Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop All Amazon Fashion Summer Savings Up to 25% Off Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Oasis Listen in Prime Shop now Learn more
Customer Review

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, energetic, experimental, pop, 10 Jan. 2003
By A Customer
This review is from: High Society (Audio CD)
The day-glo sleeve turns out to reflect the contrast in musical styles within. It's all held together by strong tunes and a playful approach employing lyrics about a throw-away, consumer, society. It's an "up" record and it's mostly pop.
Now to the contrasts. John Schmersal's singing alternates between a soothing "lounge" croon, deadpan Stephen Malkmus and something altogether more impassioned. Toko Yasuda's breathy, Japanese-accented vocals sound demure, but beware: she threatens to "throw you away when the flavour runs out" on the track "Disposable Parts". Likewise the instrumentation - one moment it's conventional, the next a synthesizer or some processed key sounds make an entry. Volume levels dart between low and very high within the space of a song (except on the unrepresentative opening track, which is Weezer-ish and noisy throughout). Some of this record is danceable, some of it is not. The lyrics are mostly escapist, but the title track displays what may be serious antipathy towards NYC yuppies: "On the way to a Broadway play she bought whatever was in her way".
Though there are vague similarities to Beck, The Pixies, Pavement, Sparks, Kraftwerk and the Beatles, the main ingredient is originality, at least to my ears. The production is good, and it's a pleasure to dip into the quality and variety which these experienced musicians have come up with here.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]


Review Details

Item

4.0 out of 5 stars (1 customer review)
5 star
0


3 star
0

2 star
0

1 star
0

Add to wishlist
A Customer