12 Desperate Straight Lines

February 15, 2011 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 15, 2011
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Copyright: 2011 Merge Records
  • Total Length: 32:31
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B004LY4TKS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,764 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Anyone who likes Merge Records from this era should enjoy this album.
Roger G. Young
In contrast to the album's lyrical content, the music is fun, catchy, and, somehow, inspired by both old and modern styles of music.
Ihvahn
Michael Benjamin Lerner's second album is just as solid as his debut.
Mavhunter

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ALS on March 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The second album "12 Desperate Lines" by the one-man-band (Michael Benjamin Lerner)Telekinesis is a great follow-up to the debut, if somewhat different in emotion and subject matter. The first album was poppy, fun, and upbeat. The songs, although criticized for not being extremely original, were simply,very catchy power pop, and although stylistically similar, the songs on the second disc have a darker edge. Evidently the artist had some hard times, involving a car accident, hearing problems and a breakup of a long distance relationship (that inspired the 1st album). Although I would never be one to wish bad things to happen to anyone, sometimes dramatic/traumatic events can lead to cathartic, very exciting and emotional artistic output. The result is punchier, more raw, and genuinely heartfelt.
The next thing you notice about this record is the fine Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) production. It has dynamics,(something rare in our overly-compressed mp3 world) and a great dirty, heavy tone, particularly, the bass, which rumbles and bubbles and fuzzes throughout,(inspired by the band Flin Flon) almost overshadowing the guitar. Other little subtleties such as; acoustic guitar, keyboards and samples pop up delightfully as well.
This album is great Power Pop, with a little Post-Punk, New Wave feel, too. It has really catchy hooks and shows emotional growth in its songwriting. I hope he gets the recognition he deserves. 5 stars!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ihvahn on April 13, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
In contrast to the album's lyrical content, the music is fun, catchy, and, somehow, inspired by both old and modern styles of music. It's hard to describe, just listen to "Please Ask for Help". Sounds like a mix between The Cure and The Shins, doesn't it? That's probably the only song I can describe with such accuracy, but the rest of the album has a similar vibe, albeit with varying degrees of 90s and 80s influence. Ultimately, I think Michael Lerner just takes what he thinks sounds best from those time periods to inspire a fresh sound that became "12 Desperate Straight Lines".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mavhunter on February 15, 2011
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Michael Benjamin Lerner's second album is just as solid as his debut. Things are slightly different, but there isn't a bad song in the bunch. It still, however, won't do anything more than entertain you as solid, solid indie pop, which is never a bad thing; the biggest changes come in the subtle incorporation of different genres, like the country rock riff on the last track. That said, 12DSL is one that won't gain Lerner any acclaim he hasn't already won, but will greatly please anyone he won over with his first album and anyone who stumbles onto this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger G. Young on January 10, 2013
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A great throw back sound that reminds me of indie rock of the 90's. Anyone who likes Merge Records from this era should enjoy this album.
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By Lydia on July 6, 2013
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i bought this because i heard power lines off of the new record...bought it and this one. gotta say, this one is much better than the new release, but both are GREAT. <3
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By Stephen J. Easley on May 10, 2013
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These guys take me back to the 40 Watt Club in Athens watching a brand new band called REM - this is so literate, jangly, tuneful Indie Pop - check it out!
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