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Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart (2 CD)

Rachael YamagataAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 7, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B001E1DJD4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Elephants
2. What If I Leave
3. Little Life
4. Sunday Afternoon
5. Elephants (instrumental)
6. Duet
7. Over And Over
8. Brown Eyes
9. Horizon
Disc: 2
1. Sidedish Friend
2. Accident
3. Faster
4. Pause The Tragic Ending
5. Don't

Editorial Reviews

Rachael Yamagata has hardly been idle since her acclaimed 2004 full-length debut, Happenstance, and its Adult Top 40 hit 'Worn Me Down.' So for her Warner Bros. premiere, the singer-songwriter-pianist with the sultry voice unveils a double disc set: Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart. Produced largely by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley, The Faint), and also John Alagia (John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, Happenstance), Elephants is darker and more vulnerable while the more guitar-driven Teeth Sinking Into Heart is grittier and more defiantly cynical. Together, they reveal the two sides of one of today's most entrancing artists.

Customer Reviews

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yamagata, matured... October 7, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I was a big fan of Rachael Yamagata's first album, Happenstance - not only for the music that hit the Top 40, but the lyrics of an up and coming songstress. It's been 4 years since that, and I was curious to where the maturity would take her as an artist.

This is definitely not where I thought it would go. In an age of jaded pop artists, I couldn't blame her for going more mainstream by playing for a different market. However, Elephants is a journey into a mature, darker place within her heart, tingling with being jaded and aching to show a different side of her.

Elephants definitely warrants a second listen through, if not to appreciate what she's done: Instead of diverting herself to the mainstream, she's turned inward to become an artist and a musician. I get the feeling that I'll be listening to this more than Happenstance.

Musicians like Rachael Yamagata don't come across very often, and I can't wait to see where she goes next.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Rachael Yamagata is one of those artists it's okay to fall asleep to while listening to her music. Not because it's boring (unless you incorrectly equate "slow" with "boring"); her songwriting is comforting, careful and intimate - and her voice matches these qualities perfectly. In fact, her vocals are more consistent and maybe even more mature this time around. It's been four years since Happenstance (her first studio album) and her songwriting has seemed to find a balance between soft pop-rock (and I use all three terms very loosely) and even softer, richer lullabies (I'm thinking of "Meet Me By the Water" from Happenstance and "Over and Over" from Elephants...). That being said, Rachael is definitely not the artist to listen to while you're driving down the freeway (at least not in my 2000 Saturn that rattles); she was amazing live in Seattle (at a small venue off Madison called Chop Suey) and amazingly, she sounds just as personal and incredible with earbuds. Her melodies are just as beautiful, brilliant and inspiring as her first album and EPs, though perhaps not as experimental (as "Collide" or "Under My Skin"). I think the highlights are "Sidedish Friend", "What If I Leave", "Pause The Tragic Ending" and "Sunday Afternoon". Rachael could stop creating new music today and I would still think she contributed something truly unique and heartfelt to the musical canon, but of course, I hope she releases many, many more albums.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patience Pays Off October 7, 2008
By Alicat
Format:Audio CD
I waited a long time for this release, and it proves to be well worth the wait. Ms. Yamagata will obviously never "sell out" just to sell records. With beautifully soaring vocals and instrumental arrangements Rachael stays true to her roots. You have to respect a woman who writes ALL of her own songs. (I don't understand the parental advisory - I heard nothing even close to offensive.) True fans will not be disappointed and new ones will be pleasantly surprised by the beauty and sometimes heartbreaking honesty in her lyrics. I first thought "Oh boy, TWO discs? Why does she have to be so different?" But after listening, two discs makes sense, showing progression from sadness to see ya! I do look forward to the day she is a relationship and we get to hear the happy stuff! Buy it. If you get a chance to see her live- go! She is very gracious, funny and entertaining.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Album July 9, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Chicago based pop chanteuse Rachael Yamagata should be one of the emerging queens of Alt. Rock by now. Actively recording since the mid 90's, Yamagata is now finally receiving her due after appearing on a multitude of other artists (Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz, Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst and Rhett Miller) records. On `Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart,' Rachael Yamagata's sound is split into two separate discs.

The first disc is mostly comprised of wounded and somber meditations of love and loss. Largely acoustic and quiet, `Elephants...' focuses on Yamagata's strength in her husky voice on many lushly arranged songs. The mood on the first disc is contemplative and somber until it reaches a crescendo on "Little Life." Ray LaMontagne guests on "Duet" and provides a quiet intimacy to this track.

The second disc, `Teeth Sinking Into Heart' reveals a cynical side to Yamagata. "Sidedish Friend" recalls PJ Harvey at her most prickly. "Faster" swaggers to a distorted blues riff. "Don't" closes the album with a sigh and a warning showing that this kitten does indeed have claws.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Songwriter October 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is a brilliant piece of work. Yamagata's voice is the perfect sound to go with the wonderful music on this collection. Her lyrics put you right where the song is supposed to, and you can't help but put yourself in her shoes as she sings of things we have all gone through in relationships. Amazing. The "Duet" with Ray Lamontange is one of the best songs on the disc. Ray's voice is the best out there today, and to hear it coupled with her's is a true gift to fans of the lost art of the singer/songwriter. In today's manufactured garbage music that dominates the charts, it's good to know people like Rachel Yamagata and Ray LaMontange are still out there and work together to make amazing music. By this and her will NOT be sorry.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 14 days ago by John Browne
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent voice and great music
I purchased the Japan edition, which includes all songs plus a bonus track on one CD. Rachel has a very unusual voice, which fits perfectly with the songs on this album. Read more
Published 1 month ago by windsun33
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
album - diverse and rich track list, vocals, songwriting and production, and sounds great on vinyl.
the track 'elephants' is a masterpiece.
Published 9 months ago by Lee Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
She is so amazing. Her voice is so different than anyone else I have ever heard. Worth every penny and you should check out her other CD's
Published 19 months ago by Cazbaz
4.0 out of 5 stars It works fine.
It works fine, but it came with soft cover (paper cover).
I am not sure it is official CD from the company...
In the middle of the CD, there is gap.
Published 19 months ago by BoBo
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
I couldn't be happier! This CD is amazing and exceeded largely my expectations. It's one of the few CD's in which I love every song. I'm totally blown away by Rachael's voice!
Published on October 16, 2012 by eamv
5.0 out of 5 stars Great singer songwriter. Not for everyone, but ver expressive.
This is a concept CD, where she divided it into separate discs. 1st disc is about the emotions of breaking up with someone. Read more
Published on January 9, 2010 by F. Back
5.0 out of 5 stars Officially my favorite musical artist at the current moment...
One of the most impressive artists I've had the privilege of discovering recently, Rachel Yamagata has the ability to chill my bones while warming my heart; and she does it... Read more
Published on October 12, 2009 by Andrew Ellington
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey to the centre of the heart
Thank God for musicians like Rachael Yamagata. In a time when musicians are increasingly selling out to instant gratification and commercial fads, Yamagata insists on expressing... Read more
Published on October 3, 2009 by Steven Ooi
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb! She can really nail the aftermath of love gone sour
The piano-driven songs of spurned love were the best thing for me about Rachael Yamagata's debut Happenstance (2004). Read more
Published on August 18, 2009 by cathy earnshaw
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