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Believo

EnonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (March 21, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: March 14, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Seethru Broadcasting
  • ASIN: B00004R8QT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rubber Car
2. Cruel
3. Conjugate The Verbs
4. Believo!
5. Come Into
6. Matters Gray
7. Get The Letter Out
8. World In A Jar
9. For The Sum Of It
10. Elected
11. Biofeedback

Editorial Reviews

Collaboration Between Jlhn Schmersal (Of Brainiac), & Rick Lee & Steve Calhoon (Of Skeleton Key).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enon ist rad April 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
With the turn of the decade, music fans are scrambling to find that one album that's really going to kick off a new era of music; the next "Slanted and Enchanted", "Spiderland", or "It Takes A Nation Of Millions..." if you will. While admitedly its far to early in the decade to place any album in that prestigious lineage, Enon's "Believo!" is a good pony to bet on. Truly an album that couldn't have been made 10 years ago, Enon takes the "kitchen sink" aesthetic of the Elephant Six collective, woozy, Pavement-style hooks, and gender-bending vocals a-la Beck and wrings it all through a Power Book for a decidedly futuristic sound. The result is an album that constantly threatens to collapse under the enormous weight of it's own inventiveness. Acoustic guitars strum gently behind a wash of crashing electronic waves; breaking dishes serve as drum loops; vocals are spliced to the point of total incoherence... and it all works. In the hands of a lesser band this would sound like a desperate attempt to drag their music kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Luckily, Enon has a rock-solid understanding that no matter how much technology changes the sound and flavor of music, it will never change the fact that a good melody; good song writing is what people will ultimately connect to, and "Believo!" has it in spades. I shudder to think about what Enon will do next.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Believo it June 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Enon is the latest endevour of John Schmersal, once guitarist for the now defunct Brainiac, and this album doesn't fall too far from the tree. But where Brainiac melded pop, punk, and new wave, Enon strides comfortably into techno (For the Sum of it) and even some classic soul ("Rubber Car") in addition to the the new wave pop/punk axis. "Cruel," with breathy vocals and somber tone sounds like something Elysian Fields might do, and "Conjugate the Verbs" would make every critics top 10 list if Beck had done it. The worst thing about this album is that it is over so quickly - it clocks in at around 35 minutes. Hopefully Enon can keep producing records of this quality. If they do, they seem destined to have the same kind of underground influence as Brainiac and Man...Or Astroman?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique July 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Believo! is the first album I listened to by Enon and it's still my favorite. Their unusual style with strange vocals, use of organs and sound effects makes for strange sounding music, but the melodies are excellent and very catchy. I listened to part of their newer CD High Society but wasn't as impressed. In it they sound more mainstream and seem to have lost some of their original style in the process. That's why I recommend this CD over High Society to anyone who is looking for great orignal tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars just crazy enough.... March 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Enon have fashioned one of the most original disc to come along in quite some time. Strange, though, that it is also very very good. Usually rabid experimentalism and 'anything goes'-style songcrafting yield results much more deserving of the Difficult Listening Hour. Believo!, strange as it is, is never so strange as to not make sense. From the sassy-funk-married-to-dark-noise weirdness of Rubber Car, to the earnest power of the title track (which stands up against yer basic Nirvana/Sebadoh both in structure and clarity) to the utterly mindblowing final cut Biofeedback (wherein Schmersal sounds like he is holding his tongue while singing), Believo! has all the weird angles of a Fritz Lang while still pinning it all down just right.
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I first saw Enon open for Man or Astroman in R.I. Man or Astroman is one of my favorite three bands and I had never seen them before. Needless to say, I was excited to see them. After Enon's set, I was ready to leave... I thought that there was no way any band could compare to their live set... Luckily MOAM was equally amazing, but Enon blew me away...Their album seemed tame compared to their live act, but with more listening, the distorted pop/rock of Believo hooked me and still makes me want to sing and dance around. It is a really good album. I want to make comparisons to Beck with some of Enon's catchier songs, but Enon drives, they rock...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of what is next? ABSOLUTELY!! June 11, 2001
Enon is the birth of a style of music that is without predictable shape or form. Which is why some shy away from this band but it is to their own loss!! Enon brings a classy new sound to the otherwise predictable 're-done' music of the underground genus. Those who venture into 'Believo' are treated with a refreshing array of subtle sounds and textures unlike any! The end result is that Enon with open your eyes to a new style and approach to music that re-defines everything you know or you will just stay with spoon-fed mediocrity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weird, yet lovable. April 27, 2000
By Pete
Format:Audio CD
When i first popped it in, i didn't know what to expect. I had heard Brainiac, and loved them but i knew nothing about skeleton key. To my surprise, this cd put a smile on my face with each song. they are all so innovative and different without being annoying. Enon somewhat remind me of a more industrialized beck, or maybe just lo-fi. The playful feel and variation in singing is very similar to Midnite Vultures. Whether or not you buy the cd, you should at least give Enon a listen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Smorgasborg
A near-perfect album, blending sonic guitars, accoustics, jazzy/avante garde drumming, heavy aggressive bass, and sweet singing. Read more
Published on December 16, 2007 by dhinged
3.0 out of 5 stars Many good ideas, few convincing wholes
Eclectic set of mish-mashed indie sensibilities usually do not rise above the experimental frameworks created but most stay fun in a detached sort of way. Read more
Published on May 15, 2007 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Outright Friggin' Amazing!!
I have to admit nothing has had me this hooked on one band since The Sea And Cake's "One Bedroom". There is nothing to not like about these guys! Read more
Published on September 19, 2003 by Jeremy Meek
1.0 out of 5 stars Am I the only one who thinks this [stinks]?
Last semester at school I got a copy of Enon's High Society and thought it was wonderful. The band had a great, fresh sound and the lyrics were quite good. Read more
Published on June 13, 2003 by "applejackho"
5.0 out of 5 stars ENON ain't just a town in Ohio!
Believo! is one of the best albums I've purchased this year. A great mix of all different styles of music with sound effects thrown in, Believo! Read more
Published on August 23, 2001 by gtigrl
5.0 out of 5 stars High addiction factor
I can only add one thing to these fine reviews. Even with my mild annoyance that this album's lyrics kind of drift off the mark sometimes, to date I have had this CD back in my... Read more
Published on November 19, 2000 by "imsam"
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