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  • Audio CD (10 Nov. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: K Records
  • ASIN: B00004XSME
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Pull
2. Ice
3. Sand (Eric's Trip)
4. The Glow
5. Karl Blau
6. Drums
7. The Gleam
8. The Breeze
9. (Something)
10. Between Your Ear And The Other Ear
11. Organs

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "theskyistoohigh" on 14 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album. It combines elements of lo-fi indiefolk with post rock and wraps it up in a summer haze. The record can cheer you up on a bad day and imediatly captures images of summers long gone. At the same time it is quiet and reflective, fiercely experimental but somehow never sad. Fans of lou barlow, smog, graham coxon and even post rock acts like savath+savalas find an album to treasure here
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
"The Glow, pt. 2" Lite. 3 Feb. 2002
By M. Starr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After purchasing and finally becoming very intrigued by The Microphones latest release "The Glow, pt. 2," I rushed to get this album. I was hoping that since I had spent so much time getting adjusted to The Micorphones sound that this would not be hard. It was not hard at all to like this album because it's great just the same.
Structurally, it's very similar to "The Glow, pt. 2." One exception is that there are fewer songs on this release. The song titled "The Glow" is a sonic masterpiece. It measures in at just over 11 minutes and takes you through so many soundscapes you wonder how many songs you've listened to in the 11 minutes. It's probably one of my top three songs by The Microphones yet.
The first song, "The Pull," is very reminiscent of the first track on "The Glow, pt. 2." It has the signature Microphones acoustic guitar that has been manipulated to shift from speaker to speaker. Most of the songs on this album could be on "The Glow, pt. 2." Most of the songs from "The Glow, pt. 2" could be on this album. If you like one, you're sure to like the other.
I would have to say that I still like "The Glow, pt. 2" just a bit better. As with most people's opinions, I think that this album just barely falls short of being incredible. I still enjoy it a lot, though. I certainly won't complain. With the exception of "Drums" I pretty much like every song on the album.
Two songs in the middle of the album that just blow me away are "The Gleam" and "The Breeze." The Gleam is completely fuzzed out and has the most "user friendly" sound. "The Breeze" is what I would imagine Godspeed You Black Emperor! to sound like if their songs were cut down to 3 minutes. Come to think of it, that's a pretty good comparison to most of these songs.
I've heard that Phil Elvrum is already working on his next album to be released later this year. I can't wait to hear what it sounds like. If it's anything like the last two, it should be an incredible piece of lo-fi heaven. I should also take this opportunity to suggest listening to their album called "Don't Wake Me Up," which is also on K records. It's not quite as great as these two albums, but if you like their latest two, you may want to check it out anyway. It's signature Microphones material.
I will admit that the average listener may not be able to appreciate the music that The Microphones are putting out. How many of us, though, have albums in our collection that we hated at first and then came to love even years later? That's how I feel most people will be with The Microphones. Once your hooked, that's it. Buy this album and buy "The Glow, pt. 2" while your at it. I'm sure you'll come to really appreciate the work that is being released here.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Can music change the way time operates? 5 Jan. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"It was hot" is a sonic translation of how the ocean looks, how the sunlight feels on your skin, how the wind bends branches around. It demands a lot of the listener but it's a rewarding journey.
Phil disassembles traditional "pop-song" structures and rearranges them at the service of raw sensation. The result is not "fragmented", rather it is a different deeper kind of completeness. It is no exaggeration to say that time works differently when you listen to this record. It's like when you go out to the beach to watch a sunset, or climb up a tree to think about things. Every moment is so radically full of beauty that time doesn't seem to pass.
If you think it's "boring", you're not listening very closely. You have to listen to it with active passivity. Let yourself be vulnerable. Subtle variations in panning, sounds that come up over you like waves. Incredible attention to detail. Get this record and everything else Phil has ever done. If you can find a copy of the vinyl pressing, it has a cool pop-up cover!
P.S. that mean person calls me a tree-hugger. i'm ok with that, as i do indeed love trees. I like sebadoh, too. but they are loose and raw, while the microphones pay attention to every precious detail. There's nothing mediocre about this album. It's not druggy escapism...it's about experiencing reality more completely. Be brave. Dive right in.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A good Microphones introduction 25 Nov. 2002
By Craig Clarke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After hearing The Glow, Pt. 2, I was most interested in pursuing this band called the Microphones. My next step, as I saw it, was to move backwards and purchase their previous album, It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water. (Ironically, the title comes the song "Where It's Hotter Part 3," which does not appear on this album).
This was a monumental purchase. It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water is almost as good an album as The Glow, Pt.2. It's infinitely more accessible, with songs like "The Pull" and a cover of the Eric's Trip song, "Sand" gently introducing newer listener to the quirky experimental style of Phil Elvrum, the "band's" only static member.
The centerpiece is an eleven-minute song entitled "The Glow," which is one of the best experimental pieces I've heard in a long time. It goes from a mild voice with acoustic guitar ("The glow came down from the hills"), continues into a nearly-dissonant chorus with organ, back to the guitar-voice combo, then the creepily angelic voice of Mirah ("Hey, wake up, it's me, the glow"). Then, with a sudden crash, it becomes a rock song ("I started to glow"), complete with "woo-woo" backup singing, before eventually fading out into shadows and whispers. But it's even more than that, what with all the layering of instruments and voices. "The Glow" is definitely the highlight of an already great album and is alone worth purchasing It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Waking Up On the Beach 5 April 2001
By Mike Hanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While the recurring motif of the last album was sleep, here it is the beach. There is a wider range of instruments used here than on Don't Wake Me Up, and as good as that album was, this has a richer sound and better melodies. Also, to my delight, the songs here are, on the whole, longer. The band is still noisy and arty, though NOT pretentious. There is a method to the madness...and if you are patient and give this album your full attention you will be rewarded. If you were able to appreciate Kid A, there is a good chance you will be impressed with the Microphones, Radiohead's indie punk counterparts.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
the most natural occurences happen while sleeping underwater 5 April 2001
By adam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
phil and all of his friends have made a great record. at once grand and spanning subjects such as the ocean, the snow, trees and fog, and at the same time like someone whispering non-sequetors into your ear as you drift off into sleep. the album fuzz-s out with amazing simplicity and then surprises you over and over again with its delicate orchestration. He's a kid who has created an intricate miniature landscape from which to tell fantastical tales with shadow pupets. or something. this album is availible as a pop-up gate fold record (hand made covers) and as sheetmusic. I have all three versions, and love to read along in the hand made sheet music book while i listen to al the layers of sound and voice. it makes me feel like im wrapped in a blanket sleeping under the ocean. its warm and fuzzy but at the same time makes you feel the grandeur of nature.
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