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3 Rounds and a Sound

Blind PilotAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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There’s no shortage of angles to Blind Pilot’s story: the tours by bicycle, the sheer volume of iTunes downloads, the dizzying ride from relative obscurity to headlining a national club tour in less than a year. But the real story of Portland, Oregon’s Blind Pilot is about the songs. Led by the acoustic guitar and gentle voice of songwriter Israel Nebeker, Blind Pilot’s ... Read more in Amazon's Blind Pilot Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 15, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Expunged Records
  • ASIN: B001BTZO7S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Blind Pilot sounds something like a wistful mix of The Shins with a bit of Iron & Wine folksiness. But these comparisons don't give a full representation of the unbelievable beauty of this album. Don't take our word for it. As Willamette Week immediately proclaimed: 'Every once in a while a band comes along that knocks me so flat on my ass that I wish I was in the PR business or an A&R guy instead of a critic, so I could throw myself wholeheartedly behind it. Blind Pilot [gave] me that sensation. Frontman Israel Nebeker sounds like a less theatric version of James Mercer: every bit as sincere and captivating, with vocal control and style to spare. And this band has songs coming out of its ears: deep, clever guitar-driven tunes fleshed out with soaring horn arrangements. Listening to and thinking about these songs has kept me awake at night lately.' It would be hard to imagine a better review, but 3 Rounds and a Sound is just that good.


It takes all of about 10 seconds of listening to this record to realize you are listening to something special, and about the same amount of time to be completely sucked into Blind Pilot's wistful, melancholic world of acoustic guitars, dulcimers, violins and the like. --Amplifier Magazine

Out of Portland comes a new duo playing music that is undeniably charming while rivaling some great bands from Neutral Milk Hotel to The Shins. Israel Nebeker's vocals, somewhere between Damien Rice and James Mercer, are tight, the music elegantly played and the lyrics thoughtful. --Delusions of Adequacy

An exemplary bit of minimalist melancholy...the album is a new favorite around here - working in the same areas as the Shins or Death Cab for Cutie, but with a more homespun, folk feel. --iTunes (Song of the Week 7/8/08)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
One of the foundations of sound mixing is that you can emphasize one sound by de-emphasizing others. Portland, Oregon's Blind Pilot is a good example of how this principle works on a band level. Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski started out as a duo whose songs, built mainly on guitar and drums, emphasized lyrics and vocal melodies by stripping away all the other distractions. Their first full-length CD adds a second string player and a bassist, but even as they absorb touches of vibraphone, violin and horns, the arrangements retain the fragile sparseness that serves to spotlight Nebeker's melodious voice.

Likening Nebeker to the Shins' James Mercer acknowledges the high edge in each singer's voice, but only skims the surface of their styles. Mercer is, at heart, a rock vocalist, while Nebeker sings with more carefully constructed style, doubling his vocals, singing harmonies, and caressing his lyrics with thoughtfully stretched words and sounds. Backed by low-key mostly acoustic backings, Nebeker sheds the theatrics required of a rock vocalist, settles into the coffeehouse volume of a folk singer, and draws listeners into his lyrics with agonizingly beautiful melodies.

Nebeker's songs are crafted around ear-catching phrases, but even as you sing along, the verses remain enigmatic. But instead of remaining impenetrable assemblages of poetics, Blind Pilot communicates their songs' emotions through Nebeker's vocal tone and the band's subtle instrumental support. The lyrical imagery may remain abstract, but the feelings of loneliness, remorse, fallibility, and mortality, the longing to reach out and the reality of sharply pulling back, all resonate deeply. 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite album of the year October 3, 2008
Format:Audio CD
"Three Rounds and a Sound" is surely the best album I've heard this year -- indeed, possibly the best album I've come across since my dearly beloved Rheostatics broke up. It's fabulously beautiful, deep and sad and lovely, and catchy all at the same time. The melancholy tone of youth at the moment when youth begins to fade. Songs that sound as if they have been patiently waiting for a millenium or more for someone to finally come along and give birth to them. "Oviedo," in particular, could save the life of a desperate man if played at just the right moment. What can I say to capture how good this disc is? If it were a girl I'd leave my wife for her. There. Enough said.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Was browsing through the SXSW lineup looking for bands to check out - the write-up for Blind Pilot caught my attention - first with them being compared to Iron & Wine as well as The Shins and then the story of their clever "Blind" and "Pilot" cycle trip. Apart from this CD as well as their live performance being outstanding, you're also taken in by how earnest and understated their performance is. I'd also say their music reminds me a bit of Calexico - especially in their ability to judiciously meld together a neat collection of instruments to create a delicate, beautiful sound.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful unique music August 20, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I first heard about this band when I saw the Decemberists in concert in Vancouver in late July. Before this I'd never heard of Blind Pilot, and I wasn't expecting a lot from their performance (they were a warm up band after all). Surprise, surprise I found that I enjoyed them just as much as the main band I came to see, and I knew I had to find out if they had a CD.

I instantly bought the CD, and its just as good as live. They play an interesting indie pop/folk combo with some imaginative and clear vocals by the lead singer. They aren't for everyone but I thoroughly have enjoyed their stuff, and am awaiting their new material. They've got such potential for such a young band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible December 15, 2009
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I read an article about this band and went to their web page and listened to some of their tunes their and immediately bought the digital album. It quite literally left me breathless and saying "Oh, Wow!". A cross between Folk, Alternative, & Pop, they seem to inhabit a genre all their own. Israel has a beautiful voice, but even the guitar alone makes my head spin. I'm a classic and alt rock fan, my mom is a country fan, I've a friend that is more into industrial rock and all 3 of us are impressed with this group.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blind Pilot is Refreshingly Beautiful December 2, 2008
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Blind Pilot's 3 Rounds and a Sound is a beautiful and poetic journey. Their story telling through lyrics and song speak volumes about life and love. This is one of those bands that you want to know before they get huge, and there is no doubt they will be huge. Seeing them live is a tasty treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blind Pilot Review October 31, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Usually when I check out iTunes's song of the week, one song selected by the service each week to offer free of charge, I am not impressed enough to even bother downloading it, despite its attractive price. The term mediocre comes to mind. This is why I was very pleasantly surprised when I took a chance on the free song that iTunes offered the week of August 8.
The song was "Go On, Say It," by the folk duo Blind Pilot off their first full-length album, 3 Rounds and a Sound. I was so impressed, in fact, that I downloaded the song and then purchased the rest of the album. And then I proceeded to listen to it all the way through over and over for about a week straight. It is a wonderfully melodic musical journey that elicits visions of the Shins's first two records.
Two college buddies from Portland, Oregon, guitarist and vocalist Israel Nebeker and drummer Ryan Dobrowski, make up Blind Pilot. Last year the duo began a tour of the West Coast in which they rode bicycles the entire way. After several successful shows, the band returned to Portland to finish 3 Rounds and a Sound. On August 16 they began another West Coast bike tour in support of the album. According to their Web site, the tour will last until October 13 and feature stops in Washington, Oregon, and California.
The undeniably unusual, not to mention environmentally friendly, decision to tour on bicycles makes Blind Pilot hard not to root for, but it is the band's simple and heartfelt songs that make the duo hard not to fall in love with. The first line of the album, "The thrill here is quicker than you think," says it all. The easy melody of Nebeker's acoustic guitar and the backdrop of Dobrowski's drums are perfect accents to Nebeker's voice, which is strong, yet understated.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Portland must be proud!
I'm a native Oregonian and this band is A++++++++! LOVE their music! I am a fan and will be getting all their albums for sure!
Published 2 months ago by Julia A Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Perfect
This album is a masterpiece. I heard about these guys from a friend of mine and they happened to be playing in my town about a week later. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jonathan Sage
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Really good use of harmonies, and I like that you get the digital download too. Yeah music. Yeah BLind Pilot. Yeah future!
Published 9 months ago by Alex W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Listening to Portland based Blind Pilot is like sitting on a cloud and contemplating the meaning of life. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Revan
5.0 out of 5 stars good condition
i buy albums to frame/hang the covers on my walls... this was packed well and arrived with no damage to the cover, so i'm happy... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Derek C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth It
Not as good as their latest cd. This one is good. The new one, "We Are The Tide," is superb. They've come a long way from this one to the latest.
Published 10 months ago by Magnolia Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I can't really give any details as to why I like this CD. I just like it. Blind Pilot is new to me and after listening to this I will check them out further. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very surprised.
I bought this without having heard it based on a friend's recommendation and all I have to say is never find yourself all alone with nothing but this music and a bottle of liquor. Read more
Published 17 months ago by kendalltristan
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching
If someone tells you there's no more good music being made nowadays, introduce him or her to Blind Pilot. I'm sure they'll change their ideas. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Carlos Lisboa
5.0 out of 5 stars Go to album
This is 5 stars for me because it takes me to a beautiful state of mind. I like all kinds of music and this album is a category all its own.
Published 18 months ago by Peggy Sue
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