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Charm School

Bishop AllenAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Little Black Ache 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Eve Of Destruction 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Things Are What You Make Of Them 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen13. Things Are What You Make Of Them (reprise) 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Bishop Allen builds upon the extraordinary first years of their career with Grrr..., which Dead Oceans released March 10, 2009. The band fronted by Justin Rice and Christian Rudder is best known for making and self-releasing an EP each month for an entire year, then reworking some of the best songs for a highly acclaimed label debut (The Broken String). The rigorous EP project, and the ... Read more in Amazon's Bishop Allen Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Champagne School
  • ASIN: B00008E2M6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,917 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


"...the quartet's cheery, peppy pop is closer to the Moldy Peaches than the Strokes." -- TimeOut New York, February 13th, 2003

...damned good fun, with elements of The Pixies, combined with a looseness and propensity for hand-claps... -- The Charlottesville Hook, March 21, 2003

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Said Rolling Stone, in their 4-star review:

If Modest Mouse spent a year in a Chuck E. Cheese ball pit, they might emerge sounding like the delightful Brooklyn quartet Bishop Allen. That's not to say that these indie-poppers aren't a serious band. On their debut, Charm School, the foursome blend sharp, jangly guitars with catchy melodies and big choruses. Songwriters Justin Rice and Christian Rudder write cheeky lyrics and layer their tunes with handclaps ("Charm School") and singalongs ("Ghosts Are Good Company"). And the band's carefree attitude, along with their musicianship, make Charm School as addictive as it is playful. Add drummer Margaret Miller and bassist Bonnie Karin, and they enter indie elite. Karin's ethereal backing vocals complement Rice's perfectly -- propelling already memorable tracks into charmed harmonic bliss.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the 'pop' tag fool you. May 6, 2003
By Vanessa
Format:Audio CD
The saddest thing about the term "pop" is that it has come to essentially mean ..., the mindless vapid profit-driven music you find on national charts by acts who disappear after having their fifteen minutes of fame. It's sad, because the best way I can think of to describe Bishop Allen's music is as 'pop', but without all the negative connotations. Christian Rudder and Justin Rice write catchy, intelligent and complex pop tunes, the stuff that will have you singing along, tapping your feet, or, in my case, listening to the album on repeat for the entirety of an eight hour bus trip. Charm School is what all albums should be: surprising and enjoyable, with that kind of built in drip-feed mechanism - that is, that each time you listen, you hear something new, whether it is a funky rhythm, a great lyric or a new favourite song. Most importantly, just listening to Bishop Allen's music, you get the sense that the band were having fun (just listen to Penitentiary Bound or the crazy disco style of Empire City) - if pop means they're only in it for the money, then Bishop Allen are most definitely not pop, but indie geniuses who deserve far longer than fifteen minutes in the spotlight.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good enough to give chills, fun enough to sing forever October 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you like The Shins, Modest Mouse, or even the better songs of the Rolling Stones, I can almost guarantee you will like this album. I heard a couple of their songs online, loved them instantly, got chills up and down my arms from their emotion and their innovation, and I ordered it immediately.

This is instantly likeable music, music I knew I loved the moment I heard it. That bands like Bishop Allen aren't being hounded by every major label out there is baffling to me. This album features terrific female backing vocals, simple yet rocking and friendly songs, occasional drums by Microsoft Excel, witty lyrics, a terrific tribute/thank you song "Eve of Destruction" in which the band thanks all their friends on a day that might be their last. The album's also got funny liner notes, and one of the coolest songs I've ever heard, "Ghosts are Good Company,"

Buy "Charm School" now. Listen to the samples on Amazon, and then buy it immediately. And, if you like this, check out Soltero. Good music is out there, and waiting for you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Justin, David Byrne wants his gesticulations back... February 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ok, well Mr. Rice fully deserves any wild hand waving rights though because this is a great album. Another live-show-bought-the-album deal (the guy on the left of the album, Mr. Rudder, actually sold me it to me. Sorry amazon) the album has only continued to grow on me. I could go on about depth of lyrics, mature sound, etc., but I can't compete with a guy from Rolling Stone who probably has a degree in journalism and critical theory. Let's just say 'Charm School' is a good buy for anyone who can stand a little bit of fun and is in the midst of the mainstream doldrums. A little Atom and His Package, a little Modest Mouse (sorry), a little Hell's Kitchen, and a little art school band all grown up! Pixies beaten with an irony stick! I could go on! Fantastic stuff.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bishop Allen Charmed the Pants Right Off of Me! May 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Excellent Cd. I'm walking around with Bishop Allen and their fab songs in my head, and I can't stop listening to them. This is indie pop at its best. From the opening hook of "Charm School" to the end of the album, I was forced to jump around happily and repeat the cd endlessly. The band is right; they DID make an album that was fun and smart, one which I would encourage anyone to check out. It is a great listen and one of the best albums I've purchased in a long time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing February 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
It seems almost fruitless to go into detail about why I love this album.
I've seen this band live, and their musical talent is only exceeded by their dedication. That 4-star Rolling Stone review was well deserved. This band is straight catchy pop, you'll find yourself unable to take it out of your stereo for weeks on end, I guarantee it.
Please don't pass up the chance to see this band live before they blow up big time, because they will.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Charming September 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I heard "Busted Heart" on the radio and was immediately intrigued. Checked out some of the mp3s they had on their web site and after listening to them twice, bought the album. I love it! It's in constant rotation and if I don't listen to it every few days, I crave it. Every song is great. particularly like Ghosts Are Good Company and the reprise of Things are what you make of them is gorgeous. great lyrics, fun sounds, pop with a little bit of a punk edge. If you like pop, you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great driving music... November 20, 2003
By Seth
Format:Audio CD
I heard "Things are what you make of them" on an internet radio station and went out and bought "Charm School"--I was not disappointed. All of the tracks have awesome melodic lines, great rhythms, and a crisp simplicity that produces a quality of music that is getting harder and harder to find anymore. You can find quite a few similarities to other artists if you try, but it's a better use of your time to simply pop the CD into your car stereo and hit the road.
I'd also suggest checking out the band's version of "Bishop Allen Drive" on their website ([...] It's more upbeat than the album version and has a glockenspiel on it that is great.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good punchy Pop-Rock August 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I like this quirky CD a whole lot. The guitar work sounds like the strongest pop songs of Luna but with quite a bit more spark. These are fun songs that seem to take many cues from 50s rock (Little Black Ache), the best 60s psyche-pop (Charm School) as well as a mixed bag of folk and rock -- and of course some of the darker and often humorous ironies found in the lyrics of bands like King Missile. Throughout the CD, the female vocals are quite lovely, and compliment the quirky, ironic, and sometimes sublime male lead vocals quite nicely. Charm School is a creative mix of atmospheric songs, pop ballads, and the like. As I learned in my years in NYC, the best things in the city - despite the rumors - usually cross a bridge or drive through a tunnel to deliver and Bishop Allen does exactly that!

I suggest you hear a few of the complete songs on the Bishop Allen web site before you buy the disk. They have some full songs for listening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zippy Doo Dah!
Really good album. Loved many songs the first time around; learned to love others quickly and listen to this one again and again.
Published 16 months ago by Minal
3.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, energetic
2 toe-tapping, fun songs: Things Are What You Make of Them, and the cover of Eve of Destruction. Bishop Allen Drive and the downbeat version of Things (at the end of the CD) are... Read more
Published on March 31, 2009 by Mr. Scott T. Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars great album
I feel like bishop allen is kind of like if modest mouse and the kinks had a love a very good way. Read more
Published on October 23, 2008 by M. Filler
5.0 out of 5 stars Throwing Furniture Off the Roof
"Charm School" is a delightfully silly set. It has bubbly charm of grape soda pop. It doesn't take itself seriously like on the wacky "Penitentiary Bound," "You be whatever you... Read more
Published on June 30, 2007 by Lee Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I've checked the Bishop Allen website periodically since their first album "Charm School" came out. I'm so glad they're finally putting out new EPs!!! They're really great. Read more
Published on June 7, 2006 by Marny Rosenfeld
5.0 out of 5 stars There's hope for music after all
I originally discovered Bishop Allen's Charm School c.d at the library. I played it once, thought it was good, found myself wanting to listen to it again and fell in love with the... Read more
Published on April 12, 2004 by eydie sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars what would i do
without this cd? it is definitely my favorite at the moment. and has been for a few months now. buy it! (@
Published on February 28, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy-going fun
This CD is full of awesome music best for chillin' with, or as really great driving music. It's clean, simple, entertaining, and has some very nice lyrical content that's... Read more
Published on January 8, 2004
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