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  • Audio CD (May 23, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kindercore Records
  • ASIN: B00004TFEE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa Cunningham on May 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
A great band out of Athens, GA. They are in the most-played rotation on WUOG, The student radio station at the University of Georgia.
Fairly new, they usually open for fellow Athenians like Masters of the Hemisphere. A good indie-college rock band; they are a tight group. This could be the beginning of a great long-term thing. THey not only have potential; They use it. Be ye a "townie" or just looking for a band that rocks, the Great Lakes are really worth a listen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2004
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Elephant 6 bands are known for being enchanting and inventive. And Great Lakes, a part of the "extended family," does not disappoint with their self-titled debut. With gently echoing vocals and some sweetle folky pop overtones, it's a charming little listen.

The tone is set with "Storming," a melodious pop song with a folk heart and a hint of piano and strings. That sound carries over into several other songs like the horn-accented "Easy Life" and the banjo-ish "Come Home and Come True." But Great Lakes avoids the pitfalls of monotony with the organ in "Become the Ship," the gentle piano-pop in "Banana," and the shimmering psychedelic spurts of "Parachutes."

Great Lakes is one of those bands that doesn't get as much attention as they deserve. The brainchild of Dan Donahue, Ben Crum, and Jame Huggins, this band gets support from Elephant 6 band members from Apples in Stereo, Elf Power and Neutral Milk Hotel. And the result is some rousingly enjoyable pop music.

James Huggins's vocals don't ever rise too far above the music. In fact, it's hard to really separate his vocals from the music -- they're shrouded in echoes and a little robotic sounding. Listen carefully, and you can discern songwriting that is merely okay at worst (the lackluster "Storming") and excellent at best ("I dreamed you were a parachute/I had to cut you loose/(I left you there regrettably)/you let me down gracefully...")

Occasionally the sound is mostly acoustic, like the harmonica-and-banjo of "Come Home and Come True," which only has a few electronic wavers. But elsewhere, electric guitar and restrained percussion are augmented by electronic wavers, squiggles and sputters. And the ethereal keyboard solo in "Banana," with a bit of guitar mixed in, is enchanting.

Great Lakes's self-titled debut is a great collection of sweet pop music, and not something to forget in a hurry, like a sweet dream early in the morning.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 2000
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Great Lakes' psychedelic sound combines creative, melodic, layered songs with a wide variety of instruments to create a very impressive debut. If you want to take inspiration from prior decades, the Beatles and the Beach Boys are good company. They have backed up their CD with exciting, live performances at the Echo Lounge in Atlanta and the 40 Watt in Athens, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We look forward to their next tour. The dozen songs will linger in your mind and delight each time you revisit Great Lakes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Lightly on July 25, 2000
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In short, there are enough breezy harmonies and wind instruments scattered among the strawberry fields to make you forget the last 30 years ever happened.
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By A Customer on February 4, 2001
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Elephant 6 or not, who cares? This could be the best debut album of 2000, due not only to the sincerity in the songwriting, but to the epic heavy-on-the-echo production aesthetic and the Eno-like use of analog synthesizers. Though the songs rely more on keyboards than guitars, the most original thing about this band is their ability to take a song out to space. You could get a contact-high from the ending to "Come Home and Come True." Highly recommended.
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