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Marry Me [CD]
Marry Me [CD]
Price: £7.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it's surprising.., 10 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Marry Me [CD] (Audio CD)
..that this album hasn't received many reviews.

that pitchfork placed it in their best new music made me think that every indie head under the sun would've praised it with five star amazon reviews by now, but apparently this isn't the case.

Annie Clark is the force behind this album, known from her work with Sufjan Stevens and Poylphonic Spree.

the album is engaging, with contrast being used (particularly her varying of groove and instrumentation) to keep a listener's interest.

a cross between Sufjan Stevens, Regina Spektor, and Feist would be pigeon-holing her, but is a way i would force myself to describe her to those who haven't heard her album.

not ground breaking, but a solid album by an obviously talented musician and one release from 2007 i'm happy to have in my cd collection.


Toccata / Play Bach
Toccata / Play Bach
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12 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A nice idea, poorly executed., 9 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Toccata / Play Bach (Audio CD)
Maybe the title of this review isn't entirely accurate.

The fault in this album doesn't lie in the execution of its ( daring) idea, but rather in its planning.

I had expected drawn out improvisations based on Bach motifs, playful twists on harmonies and scope given to the drummer and bassist to improvise. The drummer beats out a tiresome repeated rhythm, the bassist walks prosaically, and all that is to be heard from the piano is a corruption of familiar tunes over some lazily jazzified harmonies.

There was scope for this to be an interesting project, but its daring would've demanded a pianist with alot of vision and grounding in both classical and jazz music (e.g. Jarrett). Loussier falls short, even though his initial idea was interesting.
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Songs Of Love: LIVE
Songs Of Love: LIVE
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £19.95

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm tiring of Drake comparisions that aren't there., 8 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Songs Of Love: LIVE (Audio CD)
After the two glowing reviews here, I felt I'd uncovered a gem.

Ouch.

Mark Eitzel's voice is overconfident, lyrics poor and guitar playing unimaginative.

He fetches Nick Drake comparisions purely because of his original guitar tunings. These aren't grounds for any sort of comparision at all.

The lone troubador strumming his guitar and singing soulfully has been done to death since the folk revival in the 60s. If you'd like to hear this sort of thing done extremely well, look at John Martyn's solo live recordings with Danny Thompson. Or Bert Jansch's River Sessions.

Eitzel's AMC recordings far outshine this effort. He is not a solo artist.
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