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Fast Rise & Fall of the South

Kingsbury ManxAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 20, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Rarely anymore does an indie band drop a new release that can considered unreservedly unique in both tone and delivery, but this record obliges on both counts. The Chapel Hill, N.C. foursome's fourth release is a swift departure from the more vociferous tendencies of earlier albums, but remains saturated in three-part harmonies that can be as lavish as the Beach Boys one song, as intimate as Simon & Garfunkel the next. With a Shins-like knack of sounding effortless and complex at the same time, the 13 songs are woven together by graceful acoustic backing, an entwined piano and an ensemble of banjo, trumpet and flute. But the lead voice of Bill Taylor never allows the arrangements to stray from the mood (save for two or three instances of restrained indulgence), and from the waltzy piano on "Harness and Wheel" to the trippy feedback that closes "Ol Mountainsides," the Kingsbury Manx have one of the year's great records--and a sound to call their own. --Scott Holter

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotically melodic downbeat shoe-gazery pop December 11, 2005
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Though there are modern touch points for this Chapel Hill, NC quartet's music -- Belle & Sebastian, for example -- the slightly sing-song vocals are often mindful of Village Green-era Ray Davies delivered in Zombies-styled minor keys with the hypno-dreamy style and far-ranging rock-electronica of Meddle-era Pink Floyd touched by freneticism of The Feelies. It's a smooth brew that produces flashes of recognition without ever dwelling on any one influence long enough to copy. And more to the point, the influences meld beautifully to produce hauntingly melodic songs that have both a folk-psych base and an electric-pop finish. Much like the tree branches in the cover photo, the music is spare in its dreamtime temperament, but complex in actual arrangement. Full kit drums are mixed low behind languid keyboards and stormy guitar feedback, with gentle acoustic guitars that are topped with pensive vocals. Penned entirely by Manx guitarist Bill Taylor, the album's mood ebbs and flows with impressionistic lyrics of hard work, misunderstandings and dashed expectations. All in all, a captivating disc. 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2005 hyperbolium dot com]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Offers an interesting escape on its flight of fancy March 23, 2009
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"The Fast Rise and Fall of the South" forces one to conjure up similes and metaphors, as the music evokes a heady atmosphere of country air, sea salt, and yeast. Listening to the songs does require some attention as there are layers and subtleties plying one's ear, competing for your attention. Hints of Pink Floyd's Meddle (San Tropez, for instance) and more than a passing kinship to the shimmering sound of The Shins or understanding elegance of Warm in the Wake are apparent.

The air of lushness is sustained by piano and organ, but punctuated with unexpected percussion, jaunty guitar, trumpet, flute, and even some banjo. The mellotron proves both their best friend and worst enemy at spots--take your pick. At times, the band seems content to drift a bit and borrows a bit too much from the cupboard of its predecessors, but all in all, "The Fast Rise and Fall of the South" offers an interesting escape on its flight of fancy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally they deliver the killer one. May 31, 2006
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After several albums that always threatened greatness but never really got there, the Manx deliver their shining moment.
The production is spot on, very airy and crispy, lots of soft piano lines mixed with delicate acoustics guitars strums with the occasional guitar blow outs, superb.
The X factor on this albums are the songs, this time no duds,they really sharpened their pencils this time.
Favorites include the jaw dropping beauty of "oh no" the opening waltz time of "harness..",the gorgeous harmonies of "And what fallout", the psychedelic guitar blow outs of "10008" and "old mountainsides".
If you were about to give up on kingsbury manx, please don't,
this is album of the year stuff.
Buy it before they disappear into rock's history pages.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars. I like it. I wish I could say I love it. January 21, 2010
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This band has a lot going for it on The Fast Rise And Fall Of The South. There is a good balance of acoustic and electric instruments. Good hooks, good rhythmic grooves. I like the lyrics, which tend to be a bit obscure and elliptical. Overall, this album tends to be fairly mellow and mid-tempo. Often I was reminded of the quieter material by the Kinks, say Muswell Hillbillies-style.

Some of the tunes are put together very well. What I don't like is that some of the songs run on too long with repetition of specific grooves or lines. Standouts for me are the tracks And What Fallout, 10008, and Nova. Perhaps if the musicians were good at improvisation, they could have turned some of the longer songs into jams that would hold the listener's interest a bit better.

Don't get me wrong. This is solid work. It is pleasant, comfortable listening. If they could edit things a little more tightly, kick the energy level up a bit, they might be quite awesome.
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