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CranesAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 24, 1998)
  • Label: Dedicated -- DNA --
  • ASIN: B000005BTM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Etherial at its Best November 22, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I have yet to hear a bad song by Cranes -- They're by far one of my favorite bands. Alison Shaw's voice never fails to make me smile; she often sounds like a cute (or sometimes demented) doll. She's awesome. So is the music, which is comparable in quality to early Lush, the Cure, My Bloody Valentine, etc. A must for any fan of dreamy Brit pop or etherial music... they also fit well into the Goth genre.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And Ever Amen December 21, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Chilling yet beautiful, much of the appeal of the Cranes' music resides in its ritualistic nature. It is simple, ethereal and primal and not too far removed from the more minimal excursions of Death In June or Sol Invictus, albeit more conventionally "pretty" and with more emphasis on melody. Like those bands, the key here lies in rhythmic repetition and crescendo: the songs tend to start simply, becoming more layered and complex as they progress toward a blunt ending (ie, the music seeks to function subliminally as an analogy to life; a dangerous attempt in less capable hands: portentious can equal pretentious, with unintentionally comic results). And as with those bands, the music ranges from the (morosely) beautiful and resigned ("Far Away") to the intensely defiant ("Clear," "Sun And Sky"). The heavily echoed voice is largely unintelligible but this in itself speaks volumes. Exhilarating and compelling: listen and get cold.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cranes- Forever November 17, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
One of the best albums ever produced, right under Cure's Disentigration in my book. Songs like Clear and Adrift are so beautiful and full that I quiver and shake hearing them. The drums are complex, yet not overbearing... the keyboards are well thought out, siren-like, composed. Shaw's pixie-girl voice takes some getting used to, but get used to it! Follow up with Loved... it too is a 5-star. And I don't use 5 stars lightly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling... September 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Alison Shaw's voice....what's the word? Ethereal....haunting....otherworldly. She whisps along in a voice that shouldn't work with the music, but does. Sometimes she sounds lost, but almost deliberately so. Other times she grooves along in a more dramatic fashion. And I don't think I was expected to like it as much as I do. But I do. Ten years behind the times, granted (the album was originally released in 1993), but I'm sure enjoying listening to it. For me, it's the vocals that make it, but the music varies from spooky to more driving beats, which is also intriguing. Plus, there are lots of strings - mostly guitar, granted. But some cello (yum), violins and so forth as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars College Goth Daze July 18, 2002
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Yeah, this album brings back some real great memories for me. This music seemed perfect for the era and trime in my life that it was released. But enough nostalgia, what is great about this album is how well the music holds up. "Forever" is ethereal and moody and gentle and hard and creepy...all while retaining a very unified sound. It is a perfect album. The follow up to this release, "Loved" is also a great work worth getting. I would suggest purchasing them both with "Wings Of Joy". This is the Cranes at the height of their brilliance before the "Population 4" fiasco. For me, "Forever" will always remind me of the dark, exciting, romantic (in the grand sense) days of my college years. It will always remain the perfect soundtrack for that moment of time.
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