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Dan Bern

March 4, 1997 | Format: MP3

$9.99
Also available in CD Format
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 4, 1997
  • Release Date: March 4, 1997
  • Label: Work
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  • Total Length: 44:57
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  • ASIN: B00138KM7E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,748 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
I first saw Dan Bern play at a local coffee house and was blown away. Despite his slightly annoying Dylan-wannabe voice, his lyrics were witty, funny, and insightful. The live show seemed to be very spontaneous, very Springsteen-esque, with stories and all. After the show, I was so enthralled with him that I bought this album then and there. Unfortunatly I was slightly disappointed. There are some artists who simply cannot convey their talent on a studio album, they must be seen live. Dan Bern seems to be one of these artists. Even though they are not AS good, they are still some excellent songs on this album. "Wasteland" is a look at the crumbling world around this middle aged man. He observes his friends who have abandoned their dreams, and a society of people obsessed with being the "in-crowd" and losing their sense of individuality. A very interesting song. Other highlights include "Jerusalem," which many consider to be his finest work, and "Marilyn," a hilarious look at Marilyn Monroe's life if she had married Henry Miller. I would recommend this album to fans of folk-ish rock, but I would recommend to EVERYONE that you see him live! I promise you, he won't disappoint.
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Format: Audio CD
He's funny, he's thoughtful, he's vibrant and pithy and... well, everything I could ever want out of an artist. When I heard the first minute of "Jerusalem," I knew I had to hear more. It was partially a gut reaction to the resonant chords he uses, I think, but then when I heard the words --- yeah. Wow. I love his colorful, expressive voice and ragged acoustic sound, which I think is particularly evident on the second track, "Go To Sleep," which I also love for its punchy rhythm and acute (but somehow amusing) commentary on our (over-)commercialized lives. "There's some tomatoes/ Chemically engineered/ They come out square/ To fit in boxes./ There's some people/ Chemically engineered/ They come out square/ To fit in boxes." Yeah - I think we all know a few "squares" in our lives...
The next song, "Wasteland," mourns the loss of one of his relationships, but it also focuses on the loss of our idealistic dreams and the sacrifice of our soul to the gods of practicality and "real life." The Amazon "official" editorial review says that the album "drags" on this track, but I fervently disagree. Yes, it's a long song. But I feel like it's a necessary break between the frenetic pace of "Go To Sleep" and "Marilyn." Besides, it's not exactly a dirge. It hits a universal chord with lines like, "And I watched as the best of my generation/ Abandoned their dreams/ And settled for making a little money." Plus, it's still kinda makes you laugh, or smirk - "But she kept driving / 'Cause everyone else kept driving / And cause gridlock is evil / And not knowin' your way is evil.
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Format: Audio CD
This album is a wonderful mix of politics, humor, and philosophy that leaves you reeling. I Loved the dylan-esque style, and the ripping nature of the societal commentary. If you like acoustic punk, this is the way to go.
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By A Customer on December 2, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I saw him live for one of the first times i heard his music (the first time was in the car on the way to to show:) and i knew right away he was awesome! His first song was Tiger Woods, and the last song (by request) was Jerusalem. He had a great set. He has a knack for putting humour into his great lyrics. Lyrics, I might add, that actually mean something. Oh yeah, for those X-Files fans, his song No Missing Link was copied by the series premier of the X-Files...he should get royalties, or something:)
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Format: Audio CD
Was introduced to this via Dustin Edge of another fantastic band - Cast Iron Filter when he covered Dan's "Jerusalem." Loved the song then, and I love Dan's version too. There are a couple of slow points, but, overall, this is a really really great CD. In a city of 3,269,084 everyone is lonely. Perfect. Sure, "Wasteland" can get tiresome if you're more in the mood for a Jerusalem or Marilyn, but it's a fantastic song with poignant lyrics. I was never a big Dylan fan, and I'm not judging Dan with Dylan in mind. Highly recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys thoughtful music. And, of course, search out Dustin's most recent cover of Dan's "Jerusalem" from June 02, 2004. You can find it free on the web and get a taste of the fantastic songwriting on this album. Really hoping for a 2005 Dan Bern tour... I'll be there.
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Dan Bern really has distinguished himself from all the rest with this album. His lyrics are totally random, yet somehow captivating. "Wasteland" is one of the best songs I have ever heard and this album is truly amazing. It is such a relief to hear something that you can't really fit into a category for once. Wow!!!
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By A Customer on September 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Dan Bern is The King of the World! Although he draws his influences from Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Bruce Sprinsteen, Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty, and Van Morrison, he somehow manages to be completely fresh! How does he do it? Bern is the latest and greatest in the lyric-driven, modern-angst folk ballad tradition. And he's funny as hell. You owe it to yourself to give this CD a listen!
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