometimes fragile and ethereal (the dream-like 'Red Nose Day'
with its haunting disembodied female voice); at others dark
and disturbing (the desolate and lonely 'I'm Deranged').
His vocal performance on the latter is truly chilling.

These are songs with a strong sense of drama.
Sometimes the narratives are ambiguous and elusive;
in others they display a vivid clarity of intent.
Musical story-telling of rare maturity and invention.

Highlights include the weirdly captivating '5 Steps/7 Swords',
a composition whose roots bare comparison with the collaborations
of Brecht and Weill. The martial brass and agitated choir
creates a quite unique and strangely stirring atmosphere.

'A Voice In The Louvre' is simply beautiful. A slow, densely
layered creation, deploying sensitively arranged strings
and voices around the mellifluous central melody. Stunning!

'We Are Ghosts' rises out of the ether like a distant memory.
The accusatory chorus of "Boo Boo Boo We Are Ghosts" is as
uplifting as it is utterly bats-in-the-belfry bonkers!

'We Are The Roman Empire' is a touching
hymn-like composition for a godless world.

'Vexation' is a revelation. I'm still quivering a little in its wake.

Essential.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing album 9 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
I try not to give 5-star reviews to albums as these should be reserved for the truly great, but Vexations is just that. I discovered this album via the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" selection and gave it a try - ironically I wasn't very well at the time!
I was blown away by the quality of all the songs here - slow and haunting at times, full on in others.
There's a very Bowie-like feel to many of the songs, and fans of the quieter Morrissey will also find much to like.
I recommend this album to you. It really is worth the investment.
(There is a longer version of the album, with an extra 8 songs all as good if not better than what's on offer here, over on another well-known music service, for the same price.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They deserve to take over the world 28 Jun 2011
By Cuban Heel VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I initially reviewed Get Well Soon's first album for Vine a few years ago and genuinely thought it was one of the most original and enjoyable albums I'd heard in quite a while. I only recently discovered they had another one out and belatedly bought it after listening to the free live EP they have available on their website.

I think this too is a tremendous record. Not every song is a masterpiece, but even the lesser tracks surprise you with the odd section of lovely strings or Enio Morricone brass segments.

Because there are so many influences on display here, and because it kind of sounds unlike anything else, it's hard to tell you what it's like without sounding pretentious. So I'll have to be pretentious then. Seneca's Silence reminds me a bit of Placebo, a vaguely industrial sound to it until the female harmonies kick in like something out of a Wagner opera and blow you away. A Voice in the Louvre is just gorgeous. Acoustic guitar and violins and a sort of 'Das Boot' chorus of male voices. Werner Herzog Gets Shot not only has probably the best song title I've ever come across but also a melody that just soars. Other tracks like 5 Steps/7 Swords have anthemic brass sections that bring to mind cold war national anthems. The whole thing has a kind of Germanic feel to it, but it transcends that and pulls it into the twenty first century with references to Radiohead, Pulp, and Bowie along the way.

Why this band isn't more highly regarded than it is is completely beyond me. Honestly, I think they're producing the best music I've heard in years. They deserve to be massive.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and eternal 9 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Im enthralled by the craftmanship,ingenuity and sheer wonder of this album.I cant help but play it repeatedly and on each listen the music grows ever more complex and delightful.There is a distinctive Englishness about this band even though they are German so it shows once more how really close we are to each other in spirit. Lots of highs and no lows as each track unfolds like a series of mini stories -gentle one minute,energised the next. The quality of songwriting is beyond question and if there was any justice GWS would be one of the planets most well known and respected writers and musicians,with Mr Gropper a mini genius of melody,rhthym,pace and feeling.A new Mozart for the 21st Century seems to fit well here!

A life afirming experience and whatever your taste in music listen,learn and benefit from a genius at work.
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