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The Voice of Midnight (Case Bound Book) [Limited Edition]

Residents Audio CD
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Over the course of an artistic career spanning several decades, The Residents have remained a riddle of Sphinx-like proportions; cloaking their lives and music in a haze of willful obscurity, the group's members never identified themselves by name, always appearing in public in disguise (in the old days... tuxedos, top hats and giant eyeball masks) and refusing to grant ... Read more in Amazon's Residents Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B000UTOL74
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Scene 1 (The Sandman)
2. Scene 2 (Mental Decay)
3. Scene 3 (Claire's response)
4. Scene 4 (In The Dark)
5. Scene 5 (Professor Caligari)
6. Scene 6 (The Telescope)
7. Scene 7 (True Love)
8. Scene 8 (Seven Cats)
9. Scene 9 (Catatonia)
10. Scene 10 (The Proposal)
11. Scene 11 (The Tower)
12. Scene 12 (Epilogue)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Voice of Midnight (Case Bound Book) 21 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the latest pieces of work from the residents where they show an excited narrative and music performance. If you like story telling and innovative sounds it is a must to buy and if you are a Residents fan it would be other piece collection of their work. Really worthy the money and an excellent mental cinematic experience.
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By Toyroom
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From the first shock as Nate begins his message, this is more classic atmospherics from the genius of the most underrated entity in the history of modern art. This is more like Lillie than Harry the Head, so more theatrical than top twenty melody but strangely compelling and almost like a suspense thriller, you want to keep listening and hoping that there are no dramatic breaks which would suggest you could stop listening. But then what did I expect from the eyeball wonders. I was always scared that discovering the identity of The Residents would diminish their appeal. I was mistaken, all it did was to reinforce their principle that the artist is unimportant compared to the art!
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5.0 out of 5 stars voice of midnight 30 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
If you have never watched or listened to the Residents before, don't buy this. If you have, please do. It's brilliant. Spooky, well made, cruel to the ears, painful, can't-switch-off-able. Typical Residents.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The weirdo eyeballians triumph again! 13 Mar 2010
By Philip X. Merrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been a huge fan of the Residents for a short while now. I loved this album. It was sick and twisted and told a very compelling story. I was entertained through out the entire experience. The storybook packaging was also very cool and new. The only reason this album loses a star is because it was a little hard for me to sit through the hour running time. Other than that, it was great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album! 19 Feb 2011
By Herman Salt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When this album first came out 2007, I imediately ordered it knowing I was in for a surprise. I gave it a front to back listen when it came in the mail and I remember feeling pretty much uncomfortable and not at all pleased with what I was hearing. I had to take a few breaks from listening to digest the story and also recover my wits. At the end of the album I told myself that I would never listen to it again. I didn't listen to it for about half a year then decided to give it another try. I got the same results.

Now let me describe what was happening on this album. The album opens with a symphony of confusion shortly after hearing dial tones and an outgoing voice message of a women named Claire backed by an eerie soundscape. A panic striken man then tells Claire about his encounter with the Sandman, his childhood experience with the Sandman, and how he believes the Sandman has finally come back to get him. After a few moments he seems to calm down giving the impression that the man is delusional. The album continues to tell the story of this man, Nate, and his downward spiral into the dark abyss of insanity. The album left me feeling ill at ease to say the least.

It was only until last year that I really started to appreciate this album. The music is arranged in a way that is really quite beautiful sometimes, though the sinister under/over tones don't ruin the aesthetics either. The story is compelling and unforgetable. If you really give this album the old college try you will be rewarded with a new residental obsession. Not for newbies though watchout!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nah, fereall, iss goode. 30 Dec 2008
By Example: Mark Twain - Published on Amazon.com
I think The Residents have been & are continuing to do some of their finest work these days. This album probably doesn't quite equal "Animal Lover" for me (still my favorite thing of theirs I've heard from the past 15-20 yrs), but the music covers some very nice, trippy, ambient terrain, & does it well; the vocals & narrative I find to be a pleasant, sinister accompaniment. Makes for a gripping little yarn all in all.
4.0 out of 5 stars masterful... scary 7 Jun 2014
By S Tuffnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
'The Voice of Midnight' is a soundtrack play by The Residents and a very unique album in their extensive catalogue. It is studio album number 32 and their only release in 2007. The vocals are as weird as ever for this band, ranging from male growls, strangled cries, falsetto melancholia and a gorgeous female consciousness. All of these characters are introduced in the first song The Sandman clocking 8 and a half minutes. The chilling story concerns the fears of the Sandman and how this morbid tale to scare kids to sleep is a real creature that sprinkles sand in children's eyes causing death. This idea comes from E.T.A. Hoffman's "Der Sandmann" but you don't need to know about that to understand what is going on.

It plays out more as a theatrical production than other Resident's albums with characters singing and speaking lines. The music is strange synths and percussion on screwball melodies and dissonant sounds. On Mental Decay there are some quirky odd violins and singing that is repeated phrases along with a narration 'I look away, I look a way I've never looked before'. In Claire's Response she retorts 'you're disgusting!' and then sinister vocals state that the sandman is coming. The minimalist lead guitar is classic Residents and then an Oriental musicscape enters. Claire's vocals are off kilter and warped amidst the irregular music. The protagonist Nathaniel renounces his belief in the sandman and apologises.

In the Dark has a jarring phone call opening it with some noise on the line and a ghostly siren 'my apartment's on fire!' Lots of expletives are heard as he realises all his stuff is being burned. The guitar is mournful and there is an ominous string synth heard. A creepy voice is heard 'she slips in the shadows, she slips in the dark.'

We hear in Professor Caligari (based on the German Expressionist film perhaps) Nathaniel's dad has conducted experiments in alchemy. His father's friend Coppelius was with Nathaniel's dad during a chemical accident and the identity of Coppelius becomes submersed within Nathaniel's subconscious combining this with the Sandman folklore, they become infused as one and the Sandman is envisaged as a creature that pours sand in children's eyes and they bleed from their heads. The Sandman then carries these victims to the moon and they are devoured. Not exactly bedtime listening.

In The Telescope Nathaniel buys a telescope and then becomes possessed to ponder on the Sandman's deeds. Nathaniel receives an invitation to a party from Olympia, a girl who will sing and play piano. Her singing and piano playing is then heard as a ghostly apparition in Nathaniel's mind. On True Love, She sings a warped version of Beautiful Dreamer that is barely recognisable, in a high pitched register. There's a cool guitar lead break that is one of the best moments on the album.

Seven Cats has a purring sound and some half decent singing and a narration about heaps of cats doing all sorts of things. Nathaniel sees all these cats and is amazed there are so many doing all these things. He sees a hunched up character coming up the street 'slinking from shadow to shadow' and we can assume it's the guy who sold the telescope. He breaks into the professor's basement and Nathaniel shouts 'I've got to stop him!' He goes in and demands the box from the thief, the box's contents are eyeballs, and Olympia's body without eyes. Then to his horror he sees all these heads on the shelves and the Sandman comes in, perhaps the most disturbing moment on the album; the creature screeches 'eyeless souls and they can't look back at all'. Nathaniel is going mad seeing seaweed, eels coming from a cloudy mass, 'that became a blister bursting open and revealed a dark and luscious liquid that became my favourite meal.'

Catatonia is next, a girl speaking of how she feels about the professor's psychotic behaviour is heard. Nathaniel is now catatonic 'sometimes he wakes up but there's no one there.' We hear inside Nathaniel's head, the sandman is in his mind imploring him to sleep 'just like a rat'. The Proposal has a happy Birthday song sounding as bleak as The Birthday Boy from another Residents album. The boy is recovering; 'it's almost a miracle!' The Sandman warns 'they live for a while then they wander away,

Nathaniel asks for Claire's hand in marriage and in The Tower the dialogue between them is uneasy as to where they could be married. They go to climb a tower, and the foreboding atmosphere signals disaster. The Sandman is still appearing and I can only assume Claire will be thrown off the high tower. Nathaniel says its peaceful looking down at the world. Claire tells him to look at the hill 'does it remind you of something round and full?' She is pregnant and going to have twins, wonderful news but Nathaniel is furious. He accuses her of having sex with the Sandman; 'you want to have his babies, snip snip snip!' He moves her to the tower and threatens her, then he goes stark raving mad 'I'll kill him!' and in an act of sacrifice he throws himself off to rid himself of the Sandman and the torture forever.

His mangled body lies at the foot of the tower and Sandman torments him even in death. Epilogue completes the dark tale with a piano, monotonous synth and some creepy chants. I was surprised at the contents of this album that tell such a coherent story. The characters are well performed, and the irony of the ending when granny Claire tells her boys to go straight to sleep or the Sandman will come and eat their eyeballs is one that is unsettling. It all makes perfect sense for once, unlike most of the other Residents' concept albums.

The horror story will appeal to many but it is creepy throughout and not designed for young ears. I was really delighted with this album as it has a compelling story and is definitely one of the scariest albums from The Residents, one of the better albums in this era of the band, recommended for those who love a good concept album.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ... 3 Dec 2007
By SirTheory - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Residents have been experiencing a creative resurgence the past few years. While their career has been quite steady in its streaky nature (a decade of amazing releases, a decade of trash, a half a decade of pretty good, a half a decade of trash, etc) it has been on an upward swing for several years. Animal Lover from 2005 and Tweedles from 2006 are both really good albums that showcase what a group can do 35 years into their career.

The Voice of Midnight immediately made me both excited and worried. While the prospect of new Residents material is always good, the fact that only about a year (as opposed to the year and a half separating the aforementioned Animal Lover and Tweedles) had passed since the last album made me wonder if The Voice of Midnight could be as well developed or original as the last few albums had been.

It is a valid concern, as nothing on the album is really compelling or any kind of surprise. It simply retreads what they've been doing the last two to three years. Like The River of Crime, there is a strong focus on narration instead of singing. Unlike Crime, however, The Voice of Midnight feels more like a stage production than a radio program. Tweedles had some narrative elements, but they were mixed with interesting music. The Voice of Midnight lacks that aspect.

The narrative comes off like a monologue. While there is often implied discussions, the listener can't hear the other voices... just our main character's responses. Perhaps they wouldn't totally suck if capably written, but the main character comes off as really annoying and juvenile. Even if the juvenile aspects were intentional, that doesn't make them any more bearable.

While I am about as big of a Residents fan as they come, the only real reason this album is still in my collection is because otherwise my collection would be incomplete. I definitely don't recommended for newbies to the world of The Residents.
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