Denali

April 8, 2002 | Format: MP3
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 30, 2001
  • Release Date: April 8, 2002
  • Label: Jade Tree
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  • ASIN: B000S585MW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lee L. on March 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Whenever I hear female vocals, I automatically compare them to Beth from Portishead and Hope from Mazzy Star. I will now compare female vocals to Maura from Denali. This woman's voice is incredible. It literally makes the hair on my arms stand straight up.
Add this to the fact that the instrumentation alone on this disk could stand on its own. The instruments paint a bleak, beautiful picture that words cannot fully describe. This is probably one of the best records I've ever heard.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By chinatown on April 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
People have compared Denali to inventive bands such as Portishead and Radiohead. While there are elements of each band in Denali, this record proves to me that they have taken their influences, and have come up with a style that is uniquely their own. I would compare Maura's vocals to Beth Gibbons' only in certain songs, such as "Time Away" and "Lose Me." The most Radiohead-esque track on here, in my opinion, which is also one of my favorites, is "You File." This song also has one of the most beautiful bits of Rhodes piano at the end, mixed in with drums and guitar. As a friend once said, it is a song you would drive down an interstate to, and look up at the sky, and wish you were floating in it.
Two of the tracks were recorded with the help of Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous (who released one of the most amazing records of 2001--It's a Wonderful Life). These tracks are "Time Away" and "Relief". If you put the CD in your computer, you can see the video for "Relief", which shows Maura walking around a house.. quite spooky, yet I enjoy it. All the Engine Down boys make a guest appearance.
I also own the demo CD, which Denali had been selling at all their shows prior to the release of this CD. All the songs from the demo have been rerecorded on the new CD with beautiful results. The piano on "Function" will make your heart stop.. the vulnerability on "Prozac" will make you feel like melting into the floor.
My favorite track on this record has to be the last one, "Where I Landed." The way Maura delivers the last lines of this song contrast with the belting out of "no mistake stands in line..". Extremely beautiful.
And it is not just Maura who carries this band.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vallery Mariea Brown on March 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Haunting and undeniably pressing vocals, full and rich guitar/basswork...this album is like making love when you are old enough to do it well. Pulling their band name from the local psuedonym for Mt. Mckinley, Denali's name embodies their art. Denali pulls at feelings of isolation while softly lulling the mind into an abject acceptance and almost peaceful bliss. It at once is everything their name implies and then just as quickly becomes so much more. Wonderfully produced and thoughtfully written, this album is truly a gem!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I try not to like bands for aesthetic values like how the people look or their style, etc. but Denali's initial appeal to me was from a newspaper press photo I saw of them on a bus or a train. It was cool and somewhat detached and it made me curious. I read the description and it mentioned Goldfrapp and Bjork and Led Zepplin and I thought, I HAVE to hear this record. I was not disappointed. From the opening haunted whispers of "French Mistake" to the bells winding down at the end of "Where I Landed" I enjoyed every peak and valley of this album. Maura Davis's voice is still developing and she is still finding her identity but I could tell she is on a path to greatness and as long as these four continue to grow with each other, I know we are going to see (hear) amazing things from them. Do yourself a favor and discover them now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vegetarIAN on February 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
the first song that i heard from this record was prozac. and i was hooked. maura davis from denali brings forth a sound which combines modern day indie rock w/ a classical texture. its an amazing album that can be listened to repeatdley for hours on end only to realize that every song is perfected. The blend of each instrument catered to maura's amazing voice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Russell Marshalek on March 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
denali call their music "gentle rock"...but it's far from gentle. emotionally jarring but beautiful, the vocals are reminiscent of beth gibbons from portishead, but with a bit stronger high end....at one soft and loud, denali bridge a gap between trip-hop, ambient and indie rock, and bless 'em for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IRate on May 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Music of a mostly emotionally cloying variety with an amateurish chordal instinct guiding the entire process, but during many swelling moments the vocalist is capable of cracking the most cynical of skulls.
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From the first moment that I heard the vocals on this album, I was hooked. Denali play an eclectic style of alternative rock, with cool, spacey reverb-drenched guitar, jazz-lounge style percussion, and almost emo-like lyrics full of ambiguous loss and confusion. This is all fine and good, but the singer, Maura Davis, simply has one of the most beautiful, emotive and ethereal voices I have ever heard.....simply mesemerizing. Her vocal style really sets this band apart, and combined with the slowly wandering and hypnotic music, creates a stark, melancholy space in my head. Sort of like what would happen if you combined a better, more sensual Portishead with Doves.....Highly recommended.
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