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5.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous record, like Pixies minus attention-grabbing screams. From-dreams words by the worlds great rock pop avant-gardists, 22 July 2009
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3 genius albums finished the '70's with avant-garde post-punk. Here's a band who could play as well as Beefheart's. Both bands are like punk primitivists who at the same moment play to the standard of jazz players, and so were able to experiment with far more skill and success. Then there was a further album and years away pursuing the further reaches of avant-garde, with no Pere Ubu sides forthcoming. During this time of experimentation, the door was closed on anything as easy as catchy tunes. But the tunes don't go away, they just get backed up. Then bands like the Pixies show that a dose of avant-garde may be welcome, and Pere Ubu discover they've had to erect floodgates against the number of melodies now pressing up against them. They burst forth and the equally great Tenement Years and Cloudland appear; the band could rename themselves Pop Ubu. Delicious, unmissable Ubu. It took me time to jump from Modern Dance to Dub Housing and New Picnic Time, then again to Cloudland and Tenement Years. All of the above are great. The latter two build another floor to the angular Ubu structure where no surface is level. Or perhaps it's the sunshine-y summer house out in the garden; irresistible, like the strongest Beach Boys' melodies, seeming to be part of nature as it's man-made so beautifully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars contained grit, 8 Jan 2009
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Pere ubu worked through their avant garde phase and found the pure gold of project mersh. As with most artists who have gone far out on one extreme when they decide to channel their creativity in a more restrained fashion the works have a depth that can't be contained in those who have never crossed fields. Waiting for mary is one of the great pop songs. Dave thomas vocals are like ice cream and barbed wire. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for Ubu., 6 Nov 2013
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This album is pop perfection. In another lifetime (before and since) the mighty Ubu have been more challenging but here they are pure and sweet. They are molassas but there is the odd wasp in there too!

There is something about the itchy heart of America beneath the sweetness though. Something David Lynchian 'bout it. Something askew. Makes you want to dig under the surface.

I saw Pere Ubu tour this album at the Zapp Club in Brighton. They were incredible that night and David Thomas was walking on the beach before the gig. I saw him in real time just standing there in his suit. I almost decided to talk to him but I couldn't get my non-alignment quite right somehow and the moment passed.

This record is timeless and it will make you dance and cry (at the same time).

Ahhh, just buy the damn thing . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, 2 Sep 2010
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An album that I gradually discovered and is now one of my favourite by Pere Ubu.

While the Modern Dance is unique this isn't a bad place to start discovering the clever lyrics and unique voice of David Thomas.

Note that this version has 16 tracks, not only the 14 mentioned:
15: The Waltz
16: Pushin'
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, 4 Feb 2013
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This is Pere Ubu at their most catchy and tuneful. The vocals are still strange and the odd keyboard noises persist, but they do not dominate. There is the same derranged rockabilly of yore but now delivered with panache. Likewise they have not abandoned their trademark demented sea shanties, and Nevada includes sections of the traditional Sloop John B. Side One (tracks 1-7) is excellent throughout; Side Two is more patchy (hence only 4 stars), but highly recommended.
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