19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2004
Beautiful weirdness dominate this second release from Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong, American innovateurs in the field of...well, music. One of them is obviously a very skilled musician, playing all styles and sorts of string instruments. The rest is a very diverse heap of found sound; people singing, talking, cheering, lecturing, laughing, whispering; noises galore. No songs in the traditional sense, but something is definitely happening here. With an outspoken sense of humour, The Books display a true championship in the multi-layered cut-and-paste technique which transform these odd bits and pieces into a kind of storytelling, coherent in it`s own way and with a peculiar ability to make all this sound very interesting and engaging. This music is cinematic in a different way. Although this clearly isn`t to everyone`s liking, those familiar and comfortable with the work of Four Tet, norwegian Kim Hiorthöi and Múm of Iceland are hereby given a strong advice to check this out. You just might end up loving it, like I did.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2007
A melange of bizarre samples, dictaphone recordings and nonsense phrases, 'The Lemon of Pink' is unlike anything else I've heard this year, or indeed ever. While it might initially appear directionless, confusing and altogether removed from music, the beauty of this record is in its rich variety of sound. 'S is for Evrysing' encompasses strings, beats, and fragments of conversation, while the title track sounds like 13 songs and 2 films distilled into a perfect six minutes. 'The Lemon of Pink' is less a set of tracks, more a series of layers which can be explored endlessly and guarantee the discovery of a new perspective every time.