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on 7 June 2002
This is one of the best albums that I have heard, although it might not be to the taste of everyone. The title is very apt as the music brings to mind tidal washes of sound, rising and falling, at times breaking out from melancholic swells into extended crescendos (for example on 'Authentic Celestial Music').
On first listen the music is fairly one dimensional (each song sounds similar to the one that preceded it). This is a fair comment - and the album is not for those who want individual songs, complete with lyrics, hooks and refrains - but in the case of Ocean Songs it adds to overall impression. The music is led by the violin's melody line, which is often repetitive and relies on folk/gypsy influences rather than classical ones. Subtle changes, however, are perfectly complimented by the loose drums and slightly distorted guitar, which picks erratic arrpegios and chords. The combination of the three is quite unique, despite the fact that the bare bones of the songs are simple melodies and chord progressions (albeit beautiful ones as on 'Sea Above, Sky Below'). The 'Dirty' moniker is almost as apt as the 'Three': the edge to the guitar and rawness of the violins and drums make the music paradoxically grimy - paradoxically because it works so well alongside the engaging melody. The overall impression of the music is loose, melancholic waves of melody, occassionally surging into powerful workouts on a couple of codas.
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on 11 October 2000
The Dirty Three are an amazing 3 piece from Australia. Their mixture of haunting, feeling violin, supporting and understanding rhythm guitar countered by precise yet unpretentious percussion gives this band a truly unique sound. And to see them live Melbourne's Regent Theatre is indeed spiritually reviving.
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on 7 June 2002
This is one of the best albums that I have heard, although it might not be to the taste of everyone. The title is very apt as the music brings to mind tidal washes of sound, rising and falling, at times breaking out from melancholic swells into extended crescendos (for example on 'Authentic Celestial Music').
On first listen the music is fairly one dimensional (each song sounds similar to the one that preceded it). This is a fair comment - and the album is not for those who want individual songs, complete with lyrics, hooks and refrains - but in the case of Ocean Songs it adds to the overall impression.
The music is led by the violin's melody line, which is often repetitive and relies on folk and 'gypsy' influences rather than classical ones. Subtle changes, however, are perfectly complimented by the loose drums and slightly distorted guitar, which picks erratic arpeggios and chords. The combination of the three is quite unique, despite the fact that the bare bones of the songs are simple melodies and chord progressions (albeit beautiful ones as on 'Sea Above, Sky Below'). In terms of their name the 'Dirty' moniker is almost as apt as the 'Three': the edge to the guitar and rawness of the violins and drums make the music paradoxically grimy - paradoxically because it works so well alongside the engaging melody. The overall impression of the music is loose, melancholic waves of melody, occassionally surging into powerful workouts on extended codas.
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on 20 February 2015
Music rarely gets much better than this. Mournful and reflective it rewards the listener time and time again. Warren Ellis and his band mates have come up with something that I will be listening too for the rest of my life.
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on 10 May 2013
Bought this because it was cheap and on the Bella Union label, normally a safe bet for quality music. I really persevered, having read the other reviews leading me to expect some kind of elegiac, mystical, nautically themed masterpiece. I've played it three times and just don't get it. My taste in music is broad and somewhat eclectic to say the least but I have to say that this just leaves me cold. It brought to mind the phrase, "Tora, Tora,Tora", if "Tora" is Japanese for "boring" - I know it's not, before someone corrects me. This will go straight to Oxfam so at least some good will come of the purchase, although some other poor sod has to listen to this dirge.
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on 12 August 2014
very good
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