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  • Audio CD (5 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fatcat Records
  • ASIN: B003V6LOPK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Kupanda
  2. In Between Times
  3. Do Your Eyes See Sparks
  4. Couches And Carpets
  5. Pond
  6. Recover
  7. Old Hat
  8. Mallo Cup
  9. Remember The Magic Carpet
  10. Even
  11. Tokyo Late Night
  12. Fortune Of Folly
  13. Mary Anne
  14. Perch Patchwork

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1. Kupanda
2. In Between Times
3. Do Your Eyes See Sparks
4. Couches And Carpets
5. Pond
6. Recover
7. Old Hat
8. Mallo Cup
9. Remember The Magic Carpet
10. Even
11. Tokyo Late Night
12. Fortune Of Folly
13. Mary Anne
14. Perch Patchwork

BBC Review

Chief, er, Mouse, Adam Pierce, has impeccable credentials within the post-rock pantheon. From his early dalliance with Dub Narcotic Sound System-indebted The Dylan Group to his pan-global collaborative project Mice Parade, Pierce has rarely sat upon his indie-rock laurels. This might account for Mice Parade’s evergreen status as the expanding cast of musicians Pierce utilises daub his sound design with eclectic colours, suffusing his output with a freshness rarely found in a band in its second decade of existence.

What It Means to Be Left-Handed encompasses Pierce’s interest in tropicália, highlife and flamenco as well as his very own folk music: American indie-rock. Proceedings kick off with Kupanda, its use of West African kora underpinning a sprightly and joyous melody before In Between Times, a crash-cymbal-heavy rush of leftfield rock featuring Caroline Lufkin on vocals, sets the album’s early template. Lufkin crops up regularly, her elfin vocal inflection sweetening Pierce’s deadpan delivery as they compete with a maelstrom of percussion and rasgueado guitars. It often works, as in the aforementioned track, and on Do Your Eyes See Sparks, which stutters with muted, autumnal melancholy. But it grates on Couches and Carpets, which no amount of intricate time signatures can save from blandness.

Pierce is at his most immediate when he strips it back as exemplified by the Buffalo Tom-style power-pop of Mallo Cup. Disciplined moments are exceptional here and recent converts to Mice Parade might find the second half of the album a more challenging prospect. The undeniably pretty but structurally un-tethered likes of Tokyo Late Night or Mary Ann assuage rather than genuinely affect one’s cranium. Even is hampered the most by this apparent lack of purpose, its initially strident groove tailing off into a meandering shuffle and long fade.

Still, What It Means to Be Left-Handed contains more ideas than most guitar bands muster in their entire careers and will certainly consolidate Pierce’s core cult audience. One could argue that Pierce has earned the right to roam wherever his muse takes him. Luckily for us the results are, for the most part, compelling and inventive.

--Rich Hanscomb

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Usual Mice Prade high quality as you would expect, this time with a few indie-afrobeat numbers thrown in to mix up the jam.

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HASH(0x8bbfa174) out of 5 stars a fantastic musical journey 6 Oct. 2010
By Craig M. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
never dull, fresh, dynamic instrumentals and great vocalists. I won't bore you with comparisons, just listen to the previews. Every song stands on it's own.
HASH(0x8bbfa3e4) out of 5 stars Worth a listen 25 Jun. 2013
By E. Burke - Published on Amazon.com
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I like this, but I don't enjoy it quite as much as some of their other work - my favorites are Bem-Vinda Vontade and their self-titled album, though if I recall correctly, they're a little more instrumental/less vocally-oriented than this one.
HASH(0x96b6e75c) out of 5 stars One of my top 5 albums 10 Feb. 2016
By Kyle Mcauliffe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
One of my top 5 albums. All of the songs are so soothing yet complex. So excited to have this on vinyl.
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