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Tragedy

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Product details

  • Audio CD (20 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B00CLW4P38
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Try To Make Yourself A Work Of Art
  2. The Falling Age
  3. Goddess Eyes
  4. Celebration
  5. So Lillies
  6. Finale

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YES, THE MUSIC IS 5 STAR

IF YOU ARE READING THIS REVIEW IN RELATION TO THE BONUS TRACKS VERSION 2013 YOU MAY LIKE TO KNOW THAT THE 2 EXTRA TRACKS ARE 'INTRODUCTION' AND 'INTERLUDE' SEPARATED FROM THE TRACK THAT FOLLOWS WHICH IS THEREFORE NOW SHORTER.
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This girl has a vision; she is a musician in a real innovative sense. Original, individual and quirky - think Laurie Anderson, Joanna Newsom, or further back even Bjork or Robert Wyatt. Enchanting, and blissful at times - think Cocteau Twins, LaBradford, Joanna Newsom again, and dream pop generally. Of course it sounds like none of these specifically, but there's ambience, found sounds, fragile vocals, vocoders, textures, atmospherics, melody - it's all a bit woozy and 'other' and almost like God Speed You Black Emperor here and there. Some samples initially seem sudden - just dropped in and clunky but forget it was done in a bedroom using free Audacity software (with a few uppish sound levels) and just listen. There is nothing market driven here, no demographic is being targeted. This record makes its own rules. Just trying to find something to compare it with emphasises its uniqueness.
I've not heard follow ups Ekstasis or Loud City Song - is it possible to have too much of a good thing?
To clarify the two available CD issues (at different prices), the Night School / Leaving Records CD Tragedy (2012) and Domino CD (Tragedy: 2013 Bonus Edition) appear to be the same, one using the front and the other the back cover as publicity. I ordered the 2013 Bonus Edition which apart from a Domino label on the clear wrap had a 2012 Night School / Leaving Records cover. It has 6 tracks - the Introduction and Interlude are simply embedded in the following track rather than separate as listed. The CD text title: 'Tragedy: Assets' adds to the confusion. So why the bonus?
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The best way to attempt to describe this wonderful album is as ageless, doomy romanticism. To describe the sound is difficult - the first track alone doesn't hear from Julia for the first few minutes as she weaves a stunning collage of found sound and field recordings; all lonely honking fog horns and vintage operatics.

Along the whole trip I'm variously reminded of Julee Cruise/Angelo Badalamenti, Kate Bush, Cocteau Twins, Micro-House but as disparate as these influences may sound it all meshes together miraculously to create a gauzy atmosphere which envelopes you like mist. A beautifully accomplished record which rewards with repeat listens and never loses its 'shock of the new'. Where else could you hear Baroque flourishes, choral song, vocoders and drum machines all in one place?!
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From beginning to end this album is just sublime. If you're a fan of Lali Puna, Daughter, Polly Scattergood etc you will adore this as I do. This was my first album by this artist and won't be my last. A fan for life guaranteed.
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars dark side of ekstasis 24 Nov. 2013
By souprman - Published on Amazon.com
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Julia is a really unique artist in that her music is not conventional yet is very accessible. Okay, maybe not "very". It's also hard to make an accurate comparison to give you a general idea of what she sounds like. So without saying she "sounds like" I'll just tell you the music I was reminded of when I first heard her, a less terrifying Scott Walker, Bjork, Cocteau Twins. This record is the darker side of her "ekstasis" (latin for ecstasy) which was recorded simultaneously. Don't let the first 3 minutes scare you away. Most menacing use of silence since... well, Scott Walker.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Julia Holter fans 30 Oct. 2012
By Stark R. - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've got "Ekstasis" and want more of Julia Holter's interesting and soothing music, get this CD. Listen while cooking weekend brunch.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A tragedy (for the most part) 10 April 2015
By MusicMusicMusic - Published on Amazon.com
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This album does have several quite beautiful ambient moments, and that is why I gave this album 2 stars instead of 1. But everything beautiful about this album is ruined by the grating, annoying vocals and some very un-beautiful noises that often pop out of nowhere. I realize that Holter put a lot of effort into these compositions, but I find it ironic that something so precisely orchestrated has ended up so unalienable.

To be clear, I'm not one of those people who just outright dismisses all experimental music as "hipster rubbish", but oftentimes I can't help but feel that some experimental musicians (such as Holter) think they are being groundbreaking and innovative when in reality they are just taking a series of badly strung together sounds that have very little if any melodic quality and glorifying them as something special. There's often nothing memorable about these sounds, and just as I don't remember the sequence in which my little baby sister banged away on those pots and pans so many years ago, I won't remember albums like this one.
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