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Arches And Aisles

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (June 9, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B0000063GC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick Burd (nburd@blue.weeg.uiowa.edu) on June 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is the first album in which the Spinanes (basically Rebecca Gates) employs the help of a full band. Her previous two releases were just her and her drummer. Ths album has a more colorful sound. It's dreamy and folky everywhere but it also has a very modern sound. The first track just busts out with a Casio keyboard and and then a killer riff and lyrics about the beauty of California. "Den Trawler" is all about a "sentimental fool" who is too busy thinking about his losses that he misses the the clock striking twelve on New Year's Eve. "72-73" describes a woman putting herself together after dating the world's biggest prick. It's a perfect album for anyone with ears and a heart. And the whole thing ends with Rebecca scolding her man with the cool line "That's not how a man acts. Is that what you are?" It's an awesome and lovely testament to falling in and out of love and hovering in the spaces between.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack Manfred on March 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening to this album since it came out, and I still love it as much as ever.

Rebecca Gates captured a great spirit of vitality and youth culture vibe, as hip and melodic as anything by Sonic Youth, Liz Phair, or the Lemonheads, to name a few of her stylistic peers.

Sensual, intimate, playful, emotional, and honest are the chief traits of this album, which starts with a playful bang (see video on Youtube) in Kid In Candy, then proceeds through a collection of songs that you'll mostly want to listen to in private. At least that's how it makes me feel, like I'm having a conversation with one of my college girlfriends. Believe me, it's a great thing. Rebecca captured all these things with uncompromising writing. The kind one does only in a solo project.

If you ever read this, Rebecca, Thank You for this beautiful album.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Beaudett on May 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
My favorite album. I can't believe how many times I've listened to this. Lovely, evocative and complex. Brings me to tears on a regular basis. Accessible and mysterious at the same time. I'll stop before I get even more gooey.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PJFC on January 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I really dug their first two records and always hoped they'd expand their sound. Here it is.
Getting into their last two releases, I was really drawn into the simple (guitar and drums (the really great Scott Plouf (who is now in Built to Spill-a super addition to that fabulous combo)structures of Rebecca Gates songs. But here she's expanded her sound (without, sadly, I guess, Plouf's drumming)and the band is that much more expressive. Each tune sound like they've spent days on it. This stuff is really laid back, very thoughtful, dreamy (not in a Codeine or a Low way), and intelligent music. This record sounds like a female fronted Sea and Cake (thanks to a vibe put down by Sam Prekop and John McIntire on a couple of tunes that, then, runs through the entire document). R. Gates is a talent which, hopefully, will keep on.
The writing is solid on this as is the minimalist pop playing of her new bandmates.
Smooth, but utterly original and accomplished.
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