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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary dark fairytales, 2 Feb. 2012
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Greg (Cambridge, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Museum Of Imaginary Animals (Audio CD)
After hearing about this band on the continent I'm surprised that it's so hard to get their music in the UK. Then I suppose it's not exactly Simon Cowell's cup of tea. Not that Simon Cowell rules what music people listen to in the UK. But he does, doesn't he? I've owned the album for years and only came on here to look for a replacement copy. This is my response to finding that nobody has reviewed it.
Museum of Imaginary Animals is my favourite Pram album. It's very eccentric with its lo-fi instrumentation and recording style but the lyrics are poetic in their childish, twisted way and the band has a highly original sound and melodic approach. Other reviewers have mentioned Brothers Quay and Svankmajer as being similar in feel - the music is certainly coming from a dusty place filled with forgotten, misshapen toys. It seems out of place in a world of iPads, jogging and performance appraisals and I think that's very much the point. It's best appreciated sitting on a cushion in a cellar with an Indian rug on the wall and the air choked with cheap incense. By the time the needle hits the out groove you'll experience heightened awareness and may require ointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pram - two decade triumph, 17 Feb. 2013
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W. Stone "buriedinabook" (france) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Museum Of Imaginary Animals (Audio CD)
Why are Pram STILL not better known? Answer: most people in England at least are unable to understand, absorb or identify with this music, which is authentic, sublime, uncompromising and of the highest original quality. I first heard Pram in 1993, their first offering i believe, an uptempo cacophony which sounded rather like a spoon playing man on speed. After two decades i have returned to them to explore their dark island simply because i liked the title and wondered what nine albums had lead to... It is the most captivating music i have heard in many a month...a sophisticated melange of jazz, judiciously aligned weirdness and somnambulist vocal, which makes the whole sound like something spirited forward from an early seventies hammer film or svankmajer's 'asylum'... nothing else sounds quite like this as far as i know, and Pram eschews any bolt on self indulgence, for Pram are the real thing and will always be. Their music has the crucial timeless quality of all exceptionally good art, which is rare, but when you hear it you know it. I am just amazed their albums have hardly any reviews and are ludicrously expensive to buy 'en masse' compared to other lesser acts. I hope the Pram wheels will turn for another two decades at least and we can all lean in and smile at what's slumbering and smouldering inside...
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