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Operation Infinite Joy CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B0000DIJM2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 621,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Beauty On
  2. OK By Me
  3. The Temperance Society Choir
  4. Sergeant Kraulis
  5. Andy By the Lake
  6. Cold Blooded Old Times
  7. Winnipeg
  8. Waterstriders
  9. Ship of Fire
  10. Kathleen

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I'd only heard of Martin Tielli through his interpretation of a Scott Walker song, released on his Poppy Salesman album. I very quickly grew to love that album.
It took me a long time to get a round to ordering Operation Infinite Joy simply because the more I listened to Poppy Salesman, the less likely I believed another album could be anywhere near as good.

I was wrong.

The album is obviously by the same song-writer, but his avoidance of the acoustic vibe of Poppy takes OIJ in a completely different but equally satisfying direction.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, rich, beautiful, Martin 22 Aug. 2004
By A. Caldwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the most deep, intriguing, and complex albums I've ever heard. Full of sudden changes in mood, peculiar instrumentation choices (a glockenspiel in a rock album?), layers upon layers of vocal and guitar richness, lyrics that are by turns troubling and delightful, and an amazing overall originality of sound -- Operation Infinite Joy is a masterpiece.

Moreover, it's just about the exact opposite of Tielli's earlier solo album, "We didn't even suspect that he was the poppy salesman", which was also a masterpiece. O.I.J. sounds more like a Rheostatics album, in its wilful weirdness and lush arrangements, but the tone is consistently Tielli: dreamlike, tinged with fear and regret as well as inexplicable joy, and daringly personal. The lyrics are much more abstract than in "Poppy Salesman", and that plus the abundance of orchestration and the occasional hints of politics in the lyrics here might make you think this is a less emotionally honest record.

If you give it time, though, you'll understand the progression this album makes from the noise and confusion of "Beauty On", "OK by Me", and "The Temperance Society Choir" (the first three songs) to the focused grief of "Waterstriders", "Ship of Fire", and "Kathleen". The album is about retreat and escape. As Tielli captions the last pages of his beautiful liner notes (he's a visual artist as well as a musician), "I will start a new life on the periphery of civilization."

If you are at all interested in seeing what kind of art form rock music could become, you need to hear this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I hate you all! 3 Mar. 2004
By Jamry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With those 4 words, Martin Tielli launches one of my favourite albums of 2003. This follow up to "We didn't even suspect that he was the poppy salesman" is a brilliant treat. As the first installment in his much anticipated "Tielli 2003" subscription series, OIJ takes the acoustic goodness of poppy salesman to a new level, with production by Jon Goldsmith. This album is highly recommended to anyone who is interested in expanding their musical horizons with something smart and quirky.
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