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Be He Me

AnnualsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 17, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ace Fu Records
  • ASIN: B000I0QKMY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Nineteen year-old Adam Baker, a kid from rural Apex, NC with a faultless ear and a potent desire to create unheard-of sounds, is the architect of Annuals. Under Adam's stewardship, Annuals transform pop paradigms into sweeping, luxuriant sonic landscapes while remaining faithful to a wholehearted emotional core. Carefully layering each song with a thousand noises and feelings, Annuals camoflauge the deep simplicity of what they do, belying their youth with deftness & complexity. Annuals debut record, Be He Me, draws influences from a diverse range of artists such as Mike Patton, Brian Wilson, Paul Simon, Radiohead, the Beatles, Hank Williams Sr., Bjork and Aphex Twin. The mixing of styles, from electronic to folk to rock results in a totally singular sound. Reminiscent of high drama acts such as Arcade Fire and Sufjan Stevens, this musical collective appeals to both experimental and pop fans who appreciate well-produced material and astounding artistry.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite of 2006 January 9, 2007
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I came upon Annuals when they opened for Tapes n Tapes in October. Not having heard anything from this band, I was struck by how good they were live, and how easy it was to groove to their then unknown tunes. I purchased Be He Me the following day and played it throughout the remainder of the year, each listening revealing greater depths of sound and meaning. You can hear influences as diverse as The Beach Boys, the Cure, Pink Floyd, Broken Social Scene - yet Annuals never sound derivative, as each track is uniquely crafted and performed. The inclusion of strings, keyboards, and various electronics (to your standard guitar, bass and drums), along with engaging lyrics and super catchy melodies, makes for a truly remarkable debut.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I haven't heard The Annuals live, I haven't read press about them, I don't know anything about them, but somehow I ended up with this "Be He Me" record. I love approaching music that way.

Anyway. Look, some folks see great harm in comparing a band to other bands, but really it's still probably the best way for a newcomer to get their bearings and decide whether they might be interested. So, here I go... I hear the oft-mentioned Arcade Fire similarities, the emotional sometimes shouty vocals and changes in dynamics, I hear a little of the Animal Collective weirdness (the album challenges your patience with almost 2 minutes of burbly noise to start the 1st song off before the big rock songlet "Brother" kicks in), I hear a bit of Van Dyke Parks/Beach Boys inventiveness (I don't give a cr*p what anyone says, I see the fact that indie bands are willing to waltz as a good thing). "Carry Around" has a kind of Modest Mouse sprinkled w/ '70s funk/lounge thing. I might guess that this is a young band that cut their teeth on both U2 and Neutral Milk Hotel. (Heck, the last 20 seconds of "Bleary-Eyed" sound like an outtake from "Unforgettable Fire").

I feel like the album drags towards the end with two longish (and longing) tracks that seem less interesting and focused than the rest of the album.

Having said all that, I applaud these Annuals for their creativity. While this album is a little bit lacking in great melodic ideas, it's got great energy and here's hoping they'll keep recording and growing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best records I've heard in a long time... January 8, 2007
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This album is incredibly good. I picked it up on recommendation from a friend and felt compelled to write a review on here to spread the word...it's tremendous. Arcade fire comparisons are obvious (though I like this record better, and I love the Arcade fire), but I also hear some badly drawn boy, jeff buckley, islands and classic rock influences. It is fantastic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent indie album January 20, 2007
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This album could be one of 2006's best releases. It's intricate, broad, evocative musical strokes are fantastic. These guys are one of the better groups in the modern legion of indie rock. this album is definitely worth your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best albumn in a while October 22, 2007
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Ill start off by saying that it's been a while since I was blown away by a new band. A friend of mine gave me a copy of the Annual's 5 song EP, Big Zeus, and I was instantly hooked. Three of the 5 sings from Big Zeus made their way to Be He Me, but unfortunately, they left my favorite song, "Ease My Mind", off. Be He Me starts off with a bang of emotion, a drum driven anthem that begs you to sing along. Throughout the course of the the next 11 song, they wind their way through every genre you can shake a stick at, blending them all into a wonderful storybook of an albumn. I can't say stongly enough how much I enjoy listening to this record. I can't wait to see them live.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome energy and talent! November 24, 2006
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I recommended this CD to every single one of my friends. The CD opens up with "Brother" which is perfect. The singer's vocals are clever and his lyrics have a really deep meaning. I just read an interview with them in Spin magazine and it gave me more insight to how passionate the band is towards the music they make. The CD is a refresher to your collection, buy it! Pitchfork was pretty close when they compared them to great bands such as, Broken Social Scene and Animal Collective.
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