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  • Audio CD (1 Aug. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B0009MA8YM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Rachel Fuller - Cigarettes And Housework - Cd

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Format: Audio CD
Beautiful and soft melodies of piano and vocals filled with dark intense imagery and backed with rock guitar and drums, and the unthinkable idea of decent synthesizers!
"Into My Heart" begins with a very delicate and classically beautiful piano and drifts rock style into an intense obsessive lyric sung delicately and innocently. "Ghost In The Room" is a nice twist on the familar style of the soft catchy pop rock song with lyrics of regret.
The whole album is just filled to the brim with decadently dark and hauntingly beautiful music that perfectly combines rock and classical to produce something that sears right through to the soul. It's the best album I've bought this year.
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Very nice- nothing challenging/interesting about it - it all sounds very good and every now and again it glimmers with a little bit of something worthwhile but never vears away from decent background music. Its neither accompanied with a grand orhcestral sound, nor a more modern dance sound, nor is it quite the cenfessional singer songwriter style.

Never really reveals itself - although all the right ingredients appear to be there. Its the only one i own so dont know if she has better work out there - but also depends on your tastes - do not take heed of the Tori and Alanis comparison. They are both a lot edfier in their approach and delivery of music.
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By A Customer on 16 Mar. 2006
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Rachel Fuller is clearly a talented musician but her strengths seems to lie in arranging and orchestration rather as a composer and artist. The songs are listenable, but not particularly memorable. The vocals are competent but not special and the whole album drifts along in a pleasant but not very interesting way. I'm not sure that the Tori Amos/ Alanis Morisette comparisons are fair, as both artists have much more of an edge. Think Dido in uninspired mood and I think that you would be nearer the mark.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish we had more music with this much depth and scope in popular music today 1 Mar. 2017
By A. L. Owens Jr. - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I wish Rachel Fuller had not become domestically comfortable and would make more records. I was astounded when I heard this record some 13 years after it was made. She is much more interesting than you would think. She is not just some rock star's girlfriend. There is a lot to her writing, her playing, her arranging. This record blew me away. In a way I can see why she isn't making records in this climate of auto tuned faces that look good and sing cookie cutter songs that are so cliche my niece could have written them when she was 11 (thirteen years ago). The other alternative is women who can sing their butts off who sing songs that are so shallow it makes them look as if they are on the same level as Taylor Swift (who is helpless without pitch correction and won't admit it) or Miley Cyrus (so shallow they would be out of their depth in a parking lot puddle). Rachel Fuller is on the level with clever writers from the past like Kate Bush, Sandy Denny, Linda Thompson, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King who knew how to craft a lyric in their own individual way. Wish we had more like her today.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No filler on this fuller CD! 10 Oct. 2005
By Lovblad - Published on
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While it is a very nice CD that loaded without problems onto itunes on my mac, i experienced some problems (i.e. it would not play at all) one one of my home CD players (a philips CD recorder!) and this is the first time i have encountered this kind of problem. Otherwise it is a spledid CD; as another reviewer wrote she had already provided vocals to a spectacular CD by Delerium that I also recommend. It is also an indipensable recorde for those sad Townshend/Who completists to which i slowls belong.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two stars for two great songs 28 Mar. 2007
By Phil Silverman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
She's a fine pianist and at times compelling composer, but the overproduction and overall pretentiousness is too much. On the plus-side, we have a true stylist in the sonic tradition of Joni Mitchell (to a degree) and Annie Haslam [Renaissance] to a greater degree.

The writing is subtle, though, as mundane, everyday objects, take on multi-layers of meaning - sofas, phones, cigarettes. Still, those over-arrangements weigh down any buoyancy.

Back to my review title: "Beautiful Invisible" is a phenomenal success, transcending comparison with the above-named/or any other artists, and the Bonus Track, "Jigsaw" has the straight-ahead, rocking thing going that just about all the tracks should have had.

Pete Townshend on acoustic guitar (?) - how about a partial album re-do with Pete on acoustic guitar and Rachel on acoustic keyboard - and up-front vocals on all the tracks.

(Maybe same the instrumental "Lament" for the CD-single B-side. Nice work, though, Jonathan Williams).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 22 Oct. 2005
By Brimpls - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Get ready to fall in love with Rachel Fuller's clear, perfectly beautiful voice and her creative songwriting. She does not fit easily into a box, which is one reason I love her music. Rachel is classically trained as a pianist and is a talented arranger and songwriter, and she can rock. As my teenage son says of her song "Spin": "She's heavy as hell!"

On this album, my favorites are each very different from each other. I love "Into My Heart" with its catchy chorus, the aforementioned "Spin" which is mesmerizing, "Imperfection" which will bring tears to your eyes, "Happy to Be Sad," and all the other tracks. Rachel has more songs to share. Rachel's demos are better than almost anything you can hear on the radio these days.

I think if you are someone who loves music, you'll love Rachel's songs. Her voice sometimes reminds me of Sarah McLachlan, she has that crystal clear, beautiful tone and perfect pitch. In the title song, you can hear the Joni Mitchell influence, but Rachel puts her own touch in every song she sings. She surrounds herself with the best musicians, and the production here is brilliant.

Give her a listen, you'll find yourself ordering this CD.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cigarettes & housework 27 July 2005
By Erica Anderson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I really haven't heard much about Rachel Fuller. My first time I heard this talented singer was on Delerium's 2003 album "Chimera". Rachel contributes her lovely voice to the gorgeous ballad "Touched". The second time I heard Rachel was on the soundtrack to that turkey of a film "Shall We Dance?" with "Eat Me". I was even more impressed by what I heard. When I saw that she had a full-length album out, I had to buy it.

"Cigarettes & Housework" is a 45 minute pop/rock gem. The music is a blend of pop, rock, folk, and a hint of jazz (interesting note: Barnes & Noble had this cd categorized as a jazz album which I beg to differ on). Rachel reminded me of the late Eva Cassidy at times during the album but with a much clearer voice. I almost could hear hints of Tori Amos here and there. I enjoyed all the songs immensely. For me the standout tracks on the cd are "Praying", "Eat Me", "Outside My Window", and "Imperfection". The production of this album is perfect. It is clean yet not overproduced like a lot of albums are today. I look forward to hearing more from this talented singer.
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