Gorilla Manor

February 16, 2010 | Format: MP3

$7.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 16, 2010
  • Label: Frenchkiss Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2010 Frenchkiss Records
  • Total Length: 56:31
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B0035VLGE0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,684 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I'd recommend this album to anyone who likes good music.
J Kozy
This album displays the band's unique sound in a lively mix of melodies and harmonies.
Heather A. Wood
It's one of those rare albums you listen to an find that every song is awesome.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By music fan on March 16, 2010
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I'll admit, I'm an amateur. I've never written a review. I just wanted the opportunity to recommend this cd to anyone interested in good music. Very easy to listen to, (but certainly not "easy listening" music). Nice layers and textures both musically and vocally. Not usually a fan of covers but do take exception with the fantastic "Warning Sign"/Talking Heads cover. Hope to catch these guys on tour sometime in the near future. I have listened to this cd repeatedly over the past couple of weeks and it just keeps getting better.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J Kozy on February 25, 2010
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This album is right up there in terms of best debuts in recent years. It's a mixture of Fleet Foxes, Port O'Brien, and The Format all rolled into one. The vocal harmonies and the melodies are fantastic. The lyrics are creative and not cliched or trite like so many others. I'm not gonna write a full blown review but I felt Local Natives needed more love. I'd recommend this album to anyone who likes good music.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Delgado McSlim on December 5, 2009
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After hearing Local Natives play Los Angeles several times, I couldn't wait for Frenchkiss Records to release its USA version of Gorilla Manor next February, so I bought Infectious Records' EU version that dropped last month. (How ironic they've blown up huge in Europe and are still relatively unknown in the States!)

I have to thank a Brit called "The Wolf" for writing the following review of Gorilla Manor and Local Natives; The Wolf said it better than I could:

"Glorious Gorillas in Our Midst

Abso-blinkin-lutely loving this every-which-way. You're going to love it too. Promise.

As incandescent a bunch of songs as I've heard this year and there are a whole healthy dozen of them to be getting on with.

Local Natives hail from Silverlake, California, U.S.A.

They are Taylor Rice (guitar/vocals), Kelcey Ayer (keyboards/vocals), Ryan Hahn (guitar/vocals), Andy Hamm (bass) and Matt Frazier (drums) and together they make a distinctive and beautiful sound.

This is tricky stuff to pin-down so I'll leave it for someone more gifted in the realms of genre sub-divisions to fix this for us later.

What I found here transcends genre in so many ways.

It is BIG music. Heart-warming music. Enveloping and uplifting music. The melodies are complex and absorbing; the singing fresh and vividly alive. These young gentlemen are creating sounds of true substance!

You could plunge in anywhere really and be lifted up by the pure energy and enthusiasm of their committed performances.

Let me tell you about a few of these wonderful compositions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Bradley on July 26, 2010
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Without creative musical ideas, you're merely a poet with an instrument; without good lyrics, you're merely a soloist with a microphone. Local Natives still have room for lyrical growth, which accounts for half of a song.

That said, let me wholeheartedly compliment their musical endeavors in Gorilla Manor. The drive, the cohesion of harmonies, the instrumentation, the distinct quality of sound: all commendable! Full chordal vocal harmonies are rare, and in that respect, Fleet Foxes are brought to mind in accompanying Local Natives in finding the fullest vocal sounds (harmonically). A melancholy, industrial, and full experimental sound exudes from this album.

In that respect, it would almost be far-reaching to assume this song or that is "the best" on the album. Every song is new! Every song contributes to the variety of this new sound! I will say, however, that pieces of songs such as "Cards & Quarters," "Shape Shifter," and "Who Knows Who Cares" are unexpected and appreciated breaks from the sometimes brash and monotonous drums that carry most of the album's moving, rhythmic sound. Some of the best moments on the album are without the tribal meandering of the drums. It could be argued that many songs share similar qualities, but I believe this to be an emerging consistency in the sound of Local Natives, not a lack of originality. We'll see with future material!

Back to lyrics. Let's be honest: lyrics play a large part (half) in making a song meaningful, relevant, and legitimate. I loved the album upon my first listening!... and then I listened to the lyrics. In that regard, Local Natives have room for experimenting with the connection between sound and lyrics, and that includes the rhythmic consideration of lyrics.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stan Polley on March 13, 2010
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Another pandora-found masterpiece.

Ok, the masterful harmonies weaved into these tunes are disarming..... having an almost fleet-fox like chant feel at times. And suddenly you're getting kicked in the face with some simple, but perfect growling guitar, only to be immediately transported back to choir-boy harmonies. And I can't say enough about the drumming... was this guy's drum-teacher a pack of wolves??? At times his style seems to come from a lost dimension... (try to change the tune 'Sun hands' during the intro.... you can't)

Can't wait to see these guys down in Denver. Check out the u-tube videos too. They are just as good/better live.
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