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  • Audio CD (January 26, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MONO VS STEREO
  • ASIN: B0030BOCMI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,863 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Things You Were
2. Growing Pains
3. Excuses
4. Cages
5. Birds
6. Tell Me
7. Dance In Perfect Time
8. Sunlight
9. Puzzles And Pieces
10. The Great Physician
11. The Leaper
12. Atlantis

Editorial Reviews

"Can you tell me that the page will turn itself and take us somewhere else?" Wes Blaylock sings on the latest Deas Vail album Birds & Cages.

The longing sentiment of this simple but open-ended line is at the heart of a dozen songs that take on Everest-sized questions about freedom, love, hope, fear, transformation and just what it means to become a better human being.

If that seems like a tall order for a modern rock album, Deas Vail make their soul-searching inquiries sound exhilarating, with swooning choruses, sparkly panoramic arrangements and lyrics that flirt with darkness but ultimately tilt towards optimism.

"The record definitely has a lot of question marks in it," Blaylock says with a chuckle. "I'm a firm believer in asking big questions. I feel like sometimes people go through life and they're timid or afraid to ask questions because they don't want to be judged. I'm trying to write as honestly and personally as I can, and it's kind of scary for me."

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The vocals and lyrics are outstanding.
j0rd4n
Totally worth it and I'm now a fan and totally dig this band!
msflamingo
They've taken their music to a new level.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stringbeanie on April 6, 2010
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I purchased this album when Amazon had it on one of their daily specials. I had never heard of them before that time. I previewed the songs and decided that they sounded interesting so I went ahead and purchased the MP3 album. When I listened to the full compilation, I was frankly blown away. The complicated musical arrangements, mesmerizing vocals and thought-provoking lyrics (as well as top rate musicians) were a combination that I have very rarely ever experienced. Honestly, I am not sure why this band is not at the top of the charts and winning Grammys. If your musical taste is geared towards Keane, Coldplay, or even Paramore then you would love this music. Since I purchased this album, I sought out their prior recordings and they are all fantastic. I would have been happy to pay twice the normal price for this because it is really that good. It's hard to select my favorites because each one is terrific but if I had to choose, I would say Puzzles and Pieces, Birds, Cages, and Dance in Perfect time. This is my new favorite band and definitely the best new music I have heard in a very long time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By j0rd4n on October 28, 2009
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This album is nothing short of absolutely amazing and maybe one of my best musical purchases in years. I found "All the Houses Look the Same" by accident and immediately fell in love with this group. "Birds & Cages" sealed the deal for Deas Vail being one of my all time favorites. I can't give this album enough stars. The vocals and lyrics are outstanding. What gets me most is the beautiful harmony in the vocals between the lead singer and the female band member which makes an appearance in many of the songs. The songs are also much more dynamic and complex than Houses.

A must have!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 9, 2009
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I've been a huge fan of Deas Vail since discovering them nearly 2 years ago. The best way to describe them would be this: indie pop-infused rock with soaring and haunting melodies sung by one of the best vocalists in rock. Having seen them three times in concert, I can say that they're far better live than most bands are in the studio with the benefit of editing, autotune, etc.

The new album is, hands down, one of the best albums I've ever bought, let alone in 2009. They've taken their music to a new level. The tunes are full of earworms (tunes you can't out of your head). As one blogger put it, "Deas Vail is one of the few bands who can take pop/rock music and force the listener to apply 'beautiful' to it as an adjective." If that sounds appealing to you, "Birds and Cages" should be the first thing you purchase.

Put it this way: I'm a huge U2 fan, but on every one of their albums, I usually end up skipping past at least half the songs. Not with Deas Vail. Deas Vail has made an album where every single song is something that 99% of other bands can never match.

As for the individual members: Wes Blaylock (the lead singer) is just as jaw-dropping with his soaring vocal pyrotechnics, and his wife Laura (keyboardist) is featured more often in some very lovely vocal duos. Andy Moore (guitar) is constantly pushing the envelope with different sounds and effects. Kelsey Harelson's drumming rarely just keeps a steady beat; instead, he manages, in song after song, to use the offbeats in a way that propels the music forward and gives it a sense of mission and urgency. Finally, Justin Froning's energetic bass playing rounds out the band nicely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Puckett on March 12, 2010
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I saw these guys in concert before I knew them. They're excellent, but I didn't think of buying the album until I saw this uh-mazing deal. $2 for all this? It's a no-brainer. My personal favorites are "Excuses," "The Leaper," and "Dance In Perfect Time."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blake Wilson on April 27, 2010
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I played an online game that got me a whopping $6.50 Amazon gift card. So one day, out of random chance, I happened to see this album on sale for $2.00. I thought, "Heck, why not?" and I bought the album. At first I thought the band was just okay. I couldn't really handle the lead singers insanely high voice. I listened to the songs I liked a couple more times, and they stuck in my head day in and day out. The album quickly grew on me and I wasn't bothered by the singers voice anymore. Now it's one of my favorite albums.

Was it worth the $2.00 at the time? Definitely. Is it worth the $5.99 now? Heck yes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LA Camper on May 24, 2010
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I have all of the other albums by Deas Vail. They are an excellent and innovative band. Their lyrics and sound are so uplifting and inspiring. Having met several of the band members, I can attest to their great personalities even when not performing. I had downloaded the digital version of the album when it was released, but I felt that the music was so good it was worth owning the hard copy. The artwork on the album packaging and booklet are nice and worth the buy.
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By Danielle N. Karthauser on December 19, 2010
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If you are looking for an album that will speak to you and that will take you away from all the crap that is on the radio, then this is the album for you.
When I first listened to this album, I was addicted to it. I couldn't stop listening to the music. It is one of the few albums where I enjoy every single song! Each song has so much deep meaning to it. The instrumentals are fantastic and Wes's voice is so angelic and honest. The lyrics are powerful and you will find yourself inside of them the more you listen.
I recommend everyone buying this! You won't be sorry!!
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