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Who Needs Who

Dark Dark Dark Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Melodic
  • ASIN: B009115G44
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Who Needs Who 4:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tell Me 4:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Last Time I Saw Joe 3:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Patsy Cline 3:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Without You 4:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. How It Went Down 4:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. It's A Secret 4:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hear Me 5:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Meet In The Dark 5:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Great Mistake 5:270.79  Buy MP3 


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Who Needs Who, the new album by Dark Dark Dark, is a stirring and rich body of songs that sees the band breaking new ground, and settling into the strengths of a quintet that has worked incredibly hard, both on the road and in their personal lives. The band's commitment to their music has proven to be a double-edged sword.

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5.0 out of 5 stars From strength to strength............ 7 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
This album has more flow and less of the startling variety of their previous offerings but is of the same high standard. I have read elsewhere that the lyrical content appears to have been inspired by the break up of the relationship of the two founders of this fine band. However there is no trace of the spite or venom which have peppered other recordings by artists who have centred them on failed relationships. It is all handled in a very gentle adult manner and has an overall regretful tone. And thankfully Dark,Dark,Dark continues and goes from strength to strength. The band itself provides a tight musical backing to the sumptuous and varied vocal style of the impressive Nona Invie whose piano melodies anchor most of the songs. Clarinet, accordion and trumpet decorate several of the tracks to great effect weaving in and out as the songs develop. Several examples still exist of their innovative and sometimes off kilter style - track 1 contains an interlude akin to music used in a circus performance in the midst of a fairly delicate piano ballad, track 5 is based on unusual skittering accordion flourishes whilst track 8 I would liken to an updated mazzy star offering with an otherworldly feel. However at the moment track 9 is a particular favourite. All in all this is another wonderful album which has fulfilled all of my expectations. I feel it will be more accessible to a greater number of people compared to their previous recordings. Recommended. P.S. - there is a 'hidden track' (why not just include it as track 11?) which takes some 10 minutes to reveal itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted and delivered album. 3 Nov 2012
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A beautiful album, singing wonderful and some great songs. Certainly a contender for the album of the yer in my book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Dark Dark-Who Needs Who 11 Oct 2013
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Why isn't this band better known? Absolutely wonderful in my opinion.Nona Marie Invie has such a haunting, etherial voice. Should be played on R6usic a lot, but isn't for some dumb reason. Great and slightly quirky piano which I like a lot. If you like Mazzy Star, Mary Hampton, you might like this- which is not to say they are anything like each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it. 8 Sep 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Subtle; charming; brilliant. IMO: one of last years best releases, deserving of a greater popularity and appreciation... you won't be disappointed!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite there 10 Nov 2012
By Mario Villalobos - Published on Amazon.com
Unfortunately, no song in this album reaches the heights of those from their previous albums Wild Go and Bright Bright Bright, which I think are sublime. I'm a little disappointed...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Dark Dark's jazz-laden new album is gloomy but gorgeous 27 Oct 2012
By Jack Tripper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
(Edit: I've never done this before, but I'm changing my rating from four to five stars, one week after posting this review. This album has consumed my waking life, and I now believe it to be one of the best albums of the year, and simply too hauntingly gorgeous to let my original rating stand. I'll let the rest of my initial impressions below stand, however.)

There must be something in the water in Minneapolis. It seems to me that some of the best music is being created there--from the harmonies-laden, 60s-ish psychedelia of Magic Castles to the fuzzed-out, shoegazy bliss of Flavor Crystals--yet not many people have stood up and taken notice, unfortunately. The latest to come to my attention is Dark Dark Dark, whose album 'Who Needs Who' is one of the most pleasant surprises of the year so far, to me.

Upon first blush the album may remind some of Fiona Apple, and there are some similarities between the two. Both are extremely jazz-influenced, while retaining pop sensibilities, but Dark Dark Dark cover a lot more ground that falls under that tag here--from free jazz, to cabaret-style, to polka, to lounge, and everything in between--all with a folk vibe that's somehow both melancholy and blissful.

The opening title track is almost heartbreakingly beautiful, with Nona Marie Invie's gorgeous vocals accompanied only by piano, gentle trumpet, and slight percussion, creating a sad-yet-serene feeling (until it briefly shifts into all-out polka) that's sustained pretty much throughout the entire album, an album in which the central theme seems to be loss and longing. After what's probably the most instantly infectious song on the album--the up-tempoed and lyrically moving "Tell Me"--the mood turns almost theatrical on "Last Time I Saw Joe," a cabaret-style number that shows the full range of Invie's vocals.

Other highlights for me include: the accordian-laced, waltzing "Patsy Cline," the brilliant, soul-stirring storytelling of "How It Went Down," and "Meet in the Dark," a haunting tango-ish song with excellent vocals that, again, borders on the theatrical. There are no real faults I can find with the album, other than the fact that the down-in-the-dumps vibe never really lets up, so it is an album that's probably best when taken in smaller doses.

Overall though, 'Who Needs Who' is an excellent album, with moments of nearly overwhelming beauty, and one that deserves to be heard. And by heard I mean heard by more than just the music-obsessed people like myself who search every nook and cranny for music that's different, unique, but most importantly--and as is the case here--just-plain-good. If Dark Dark Dark keep creating music as moving as 'Who Needs Who,' however, I don't think they'll be banished in obscurity for very much longer.
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Cool 29 Nov 2012
By towercity - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Dark Dark Dark perform darn good indie pop on Who Needs Who, their third album. Most of the songs are grounded in the combination of piano and singer Nona Marie Invie's sweet but strong voice (think Florence + Machine, but not too much). Some songs are prone to sudden tempo changes, others to sound like a soft rock version of Beirut. After too long, it can get repetitive though, so be careful
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who Needs Who - A MarsBands Review 4 Oct 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Fans will be getting what they expect from this album and then some. The trademark sound that endears the band to its fans flows throughout each song. The haunting vocals of Nona Marie Invie will grip your heart and squeeze it with each poetic lyric she sings.

Fans will be glad to know that they are getting a lot of bang for their buck with this album, as there are eight songs that are over four minutes long, 3 over five minutes long, and the entire album maxes out at 44:07. Despite the massive amount of material Dark Dark Dark provides, however, each song seems to end too soon and leaves you wanting more. Yes, the album is that good.

Each track in Who Needs Who transitions seamlessly from one to another and the album as a whole transitions flawlessly from Dark Dark Dark's last album, Wild Go (2010), so if you were a fan of that album you will quickly fall in love with this one. Nona Marie Invie doesn't hold back emotionally in this album unlike in Wild Go, where she left much of the interpretation up to the listener. Her lyrics are nothing short of poetic genius, and they will cut straight to your heart. The entire album paints a vivid retrospective as well as introspective picture, which more often than not left me feeling deeply empathetic to Nona's feelings.

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