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Over three full lengths, an EP, and five different live bands in four years, David Longstreth has created in Dirty Projectors a body of music of original and variegated beauty. The breadth of his talents as a songwriter, arranger, bandleader and singer call to mind Prince, Joni Mitchell, and Bjork. His constantly evolving sound -- both live and on record -- the sheer intensity of the music, ... Read more in Amazon's Dirty Projectors Store

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  • Audio CD (April 5, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Western Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0007UDCMG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"One of the most prolific and unique indie singer/songwriters of the early 2000s." -- All Music Guide

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jive rhapsodist on August 5, 2007
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I never go to Rock shows anymore. But I heard this band on the radio and had to check it out. There's definitely something genius about it, but sometimes I feel like I'm in the presence of a failed avant-gardist more than a kind of Brian Wilson-esque Pop master for our time. But sometimes not. Longstreth is a real talent, but I hope he doesn't get too quickly co-opted by the New Music people who are all lining up to dream their daily crossover dreams (an impending danger - really!). This CD is a lovely, surreal song cycle, evocative and haunting. The songs are probably too amorphous to ever take him to the Bjork level of fame. Which is too bad, because when you place this next to say, a Beck CD, you hear the difference between an artist with something to say and somebody coasting on the wave of Symphonic Pop Visionary. This guy and his music are really something, but he uses the same tricks over and over (especially with the samples) and he doesn't seem to really have a melodic gift. All cavils aside, this is a major release that all the people of my age group (I'm 52) should purchase the next time they're whinging about some topic like "Where are the Sargeant Peppers (or Revolvers) of our time?"
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By elpretentio on April 8, 2005
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By far the most inventive release from Dave Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors. The sounds are primarily composed of a cut-up samples of orchestrations and high-range voice samples. To compare, the vocals used throughout are similar to that of Bjork's last work, Medulla. It produces a very ethereal atmosphere with chanting abound and the mood being set by an abundance of strings and whispy voices. This is where the similarities with Medulla end though and it would be unwise for me to liken this album to that one too much as this album, at its core, has much more substance than the latter in terms of rhythm. The opera-like voice samples along with his own airy voice are cut up along with cowbells, strings, and a whole host of percussion and wind instruments in a somewhat dischordant yet entirely captivating array of heavy beats. It really is something else and needs to be listened to if it is to be done any justice. I emplore you, listen to this album. It will be a refreshing experience. In my opinion it is the most engrossing and creative release of the year thus far and it's going to have a permanent place in my rotation of music. I dare someone to release an album better than this one this year. No really, i do.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Basil Nasrajar on April 19, 2005
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Intricate, fearless, melodic, ambitious, confident, catchy-as-hell, and utterly captivating. I hope his head doesn't get too big! He's f****** brilliant, though. Love all his stuff. Great to see him branching out EVEN FURTHER. What on earth is the next one gonna be like?
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This is music that defies categories. New Music is how the classical world often describe such experiments. The wind ensemble gives evidence for that genre, except this is also much like a rock opera of a spiritual quest. (Classical vocalise maverick Meredith Monk, too, had a quest opera, Atlas.) I could also describe it as far out alternative world fusion. Indeed, track 1 begins with something like the deep horns of Tibet, announcing the start of the protagonist's adventure, and soon chorus and melody resemble Javanese music in structure. The hollow sound of beer bottle flutes, much like the traditional tube flutes of many indigenous peoples, enhance the character's first dream. The track Ponds & Puddles has a mbira-like metallophone. Text metaphors include Aztec Mexico and Australia. The music when the protagonist accepts the journey itself as the goal is alternative rock with drum percussion. Maracas and marimba next suggest Latin America, but in this second dream sequence the Gettyburg battlefield guide is Sacagawea, and romance ensues. The quest ends in the reality of the parking lot, the common world, seen from a new perspective. Here, sorpranos and harmonic reeds, saxophone dominant, mark the event. My main criticism is that I was distracted by the jerky electronic programming on a couple tracks. Other than that, the listener may enjoy the textual images and the poetic lyrics. This is indeed a musical adventure. ****1/2
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