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  • Audio CD (19 Jun. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B000F9RHVQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Product Description

1 x CD Album
UK 2006

1Truck Driving Man3:32
2Puzzles Like You2:15
3Breaking The Ice4:05
4Running With Your Eyes Closed2:12
5Most Days4:23
6Big Star Baby4:20
7Ghostship Waiting3:07
8Kill The Lights3:14
9You Said It Before3:50
10To Hold Your Tiny Toes3:26
11Just A Boy3:03
12The Mutineer3:41

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As many a pop story will tell, most bands tire of themselves eventually, leading either to split or reinvention. Four albums in, Puzzles Like You sees Mojave 3 picking the latter route, and with it twelve years of widescreen alt-country elegy is replaced by a snappy Byrdsian jangle.

Unfortunately most of this new "fun" direction feels a touch dishonest. While the title track is a golden piece of songwriting, Neil Halstead's tired, breathy voice still belongs to the beautifully mournful Mojave 3 of old, and hearing it over relentlessly happy chimes is akin to a long-term depressive insisting that he's fine really.

The initial persistence of cheer extends only to the opening four tracks, and it's only when they revert to previous form for Most Days and Big Star Baby, that Halstead really reminds us how great a songwriter he is. This pair do not simply stand out due to familiarity though: they are simply better-crafted songs, infinitely more tender, subtle and memorable than those which surround it.

There then follows a slew of songs which are competent but little more. Kill The Lights is let down by Halstead's newly unmasked mockney singing voice, whilst To Hold Your Tiny Toes and Just A Boy simply sound ungainly, like a middle-aged man on a Harley-Davidson, trying new tricks which old dogs can't quite master.

Mojave 3's new songwriting tack does not contain the same coming-of-age confidence seen in Belle & Sebastian's recent transformation, but neither is it convincing as a complete change of direction. Instead it sounds like a band who are simply a little bored. They say that the worst thing you can ask to a long-term depressive is whether they're alright. However, "alright" is just about all Puzzles Like You amounts to.
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I've been a fan of Mojave 3 since their first album 'Ask Me Tomorrow' and I very much like their rather 'laid-back' sound. I must admit to being disappointed with the last album and was a little hesitant about buying this one - but overall I'm glad I did.

This is a (relatively) up tempo offering - really quite uplifting overall, and although it looses its way about half way through, it picks up again towards the end. My only real gripe is the sound - which is normally pretty good and understated on their CDs. Most of the songs here are really compressed and limited - I'm not sure why they've done this - the louder the music gets, the more restricted and small it sounds. It seems that everyone wants 'loud' CDs that sound impressive for a few minutes then became rather fatiguing to listen to for more than a few tracks -which is a real shame. I'm giving 4 stars for the songs alone and not the production.
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By Martyn VINE VOICE on 6 July 2006
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I found this a bit disappointing after seeing M3 live recently, and having heard all their previous albums. Live, the material contained here seemed to really work, but here a more overtly pop-style production often threatens to overwhelm that laid-back indie-alt.country feel of their other records.

There are some good tracks, maybe four in all, but too much of this is just any old US-country rocker album - there's more to tap on your steering wheel to, but that's not enough compensation for losing their core vibe.
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The Mojaves have pulled out a real summer treat of an album here!

This is certainly their most catchy, hooky and up-beat LP to date.

It complements the other more melancholic albums in their back catalogue beautifully.

Definitely one for the Mojave 3 collection!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cb4921c) out of 5 stars Neil Halstead = Great Songwriter 22 Jun. 2006
By Tankery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This should be on many people's "best of" this year. It's illustrative of just how far Mr. Halstead has come from his teenage years with Slowdive and now with this complete album by one of the more important bands out there.

There's echoes of dream pop here but also early REM and psychedelia, all wrapped into quality songs that we now expect from this band and even more importantly from Neil. My favorites are Running with Your Eyes Closed and the elegant mid tempo Big Star Baby, but nothing weak top to bottom here.

Perhaps a bit less moody than earlier albums, more up tempo and rootsy, but I believe the best they've done.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cb49270) out of 5 stars Mojave 3 Delivers Again! 30 July 2006
By Go Steelers! - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I rarely write reviews, but I just have to say something about this fantastic album. I've been a Mojave 3 fan for about eight months now, having discovered Slowdive a few months before. I've become enamored with this band -- their music is so beautiful and soulful. I was a bit worried about this album, since I had read that it would be more fast-paced, less mellow than their past albums. But wow, after my first listen-through, it completely put me at ease, and I've been listening to it non-stop ever since.

Of course, it is a more up-tempo album than "Out of Tune", or "Excuses for Travellers". The first song, "Truck Driving Man" really gets things going, and you know you'll be in for an interesting ride. The album maintains a fairly even pace, with several more traditional Mojave 3 songs strewn throughout. It all flows very well. Neil's songwriting is as good as ever, and while Rachel doesn't headline any tracks, her backing vocals add that extra element that really makes Mojave 3 special.

IMO, the material on this album can easily stand toe-to-toe with anything the band has ever done. I haven't decided yet, but I think this just may be my favorite Mojave 3 album so far. It really feels like a natural progression of their music, and you're left with this desire to hear them play on and on. I really just can't believe how good it is -- so often, when bands try something new, they end up irritating their fans with the new direction, and putting out music that isn't really up to par with their previous material. Little wonder that the folks who transitioned from the psychadelic Slowdive to Mojave 3's rolling melodies could pull off this new endeavor so well, and deliver some of their best music ever.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d87a5dc) out of 5 stars Overall, Thumbs Up 22 Dec. 2006
By Von Scotty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was a Slowdive fan before Mojave 3. It took some time for me to enjoy every Mojave 3 record after the release of "Ask Me Tomorrow." It took me quite a few listenings until I really connected with the music.

This record is no exception.

Let it play for a while and you will hear this really is a good record. Thats why I always buy a new Mojave 3 album when it comes out. I know that eventually I will really like it.

*sidenote* Track 12 is of utmost quality. It think track 12 should appeal to many of the Slowdive and "Ask Me Tomorrow" fans. Drop the 15 bucks and buy this record.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c9c8600) out of 5 stars 3.5 stars actually 5 Oct. 2006
By Daniel Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
They traded in their acuostic guitars for electric ones. That's not to say, howerver, that this is an electric album. On their past albms they would fill their songs with acoustic rhythm and punctuate them with well timed electric leads or wonderfully jaunty piano riffs. On this album they have (for the most part) replaced the acoustic rhythm with electric rhythm and somewhere along the way the songs got a little lost in the translation. Clean toned electric guitars against a backdrop of, you guessed, clean toned electric guitars, there's no room for the songs to breath, there's nowhere for them to go, there's no fight in them.

I am a die hard Mojave 3 fan, so for me to write such a critical review is a hard thing for me to do, but take this into account... it still got a 3.5 from me, now that's saying something.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ce04930) out of 5 stars another great mojave album 7 Jun. 2006
By M. Lohrke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
with their fifth album, mojave 3, instead of resting on their laurels, have created a pretty remarkable (and in their case, progressive) album. fans of mojave 3 know that the neal halstead has a penchant for writing slow-as-molasses songs. the great thing about mojave 3 is that even though the songs were slow, they didn't come across as ballads--they were just slow songs. so listening to the the first track on the new album, 'truck driving man,' is a shock to the system. a few seconds in you're convinced it's a honkey-tonk stomper, complete with a jerry lee lewis-esque piano embellishments. don't let that scare you, however. it's still mojave through and through.

the first single, 'breaking the ice' is a similarly upbeat track, before you get the classic minor-chord bridge. it's a great song, but a surprising first single, at least in my opinion. 'big star baby,' 'ghostship waiting,' 'to hold your tiny toes,' and 'just a boy,' are big, driving, guitar tunes, that while not instantly memorable, are certainly worthy additions to the mojave 3 canon. neal halstead has yet to write a dud. it is, however, great to see the band branch out a bit and experiment with new sounds and speed things up a bit.

the real suprise comes from 'the mutineer,' the albums cleverly-titled closer, and only non-halstead track. maybe it's a nod the change in direction or the fact ian mccutheon takes over singing duties, but if it is, it's highly ironical because it's the album's 'slowest' track. most listeners will spot similarities between mccutheon's voice and sparklehorse frontman, mark linkous. it's a beautiful song and hopefully we'll get to hear more from mccutheon in the future.

rachel goswell's heavely pipes are still painfully lacking (as in we don't hear them enough) on this album. it's a sad trend dating back to the last album. maybe it's a voluntary move on her part. maybe she's content to let her bass do the talking, but i'd could certainly stand more rachel goswell, as i'm sure we all could.

all in all it's a really great album. old mojave fans certainly won't be disappointed. i'm sure if they can find a broader audience, they'll make plenty of new fans, too.
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