- Audio CD (10 Jun. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Bella Union
- ASIN: B00005OL9Z
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,706 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
The Ugly People Vs The Beautiful People CD
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The Ugly People Vs The Beautiful People. Singer John Grant deals in the ambiguities of modern perceptions on love, sex, beauty with a sigh of despair that is very accutely observed.
Hard to think of another band - save, perhaps, Mercury Rev - who can match The Czars for power, gravity and grace.Gorgeous and unforgiving in equal measure. -- MOJO magazine October 1 2001See all Product description
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They've been mistakenly compared to Radiohead and Jeff Buckley in the past, but recent tours with 16 Horsepower and Low should give you a few more apt bands to weigh and measure them against. Starsailor, Coldplay and JJ72 may be ripping off the Radiohead coattails, but John Grant's got the baritone vocals and songwriting chops to out-muscle them any day.
Oh yeah, and they're from Denver to.
stand-out track for me: caterpillar.
The Czars are a five piece band hailing from Denver, whose last album “Before...but longer” was critically acclaimed although commercially largely neglected. On the band’s sophomore effort Grant produces a stunning vocal performance; tortured, bittersweet and angelic, drawing comparisons to Tim Buckley, Mark Eitzel and Stephen Merritt.
‘Killjoy’ boasts the band’s musical diversity. Opening with a slightly distorted harmonica and a playful trumpet, this pop song soon finds itself in Grandaddy territory with toy electronica similar to that of “The Crystal Lake”, and culminates in High Llamas style melodies whilst Tarnation’s Paula Frazer lends an elegant and operatic backing vocal. The gorgeous ‘Anger’ contains hints of Jeff Buckley’s ‘Lilac Wine’ whilst ‘Black and Blue’, with its exquisite scattered piano and pedal steel suggests a country influence. The album ends with ‘Catherine’, an upbeat piece of vintage Californian psychdelic pop defined by Grant’s Magnetic Fields style crooning. Paula Frazer adds wonderful backing vocals alongside meandering guitars and singalong harmonies whilst the pedal steel countrifies and consolidates in the background. It comes as no surprise that Denver is located about halfway between San Francisco and Nashville. A splendid album full of surprises.