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Blonde RedheadAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Kazu Makino * Amedeo Pace * Simone Pace

“You’re my secret, and I am yours” Defeatist Anthem

Maybe after a couple of decades, things start to become clearer.

They certainly weren’t clear when twin brothers Amedeo and Simone Pace and Kazu Makino first found themselves playing and writing together back in the mid-90s. At a time when the musical landscape ... Read more in Amazon's Blonde Redhead Store

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  • Audio CD (April 10, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,511 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 23
2. Dr. Strangelove
3. The Dress
4. Sw
5. Spring And By Summer
6. Silently
7. Publisher
8. Heroine
9. Top Ranking
10. My Impure Hair

Editorial Reviews

As if getting a spread in a popular home décor magazine just a month prior to this album's release wasn't enough of a tipoff, Blonde Redhead have come a long way since their days of mimicking Sonic Youth's brittle art-rock. Clanging guitars have been replaced by warm synthesizers and soft strings, while Japanese singer Kazu Makino's thin voice has become a ghostly moan on the grandiose opener and title track of the New York trio's seventh full-length release, 23. Their last one, 2004's Misery Is a Butterfly, was a lovely throwback to the dream-pop heyday of the Cocteau Twins and Lush. This one presses further down that road, only with a more experimental streak, as cascading guitars, military rhythms, and wobbly melodies shape opulent, otherworldly songs like "The Dress" and "My Impure Hair." --Aidin Vaziri

Product Description

As rich and densely layered as their last album, "Misery Is A Butterfly", but the overall mood of wistfulness, melancholy, and regret has been replaced by one of mystical wonder and renewed energy. "It's art music and heart music, with equal appeal to a Serge Gainsbourg fan as to a Sonic Youth fan, without ever sounding like either act" - LA Times.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
blonde redhead is one of those bands i always meant to get around to listening to -- and were it not for a bunch of other great bands out there, i probably would've gotten to them sooner. having heard and digested '23,' i'm kicking myself for not giving them a go either. and since this is the only blonde redhead album i've heard, i'm coming from a completely unbiased angle...

...and that angle is that this is a really terrific record. the songs are focused, direct, and fully realized. it's enough to make anyone still pining away over my bloody valentine giddy with joy (that's now to say, however, this is a drippy, shoegazer record. it's not). the opener,'23,' is a great opener with lots of layered guitars and interesting sonics, relentless drumming, and a great vocal performance, and sets the stage for the first half of the album. 'dr strangeluv,''sw,' and 'spring and by summer fall,' are all terrific uptempo rockers displaying skilled musicianship and craftsmanship. the second half of the album slows things down, if just a bit. 'silently' is my personal favorite on the album. it's got 40+ plays in just over two days in my iTunes. there are lot of things to like about this album. i could list them all here but that would take away the joy of discovering it for yourself.

and let me just say i don't really understand the reviews with comments like 'what happened?' or 'its not as good as ________.' you might as well say 'apples aren't as good as bananas' or 'cherries are better than strawberries.' both are fruits. both taste great. they're just different. judge an album on its own merits, not what came before it or after it. you do yourself and everyone else a disservice by doing so. not to mention it's also just a really naive attitude. so ease up.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's getting better all the time! May 26, 2007
By B. Dey
Format:Audio CD
I'm one of those people who is guilty of comparing a band's newer releases to their older albums. I get bummed when new stuff "doesn't hold up" to previous releases, and have knocked great bands like R.E.M., Cat Power and U2 because of it. Reading how many die-hard Blonde Redhead fans are dissapointed by this record is going to cause me to go back and listen to some of these other later records by other bands with new ears, because... what I hear here is a great, great, great album.

I bought Blonde Redhead records back when they did "Fake Can Be Just as Good" all the way up through "Misery Is a Butterfly" (which is the first of theirs that I really, really liked). I thought their older albums... thogh good... kind of aped a popular grungy Sonic-Youth sound. With this one and "Misery" they've come into their own thing, and I think it's beautiful. But then again, I was a teenager in the eighties, so it reminds me of all the great stuff like Lush, My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins that I couldn't get enough of back then.

When I wanna hear Sonic Youth, I'll go listen to "Daydream Nation." When I want to hear Blonde Redhead, I'll turn to their last three releases.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Emotional, Dreamy, Ethereal... May 17, 2007
By S. Han
Format:Audio CD
What a beautifully crafted album. The songs are polished, well produced, and much different than their previous albums. In this gem of an album, Kazu's squeeky voice is tamed and Amedeo's boyish vocals are more mature now. Simone's drumming is getting more sophisticated and complex, his strongest and most refined showing on 23 in my opinion, although could stand out more on some tracks where his drumming is on fire. The vocals have more directions than ever and the harmonies are taking on a new form and style for this Trio. The album sound can be compared to noisy side of LUSH, IVY, even Rollerskate Skinny at times. By far my favorite album so far and the keyboards and arrangements are really coming alive now and the Trio's musicianship has blossomed and hope they will keep pursuing this new sound for the next couple of albums to come.

Now that the albums out, I wonder how they will reproduce the parts and sounds when playing live... Maybe Vern of Unwound will tour with them...

I recommend buying the 12" Vinyl Album which has all of the songs which includes a 45" and also a link and password to download the full album in high quality audio format from BB's site.

For the previous reviewer with less than amicable comments for this hardest working Trio in the underground scene, the fact that you can't find the song titles listed on the album is unfortunate but have you heard of the "White Album" by the Beatles?

I love the artwork. I had the pleasure to meet them at one of their concerts and they were very gracious and lovely people well deserving of everything they have and will receive from their success.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 23 is a Keeper!! June 27, 2007
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In my never ending search for new sounds, bands I have not heard I came across this band. Very impressed with their sound, great vocals and the music quite original. At first I was not sure about the female lead vocals but in time it became quite interesting. But also to my surprise, when I thought that only she did the singing, another male vocals came to play which in my opinion made the album much better if for the change of pace alone. Never heard of Blonde Redhead before this and by the time the CD had ended I was definitely sold and bought for. I would rate them higher than a 4 but not quite a 5. This is a very delicately woven endeavor and it shows. Now all I need is to play it at a louder volume with a more concentrated sweet smoke and enjoy the ride, they are a classy act and I am very happy I found them. The sound was tight and the songs interesting and appealing, did not find a bad one to complain about. Like most albums there are standouts but the overall quality of the songs is there. Yes, I know, I am not a professional critic that is able to dissect the songs to their lowest denominator and that knows the history of the band. No. I am an avid fan of good music and believe me when I say it is indeed a rare treat to find an act that deliver the goods. I like to change the famous saying "All Men are equal but some are more equal than others" to "All Bands are equal but some are more equal than others". Blonde Redhead "23" was certainly a good buy, one I am very content with, and when it comes down to it, what more can a music loving consumer wish for?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very unique and exciting trio here. Definitely check them out.
Published 2 months ago by Damon-Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
This album is absolutely amazing. Addicting, intoxicating, enchanting, I love it and I listen to it frequently! I recommend as an intro to blonde redhead.
Published 22 months ago by Jillian Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars essential & a display of passion brilliance & magic
Opens with the passionate '23' and the spell is cast with Kazu providing another magical performance, about how in 23 seconds so much can happen to change a life, and the number 23... Read more
Published on July 21, 2012 by R.Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly my new favorite BR album
They go for a lighter, poppier sound in this outing but it's still great. It manages to be catchy and pop-like, yet beautiful. A great summer album. Read more
Published on May 17, 2012 by Baranabus
5.0 out of 5 stars veintitress
This is a great album for any record collection. Then angain, any blonde redhead album is great! I listen yo this cd, and everytime i find a new way of falling in love with it! Read more
Published on March 3, 2011 by jose n
5.0 out of 5 stars suck it
Dont call yourself a Blonde Redheader if you dont like this album, its one of their best yet, I dont want to say its better than Misery because... Read more
Published on October 21, 2010 by Becky S. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Where the mountain's high
Best one of their albums. Great variation between each song, in vocals and in composition. I don't know of any band that is still this creative by their seventh album.
Published on June 28, 2010 by June Fernan
5.0 out of 5 stars what i've heard from Blonde Redhead...
i was introduced to Blonde Redhead through a friend by this album and i fell in love instantly. i still havent got around to listening to their other albums but this one is very... Read more
Published on January 17, 2010 by John Jilly Wilkinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Blonde Redheads
Not a bad ensemble of their music. However, most songs sound similar - their sound is distinct, original but somewhat mundane after 3 or 4 songs.
Published on December 31, 2009 by John J. Santoemma Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars The unfortunate album
I love every Blonde Redhead album except this one. There are a few nice aesthetical moments that are reminiscent of their earlier (fantastic) work, but otherwise '23' is so bloody... Read more
Published on March 24, 2009 by not_dpk
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