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  • Audio CD (February 20, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B000MDH8AU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Bury Me Deep in Love
2. Kelly's Blues
3. A Trick of the Light
4. Hometown Farewell Kiss
5. Unmade Love
6. Open for You
7. Holy Water
8. Blinder by the Hour
9. Vagabond Holes
10. Jerdacuttup Man
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Disc: 2
1. Bury Me Deep in Love [Rehearsal Demo]
2. Kelly's Blues [Rehearsal Demo]
3. A Trick of the Light [Rehearsal Demo]
4. Hometown Farewell Kiss [Rehearsal Demo]
5. There Must Be a Curse on Me [Studio Demo]
6. Open for You [Rehearsal Demo]
7. Burned [Studio Demo]
8. Blinder by the Hour [Rehearsal Demo]
9. Vagabond Holes [Rehearsal Demo]
10. Jerdacuttup Man [Rehearsal Demo]
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3.6 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Caldwell on June 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's been in my collection for seventeen years and my estimation of it does nothing other than continually increase. "Calenture" is the Triffids' masterpiece. The depth of the songwriting and its observations (ranging from wistfully tender to sardonic to tragic), and the overall pace of the album all indicate that their leader, young David McComb, was an intense artist of the most elite caliber.

"Calenture" is one of the rare pieces of music that achieves the very difficult trick of being both emotionally evocative and poignant, but also philosophically profound. McComb's songwriting here always takes the high road; he never settles for mere maudlin sentiment, when he knew perfectly well that he could do better. He expresses the pains within the human condition with dry-eyed grace, unblinking courage and a razor-edged tongue.

Some of the songs on the gentler first side of the album wouldn't be out of place coming from a boom box on a happy sunny day in the park; but the album takes on a foreboding and tragic tone by side two. McComb's awe-struck sense of mortality never deserts him, nor does his essentially Christian sense of tragedy.

While David's lyrics set a very high bar, the instrumentation and production of the album rose to the occasion. From the percussion, to the keyboards, to the strings to the guitars, there is hardly a single note out of its rightful place on this gem of an album. Seizing the moment, the little band of high-school chums from lonely, remote, Perth, W.A., reached way up high and did a yeoman's job of seamlessly stitching all of the complex narrative together, without a single weak link showing among the lot of them.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midnighter on July 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Why almost nobody seems to know a word about The Triffids? Was their music strange,difficult to understand? No.Was their image not impressive enough? No:they sparkled a glamorous and at the same time casual appearance.Were their lyrics cryptic or childish? No.Their music had a unique personality:the used instruments,the voice (above all),the feeling...Their lyrics were one of the most intense and original,escaping from the most handled and boring topics like I Love You and You Love Me and LaLaLa... Every record of The Triffids is wonderful,and I couldn't choose between "Born Sandy Devotional" and "Calenture" to say which one's my favourite...The only clear thing is that "Calenture" is better produced:brighter,sharper and more attractive...Don't forget that the producer was Gil Norton...(Pixies fans have to know him)... There are four songs that touch me deeper than any other: "Hometown Farewell Kiss","Unmade Love","Blinder By The Hour" and " Save What You Can",but don't miss the others:you won't need your CD skip function...With CD's like this,it would rust in time... The guitars (the slide guitar),the violins,the drums (listen to "Unmade Love" and tell me)...Everything seems to have stepped from heaven...But the best is David McComb (rest in peace)'s voice: off course,there are male singers who perhaps sung better,but sometimes it isn't the loudness,or the virtuosity,but the emotion...And,man!: for someone like me,who doesn't have english as mother language,understand practically every lyric is such a joy (and what for some lyrics!)... Didn't hear from them? What are you waiting for?...The money you spend will be worth every dime...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on May 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Had it not been for my interest in Nick Cave and the roots of his band, I probably never would have heard of The Triffids. And I would wager that the same road to The Triffids goes for most other North Americans as well. When I first tried to obtain some Triffids recordings here on amazon, I found that while some were listed, the suppliers were out. Then came the UK's Domino Recording Company to the rescue and over the past couple of years they have made a project out of remastering and rereleasing the entire Triffids catalogue. I have obtained three of them thus far, and overall Domino has done an excellent job.
Non-Aussie/Kiwi fans of alt-rock would do well to discover this band and Calenture is as good a place as any to start. The Triffids sound often has a vaguely country flavor but occasionally, as on Kelly's Blues, they really cut loose.
My favorites on Disc 1 are the Cave-flavored Kelly's Blues, Blunder By the Hour, the clever Jerdacuttup Man, and the title cut.
On Disc 2 I find the demo versions of Kelly's Blues, A Trick of the Light, Vagabond Holes, and Jerdacuttup Man most enjoyable.
Calenture offers almost two hours of very listenable antipodean alt-rock and comes with a detailed booklet which features some pictures, a story about the band, the very literate lyrics of David McComb, and all the other info you would expect to find. A real surprise to me is the all-star list of producers. I see that some of the reissues are already becoming scarce. Pick them up while you still can.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tuzzster on March 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
After the magnificence of Born Sandy Devotional, the intimacy of In The Pines, and signing to Island records, it looked like The Triffs could do no wrong. Sadly, the need for hit singles and major label bling overcame the sure judgement that had gone before. You only have to hear the 2nd disc of rehearsals and demos to realize Calenture could have been a masterpiece of the 1980's if they'd followed that path. Some of the great tunes on this album are fairly well obscured by overly obtrusive production, synths and a drum machine. And the liner notes indicating that this is a timeless piece of work are simply not true, it sounds like a late 1980's pop record. Still it contains some of my fave triffs tracks, bury me deep in love, hometown farewell kiss and save what you can. Magnificent. This and The Black Swan could've been so much better, instead they are the watershed for some fans like me, too commercial and too dated now to listen too, and unable to hold a candle to BSD. but oh, those demos, it could've been a contender. If only it hadn't been ruined by that damn drum machine!!
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