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  • Audio CD (1 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00005N540
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Her Space Holiday - Manic Expressive

It might not be quite as good a title as Her Space Holiday's debut, the fraught Home Is Where You Hang Yourself, but Manic Expressive--the second full-lengther from Marc Bianchi's opium-for-the-ears solo project--finds this slow-core crooner expanding his experimental brief without losing the very tender heart that beats at the centre of the Her Space Holiday design. Pieced together on electronic organ and soaring computer sequencer, but carried most by a seeming orchestra of heavenly strings--all, of course, issuing from a groaning hard drive--this is far from a conventional slow-core album, and the furthest step that Bianchi's taken from his roots in Californian hardcore act Mohinder. "I've Always Been Stupid" boasts a melancholy guitar-line, laden heavy with echo, that's immediately reminiscent of Scottish guitar-strokers Mogwai, while the sweet, electronic "Hassle Free Harmony" recalls the twinkly psychedelia of the Beatles' "Dear Prudence". But despite this re-creation of familiar reference points, Bianchi's sonic adventurousness on tracks such as "The Ringing in My Ears" and the spaced, glitchy "Lydia"--where he duets, beautifully with girlfriend and muse Keely--supply ample proof that Her Space Holiday possess a sound that's all their own. -- Louis Pattison

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Format: Audio CD
On "Manic Expressive" her space holiday take their unique style of bedroom pop meets electronica to new plateau. This record is music for anytime of the day, any point in one's life. The beats and strings that grace this record are the perfect mixture of beauty and rhythm. All in all, this record is a masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 8 Dec. 2001
By Adam - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This has really moved out of the realms of slow-core and into uncharted waters of achingly beautiful experimental pop. At times it recalls the slowest and most introspective moments of an Eels disc., or perhaps if you gave the To Rococo Rot & I-Sound collaborations a vocalist and forced them into a pop-song structure, they might make music like this.
It's a remarkably cohesive album, and all of the experimental elements mesh into the song structures rather than standing out in opposition. The digital drumlines are glitchy in a good way, with skitterish snares on "the ringing in my ears" (my favorite track), or the sound of button presses and rewinding tape serving as the rhythm section of another track. While the string lines and the bass carry most of the melody, the organ adds a bit of a warm, fuzzy feel to even the most digital of songs. A mixture of his vocals, his girlfriend vocals, and some recorded dialogue keep the vocals fresh, although they really seem to serve as another insturment rather than the "focus" of the songs.
The presence of 'intro' and 'outro' songs suggest that this album is meant to be digested as a whole, and I definetly agree. If I had to pick standout tracks, however, i'd suggest 'the ringing in my ears' 'polar opposite' and 'hassle free harmony'. It's probably not coincidence that these are the most "traditional" songs on the disc, but they make the strongest impression for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original hybrid 6 Nov. 2002
By J. Persh - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This record represents a collision of a hybrid of blips and beeps with a melancholic vocal angle. You don't expect to hear the two in unison sounding so fresh and relevant. The dichotomy is that you would expect this music to come off as cold and distant instead of warm and inviting. Naysayers whom claim electronic music has no soul should take notice, because this record has it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Muted Pastels 22 Jan. 2002
By WrtnWrd - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There are a lot of melancholy boys with access to computer technology writing depressive near ambient symphonies to their own isolation. Marc Bianchi, recording as Her Space Holiday, is one of the good ones. On his second release, Manic Expressive, he stops navel-gazing long enough to mix it up in the real world. Of course, he does it quietly - his electronic palette is full of muted pastels, whispers - he's coming to your dinner party, not the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square. But he's absorbed and processed a number of wide-ranging influences in his bedsit: Philip Glass, Can, Vivaldi, Belle and Sebastian, Kraftwerk, Bach. To my taste, more interesting as ambient than Aphex Twin or any number of faceless trance remixers.
4.0 out of 5 stars best music "to live" to 2 Jun. 2004
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Her Space Holiday has such a new sound you can't help getting addicted to it. Perfect for any occasion during the day or night, every song is a standout hit. The song "Key Stroke" has even been scored in a snowboard video. Manic Expressive can be a soundtrack to your daily life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a pretty good indie electronic album, and it does have one GREAT song! 3 Jan. 2006
By C. Cross - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Some of "Manic Expressive" isn't all that good - by that I mean some tracks are annoying in a way that you have to REALLY like the band (most notably the singers) to enjoy them ("The Ringing In My Ears" and "Polar Opposites" are good examples - they sound pleasant, but the singer kind of ruins the songs for me. If you happen to like the singer a lot, though, these are good songs). However there ARE some great songs here - "Lydia" is one of my favorite songs (maybe it's just my tendency to love really good electronic-based songs, but I think most people will agree it's the best highlight here). None of the tracks are bad; most of them are very good if not decent. "Lydia", I think, contributes to its appeal. It's not for everyone, but if you're into electronic-influenced indie pop then you'll probably like "Manic Expressive". Recommended.

Highlights include:

"Manic Expressive (Intro)


"Key Stroke"

"Hassle Free Harmony"

the rest are pretty decent
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