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Hearts & Unicorns

Giant DragAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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listen10. My D*** S*** 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kickball
  • ASIN: B000AOF9T8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,105 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toughest record of the year!!! September 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Giant Drag is an exciting new band from Los Angeles. It features Annie Hardy who is 24 years old. She plays guitar and sings. Micah Calabrese plays drums and keyboards (at the same time!). Their EP came out a while ago, and it showed some promise. Now the full album is here and it's one of the records of the year. The whole album rocks. The first song "Kevin Is Gay" has the big rock sound that is amazing and gets your attention. Some older songs "Cordial Invitation" and "This Isn't It" come next which remind me of some shoegazer stuff and punk rock follow this. Some songs like "YFLMD" and "My D*** Sux" is more like heavy rock and grunge. One of the best new songs is "Pretty Little Neighbor." This song is about living in the suburbs. "Blunt Picket Fence" is one of the oldest songs. At first it sounded like Mazzy Star, but now it sounds really special. Another cool song is "You're Full Of S***." In some of their songs there is a big build up and great dynamics. "Everything Worse" is almost like a blues song. On this whole album there is a great drum sound. It's truly amazing. One of the last songs "Smashing" is a slow song full of emotion and atmosphere. The last song is the upbeat "Slayer." It feels like a day with a lot of sun, like returning to California after months in cold weather. Annie Hardy is a talented songwriter. This is a band to be on the lookout for. Giant Drag may be taking over soon. This is one of the important records to come out this year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not dragging, but it is giant! March 4, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Throw me some muses Annie, what in the good God's name of Polly Jean Harvey is going on here? Giant drag? What's a giant drag? Chris Isaak standing you up when you were only 8 is a drag. Chris Isaak letting you play wicked game on track 13 is not a drag, but just plain wicked in a giant way. A perfect updating with sonic guitars and a coy female lead. Nice, it reminds me of a rendition of Floyd's Brick in the Wall by a little California group I heard on a USO tour. Nice little fuzzed out spin on this Isaak standard.

So who is this Giant Drag and what is the giant buzz about? It's little Annie Hardy who looks all of 12 years of age. I don't think she's a mousketeer though since she has played at all kinds of over 21 venues in her day along with Pretty Girls Make Graves. So it's Annie on her fuzzed out guitar singing with the coying pipes and either Micah Calabrese or some guy named Eli on the drums and keyboards. I see someone is comparing them to My Bloody Valentine. Well, friends I wouldn't know about that but she does summon up all sorts of Throwing Muses, PJ Harvey, and a little bit of Silversun Pickups to boot. Track 3, "This isn't it," might as well be Tanya Donneley at the top of her game with that perfect blend of pop perfectery just sitting on the edge of turmoil.

Yflmd, the 4th track has a little bit of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs going on. These guys get a lot of sound from two musicians aka The White Stripes but do it they do and do it well. So I've tried to capture this Giant Drag sound by comparing them to all sorts of other bands just so you can get a little of their flavor but they seem to blazing a trail that draws closely to these influences but madly creates their own sound.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny -- Tongue in Some Cheek December 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I saw Giant Drag last night in Portland and was very impressed with their sound, story, and stage presence. They deserve more recognition and probably will receive it. Their CD is listed on a top ten list on All Song Considered on NPR and there is a great picture of Annie there for a recent episode

They are a young band with a sound that I think includes Breeders, Nirvana, and My Bloody Valentine - without any fingerprints and very strong drumming. Their sound is fantastic -- even beautiful -- and at this time their lyrics are clever and biting. Annie is a wonderful comic with a great ability to attack and break every balloon in sight -- addressing subject such as incest, gay life, -- even the size of your member.

They have the ability to address issues of the day and the absurdity of modern life and politics. They have an almost Dadaistic since of comedy. I hope they can go beyond the teen and social scene concerns and reach a wider audience. They can if they, like the Swiss Dadaist-punk rockers Liliput, leave fear behind and decide to be free, wild, and funny -- they could become a unique and powerful band with great music and an absurdist comic message.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whooo-hooooo!!! Giant Drag is no drag!! I'm so clever!! December 4, 2012
By star69
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I just bought this so I could hear Annie say bad words. It's the same reason I bought Liz Phair about a jillion years ago. Nice, little rock and roll songs. They have a personality, which is more than I can say about most bands today. By the way, does anyone know Anne McCorkle? I think her name is now Anne Ward. Man, I sure liked her. I spent 4 days with her in the Spring of 1995. I still think about her. Should I just move on with my life? If you know her, ask her to call Chris. Thank you. Giant Drag, Giant Drag, Giant Drag!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't quite put my finger on it... December 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
...but there is definitely something special about this band. I think it just boils down to great songwriting, and highly addictive songs that you want to listen to over and over. Annie Hardy (vocals/guitar) has the ability to construct a song using probably no more than 3 chords and still make that song unique and awesome. There is a nice mix of melody and atmosphere on this album and every song is pretty much great. Annie's vocals also range from delicate/soft (i.e. Cordial Invitation), to more angst-filled (i.e. My D*** S***) and everything inbetween. I don't know much about genres such as indie rock, shoegazing, etc., (aside from a few bands) but suffice it to say that Giant Drag has made me want to delve into these genres.

I just found out a few days ago that the drummer/synths Micah has quit the band (don't think this is a rumor) so it will be interesting to see what Annie has up her sleeve for the next album as she is the only member left. In all though, Giant Drag is a band full of potential and I hope that they (considering Annie hires someone else) get the recognition they deserve in the near future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is such a great album, Annie is awesome. Really, every song on here is great and there are no fillers. Recommend.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars goodness
The cd's were in awesome condition and the music was great! got them fast and in time
Published on August 18, 2009 by Jose Monclova
5.0 out of 5 stars buy stock in Annie now
This is one of maybe 5 Cds I own that were released after 1993. Annie IS Giant Drag, in a Trent Reznor fashion - while the other musicians do a great job here, it's her essential... Read more
Published on May 8, 2007 by Michael Kneisel
5.0 out of 5 stars Estrogen-fueled rockgasm
Giant Drag is my new muse. Can't for the life of me figure out why these guys aren't way more popular, but I suspect those tides are turning. Read more
Published on May 26, 2006 by S. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhhhhhhhhhh
That's the reaction I've had when I listened to this the first time and the second and, basically, since I bought it. Read more
Published on May 25, 2006 by alex bushman
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets soo much better with each new listen
...don't forget: That Dog, Helium, Belly, and Astrud Gilberto.
Annie Hardy is the valium superstar girl next door-
She will be bigger than Liz Taylor.
Published on May 5, 2006 by Tomcat
4.0 out of 5 stars Giant Drag You Into Their World
Sometimes music can prove to be both highly weird and accessible at the same time, and Giant Drag are another prime example of that musical contradiction. Read more
Published on February 27, 2006 by A. Schroeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
As others have pointed out, this is very very close to My Bloody Valentine. Probably way too derivative but great if you like that kind of noise in the guitars!
Published on February 3, 2006 by Lovblad
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Gleaming Toaster Oven of an Album in a World of Tupperware
I love this album. I mean, it's pretty near perfect. If I could marry it, I would. Or just have a long term casual fling, as long as it wasn't seeing anybody else. Read more
Published on January 30, 2006 by Pete Magritte
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album I've heard in years
I'm in the Uk and bought this on import in November - I'm still playing it; forget the comparisons you've read, yes you can hear MBV (for about two seconds of an intro), yes you... Read more
Published on December 31, 2005 by Dave
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