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Heartland exists. The 3rd Owen Pallett (formerly Final Fantasy) full-length and the first for Domino, it is the product of nine months work in four countries. Heartland is a fully orchestral record, designed to exist simultaneously as an album, a 45-minute piece of orchestral music and a set of songs for looped violin and voice.

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BEST NEW MUSIC ...these songs are steadily revealing ever more to love. Martial drums and strings rumbling tense in the foreground with clouds of strings overhead. The sly, soulful melody of "Oh Heartland, Up Yours!"-- something that feels new in Pallett's repertoire. A kind of orchestral motorik beat on "Tryst with Mephistopheles". The way something like an 808 kick drum loops its way darkly into "Red Sun No. 5". Hints of Kurt Weill. This stuff is rich with ideas, and they're offered in the kind of rich, warm sound that should be accessible to more fans than ever before. Those of you with the inclination to pick them up will find a lot to reward you. --Pitchfork, Nitsuh Abebe

1. Midnight Directives
2. Keep The Dog Quiet
3. Mount Alpentine
4. Red Sun No. 5
5. Lewis Takes Action
6. The Great Elsewhere
7. Oh Heartland, Up Yours!
8. Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
9. Flare Gun
10. E Is For Estranged
11. Tryst With Mephistopheles
12. What Do You Think Will Happen Now?

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B00348007S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cliff Holt on March 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I wasn't very familiar with Owen Pallet / Final Fantasy before buying this. It was more of an impulse buy based on glowing reviews I read leading up to its release.

It clearly is the record to beat this year - nearly two months after its release and I still stand firm on that assumption.

My favorites are the first two tracks here. He is very grounded in classical structures. His compositions are full of impeccable tonal resolutions and his voice somehow recalls Christopher Cross.

With that said - go make your own assumptions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Brozeit on February 14, 2012
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This is not an album for casual listening or background music. You have to give it a few listens, read along with lyrics, and then you'll be hooked.

It's hard to categorize this music. I became familiar with Owen Pallett through his incredible work on Beirut's The Flying Club Cup as well as his touring with The National. I was hoping to get more of his violin playing and arrangements and was fairly disappointed with the first listen. After setting it aside for a while, I decided to give it another chance and, thankfully, found the beauty and intelligence in Pallett's work. If ever an album was a creeper, this one is.

Many of the songs have a Weill/Brecht feel--more grounded in modernism with avant-garde theatrical touches. The juxtaposition of uncomfortable lyrics with the melodic music on the songs Lewis Takes Action and Lewis Takes Off His Shirt becomes addictive. You want the songs to go on longer. And I love the humor and political edge of Oh Heartland Up Yours! It is a much needed commentary of our nation's post September 11th psyche.

This is an album that deserves to be listened to in full during one sitting. It builds, it is infectious, it is a musical oasis for thinking persons in an age when banality thrives.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andy Alabama on February 7, 2010
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Truly a special album. I am a bit skeptical of some of the newer indie rock--not a huge fan of Grizzly Bear, et al. I was won over by Other Music's "free download" off this record. Since then, I bought the CD and I have listened to little else. Standout tracks are "Lewis Takes Action" and "Lewis Takes Off His Shirt." A couple of clips of him playing these two tracks live (available on You Tube) demonstrate that this guy is amazing. If I had to pick an analogue, it's a bit similar to (his sometimes collaborators) Arcade Fire. Simply incredible, beautiful, lush, accomplished music. Pretty amazing.
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With a little more than a month gone by its hard to believe that there could already be albums worthy of the label "album of the year," but this is certainly one of those albums. For any of those of you familiar with Owen Pallett's earlier work as Final Fantasy you will certainly not be disappointed. It simply eclipses all of his prior work while simultaneously recalling it. The stunning baroque pop heard throughout this album hearkens back to classical 60s pop, as well as Pallett's work with groups such as The Arcade Fire, Beirut, and Grizzly Bear. In less than an hour Pallett's song cycle ebbs and flows with the serene beauty of a babbling brook. If you love the work of bands such as these you will definitely enjoy this album, but if none of them appeal to you in someway then this album is not your cup of tea.
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I heard bits of this album on NPR of all places and was intrigued enough to pick it up. It came in the mail and I couldn't get it out of my CD player for a week and even now after many listenings it is still in heavy rotation. Someone asked me about it and I said it sounded a little bit like Eleanor Rigby crossed with Brian Wilson circa Pet Sounds, Mad Scientist in the Studio Todd Rundgren, Sufjan Stevens and Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. It is melodic but not straightforward, with angular soundscapes layered with gorgeous, shimmering multi-track vocals, quirky rhythms and surprising arrangements. My favorite album I've heard this year so far...
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By bubbly on December 28, 2012
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On my first listen-through I thought Heartland was just decent. During the second, when I began listening to the lyrics in earnest, I started to think it was pretty good. After having listened to the album on and off for several years I think I can safely say it's one of the best albums of the new century. It takes the concept-album to a level of achievement unheard of since the heyday of 70s progressive rock, rewarding repeated listenings like no other album I know. Every song is so beautifully and densely arranged it seems like I'll never fully unpack their secrets. I would recommend this album to anyone and everyone.
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By SydniS on March 9, 2014
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I have the Debut Project player. It cost a pretty penny and it has been fantastic with every other modern record.

However this is in slow motion, and the voice is lower like the records not spinning fast enough. I'm wondering if I'm
doing something wrong. I love this album though. But...it just doesn't work.
I've been testing old records and have found the same problem with all of the more bulky classical records. The 'flimsy' ones
sound great.
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