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Up In Flames Double CD

3.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Audio CD (31 Mar. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Leaf
  • ASIN: B00008CGUS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I've Lived On A Dirt Road All My Life
  2. Skunks
  3. Hendrix With KO
  4. Jacknuggeted
  5. Why The Long Face
  6. Bijoux
  7. Twins
  8. Kid You'll Move Mountains
  9. Crayon
  10. Every Time She Turns Round It's Her Birthday

Product Description

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Up in Flames is Manitoba's second album, following on from 2001's Start Breaking My Heart. Dan Snaith plays guitar, keyboards and glockenspiel, but now he's tired of laptop-generated solo performance and is set to take a full live combo out on the road. Nevertheless, this disc remains an almost completely one-man experience. Mr Manitoba is adept at stirring up a dreamy, psychedelic pop miasma, with the opening "I've Lived on a Dirt Road All My Life" sounding backwards when it's going forwards, its jittery drums rearing up out of a wall-of-mush production. "Skunks" has a full-cream bass line and some ferrety saxophone outbursts emerging from its kaleidoscopic jangle. "Hendrix with KO" is a breezily melodic shuffle and "Jacknuggeted" develops a strummy heat-haze that has electronica patterns streaked across in a watercolour wash. "Every Time She Turns Round, It's Her Birthday" benefits from a distorted split-stereo vocal and "Bijoux" saves all of Snaith's favourite tricks for one glorious shag-pile spill, starting with his tingling glockenspiel, then rolling out the thick organ, acoustic guitar chords, fruity saxophone and an angelic vocal chorus. --Martin Longley

Review

A sprawling, bucolic tour de force, like early Mercury Rev on magic mushrooms -- Paul Mardles, Arena, April 2003

Both adventurous and accessible, a record in love with the obliterating power of sound -- 4/5, John Mulvey, Uncut, April 2003

Bursting with bastardised Merseybeat harmonies and oscilating guitar FX, this album is both stunningly spontaneous and absurdly precocious -- 8/10 Album Of The Month, Paul Clarke, Jockey Slut, March 2003

Quite possibly the best thing out of Canada, since, well, ever. -- 5/5 Album Of The Month, Stephen Worthy, Loaded, April 2003

The work of a music lover, and should appeal to all who consider themselves such... the whole thing satisfies... -- 5/5, Steven Jelbert, X-Ray, March 2003

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
Manitoba's `Up in Flames' is a bold two fingers to the stale electronica scene and a glorious leap forward. Along with Four Tet's `Rounds' it has rekindled faith in the one-man-and-his-machine dynamic, dragging the laptop boffin kicking and screaming out of the bedroom and into a psychedelic love-in free-for-all (metaphorically, anyway). A veritable one man band, Canadian Dan Snaith has recorded his own Private Psychedelic Reel in a bombastic tour de force of `live' drumming, spools of sax, treated vocal harmonies, wailing guitar solos, sitas and flutes. Asides from the inevitable comparisons and accusations of plagiarism (early Lips and Mercury Rev have been mentioned, as have My Bloody Valentine), you'll hear nothing like it this year, from the kaleidoscopic party animal of `Skunks', to the drowsy hues of `Jacknuggeted', and the David Axelrod-meets-Roni Size of `Twins'. Heartfelt and head-hammering at the same time, it's a raw, eccentric triumph.
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Format: Audio CD
Manitoba's 'Up in Flames' is a bold two fingers to the stale electronicascene and a glorious leap forward. Along with Four Tet's 'Rounds' it hasrekindled faith in the one-man-and-his-machine dynamic, dragging thelaptop boffin kicking and screaming out of the bedroom and into apsychedelic love-in free-for-all (metaphorically, anyway). A veritable oneman band, Canadian Dan Snaith has recorded his own 'Private PsychedelicReel' in a bombastic tour de force of 'live' drumming, spools of sax,treated vocal harmonies, wailing guitar solos, sitas and flutes. Asidesfrom the inevitable comparisons and accusations of plagiarism (early Lipsand Mercury Rev have been mentioned, as have MBV), you'll hear nothinglike it this year, from the kaleidoscopic party animal of 'Skunks', to thedrowsy hues of 'Jacknuggeted', and the David Axelrod-meets-Roni Size of'Twins'. Heartfelt and head-hammering at the same time, it's a raw,eccentric triumph.
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Format: Audio CD
This is an extraordinary album!
I bought Manitoba's debut on the strength of Amazon recommending it to me after I rated Four Tet's 'Pause' highly, and to be honest I was underwhelmed. Sure, it was nice enough electronica, but it didn't have a great deal of spark, and it certainly didn't prepare me for this!
Canadian Dan Snaith has taken the best bits of everything that's ever been good ever and stuck them all together! I've not had such an overwhelming first-hearing reaction to a record as this since I was 17 and heard Orbital for the first time. I was squirming and jerking and smiling and laughing and dancing round the room within minutes.
Imagine, if you will (if you can), The Chemical Brothers mining the legacy of My Bloody Valentine, and downbeat electronica surrendering to Brian Wilson's brand of gorgeous woozy pop music, all rolled together into one cohesive and inspirational 40-minute package!
Big happy clattering drums rub up with multi-coloured guitars, spacey organs, glockenspiels (or xylophones, who knows?), occasional dreamy vocals, sliding clarinets, droning saxophones, all manner of gorgeous found-sound weirdness, beatific electronic passages and even the occasional frog.
I can't implore you enough to go out and buy this record - if you love music, and I mean REALLY LOVE MUSIC, then you ought to love this.
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Format: Audio CD
I loved 'start breaking my heart' so when I saw in the shop 'up in flames' I had to buy it.
I noticed the stickers on the case with glorious reviews from the music press which seemed rather strange. I could not imagine music like 'start breaking my heart' commanding widespread appeal from the music press.
In short if you're coming from listening to 'start breaking my heart' and want to hear music developed on from that, do not bother buying 'up in flames' as you will be well disapointed, but if you like lot's of jangly guitars and strange noises and samples, as whole reminiscent of 90's indie music, go for it.
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Its clear that Daniel Snaith, aka Manitoba, has been digging out a lot of old “shoegazing” records from the early nineties since the laptop glitch-fest of debut “Stop breaking my heart”. There are elements of MBV’s sonic experimentalism with vocals pitched beneath a fuzz of hazy effects and even – whisper it – Chapterhouse whose under-cherished Blood Music lp succesfully exploited the genre’s potential for experimenting with electronic music in the persuit of creating an even denser wall of sound.
To be fair, Leaf Records has always had the tendency to drift away from the perceived boundaries of some of its contemporaries – but this was still a bit of a shock. The closest comparisons I can make is of the Boo Radleys’ Sice attempting to sing Radial Spangle songs under the direction of Four Tet. I realise that for some of you, that description means as much to you as a New Labour manifesto and is just as difficult to comprehend so perhaps I’ll cut to the chase:
Up In Flames is fine summer-music for the 21st century. Clever electronics underpin lovely hazy melodies throughout the album. It never strays far from this underexplored template but highlight tracks like “I’ve lived on a dirt-track all my life”, “Hendrix KO” and single “Jacknuggeted” exemplify that Snaith has stumbled across a winning formula. Of course the next album will be completely different, so seize the moment and invest in the aural equivalent of waking up at 6pm on a sunny day at a festival with the afternoon’s local cider adding to the blissul confusion. That’s meant to be a good thing!
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