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  • Audio CD (July 11, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tomlab
  • ASIN: B0009NEYJ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. None of You Will Ever See a Penny
2. This Is the Dream of Win & Regine
3. Your Light Is Spent
4. Furniture
5. The C N Tower Belongs to the Dead
6. Took You Two Years to Win My Heart
7. The Chronicles of Sarnia
8. Andventure. Exe
9. Library
10. That's When the Audience Died
11. Learn to Keep Your Mouth Shut, Owen Pallett
12. An Arrow I the Side of Final Fantasy
13. Please Please Please
14. Better Than Worse

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By W. T. Miller on May 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Truly, a very select audience can appreciate the genius of Owen Pallet's Final Fantasy. To be honest, I had never heard of him or his group when I went to see the Arcade Fire in concert about a year ago (he opened for them, solo act). His performance was impressive to say the least. Soon after, I found myself exploring his work. "Has A Good Home" is no easy listen. You will never find a track on the Billboard top 40 or whatever. Owen's radiounfriendly music is a true treat to those who appreciate complex arrangements hidden in deceitfully simple melodies. If you like indie music, if you like art music, this is my Best Album of the Year for 2005. I couldn't recommend higher. Give it a few spins, hate it after one listen, love it by the fifth go round.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Final Fantasy is one of those bands that require your heart and brain to be in it, not just your ears.

Owen Pallet's one-man band is an exquisite example of intelligent music -- classical violins playing experimental indiepop. And his debut album "Has A Good Home" is like a fragile glass ornament spun out of music, with wildly varying styles and sensitive, bittersweet lyrics.

It opens with a smooth string introduction, joined in by Pallett's melancholy vocals. He sings of a dying rich man, who vows that "None of you will ever see a penny/Of my ill-begotten wealth." But it isn't malicious -- he wishes "a lifetime of labour" on his children, because "hard days make peaceful nights."

You'd think all the songs would be like that. But it's wrong. With the very next song (a tribute to Arcade Fire's Win and Regina), he weaves electronic edges to his quirky violin plucking.

And in the songs that follow, Pallett tries out a variety of styles. Each one has the violin winding through each one like a silken cord, no matter how odd the style is -- string folk, tight indiepop, classical glitchpop, angelic ballads, dancey pop, medieval-sounding songs, and ominous little ditties that shiver through to the end.

But the album reaches its peak with "Chronicles of Sarnia," a shimmering ballad with heartbreaking lyrics: "I had to hide myself in a book/To keep your love away.... Midwinter Banquet, he shook his head/"Sadly, no,/I can reverse the river's flow,/but I can never send you home."

A lot of indie bands include strings in their music, usually woven in with other instruments, but very few have the guts to feature an indiepop song that is backed almost entirely by violin.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WhistlingMtn on August 8, 2008
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A wonderful and creative album. Not only a new and unique style and sound, but the songs are also written quite well and not just different to be different. The kind of CD you could put on repeat all day at work or leave in the car for a month.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By - - --^[Åg€nt Ø®ªnG€]^-- - on November 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
You can totally hear Toronto in Owen Pallet's strings. No wonder why Pallet has received most of the credits for Final Fantasy, his melodies are incredibly awsome. I must highlight the fact this is not an easy album, even though the melodies are friendly, it took me about four times listening to it to really get it. But after that, the results are great. "Has A Good Home" is a mix of the Indie Canadian Scene with some classic structures and instrumentation. Opening with "No one of you will ever see a penny" followed by "This is the dream of Win and Regine" is just like the opening of a movie or a play, those two tracks set the path for what's coming next. And if lyrics like "Montreal might eat it's young, but Montreal won't break us down" doesn't put you in the right Canadian mood, when you arrive to "The CN tower belongs the the dead" you are listening to Canada made into music. The whole album is really worthy, buy it, you won't regret it!.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vort3xxX on March 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I love this album. It reminds me of Rasputina, but without the pretense. There's a lot of sound to explore here. The melody creation and arrangement is fabulous and its odd enough to keep a weirdo like me interested.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Ortiz Rivera on January 12, 2013
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This album by Owen Pallett is a delightful treat for the ears. His voice is filled with personal truthfulness and its subtle dissonance gives him a distinct sound. The lyrics are abstract and ingenious, the product of a brilliant lateral thinker who can make wonderful, novel associations, but they are grounded by familiar themes, albeit with unique coloring and presenting. Instrumentation is repetitive and catchy, but not at all cliche. Owen has a knack for making his music characteristically "indie sounding" by way of simplicity, quirkiness, and understatement. The songs themselves flow right into each and the album as a whole feels like a magical story that has plenty of replay value. I highly recommend "Has a Good Home", especially used, because the album comes with lyrics in a cleverly designed booklet.
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