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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 7, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Neurot Recordings
  • ASIN: B0000CC87V
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Kuehnel on May 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Some say that a picture is worth a thousand words. What about music? The way I see it, there are two types of music-listeners: people who find meaning in lyrics, and people who find meaning in the music of these songs. I have swung both ways, and have enjoyed it at either end.
Grails, without a doubt, will make it big one day. They have surpassed meaning in poetic lyrics, and loom over poetry in music. Not to say that this music is meant for a Sunday afternoon drive in the country with your parents. No, Grails engages audiences that already have a true affinity for rock music. They rely solely on rhythms, riffs, and melodic harmonies to convey the same messages as their "wordy" rock counterparts.
Often soft, with surprising loud interludes, the songs will please even those skeptical about instrumental music.
The only thing, I believe, that is holding these guys back from truly making it big, is acting the part of the rock star. But then again, maybe that's part of the appeal.
So, when listening to this music, can a thousand words be invoked? Grails does for me. As for you - you'll just have to find out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JRGuitargeek on January 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have always been a fan of post rock, but even so, sometimes post rock bands are just too wrapped up in the post rock format that they forget that they can play with the formula. They get so set on the goal of building toward epic climaxes that they forget that there are other ways to get there. Many times they arrive too late, crossing the barrier of provocation after the melody has worn stale. The genre seemed to be a bit stagnant as of late. But I always knew there had to be a post rock band out there somewhere who wasn't trying to be post rock... they just happened to be. That band is Grails.

Grails don't neccesarily fit the mold of the genre. First off, they do not follow the simple mold of start soft, end big. One of the first things you will notice is the unpredictablility of grails. You will not know where they are going... ever. Grails will have to hold your hand all the way through the album, otherwise you would stumble and lose your way. It almost feels like you are at their mercy. They will often tease you will a few indications of a new melody, some rythmic work leading in a different direction, or some building dynamics which prepare you for some fireworks, but most of the time, you never end up where you expected. This formula really makes for some refreshing music. It also adds a lot of replayability.

The melodies themselves are very beautiful and also very original. One particularly great moment is a few minutes into "White Flag." The song is cold, and feels quite hopeless. The two guitars try to comfort eachother unsuccessfully. And the name white flag seems so fitting. Yet a little spark of hope appears as one guitar creeps up a step to a beautiful major chord, as the second guitar softly swells in, just before the song quickly returns to sadness.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IRate on September 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
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Instrumental post-rock with a distinct yet seamless western slant, Grails' debut may have been a bit rough around the edges but showed a surprising amount of character given the songwriting limitations. Just as any pretentious repetition or derivative obviousness begins to creep in, the group manages to convey their own slight slant and procure future interest.
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