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In Glorious Times [Import]

Sleepytime Gorilla MuseumAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 1, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

1. The Companions
2. Helpless Corpses Enactment
3. Puppet Show
4. Formicary
5. Angle of Repose
6. Ossuary
7. The Salt Crown
8. The Only Dance
9. The Greenless Wreath
10. The Widening Eye
11. The Putrid Refrain

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I recently saw SGM perform these collection of freakishly exhilarating pieces of music. This is a band that is not only musically talented, but also conveys a convincing, creative, and pervasive persona. Carla Kihlstedt, Dan Rathbun, Nils Frykdahl, Matthias Bossi, and Michael Mellender all marched to their stage through the audience, playing a cheery yet equally eerie ballad on trumpets and other hand held instruments. All of them are dressed in homemade cloths, covered in white makeup, and with the exception of Carla, have various sections of their head shaved, braided, and growing long.

Many of the instruments are homemade, which are comprised of various pieces of metal, wood, and perhaps a trash can. I believe there is glockenspiel as well. There are your standard guitars, a violin, a bass; and then oddities, like the slide-piano log, pedal-action wiggler, and other strange and primitive instruments.

Their lyrics on this album, like their others, tend to be abstract and many of the members will deliver very odd and perhaps even disturbing non-sequiter soliloquies as their other instruments lay silent. The lyrical content often explores the dark and complex corners of the human psyche, or the "things that we bury," in the words of Carla.

Unlike their previous album, "In Glorious Times" seems employ, but not depend upon, heavy and distorted guitar riffs more often; which, obviously lends to a "metal" sound. But the textures, timbres, and dynamics of the multiple instruments and vocals they employ add a considerable layer of complexity, darkness, and beauty to this album.

The structure, melody, and meter of the songs within this album are far too complicated for me to understand let alone enumerate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3rd hit album in a row December 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Yes! I had to listen through a couple of times to be sure, but this is another great and satisfying album, from this at times stunningly powerful, at times intricately delicate, always emotionally moving, weird, unpredictable, theatrical, overall delicious Bay Area weirdo supergroup.

They're on their 3rd exploding drummer, and 2nd percussionist; but these 2 stickmen are good (and even contribute some songwriting), the rest of the jolly crew is intact, and the music is spot on as usual.

If Marilyn Manson, Peter Gabriel, Dagmar & Art Bears (but Carla's electric SGM violin kicks Fred Frith's violin's butt) & King Crimson got squished together in a train wreck, like the old ads for peanut butter & chocolate cups, they might make it onto a little corner, of the inside cover, of a Sleepytime Gorilla Museum album.

oh and speaking of the cover, at last we get more information, this time, than on the first 2 studio albums, on the source of the bizarre, unsettling SGM artwork and strange ideas..... that was Nils' dad, right? I guess it's a family affair.... makes it more real.

And of course if you haven't already picked up their first 2 studio albums "Grand Opening & Closing" and "Of Natural History", be sure to do so too. I'm still not sure what I think of their live album; need to listen to it some more.

And then you'll want to explore the whole extended musical family (that's why I call SGM a "supergroup") -- look up Idiot Flesh, Charming Hostess (check out their version of the Resident's "Working Down Below"), Faun Fables, Carla Kilstedht's solo albums, Moe! and all his collaborators in the Moe!kestra, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Musical Mayhem August 9, 2007
By WillieB
Format:Audio CD
You need a lot of patience to absorb this disc. On first listen, I thought it was decent and weird, but the musicianship compelled me to keep listening, and after repeated spins, it's still very weird but much better than decent. The music is avant-garde rock - brutal, dissonant, scary, but in a good way. Even the doodle artwork is creepy. I like their instrumentation, for example, on "Helpless Corpses Enactment" the pounding guitar riff is echoed by violin and it does not sound like an ordinary death metal tune, even with the vocal growls. I also hear subtle influences of bands such as Primus, Pain of Salvation (especially during the falsetto vocal parts), and my current favorite tune on the album, "Formicary", sounds like a reggae outtake from a King Crimson album. "In Glorious Times" demands attention and is not an easy listen but it definitely is the most unusual disc I've heard this year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SGM continues to impress June 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album spans more genres than any I've ever heard, and does so fluidly and naturally. The progressive moments never get corny, the metal moments are intense, and there are plenty of melodic moments that give this record some beauty. This album flows from start to finish very well. I never felt like skipping or cutting off any track. Definitely well worth buying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glorious indeed July 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is my first exposure to Sleepytime. Without a doubt, this is eclectic and intense music. At first, it's pretty overwhelmingly sporadic (in a good way). They mesh all different genres into a continuous flowing expression. There is a consistent mobility to the sound, sometimes drastic drops to quiet parts or abrupt returns to intensity. Some of these transitions are smooth and absolutely electrifying, some a little less interesting. SGM are great at mixing genres, sometimes better than others. The avant garde aspect is legitimate and honest, truly convincing. Oftentimes it will sound very Zappa or Mr Bungle-esque (especially in the vocals). One of the best aspects to this CD is the diverse instrumentation, definitely not your average metal band sound. I don't know who the female singer is but she is amazing, and at some points makes the album. Also they have sick aspects of carnival cliches, that work appropriately. My favorite tracks: Widening Eye and Angle of Repose. The best parts of the CD are the droning complex chord changes in the quiet(er) sections. Overall in a landscape of infinite mediocrity and boring ambiguous expression, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum is actually doing something with their sound. I'm impressed, definitely worth checking out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What can I say, immaculate.
Published 2 months ago by Nathan R. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Tired trying
Buried in too much technicality for artsy brutality lies a more appealing work than their previous, but the over-trying sounds obvious still, especially when measured up to the... Read more
Published on May 15, 2010 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping dead music alive
I was a little nervous before I heard the recent stuff because SGM sounds so amazing live that it's not all conveyed when you hear it as a studio recording. Read more
Published on October 29, 2009 by keith hull
4.0 out of 5 stars It creeps up on you
Upon first listen I wasn't impressed with the latest release by one of the most creative groups in the US. Read more
Published on May 8, 2009 by Dramamine
4.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing album!
Man....these guys can do no wrong! If you haven't heard SGM for yourself, describing them is like trying to explain Hitler to a 4 year's hard to do. Read more
Published on June 28, 2008 by David M. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Very strange but interesting and talented band
This record grows on you after repeated listens. I can't believe the talent of these musicians! The off-key and off-beat style is not for everyone, but I loved it. Read more
Published on August 31, 2007 by Paul Myers
4.0 out of 5 stars something is missing...
In one word... Moe!

don't get me wrong, I love this album but Moe!'s influence was bigger than I realized. Read more
Published on May 31, 2007 by M. Willcox
4.0 out of 5 stars From a!
"In Glorious Times" is my first encounter with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, a band whose music and lyrics are much more passionate and serious than their name would imply. Read more
Published on May 30, 2007 by Cale E. Reneau
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