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Finally We Are No One

MúmAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 31, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fatcat Records
  • ASIN: B000066HH0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sleep/Swim
2. Green Grass Of Tunnel
3. We Have a Map of the Piano
4. Don't Be Afraid, You Have Just Got Your Eyes Closed
5. Behind Two Hills,,,, A Swimmingpool
6. K/half Noise
7. Now There's That Fear Again
8. Faraway Swimmingpool
9. I Can't Feel My Hand Any More, It's Alright, Sleep Still
10. Finally We Are No One
11. The Land Between Solar Systems

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It's an enchanted world that Múm inhabit. Conceived in a remote Icelandic lighthouse, Finally We Are No One is an electronica album that conjures up hazy, half-remembered memories of childhood, both magical and eerie. The obvious comparisons are with Boards of Canada and Múm's compatriot, Björk. But as with their superb 2000 debut, Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today Is OK, Múm make a music that's far too original to be easily compartmentalized. So analog keyboards hum alongside muted digital glitches, and "proper" instruments--accordions, cellos, melodicas--flutter in and out of the mix. The overall effect is of a modern kind of folk music. It's gentle, almost-fey stuff, but the quartet (including twin sisters who appeared on the cover of Belle & Sebastian's Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant) never slips into anything like polite ambience. Instead, the 11 pieces are like extracts from a particularly vivid dream journal, especially when the Valtýsdóttir sisters sing in their peculiar gurgling, infantilized way in the epically unfurling lullaby, "The Land Between Solar Systems." This is an album that leaves you longing for shady childhood experiences you never knew you'd even had. --John Mulvey

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best surprise all year... August 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This new album from Mum gets more airplay on my stereo than anything else that's come out this year. These beautiful, catchy tunes have an ambient undertone, laced with crunching, scraping and crumbling beats with beautiful melodies provided by violins, trumpets, keyboards and wee little voices singing almost indistinguishable lyrics (or no lyrics at all).
This group has been compared, likened, and related to Bjork, Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin and Belle and Sebastian, and despite the latter mentioned group, these are completely accurate comparisons. The Belle and Sebastian reference is due to a friendship between the two groups, as well as the Mum twins appearing on the over of B+S's last full length LP ("Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant") However, Looper (electronic B+S spin off) this band is not. As far as sound and style there is no relation to B+S, and they show far more promise and talent than most of the B+S spin offs (again, Looper this band is not.)
As for the other comparisons, why not just try Bjork, Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin? Mum is well worth your time and while related to, does not rip off these groups or sound too much like them... While they have a comparitive beats and ambience to these three other groups/performers they do contain their own distinct style that really makes them a worthwhile group to look into. Take the mysterious sound and vocals of Bjork, add BoC's ambience, and some Aphex Twin beats (a la "The Richard D. James Album") and you ALMOST have Mum.
What Mum has going for itself is the organic ensemble that it has put together.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentler sound to the creation of music... September 19, 2002
Format:Audio CD
What Mum has done with their latest release has been a near 180 on the post rock genre: instead of over-orchestrating and creating gigantic crescendos, this disc remains original and almost transcendent of the limitless genre of "post rock" due to it's minimalist and almost acoustic take on music. By taking light melodies and looping them throughout the entire piece, inserting minor variations and adding the occassional organic instrument to color it, Mum has created an almost uncatergorical volume of muusic.
While this band has been compared to many IDM revolutionaries (Boards of Canada, Aphex,) and the post rock bands (GSYBE!, Sigur Ros), not much of the influence can be heard there. The only real comparison of them all is the fact that they're wholly original, and so is Mum: not writing music to incite you but music to enchant you in an almost osmotic way. The songs are enchanting in an physical way: you can see landscapes when listening to the music, almost as if it's a soundtrack to an unmade movie.
The real shining aspect of this entire disc is the minimalism of it: It isn't overproduced, it isn't over orchestrated, and each song does NOT take you on a path between high and lows. It's not a collection of songs but a cd that works with both functions: active listening and background music. It's music that serves Brian Eno's idealistic dream of existing for all contexts, which makes it one of the best albums of the year. Get a copy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Playful Joyful Minimalist Electronica June 11, 2003
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Imagine you are a kid again, no worries in the world, and you're at a magical amusement park, like disneyland or something, or a world where you can have all the toys you imagine and explore huge castles with dancing rainbow clowns... or a children's mini-golf course or amusement park with many wonderous structures of never-ending fun and exploration, on a perfect sunny summer day (not too hot) with checkerboard-patterned colorful grass, (I'm thinking of the Super Nintendo game Kirby's Dream Course...that game was fun) music boxes, and flying singing happy flowers... (I seriously don't do any drugs)
I know, the idea of this music being "a childish world of toys" and stuff has tired out, but it's indeed a very fitting description. This music also reminds me so much of fun old video games, a lot of songs would fit in games.
OK... Now to talk about what the music actually sounds like. There is mostly odd electronic rhythms and strange noises, along with synthesized (I think) violins and horns reminiscant of Italy, and crystal clear electronic beeps and loops. There are even some vocals. They are extremely soft and high. I can't really tell if they're male or female, or even human... they seriously sound like flowers.
Only the first few songs seem to be more upbeat and crazy like I've described above. The rest are more relaxing. Most of the album reminds me a lot of Tortoise, with a slightly more electronic feel. Also, a band with song titles this outrageous has got to be good.
"Green Grass of Tunnel" starts with a music box type sound and goes into a nice shuffling beat with quaint litle melodies.
"We Have a Map of the Piano" has crazy odd rhythms, sounds like you're playing it on a scratchy record player, distant/faded piano melodies, flying flower vocals, and synth'd violins.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely night-time record July 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't too sure about mum, but I thought I'd give it a go, thanks to the numerous comparisons with Boards of Canada, Minotaur shock and DNTEL. I wasn't dissapointed. I could tell you all how it evokes memories of childhood and all that, but I won't, even though it's the only record in my whole collection that has actually done that. If you're looking for a late night or very early in the morning album, full of melancholic and reflective songs then this would be a perfect buy. I will say, if you're not used to singing with your electronic music this album may be a bit shocking, I certainly didn't warm to it right away, but after a couple of listens I managed to get the feeling that I was listening to St Etienne out of my mind and began to really enjoy the vocals too.
and it's about a million times better than all those 'chill out' albums too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Múm. new age easy listening
I am in love with their instrumentals. I've been hooked on this album for a year and finally have it on cd. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J Horton
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Textures
I love the sounds in this album. Some force my eyes to shut and my breathe to deepen. Excellent balance of electronic and organic sounds and textures, like a calm Four Tet (Pause... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars sleepy music
Sleepy music for somnolent quiescent reveries. Softer than Mum's other spins. Lovely and engaging. Odd bits and other strange stuff.
Published 6 months ago by the eternal answering machine
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
great cd,,,all of the songs are excellent...It is worth the car ride is now very delightful. great music. It is the best.
Published 8 months ago by Maurice Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
There's nothing I would change about this album. Personally, when I am doing something that would normally be frustrating, I can put this album on and I am zen. Read more
Published 21 months ago by David Heckley
5.0 out of 5 stars Mum's best cd.
I heard one mum song, really liked it and then bought all of their cd's. This one is my favorite and really the only one I listen to. Read more
Published on August 21, 2012 by Jeff303
5.0 out of 5 stars múm - Finally We Are No One
Gentle, elegant, folktronic. Múm's album FINALLY WE ARE NO ONE adds a crucial element to their sound: voices. Read more
Published on February 28, 2011 by scoundrel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
Múm is one of my favourite and band and I have seen them live. Their music melodic and rich. Their music is very original and unique. Read more
Published on May 13, 2010 by Kosovi Q
4.0 out of 5 stars Mum's not the word
One of electronica's more organic experiences, this album has its share of drippy filler but still manages to flow nicely as a whole and includes many fantastic stops along the way... Read more
Published on April 28, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably the best and most representative Múm CD.
Múm demonstrates their full range of Icelandic experimental (and childish) bliss. Keeps me happy for days too.
Published on June 24, 2008 by Angie Chang
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