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Beheaded [Vinyl]

4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Beheaded
  2. The Rest of the Day
  3. Left Behide
  4. What's Missing
  5. Smoke
  6. Burned Out
  7. Roman Candle
  8. Withdraw
  9. Felo de Se
  10. Lares and Penates
  11. Losing Memories


Product Details

  • Vinyl (June 18, 1996)
  • Label: Trance Syndicate
  • ASIN: B000004B8E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,102,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on May 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The songs on "Beheaded" are more reflective of a suicidal, chronic-type depression than the manaic tendencies displayed on the previous Bedheader. While "What Fun Life Was" offered more of a loud/soft dynamic, "Beheaded" leaves one unsettled in the contemplation of the bleakness of the worldview being perpetuated. Repeated listens may even leave the listener with minor paralysis, unable to move for days, in a catatonic state.
"Beheaded," the opener, is the complicated dilemma of whether life is worth living in lieu of indie-rock stardom, while "Rest of the Day" is the contemplation of whether to get out of bed in the morning. The suicidal tendencies intensify on "Left Behind," before foraying into the more ennui-filled drug-influenced tracks like "Smoke," "Burned Out" and "Withdraw."
"Felo de se" displays the Gnostic trap of inescapable suicide and torture, while "Lares and Penates" and "Losing Memories" focus on more of a Romantic sensory appeal and remembering, all of which puts the focus back to the present-tense.
No questions are definitively answered on this record, but if you were to surmise, the answers would almost certainly be in the negative. The record cover features the simple Bedhead design, with the name of the record, "Beheaded," chisled on what appears to be slate, and what acutely resembles a tombstone. All of which seems to signal what lies therein. Not everyone is going to be into this record, but it does seem to be the sterling example of what this band is capable of. And that, I think, is a powerful thing.
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It's difficult for me to overstate how rare it is for a band like this to
exist...Having listened for years to several other "slowcore" bands, none of them ultimately compare in my mind to the specific magnificence of this here band...detailed song construction, never cheap lyrically/instrumentally, quiet but never silent, loud but never noisy...absolutely meaning-filled music at the deepest register

This album was the first I'd encountered from the band...I was in college and a friend of mine had it playing when I entered the dormroom...I entered just as "Left Behind" was beginning...That and frankly most all Bedhead songs hit me with undying resonance even now...Timeless stuff...I'm not sure I'll ever experience a band with this kind of profound consistency/consistent profundity again in this lifetime...Am grateful I'd walked in on this...
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This album very quickly became one of my absolute all-time favourites. It is probably the slowest, most minimal Bedhead record, but in its own subtle way I think it's the best. The arrangements are sparse yet perfect - the songs are fantastic and every note is important. It is beautiful and sad, like Codeine's "The White Birch". I cannot think of anything more to say about it, other than it's great and you should buy it!
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I have been able to return to this CD more times in the past few years than any other CD. The hushed vocals are the perfect companion for the shimering-but-not-quite-"wall of sound" distortion. Each song is refreshing and different, not stylistically, but within the genre of mid 90s slow-core. The label slow-core doesn't quite fit because Bedhead can be playful and light and quick on this album. They simply pull off the best combination of musical characteristics with Bedheaded. "Rest of the Day" and "Roman Candle" are poppy without the saccarine of typical indie-rock bands. Their subtle and appealing verse-chorus-verse submerges from their music instead of having it thrust at you. I always believed that lasting albums are never instantly likable, but Bedheaded really is my exception.
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First of all, this album is a 'grower'. You'll hear some great songs/moments the first time through, but believe me, those favorite songs and moments begin to multiply and get better with every listen. Some find it hard to believe that there are three guitarists in this band, but when you pay attention to the music, you realize that there is a lot going on within each of these songs and Bedhead knows how to tie everything together perfectly. Most songs seem to begin on the soft side and work their way to a noisy, but never messy, climax. Vocals are present, yet seem to play the part of just another instrument, adding to the overall sound. This is one of those unique 'mellow' albums that sounds great when played very loud. Enjoy.
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