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Misery Is a Butterfly
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Album: Misery Is a Butterfly
# Song Title   Time
1)    Elephant Woman
2)    Messenger
3)    Melody
4)    Doll Is Mine
5)    Misery Is a Butterfly
6)    Falling Man
7)    Anticipation
8)    Maddening Clovd
9)    Magic Mountain
10)    Pink Love
11)    Eqvvs
 

Album: Misery Is a Butterfly
# Song Title   Time
1)    Elephant Woman
2)    Messenger
3)    Melody
4)    Doll Is Mine
5)    Misery Is a Butterfly
6)    Falling Man
7)    Anticipation
8)    Maddening Clovd
9)    Magic Mountain
10)    Pink Love
11)    Eqvvs
 
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Performer Notes
  • Blonde Redhead: Amedeo Pace (vocals, guitar, baritone guitar); Kazu Makino (vocals, guitar, clavinet); Simone Pace (drums, percussion, programming).
  • Additional personnel: Eyvind Kang (viola, violin); Jane Scarpantoni (cello); Skuli Sverrisson (bass).
  • Moving from their longtime home at Touch & Go to the renowned 4AD label, NYC art-rockers Blonde Redhead have made telling sonic adjustments, trading in their noisy, abrasive edge for a refined, often orchestral sound. The trio--Kazu Makino and twin brothers Amedeo and Simone Pace--makes the transition clear from the get-go on "Elephant Woman," which features Makino's breathy vocals over a backdrop of harpsichord, strings, and light percussion. Melancholy is certainly the main theme of this album, as exquisitely exemplified by the title track, a somber, keyboard-driven piece that borders on chamber music. However, just when the proceedings verge on the morose, the band emerges with two upbeat songs, the swirling, Stereolab-like "Pink Love" and the guitar-driven grandeur of "Equus," revealing that they can still rock when the mood strikes them.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (3/19/04, p.65) - "[A] volatile mix with a touch of fidgety elegance." - Grade: B-

Uncut (4/04, p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 - "These are seductive confections, all blurred strings, magical chimes and tear-stained metaphysics."

CMJ (4/04, p.35) - "Densely layered and orchestrated, with swelling strings and keyboards often burying the twin guitars and drums of Kazu Makino and brothers Amedeo and Simone Pace, MISERY has a cinematic quality, as if its songs were art-house shorts."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[A]s the album title suggests, they've carved a bleak and beautiful album; their best, in fact."
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