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Brother Sister

mewithoutYouAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Messes of Men 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Dryness and the Rain 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Wolf Am I! (and Shadow) 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen10. In a Market Dimly Lit 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen13. In a Sweater Poorly Knit 5:26$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tooth & Nail Records
  • ASIN: B000HT36LE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

With the brilliance of producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Pete Yorn) to challenge their sound even further, mewithoutYou's third release, Brother, Sister, creates something stirring, something deep and urgent, while still keeping all the passion that generates mewithoutYou's magnificence.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brother, Sister Best Effort Yet September 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Once again, mewithoutYou deliver a very good album. Only this time around, we must call their newest effort Excellent. A beautiful Vasily Kafanov painting adorns the cover of the album, which follows precedence. The music inside the cover takes a cue from the painting itself. Layered with gorgeous orchestration and lush harmonies, Brother, Sister is sure to please. This album proves the band has taken another step down the road of musical progression and artistic expression. Not as hard as their first record; not as spare as their second- this one is just right.

Equally dreamy and dramatic, Aaron Weiss sings us lullabies guised as differently colored spiders and nearly brings tears to the eyes of the soft-hearted on the opening track, Messes of Men. The closing track, In a Sweater Poorly Knit will sweep you away on a wave of ecstasy. As for all of the songs in between- well, you'll just have to listen and make up your own mind. Anyone searching for filler will be hard pressed trying to find it on this album. Brother, Sister will seep into your ears and plant seeds in your heart. Cherish these tunes and cultivate their message with care. May God Bless You.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So the hype has set your expectations high? October 1, 2006
By Jason
Format:Audio CD
Where to begin? As much hype as this record has received I didn't believe my expectations could be met. Boy was I wrong. In fact, this may be a dark horse candidate for album of the year. And with gems out this year like TV on the Radio's "Return to Cookie Mountain," Thom Yorke's "The Eraser," Anathallo's "Floating World," Band of Horses "Everything All the Time" and The Format's "Dog Problems," that's saying a lot.

This record exhibits more depth than past releases. Where "Catch for Us the Foxes" showed that the band was capable of far more than they let on in "A->B:Life," "Brother, Sister" shows an even further and more promising progression. In some ways an amalgam of their previous two releases and in other ways something completely new and special, we hear almost right away that the band has been busy evolving. Vocalist Aaron Weiss is our first example of progress as he has taken a greater interest in actually singing. While this is nothing new, the frequency with which he colors his poetry with melody has increased significantly. It seems that he is beginning to discover that power of his fragile voice as he has also begun to expand the expressive range of his "speaking" voice, ranging from a soft spoken introduction in "Messes of Men," to the now familiar shouting.

Of course, our progress doesn't stop there. While the band tends to lean more heavily on musical textures reminiscent of those found on "...Foxes," they also bring back a little bit of the post-hardcore found on their debut, all while expanding on both of those sounds and expanding their instrumentation to included harp, accordian, acoustic guitars and brass.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... September 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have had the pre-release of this album for about a month and a half and I cannot describe how utterly amazed and estatic I was when I first heard "Messes of Men" drip through my speakers. I knew that mwY had it in them to just totally smash my expectations... but I didn't expect it.

And they did.

This album is one of those fantastic cds that works well as a whole album... and just about every song works exceptionally well as a stand alone track, also. There are times when saying that the album flows from one song to another is a bad thing... but in this case it doesn't mean that the songs sound the same at all. They just work really well together in their sequencing.

Compared to their past work this album feels more organic and textured. A lot more acoustic guitars (that's right, Aaron picks up the hippie axe)... some horns (coutesy of Anathallo)... a little accorian-esque critter (also done by Aaron)... which, when coupled with some astonishing song twists and turns is quite a stunning experience.

Perhaps the single thing that most catapults this album is the great background vocals. They are first demonstrated on track one, "Messes of Men." Aaron mumbles through several verses, at first accompanied by raindrops... then by the rest of the band. And then the back ground vocals bring a theatrical flair, moaning above Aaron "Oh my G-d!" Shivers!

What mewithoutYou has done is craft not only a career defining masterpiece, but an album that could well join scenester hipsters, the anti-folk crowd, the post-punk Fugazi faithful, poetry slam attendees, emo self-depricists, and Christians all in one careless sweep.

Will everyone "get it"? No. But enough people should "get it" to catapult mewithoutYou to the upper echelons of stardom.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple amazement found on a compact disc October 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Once again, MeWithoutYou has done it! No other band that I have heard has come even some-what close to capturing the feelings and originality that these fellows have. There is a distinction in their music that is unreachable by all other bands! "Brother, Sister" is a wonderful addition to their collection of fascinating music. I admit I was, as with all bands, a bit skeptic before it came out. Seeing as how I am in Iraq right now, and my wife is in the states, I knew she would buy it, so i found somewhere to download it (a bit ahead of time, actually). I listened to it, and listened to it. I was in a strange MWY daze, as with all of their albums, so I knew it was another winner!

1) lyrics (5) once again aaron has done it, this guy is just a genius, through and through! All of his lyrics can be felt and understood so many different ways, and we should all feel blessed to be invited into his mind!

2) music (5) their music is always... really the only word to fully describe it is "interesting". They can't be compared to anyone else, their music just SCREAMS "hey, this is us, and nobody else". Great use of instruments and other objects other than only the guitar, drums, etc the normal stuff.

3)album overall (5) I wouldn't dream of giving this one anything less than a 5! if there was a higher available, I'd put the stars through the roof!

If you are a fan of MWY, you MUST get this one! you will not be disappointed! If you haven't heard them yet, this one may be too far gone for you, and of course, as with all bands, I would suggest getting their albums in order. So, go out and get A:B Life, Catch For Me The Foxes, and this beauty, Brother, Sister!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is my favorite album. I would recommend it to anyone. Very thought invoking lyrics and a unique style of music.
Published 25 days ago by Marty Wold
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Mewithoutyou vinyl
I did not think that I could love this album more than I did...but their music was meant to be played from a vinyl. .Only thing that beats it is live. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JustinSane
5.0 out of 5 stars Childlike Eloquence, Transcendence.
This album is sensory overload; a rarity amongst modern art. This record paints a portrait of many faces. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TreeHugger JesusLover
5.0 out of 5 stars love
A little expensive but totally worth it. My husband was stoked to get this for christmas! mewithoutyou is pheomenal. period.
Published 17 months ago by Britton Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than punk revival
One minute, enraged pumping guitars and drums. The next, soft piano lullabies. Brother, Sister seamlessly transitions between songs and moods, covering punk, metal,... Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by Ari Melman
5.0 out of 5 stars this music seems brilliant
I can't explain it, but this music (after listening to the cd 3+ times) seems brilliant in every way (lyrically, vocally, musically). It's awesome.
Published on January 9, 2010 by Christopher W. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!!!!
I am really picky when it comes to music..but this album has exceeded any expectations.
The lyrics are so awesome,they are really poetic and beautiful, they approach a... Read more
Published on December 3, 2009 by music lover
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good, for what it is.
funny story, i bought this without listening to anythign this band ever wrote, lol... all i knew was that aaron weiss did extra vocals for the Norma jean song Memphis will be laid... Read more
Published on June 6, 2009 by Jeremy Ja Vogt
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb.
This is one of my all time favorite albums. The lyrics are amazingly poetic and meaningful.
Published on May 19, 2009 by pseudocode
5.0 out of 5 stars almost perfect...
I don't think perfection in music is possible, but this comes pretty close. I know this is not everyone's cup of tea, but if you try this tea and it is the kind of tea you like,... Read more
Published on September 15, 2008 by James E. Kasal
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Orange Spider
Great observation. Very human touch to a fundamentaly human album.
Jun 6, 2007 by Stanford Gibson |  See all 3 posts
J. Dietz are you freaking kidding me??
the song sounds like a rewrite of any of the far superior songs on catch..basically the reason that song is there is a cushion to get people into the album, cuz from what i've heard they went off the deep end with this one.
Sep 26, 2006 by J. Dietz |  See all 4 posts
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i've heard the song nice and blue part is entirely dissapointing. hopefully the rest of the album isn't that bad.
Sep 5, 2006 by J. Dietz |  See all 3 posts
Nice and Blue pt. 2...why is it genius? Be the first to reply
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