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  • Audio CD (9 Sept. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • ASIN: B00006CJPM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,672 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Enigmatic composer and multi-instrumentalist John Parish is probably best known for his work producing and arranging for indie-rock siren PJ Harvey, whom he's worked with in a live and studio capacity for nearly two decades. On How Animals Move, he steps out from her estimable shadow for a solo work that consists of piecemeal recordings from the last five years, and features a revolving band that numbers Howe Gelb of desolate country rockers Giant Sand, folksy violinist Clare MacTaggart, vocalist David Donahue and Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley--as well as a single guest appearance from none other than Polly Jean herself. That track in particular, "Airplane Blues", is a raunchy, playful boogie-rock number that demonstrates little of the dark lady's brooding grandeur, but should keep completists happy. For atmospheric thrills, however, look pretty much anywhere else on How Animals Move: from the gothic folk lament of "Absolute Beauty Is an Absolute Curse" and shiversome country ramble of "Shrunken Man", to weird field recording experiments such as "Spanish Girls" and the hissy harmonica blues of "El Merreon", this is an adventurous and dark work, fit to stand next to innovative cinematic works such as Vincent Gallo's When. --Louis Pattison

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When I brought this CD I expected it to contain elements of the many, many bands in which John Parish has appeared as a session player. However, from the opening moments of Absolute Beauty is an Absolute Curse you realise that not only has he made something which is completely orginal; he has made something beautiful. The awarkward violin solo somehow transcends itself and becomes majestic even though it is playing over deliberate white noise. And it keeps on coming. Westward Airways is a melonchony sweep across the atlantic which captures the atmosphere of flying into the sunset to a tee while Shrunken Man is a deeply moving slow minimalist jazz piece with strained vocals superimposed over the top. I think the standout track for me though is Bernadette which uses a dictaphone recording a man (who sounds Keith Richards) talking about a women he knew called Bernadette, complete with fast-forwarding sounds, on top of a catchy, fresh guitar driven backing. And if you needed any more reason to buy this album it has PJ Harvey screaming her way through a New Orleans jazz number at the end!
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HASH(0x9188399c) out of 5 stars Great Album 19 Nov. 2008
By Edtron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The album is one of my favorites. I compare it to like a loose mogwai and kinda in the vein of godspeed you black emperor, only I think it survived the death of that slow swelling post-rock genre. It's great on so many levels, for one it's more of a grouping of several songs which are largely experiments with loose song structure and uncommon instrument arrangements/sampling, save a few of the more concrete songs. How Animals Move (and the solo violin version) being one of the more concrete songs, is an amazing and well composed swelling/emotional/moving song. The low fi recording style/sound is very interesting and amazing in itself (over-reverbed violin solo song and sampling on several songs). This is a very unconventional album and definitely worth a listen!
HASH(0x918839cc) out of 5 stars Beautiful Music 30 Sept. 2011
By Nathaniel J. Avery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This is one of the most satisfying albums. Songs are moody, dissonant, energetic at times. All around, John Parish was doing some very avante garde music around 92. Have this on CD and now am very pleased to own it on vinyl.
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HASH(0x91bb2714) out of 5 stars Short & Sweet 25 April 2003
By RevBSD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you're looking for a mellow cd this isn't a bad choice. However, it is overproduced and lacks some heart. His style biting is rather apparent in some songs but it's okay, after all I own it.
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