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  • Audio CD (10 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: One Little Indian
  • ASIN: B002F3BP1S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 412,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
This album appears to be a re-issue of an American Promo disc issued in 2001.

All of the songs contained on this album are B-Sides taken from the CD singles released to promote 'Love in the Time of Science' (between 1999-2001). The tracks may well be considered rarities in America but they have all been made available over here previously and continue to be available as Downloads.

So, if you have been a fan for a while and own the singles from the first album, then give this a miss, as you probably own most if not all of the tracks here. And if you are a fan of her later releases (particularly Fisherman's Woman), the final two tracks on the album might not appeal. For everyone else though, definitely worth a listen.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2010
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A lot of people have heard Emiliana Torrini's work, even if they didn't immediately identify her on albums by Gus Gus, Thievery Corporation, and Kylie Minogue. Her quirky, pretty style is on display in "Rarities." It's exactly what it sounds like -- odds and ends, remixes and B-sides. And despite a few odd choices, it's a rousing success.

It opens with four B-sides, odds and ends that weren't on any of her previous albums. "Weird Friendless Kid" is a gentle ode to the people of this world who don't fit in, while "If You Go Away" is a poignant, crystalline love song. "Flirt" is Torrini at her most offbeat ("Banging my drums with your bones as you scream and shout!"), and "7-Up Days" is a shivery, catchy little tune.

The remixes start off strong with an acoustic version of "Tuna Fish," which loses none of its eerie charm when played on stripped-down guitar and drums. "Baby Blue (Rae & Christian Remix)" is even better than the original, using a vaguely funereal tone that gives the strange song added solemnity. The ones that follow aren't as good -- they tend to be a bit too dense and dancey, especially the "Unemployed in Summertime" remix.

Those who enjoyed the fascinatingly offbeat style of "Love in the Time of Science" will probably enjoy "Rarities." It's a bit less acoustic in the B-sides, and almost dizzyingly electronic in the dancey remixes. But Torrini's offbeat lyrics and quirky charm are present everywhere.

The songwriting is strong as ever, ranging from simple and sweetly memorable ("If you go away/On this summer day/Then you might as well/Take the sun away") to gloriously weird ("Before I touch you I would like to think/Of black hair and butterfly milk/Ingredients of your gift").
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unlike each of her excellent original albums, this complilation fails miserably to attract & entertain,unless you're into something you could find in the Dance section.The first few tracks are ok - although available on other albums in versions at least as good. The rest of the two discs are made up of Dance versions of either new or re-mixed versions of songs - some new to fans, others also available elsewhere. Torrini is a superlative talent, wonderful live or on her other albums. Miss this one though, very disappointing, now where's that charity bag...
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