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Fruit Of Life

March 15, 1994

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 15, 1994
  • Release Date: March 15, 1994
  • Label: Geffen
  • Copyright: (C) 1994 Geffen Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 56:07
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  • ASIN: B000W20FYC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,622 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By motlalekhotso on September 24, 2000
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English lacks the superlatives to describe this album. In today's pop culture, in which crass commercialism crushes originality, Fruit of Life stands out as a perfect jewel. The depth of their lyrics astounds. The range of their vocals intrigues. The purity of their harmony amazes. All in all, the best CD in years. No wonder the big labels ignore them!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1999
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By accident, I discovered the Wild Colonials live at a hole in the wall in Boise, Idaho. The intensity of the music, the variety of sounds, the violin and the vocals were so compelling I bought both of their albums. The music is truly fantastic and every track on this CD is worth your time. The lyrics tend to be reflective, in some cases sad, but always comforting. This is not to say the music is slow - there are some very lively songs and some truly remarkable violin playing. "Alice" is the best "fast" song on the CD; it begins "The feeling was strong/when it came up tonight/you looked at your life/and nothing seemed right..." You'll feel the energy in the song.

Although the Wild Colonials are not really similar, I know many who like them who also like Sarah MacLachlan, Sinead O'Connor, Dave Matthews Band, Cowboy Junkies, etc. The Wild Colonials manage to be both soft and intense. I also recommend their other CD, This Can't Be Life; equally good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Goodwin on October 22, 2007
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It sickens me that people are selling used copies of this CD for less than a dollar. I feel compelled to buy all of them and hoard them in a bank vault on the off chance that this CD becomes unavailable at some point in the future. I bought this CD back in 1994 because one of my college professors (a recent transplant from L.A.) recommended it, and I have loved it ever since. If you listen to it and do not become obsessed with it, then there is something seriously wrong with you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2000
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I cannot say enough about this album. Every song is a treat-- I have been listening to the album for well over a year. The music is similar to ballads by Everything But the Girl and Indigo Girls, and even better in some ways. A word of caution, however: the 1996 album is much different, reflecting a harder and faster sound.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lulubella on June 1, 2000
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This CD along with their second rarely leave my CD player. The Wild Colonials are not easy to describe, Angela (the singer)is Scottish, some of the band are from Canada and they formed in LA. Angela has just the most amazing voice, not "pretty" it is emotional and full of soul. There is a definite celtic feel to the album, but it is not that new-age celtic stuff, instead there is traditional fiddle mixed into a garage band sound. All of the songs are wonderful and cover a wide range of styles. Philadelphia Story is a sweet love song with a happy ending, Dear Mike is a love letter to Mike Scott of the Waterboys. She also covers Billy Holiday's Don't Explain, and although her voice is less than perfect there is such raw emotion in her singing that it is impossible not to be moved. Fruit of Life is a wonderful, for the most part upbeat, pop record.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1998
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I LOVE this album. My sister gave it to me for my birthday and I find myself constantly reaching for it when there are people over who like a variety of musical genres. This will please the jazz lover, the "folky", and Irish/New Age buffs. My husband and I both enjoy it and he is a classic rock listener and I tend towards alternative. (I also find most of the songs incredibly sexy. Great for a romantic night at home.)
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By cyclone259 on December 15, 2004
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I was lucky enough to see The Wild Colonials open for Toad the Wet Sprocket many years ago. In the end, their live show was even better than Toad's and I bought the c.d. at their concert.

I found this c.d. to be a wonderful mix of gritty, soul-filled ballads with exceptionally well-written lyrics and diverse music style(s). It's one of those few c.d.'s where as a listener you're not sure what to expect, from fiddle to bass, from rock to jazz, this release covers a wide range.

I have to admit I was a bit let down on the second release, but that's the usually the way sophomore efforts go. I do think that they had/have the talent to be around for a long time to come.
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