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  • Audio CD (7 Oct. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Red Ink
  • ASIN: B001EOQWJY
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Confessor
  2. Hot Night Hounds
  3. Springtime
  4. Down The Mountain
  5. Always Do
  6. Talking
  7. Hardwood Floor
  8. Hair Don't Grow
  9. The Tape
  10. Blue Ridge
  11. Wake

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Ah, the Annuals. Such trippy, sunshiney, garbly music.

And fortunately they are the kind of bright, enthusiastic indie band that only gets better as they polish their sound -- exhibit A being "Such Fun," which does its best to live up to its title. It takes some weird trips this time -- seemingly simple songs that erupt into more complex sounds and wildly trickly indiepop, mingled with a sort of hallucinogenic Americana folk. There are moments that aren't quite "such fun," but most of them are.

It starts with a strong, powerful guitar melody that slowly begins to trickly sunshiny violins and fiery riffs. And in keeping with "Confessor's" title, there's a faint hint of organ as well. "Pack up and leave everyday/I plant the seed to rip the roots away/And I believe every word you say calls the thunder/and spooks off the pain," Adam Baker croons through a tangle of oxymoronic instrumentation.

They settle down to something far softer with the trickling, acid-tinged sweetness of "Hot Night Hounds"... which suffers frequent eruptions of blasting bass; that in turn is followed by the thumping swirls of the aptly named "Springtime," where you can practically hear the Earth's rhythms revving up again ("And every time it rains/it's the promise that it brings..."). From these songs, you can get a pretty good idea of what the rest of the album will be -- a harmonious clash between gurgly sunlit indiepop and raw indie-rock.

Some of the songs like "Always Do" have a country-folk feeling, others have a rough-hewn alt-rock feel, while some having alluringly trippy indiepop.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95f10a50) out of 5 stars Do you want it? 16 Oct. 2008
By EA Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ah, the Annuals. Such trippy, sunshiney, garbly music.

And fortunately they are the kind of bright, enthusiastic indie band that only gets better as they polish their sound -- exhibit A being "Such Fun," which does its best to live up to its title. It takes some weird trips this time -- seemingly simple songs that erupt into more complex sounds and wildly trickly indiepop, mingled with a sort of hallucinogenic Americana folk. There are moments that aren't quite "such fun," but most of them are.

It starts with a strong, powerful guitar melody that slowly begins to trickly sunshiny violins and fiery riffs. And in keeping with "Confessor's" title, there's a faint hint of organ as well. "Pack up and leave everyday/I plant the seed to rip the roots away/And I believe every word you say calls the thunder/and spooks off the pain," Adam Baker croons through a tangle of oxymoronic instrumentation.

They settle down to something far softer with the trickling, acid-tinged sweetness of "Hot Night Hounds"... which suffers frequent eruptions of blasting bass; that in turn is followed by the thumping swirls of the aptly named "Springtime," where you can practically hear the Earth's rhythms revving up again ("And every time it rains/it's the promise that it brings..."). From these songs, you can get a pretty good idea of what the rest of the album will be -- a harmonious clash between gurgly sunlit indiepop and raw indie-rock.

Some of the songs like "Always Do" have a country-folk feeling, others have a rough-hewn alt-rock feel, while some having alluringly trippy indiepop. But most of the songs sort of straddle all the fences -- we have thumping alt-rockers immersed in warbling melodies, sunny pop melodies that get invaded by cycling electric guitars, hallucinatory indie-rockers that end with acid-orchestrals and clopping hooves. The album hits its high in the finale, where the seemingly ordinary songs -- a flowing piano melody, a folksy string ballad, and a lovably jumbled pop tune -- take on a new sweetness.

Admittedly not all the songs are winners -- a couple like "Talking" feel too close to the generic rock that the music industry has always had too much of. Too little warbling, too little fusing of those seemingly overdone styles.

But fortunately these are the exceptions to the rule that "Such Fun" sets, deftly layering different styles and instrumentals as if they always belonged together. Between the evocative lyrics and the music, it makes you imagine all sorts of things -- some are all about the adrenaline-fueled mountain dances by firelight, and some sound like babbling brooks and morning sunlight shining through the trees. They definitely run the gamut in this album.

And they seem to be trying to do all they can with guitars -- we have ringing cycling guitars, folky melodies, blazing grimy riffs, and flowing countryish tunes that drift under a cloud of other instruments. Specifically: sheets of shimmering synth, churchlike organs, fast-moving drums and bass, and an exquisite little cloud of trickling piano and aching strings (which can in a pinch become squealy fiddling). We even get some weird soundclips included at seemingly random moments -- like the horse hooves that fade into handclaps.

And Baker's slightly hoarse, sweet voice just sort of weaves its way through the tightly-woven instrumentation, sounding a little plaintive in the quieter songs and like a sprightly imp in the louder ones. And he does a pretty wild job with some of these songs, singing of "tumbling down this mountain in December," eyes that won't close and hair that won't grow, and hoping that a lover will change her mind ("Maybe if I could tear off the tape/run the death from my face/an old man forgets all my songs...").

"Such Fun" suits this album, albeit with a sad undercurrent that runs under the tangled instrumentation. Definitely one to listen to, and allow to sink into your bones.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96a856cc) out of 5 stars This burns hot like fire. 10 Oct. 2008
By Storylover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am coming to this record clean. I've never listened to Be He Me, and only picked this album up on a whim. The only expectation I had was to be moderately pleased, as I am with many young indie bands. I listen to their discs, enjoy them briefly, and put them in the pile of things to be remembered now and again.

Not this disc. I keep getting chills as I find new things to enjoy here. Confessor is a great way to start the disc out--poppy, melodic, and compelling with a great vocal and a fantastic mood establisher. The opening minor chords then slide into an almost upbeat groove with a languid 70's guitar in the background...then an Eric Matthews like chord change and drum fill takes over...then a multilayered vocal comes in sweeping through like rain on a mountain...and this is just in the first song! Invention is everywhere.

This sense of innovation, invention, and sheer fun pervade the entire record. Just when I got comfortable with the sophisticated production, Down the Mountain comes on with its goofy beats backed with an almost Johnny Marr like guitar delicacy..oh, but wait, power chords jump in and cover over the delicacy...oh, then a crazy country fiddle pops up for a rollick.

My entire first several listens had my head spinning, not knowing what was coming next. But whatever came, I kept on enjoying it. Soon, I just gave myself over to these guys, not having a clue where they would be taking me, but knowing that I was going to love it as it happened.

I think that this album will appeal to folks who are adventurous in their musical tastes, who enjoy sophisti-pop like the above mentioned Eric Matthews, but also have a soft spot for the Beta Band's best moments of invention, for those who remember with a religious fervor the first time you heard Badly Drawn Boy's Hour of the Bewilderbeast, for those who are constantly amazed by Beck. I don't think this band sounds that much like any of these folks, but all of them were pioneers in their own way, busting through expectations and lifting the listener to something beyond.

Excuse me, I have to go buy Be He Me.
HASH(0x95b59d74) out of 5 stars Solid follow-up effort, but not as brilliant as "Be He Me" 9 Oct. 2008
By Z. L. Kratzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First review! Ok, first of all, this is not as brilliant as "Be He Me" was, but when you to listen to it outside of the weight and expectations cast by their phenomenal debut, then you end up with a pretty solid album. It's hard to cast judgement on their effort with songs like "Springtime", "Down the Mountain", "Always Do", "Blue Ridge", and "Wake". These 5 songs, in particular, feel like moments of natural progression for this young band. Where "Such Fun" does fall short though is in its inability to create a fully balanced album with no weak parts. As far as I'm concerned, Tracks 6 thru 9 sound too much like filler, and that's a significant chunk of the album when considering there's only 11 songs and 40 minutes worth of music on here (I'm still hoping that these songs win me over in the end). If it weren't for the fact that the last 2 songs might be the best on the album, I'm not sure that I would make it through the whole album every time. The inconsistency in the middle of the album knocks this one down from a 5 to a 4 (and probably should even be lower than that but I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt that a week from now those songs will sound great). However, with all of that said, there is enough here to suggest that the best from Annuals is yet to come.
HASH(0x95c8d3a8) out of 5 stars Spread the love 3 Dec. 2008
By Daniel Larkin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are several reasons why I love this band, too many in fact to write on here. But if this album does nothing else, it reinforces every single one of those reasons. There are only a handful of bands that I can think of who can cross musical lines so deftly, so seamlessly, and not sound like showoffs or assbags. With this much natural talent in one room, it's a small wonder their ideas and concepts seem so borderless. Not to mention the artwork for this album consists of several Bob Ross paintings! Buy this album. You desrve a half-hour of great music.
HASH(0x95f0e6c0) out of 5 stars addictive 10 Jan. 2009
By Jill B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
At first I only sort of liked this album but after listening a couple more times I'm addicted. The songs really grow on you. I started noticing new things in the songs with every additional listen and now I can't get them out of my head. My favorite of the moment is "Down the Mountain" but I really like them all.
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