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Blonde Redhead ~ Melodie Citronique Ep

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d706180) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0x9d6b6198) out of 5 stars Chi é e non é 7 Jan. 2005
By EA Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are planning to get into Blonde Redhead... start somewhere else. "Melodie Citronique" is pretty much a goodie bag EP for fans who already know what they are getting into, rather than a sampling of their work. It's a pleasant listen, but their forays into French and Italian stumble.

It opens with a pair of non-English tracks from their "Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons." "En Particular," the eerily poppy French version of "In Particular," opens the album, followed by the sultry "Odiata per le Sue Virtú" ("Hated Because Of Great Qualities"). These are solid enough songs, but vocalist Kazu Makino sounds rather awkward when she sings in these songs, as if she isn't quite sure how to enunciate the words.

It's followed up by another Italian song, the sidewalk-cafe folk of "Chi é e non é" ("Who Is and Who Is Not"), and a thumpy, trippy experiment in sound, "Slogan." The last song is the only one in English: A spacey, haunted-house remix of "Four Damaged Lemons."

Blonde Redhead is well-known for its mixture of the graceful and gritty, which serves them well in this EP. The sole problem is Makino singing in French and Italian. She doesn't botch the songs, and she has a pretty, clear voice. But she sounds vocally clumsy with the song lyrics. It only gets worse as the album goes in; in "Slogan," her singing just sounds laborious.

It's not really a good introduction to the band, since these are not the most obvious or accessable songs. But they do make outstanding use of sweet piano, solid guitar and percussion, and keyboards that can spawn sonic sweeps, or turn the sound into a muddy, foggy mass of overhanging white noise.

"Melodie Citronique" is a fun listen for the fans of this band, but Makino's awkward delivery is a stumbling point. Even so, it's a pretty and offbeat EP.
HASH(0x9d6bb69c) out of 5 stars Blonde Redhead at their finest 28 Sept. 2014
By Mikael Allan Mikaelsson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps somewhat disagreeing with what has been said here previously, I just have to say that this EP is one of Blonde Redhead's finest releases. I've been following this group for nearly 20 years and I can flat out say that Blonde Redhead is pretty much one of my all-time favorite bands.

I agree that people exposed to BR for the first time should probably start with their earlier work. However, I think Melodie Citronique is their finest piece, both haunting and beautiful in ways that no other band or musician can ever get close to. All excellent tracks, although I personally think that "Four damaged lemons" -the remix of "for the damaged" is the pinnacle of this short, yet amazing album.
12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4772b8) out of 5 stars SINGLE OF THE WEEK - NME - Sep 16 2000 by Victoria Segal 19 Jan. 2001
By scotty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's beyond language, of course. A Japanese singer and Italian twins plays French songs in New York - it would have to be, really. Yet although it would certainly be in keeping with Blonde Redhead's art abstractions to leave a blank space in tribute to this record, those of us less prone to wordless transcendence would like that opportunity to say, "What the hell was that?" For all their reputation as Sonic Youth's more humorless offspring - and God, that's REALLY working hard at not smiling - the first track here makes you wonder if they've missed an "I" out of their first name. "En Particulier" (the French version of "In Particuler" from their last album "Melody...")is nothing less than cubist Blondie, Kazu Makino lullabying through a glass-hearted rapture that's almost, ALMOST, like pop. This is followed by the Italian version of the any-storm-in-a-port "Hated Because of Great Qualities", a gauzy, unsettling flutter through Serge Gainsbourg's "Slogan", and a music-box remix of "For the Damaged." All excellent, all as clear as mud. Yet through all the scrambled syntax, the encrypted emotions, they're always discussing the possibilities, and most preciously, reminding you what they are. So go on, go mad. Namecheck Pasolini. Speak five languages. Title a song called "Four Damaged Lemons." An remember, it's only pretentious if it doesn't work
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d78da98) out of 5 stars Good Ol Blonde Redhead 12 Oct. 2000
By Scooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's not what to buy if you're looking for a sing along, but anyone who buys Blonde Redhead probably isn't looking for such an album anyway. You COULD sing with it if you know Italian and French or have a lot of time and patience.
The melodies, as usual, are haunting. The two new songs are quite catchy. Chi E E Non E will, I guarantee, be stuck in your head all day. Slogan is a real foot-tapper. The remix of For the Damaged is beautiful but tends to last a little too long. The run-together Italian words in 'Odiata' will first make you smile and then make you wish you knew Italian, because it would be really fun to be able to sing with it.
Buy this album if you already love B.R. It's a good price, and you won't be disappointed, especially with Chi E and Slogan.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d78dc48) out of 5 stars all things we love will die 3 Mar. 2011
By jose n - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This ep is awesome, its has kazu singing in French, italian, and english. And the third song, sung by amedeo is soo beautiful, even if i can't understand it. Just get this now!!!
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