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Dream in Sound

Elf PowerAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 11, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: August 10, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arena Rock
  • ASIN: B00000IMIL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hailing from Athens, Georgia, and often discussed in the same breath as psychedelic upstarts Olivia Tremor Control and Neutral Milk Hotel (since they all operate under the loose umbrella of the Elephant Six collective), Elf Power are an eccentric rock quartet that perform engaging, subtle music with a sonically subversive underbelly. On the band's third full-length release, songwriter Andrew Rieger shows a penchant for clever wordplay on tunes like "All the Passengers" and "O What a Beautiful Dream." Along with band members Bryan Helium, Aaron Wegelin, and Laura Carter, Rieger takes the listener on a quirky musical journey that is as surreal as it is smart with unconventional instrumentation and random noise filtering throughout. With cameos by Athens alt-rock royalty, this marks the dawning of a new psychedelic underground. --Mitch Meyers

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great music September 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is produced in a much cleaner more conventional way then "when the red king comes." It really works though and the songs are so well written that they thrive under the microscope as we can hear most every wonderful lyric. Both albums so superb in different ways... There is a definite glow to this album. I just saw these guys at the 40watt here in Athens and it was one of the best shows i've ever seen. The band is super nice and friendly... and their music is very one-of-a-kind and beautiful. So, go out and buy all the albums and see them when they come around your area. I really like the song "jane" on this album.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elves Over Ewoks: The Toppling of an Empire January 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
First, a preamble: I remember the day that I bought this record quite well. May 19, 1999. Now I don't normally make a habit of remembering the exact date I purchase records. However, this instance is burned into my psyche by the coincidence that it was the same day that "Stars Wars: The Phantom Menace" was released. We had tickets for the 3:00 A.M. showing and obviously plenty of time to kill waiting in line. With this in mind, a friend and I headed down to the local record bizarre. I was already into the whole Elephant 6 thing but at this point there wasn't a whole lot to choose from besides the big 3. I was anxious to get some new records by the collective and the name Elf Power appealed to the Middle Earth in me.
Anyway, there is a point to all this. While the arch of my story could stretch ad naseum into the disappointment I felt when I watched the movie or the fact that I drank way too much in the parking lot and threw an empty beer bottle across a SRO theatre, I'll spare you. My point is this: While the release of the first new Star Wars movie in nearly 20 years should have been the cultural windfall that has stayed with me since May 19, 2001 it was, in actuality, this inocuous little record out of Athens, Georgia that has left its indelible imprint on me. What a fantastic record this is! Enough good things cannot be said of Elf Power or their producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips)on this go `round. While their previous effort had some truly outstanding moments, "A Dream in Sound" is where it all comes together: the whimsical Neil Young-on-helium falsetto of Andrew Reiger, the T. Rex meets Robyn Hitchcock absuridty of the lyrical and musical hooks. This record has everything a fan of psychedelia appreciates.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Auio Companion to the Seven Dwarfs September 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I rushed home to play my new CD (a birthday gift purchased from Amazon.com) but my bratty kids had a fit. We have just one DVD/CD player hooked to the home stereo system, and my little monsters had their hearts set on watching "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". We compromised by watching the movie to the sounds of "Elf Power". Life has never been the same since. This imaginative, creative masterpiece spins Snow and the boys into a frightening, psychedelic direction. It's pop music with dreamy yet distinct analytical lyrics about galaxies and creation, and the beginning of the universe. The bands fifth album sheds its Disneylike image, and seems to transform into more of a Grimm's Fairy Tale. With song titles like "Everlasting Scream" and "Unseen Hand", our family is certain to be blasting Halloween trick or treaters with "Creature' as they approach the front door.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock at its finest February 25, 2001
By Jon
Format:Audio CD
Although its place in the genre of 'rock' is questionable, A Dream in Sound, along with The Winter is Coming and When The Red King Comes, is undoubtedly among the finest albums made recently, or ever. Combining skillful yet subtle instrumentals with enticing vocals, Elf Power is modern music at its best. I cannot speak highly enough about the album or the band.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It grows and grows on you September 21, 2000
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This one grew on me slowly, until I couldn't take it off. Some of it reminds me of middle-period Kinks, some of XTC. Its simplicty is deceptive, and at first a little annoying, but the charming melodies and goofy lyrics start to make a lot of sense after about three times through. Can't say there's a single song I don't like, and that's rare. No great musical licks or singing here, just well-crafted arrangements and sincere, tuneful songs. Innocent art at its most endearing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Elf Power is one of the best indie rock groups around. If you don't believe me, listen to this album, "Creatures" and "Walking With The Beggar Boys". The lyrics may not be very interesting in the long run (though they are indeed very catchy and memorable which helps if you wish to sing along), but boy is it entertaining! Every song on this album has great instrumentation and is extremely fun. Andrew Rieger's vocals are, once again, very soothing and dreamy (though it varies - "Creatures" is way more dreamy sounding than this one). Every person I've played these two albums for ended up has humming or singing the choruses right after. If you're a music collector or even just a fan of rock music do yourself a favor and buy this album.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dream in sound September 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
No, it's not the kind of elf power that we saw in "Lord of the Rings," with the rings and the river and so on. It's one of those deliciously weird names that Elephant 6 bands frequently use. And in "A Dream in Sound," Elf Power magicks up a sweet, vaguely psychedelic batch of catchy pop tunes.

Expect to be hooked in by "Will My Feet Still Carry Me Home," a catchy, light little tune, because then it's off into the even catchier "High Atop The Silver Branches," a wistful yet bouncy melody, and the rollickingly staccato title track. This tendency peaks with "Simon (The Bird With The Candy Bar Head)," which is augmented by playful horns and birds twittering.

But don't expect Elf Power to be all brightness and fun. "Willowy Man" establishes a handful of aching, bittersweet ballads, like the melancholy "Jane." And "Carnival" is pure fun -- horns, sparkling twitters and fast drums establish a wonderful circus atmosphere, before dying out with a horn blat into the psychedelic-rocker "The Well."

Okay, who could resist checking out a band with a name like Elf Power? They don't measure up to sister band Neutral Milk Hotel, as few other Elephant 6 bands can. But taken alone, Elf Power is refreshingly fun, catchy, and has the talents of other Elephant 6 alums like Jeff Mangum to give it some extra flavor.

Their sound is more like Britpop, and less like the eerily strange creations of their sister bands. Instead of sounding surreal, they opt for catchiness. They start off with the obvious guitars and percussion, but also use lots of organs, horns, distortion and weird sound effects to make it sound just a little psychedelic.
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2.0 out of 5 stars At least it's unique compared to the rock mainstream.
With this 1999 release Elf Power have an interestingly detailed and certainly bold, albeit cloying record. Read more
Published on January 26, 2006 by moxy silver
2.0 out of 5 stars This album will get you beat up at school!
I saw them live in New Orleans. They were awful. They opened for Wilco, what an embarassment for the Chicago natives. Read more
Published on April 8, 2004 by "mralphabetman"
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Elephant 6 I love
I am a slavish devotee to the Elephant 6 Collective, but I may have to rethink that after listening to this release of Elf Power's. Read more
Published on January 14, 2003 by Parkaboy
5.0 out of 5 stars wow, this is nice
elf power are a great thing, with plenty of trippy noise and sounds. however, their songs, like the apples in stereo are really cool and poppy and nice to listen to. i like.
Published on October 22, 2002 by J. Whittaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Auio Companion to the Seven Dwarfs
... This imaginative, creative masterpiece spins Snow and the boys into a frightening, psychedelic direction. Read more
Published on September 5, 2002 by reymundo helms
5.0 out of 5 stars Just very good
I fell in love with this CD the 2nd or 3rd time I listened to it. This band is quite talented and has the usual E6 ear for a melody. Read more
Published on May 6, 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre-ly satisfying...
The town of Athens, GA. already has too much to answer for. It doesn't need this outfit added to the list. Read more
Published on March 30, 2001 by Jack Dempsey
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