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The Fifth Release from Matador

Pizzicato 5Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 14, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00004YX2F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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1. A Perfect World
2. Roma
3. Loudland!
4. A Room With A View
5. La Guerre Est Finie
6. Wild Strawberries
7. Darlin' Of Discotheque
8. A Perfect World (Album Version)
9. 20th Century Girl
10. Tout, Tout Pour Ma Cherie
11. Serial Stories
12. The World Without You
13. Room Service
14. Goodbye Baby & Amen

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Pizzicato Five's 2000 release is called The Fifth Release From Matador. When it was originally released in Japan the title was Pizzicato Five. This domestic version adds bonus tracks that are not on the import version. The tracks are 'A Perfect World', 'R

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pushing all the Right Buttons November 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When I first put this CD in the player at home, my roommate's initial reaction was "This sounds just anything else they do." While not entirely correct, that *is* kind of the point of listening to Pizzicato Five, isn't it? At the risk of sounding like I'm downplaying their abilities, most of their songs are just scads of major seventh chords thrown together in a variety of combinations, with (slightly) different lyrics, orchestrations and beats. This album is no different, but that's why I love it so much. Last year's "Playboy & Playgirl" record saw Pizzicato Five reaching for a broader, more sophisticated sound. After Konishi's breakbeat-happy, DJ masterpiece "Happy End of the World," "Playboy" seemed almost distainful of such childish antics. The beats were less erratic, the melodies were richer and more complex, and Konishi's penchant for throwing snippets of this and that together was almost unnoticeable. While the songs were extremely well-crafted, they just weren't quite as much, well, *fun*. Fortunatley, "The Fifth Release from Matador" is sort of a happy marriage of both sounds. While not as hyper as "Happy End of the World," it doesn't try to be as serious as "Playboy," and the formula still works like a charm, pushing all the right buttons. The opening track, "A Perfect World," is the most goosebump-inducing romp they've splashed through since "It's a Beautiful Day." "Roma" sounds like a jazzy, big band number on speed, complete with sampled record scratches and audience "ahh"'s. "LOUDLAND!" opens with a gorgeous snippet from track six, and then for the next four minutes sounds as if the CD player is skipping (in a good way). Read more ›
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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I got my nephews hooked on Pizzicato Five three years ago after I discovered them myself, and whenever we travel together (which is a lot, as I babysit them often) they request this band's albums more than any other group besides The Beatles.
So as soon as I bought this brand new (as of this writing) release, my nephews got all excited--I put it on in the car, and as they heard it for the very first time their jaws dropped and asked me, "Do these guys ever make an album that DOESN'T sound great?"
Enough said.
Pizzicato Five is one of those rare musical acts who keep getting better and better with each album, who continue to persistently produce music that is nothing but outstanding, who are completely incapable of creating "filler" junk. And, like a lot of such acts, you can actually hear them developing on and expanding ideas from their previous projects--you can musically "connect the dots" here, so to speak, with the experimentation that occured on the previous album "Playboy & Playgirl" just as you can hear the connections between that earlier title and its own predecessor. Indeed, P5 don't appear to really be a pop band, really, so much as an ongoing music conceptual art project.
And after the particularly bad year we had in 2001... isn't it wonderful to have a band like this in the world who can create such wonderful joys in life for us all? P5 continue to remind everyone what is truly important in life. Thank God there is still at least one band around who still cares enough about people to do that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps P5's best US album, ever August 16, 2003
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The beauty of this album is how it jumps all around on the music scene. It blends the sounds together nicely. So what if they don't speak English! This album did everything right.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD all around -- But only for open minds. January 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I just love it. In fact I probably play this CD once a week (I do a lot of driving). If your are a Pizzacato 5 fan this is a must own CD. I must warn you, however, if you love the mindless repetitive sound on every radio station, this is not the group for you. But if you like music that actually required effort to make and is not played on the radio every 5 minutes then this is the CD for you. This sounds like nothing you'll hear on the commercial radio stations because the style is nothing like what is always aired on the stations. Rather, some songs are similar to progressive rock, some 80's pop, and some in a league all by themselves. You must be willing to have an open mind and see that just because they don't speak English, don't play it on the radio, and isn't like anything you normally hear.
They are tragically hip, unique, and more addicting the Colonel's 11 herbs and spices.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars they just get better with each album April 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Pizzicato Five sound more polished and sophisticated with each album. This cd is my current favorite of their US releases. What other band would include studio, live and remix tracks together is such a smooth package? This cd has me transfixed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four for Five by P5 March 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
While "Sound of Music" remains their best, P5 bring us another collection of inventive, lounge-inspired songs that will hook you on the 3rd or 4th listen. While some songs could fit on recent albums (the opening "A Perfect World" for instance, or the fourth track "A Room with a View"), there are some new sounds ("20th Century Girl", with a mid-tempo 60's go-go backbeat), and a pure (albeit tongue-in-cheek) samba ("Room Service"--LOVE IT!). Should be part of your P5 collection.
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