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Like a Carnival
Posted by: B1LParaquat from: Effingham, IL on
While most fans cite "In the Aeroplane over the sea" as their favorite, I happen to like this one a lot. While "Aeroplane" is completely gorgeous, and makes you wish you could play an instrument or write a song just as beautifully-- this album would make you want to give it a try. Recorded at home by Robert Schneider of the Apples in Stereo, this personal offering takes it's place alongside the 4-track masterpieces of it's time, like "Bee Thousand" by Guided by Voices. While all the songs are quote potent, and dense, these songs are especially magical and showcase Jeff Mangum's brilliant writing: Song Against S?x (this word is considered profane for some reason, there's nothing wrong with submitting the song name in my review!) , Someone is waiting, Leave me Alone, Naomi.
Jeff is also quite adept with sound collage, as evidenced by Marching Theme, which sounds like it contains: a 3 piece drum kit with jingle bells, a huge guitar with one string, the arpeggiating keyboard from "Baby you're a rich man", and Zamfir, the ascended master of the pan flute. It really works! You'll notice that there are some "sister" songs here, songs that are connected by a common theme, but that is not much of a surprise when you realize that Jeff writes dozens of songs around a theme and picks the best parts of them to assemble one song. 'A Baby for Pree' and 'Where you'll find me now' are such songs, connected by a common chord progression, but they are very different in content.
His writing is cerebral and visual, going everywhere and creating lucid, fantastic realms, making the ordinary pleasurable, and the tragic absolutely heart-rending.
Give it a listen and they'll probably be your new favorite band.
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