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Eureka

Jim O'Rourke, Method Man, Akira Sakata & Jim O'RourkeAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 8, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B00000I406
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prelude To 110 Or 220/Woman Of The World
2. Ghost Ship In A Storm
3. Movie On The Way Down
4. Through The Night Softly
5. Please Patronize Our Sponsors
6. Something Big
7. Eureka
8. Happy Holidays

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Jim O'Rourke has undergone a radical transformation since leaving Chicago's rock-improv ensemble Gastr Del Sol. While previously enjoying the singular role of avant-garde guitar hero, O'Rourke has slowly blossomed into a skillful producer with an extremely refined artistic sense. On Eureka he embraces an orchestral pop motif replete with horns, strings, and even female background vocalists. While O'Rourke's music reveals a strong debt to guitarist John Fahey and arranger Van Dyke Parks, it is his singing on this album that makes for a dreamy departure into modern folk-rock. Surrounding himself with some of Chicago's finest underground musicians, O'Rourke creates a rich tapestry of sophisticated sound that is both gentle and distinctive. More than having tremendous musical talent, O'Rourke is now making beautiful records. --Mitch Myers

Product Description

Another feather in the headdress of avant-rock's leading prolific chieftain Jimbo O, as he takes a cue from some of the many artists he's produced lately (SMOG, STEPHEN PRINA, FAUST, FAHEY, et al), and tries his hand at experimental pop music. Of course it's not like any other pop band you've heard before - that wouldn't be Jim's style, but it does have all the required catchy hooks, pleasant melodies and good-time sounds you demand from your down-time musical diversions. Includes a Bacharach cover that finally puts him on par with folks on the Tzadik label and Elvis Costello.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Recording. April 24, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Jim O'Rourke's direction with Eureka is rather unprecedented. The album can be quite kitschy at times but overall is very multi-dimensional for the following several reasons. A Burt Bacharach cover ("Something Big") is delightful indeed. Instrumental tracks contain interesting guitar work that can be a little drawn out but at the same time is capable of resolving itself well and being very dramatic. Vocal tracks from O'Rourke such as "Prelude To 110 Or 120/Women Of The World" and "Ghost Ship In A Storm" are good even though his singing is not the best. At times I venture to compare this release to the Beach Boys classic Pet Sounds because of its use of interesting instrumentation, its 'materpieceness,' and the new directions that it implies for the artist. Eureka is superb and is recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worlds apart from Radio Ga-Ga...Thankfully! January 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
From the Very First Notes in the opening anthem "Prelude to 110 or 120 Women of the World" you will know that you're in for something different. This Guy makes every note his own. The Guitars are Crisp & Brilliant, and the orchestration lets itself in and out with such a profound gentleness that you will get Goosebumps in very unexpected places. Don't let the length of the first piece, or the mere 5 song playlist deter you. These "mere" 5 Pieces are all welcome musical Tours of Force. The Second and Stunning piece "Ghost Ship in a Storm" will have you humming parts that you might not have even thought you heard the first time around. Keep Listening! By the time "Something Big" starts spinning, you will be certain that you are listening to the future of Pop Music. This is NO Chamber Fluff. Just when the Flaming Lips have proved that you can Re-Invent Rock, along comes this gorgeous Re-invention of Something Else. This is one that Amazon recommended and I thank their computer profiling software for the advice. But it! Something Big Indeed!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most daring composers in modern music January 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
What I love about Jim O'Rourke's recent solo material is the risks he takes. He not only takes risks for the traditional music listener, but takes risks for the standard "experimental" music listener. It is challenging music from any perspective, it follows no preconceived "sound". I know many people who love his other work in brise-glace and gastr del sol, and cannot stand this stuff. It just shows you that O'Rourke is not out to please anybody. He's gonna do whatever the hell he wants to do and he doesn't care one way or the other what the public thinks of it. For example, in the fourth song, it starts out with an almost gastr style solo piano part, brings in some beautifull steel drums and vibes, then a few minutes into it, all of a sudden it busts into a wailing saxophone solo that sounds like the ending of Saturday Night Live. I read he spent about 2 hours trying to get the saxophonist to play it cheezier and cheezier. Too much to handle for a lot of people, Eureka is constantly coming at you out of left feild. The album is an amazingly orchestrated album of slightly demented artistic-pop music kind of in the tradition of Van Dyke Parks. I recommend this to anyone looking for music that adheres to nobody else's standards whatsoever, and never fails to push the listener's limits.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone will like this album...promise March 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Every once in a while an album comes along that twists things so completely that it defies any sort of category. Yes there is a lot that is familiar here. Some of it almost an eerie, pre-natal familiarity. But the peculiar perspectives with which Jim O'Rourke combines these disparate images leaves the head swimming. Take, for example, the opening track "Women of the World." This is the kind of song that practically from the first note, like it or not, is instantly lasered into the grey matter of the listener. The implications of the anthemic lyrics leave one punch drunk with possiblities. Is he being sincere? Is he being ironic? My only impotent conclusion is probably a little bit of both. I am left thinking that perhaps, just by accident, Jim has summed up the attitude of an entire generation in 21 words repeated to the point of absurdity. I'm also left thinking that I am almost certainly missing the entire point of the song by saying something like that. Confusing? Yes. But in the most preciously soothing way. What really blows me away about this album is how broad an appeal something so freakin' weird could have. I have played this album for countless people with the most varied music tastes (a calculated experiment by the way). Literally every single one of them likes it. Not only do they like it, they feel compelled to say so. Usually they are so tongue-tied though that "woah" is the only semi-intelligible thing they are able to utter.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jim o' rourke's soft and cuddly side March 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to know what to expect from a Jim O'Rourke record. Recently, his output has been soft and sweet, as evidenced by his latest project, Eureka. While O'Rourke's past output has embraced minimalism, art noise, abstract pop, and the Leo Kottke-Ry Cooder-John Fahey-esque school of guitar americana, his new record, Eureka, brings it all together for a disparate family reunion. The result is far from an uncomfortable gathering, though. The elements assembled on this record are fused with great care and sophistication, and everyone gets along. Eureka is truly an expression of triumph. The discovery? An increasingly accessible sound, I think. Coming soon to a Sam Goody near you. . . Maybe not.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Cringe Inducing at points
First look at the cover of this album, right off the bat I cringe. Don't judge an album by the cover? Read more
Published 15 months ago by Hippie Smell
5.0 out of 5 stars Eureka makes me happy!
I am new to Jim O Rourke, but this is a mind boggling album. I picked it up and its absolutely awesome. Awesome does not do this album justice. Read more
Published on October 9, 2011 by chrissy
4.0 out of 5 stars exellent
If Eureeka sounds a lot like Jim O'rouke's Insignificance, that is as it should be. Look at the man baby on both covers and obviously, we are talking about bookends, not carbon... Read more
Published on November 17, 2009 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars At last
Robert Wyatt has a sucesor of our times ... Just wonderfull music by another gifted musician with lots of class and a touch of humor ... Read more
Published on March 6, 2007 by Gerardo Martinez Casas
5.0 out of 5 stars Post-Rock, Acoustic, Indie, Experimental, minimalism.....This album...
Jim O'Rourke could arguably be considered someone that has had a hand in the many aspects of music, (solo artist, producer, re-mixer), and having dabbled in everything from:... Read more
Published on November 18, 2005 by fetish_2000
4.0 out of 5 stars eureka ! i have discovered jim o'rourke......
i've had this album sittting on my shelf unplayed for a couple of years .The other month out of curiosity i gave it a spin and it is now a permanent fixutre in my cd player. Read more
Published on December 5, 2004 by N. goodey
5.0 out of 5 stars Eccentric and Cheesy!
Loved this record since i bought it several years ago, and it doesn't disappoint on repeated listenings (I'm listening to it now). Read more
Published on May 3, 2004 by Niklas P. Andersson
5.0 out of 5 stars Deconstruction you can enjoy!
The previous reviewer is correct, there really aren't any songs, in the classic sense, on Eureka: it is primarily catchy parts strung together by brief interludes, a quality that... Read more
Published on June 20, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars All bow to Jim O'Rourke
I bought this album after hearing "Ghost Ship In A Storm" on the Zero 7 anotherlatenight and it must be one of the best purchases I've made in a long, long time. Read more
Published on May 1, 2003 by W. S.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love house music...and Jim O'Rourke.
I hate to admit it, but I think I'm one of those people who have given up on rock. I enjoy Belle & Sebastian, Bob Dylan, old Sonic Youth, and the Flaming Lips, but for the... Read more
Published on March 25, 2003 by "moze22"
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