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Handwriting

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When this album was initially released in 1995, it was met with some skepticism; after all, the idea of an indie rocker (Rodan's Jason Noble) getting together with some classically trained pals (violist Christian Frederickson and pianist Rachel Grimes, another former rocker) and putting out an album of original classical compositions sounded like a bit of a stretch. It was--but not for the band. Recorded over the space of a few years with help from members of Shellac, the Cocktails, and various symphony orchestras, Handwriting is a remarkably cohesive, listenable, and interesting album--and if that sounds like anything short of a rave, it shouldn't. --Randy Silver

1. Southbound To Marion
2. M. Daguerre
3. Saccharin
4. Frida Kahlo
5. Seratonin
6. Full On Night
7. Handwriting

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Quarterstick Records
  • ASIN: B0000037NV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard Morgan on January 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I don't know if Rachel's is considered classical music or not. The instruments are the traditional classical variety; however, there are elements of jazz, new age, rock, and who-knows-what throughout the album.
Southbound to Marion and Handwriting open and close the disc with a beautiful lyrical quality while M Daguerre has a strong jazz feel. Overall the album does not have a long play time with Full On Night, more of a wandering through noise than an actual "song", being quite lengthy.
In comparison to other Rachel's works, I can only compare it to Music for Egon Schiele and The Sea and The Bells. This one is less "classical" than Music for Egon Schiele, which I think is their best work I've heard. To me, Handwriting is on par with Sea and Bells, as it contains some odd samples and a few minutes of noise as opposed to music.
If you are looking for something different, try Rachel's. If you enjoy classical music, start with Music for Egon Schiele instead of Handwriting.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hank Napkin on April 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Handwriting" is an excellent record, especially considering that this is the first CD by Rachel's. Most of the music features ensemble playing, but no two tracks are completely similar. Instrumental line-ups change, sometimes radically. Some pieces, restricted to strings, have an intimate, chamber feel. Some begin with solo instruments. Another, with intrusions of drums, guitar and a lovely, fuzzy bass, develops a curious structure that oscillates between two musical worlds and does so without seeming either affected or odd for the sake of being odd. At the farthest extreme, "Full on Night" is a convincing and well-constructed soundscape /noise piece that is not simply an improvised collage: there's a coherent structural quality that comes across.

And perhaps that is the over-arching, organizing principle of this music. It's foolish to just say "somehow all this holds together." But, somehow all this holds together. In addition to the structural integrity, the writing and performing style favors understatement and restraint. These factors combine to provide a deep sense of coherence across a fairly broad range of compositional types. And don't let the word "restraint" imply that the music ever drags or dead-ends. Nor should it imply that the music is strictly minimalist, because it finds some rather nice flashes of expression, unerringly in the right place and always at the right time.

As for intimations of Penguin Cafe, well maybe. But probably not. Rachel's is clearly not in pursuit of the melodic, something at which Simon Jeffes excelled. There's a particularly well-developed sense of how things start and how things stop.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sink on January 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album sounds like something you might find on the record player in a haunted mansion. It certainly does have beauty and brilliance within, but it is at times clunky and harsh. I like that. Handwriting is definitely Rachel's eeriest album, The Sea and the Bells is their most polished album, and Selenography is their most far-out. Egon Schiele is the album for hardcore fans, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone to just wants to waltz with the poltergeists in their heads. Stick to Handwriting for that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
And it usually stays there along with "music for Egon Schiele" which I would consider to be the two best by Rachel's thus far, their newer albums being a little too sleek and calculated. (but still okay, I guess) The first album by the Rachel's, these sounds are strung together intricately and woven with attention to detail. This music is gritty and passionate, somewhat somber, beautiful, engaging, romantic. Ace!
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