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Heavy Circles

The Heavy CirclesAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 12, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dynamite Child
  • ASIN: B0011NVAQS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,027 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Self titled debut album of The Heavy Circles featuring the duo of Harper Simon and Edie Brickell who have written and collaborated casually during their many years of friendship. The duo are joined by friends Sean Lennon, Yuka & Miho from Ciba Matto, Money Mark & others. While stylishly different from Brickell's New Bohemians, for Harper Simon this group spotlights his blossoming songwriting talents and natural ability to produce. The cd was co-produced by Bryce Goggin whose credits include work with Pavement, Luna, Apples in Stereo. 10 tracks. Dynamite Child Records. 2008.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Circles Making Waves February 16, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album hooked me from the first lick. It was a smart piece of market exposure for Edie Brickell and Harper Simon to pitch their new collaboration on NPR, where I and 12 million other listeners were treated to generous samples of their new creation on All Things Considered. I've had The Heavy Circles in permanent rotation ever since.

Each track has a distinct flavor and feel, and all complement Brickell's ethereal voice and considerable artistic range. Harper Simon both produced and plays guitar and bass on the album with Brickell (who incidentally is his stepmother) and is responsible for pulling together a number of other talented musicians on this project, including Sean Lennon and Martha Wainwright.

The first track, "Henri", washes over you with vocals and instruments blending in different time signatures, and only later did I recognize in the lyrics an homage to Matisse. I see it is a free download here so do not fail to treat yourself before you buy the album. "Need a Friend" is a reggae vehicle complete with righteous horn hits, while "Dynamite Child" thrashes with pre-techno glory and sounds for all the world like a Japanese punk band covering Bauhaus. There are hints of Creedence and Lou Reed in "Ready to Play", and "Easier" makes me think of what the Jayhawks or a producer like Joe Henry might have done with a female vocalist of Edie's caliber.

Here's hoping they'll make it a regular thing. Music this good can't be limited to a single album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tight, Sonically Layered Compositions February 18, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Heavy Circles is a project of Edie Brickell's and Harper Simon's (Paul Simon's son from a previous marriage). It may be easier to think of this as an Edie Brickell project, but Harper Simon's production and guitar work help give the CD a different sound than what you'd expect from Brickell.

First of all, for those of you who only think of Edie Brickell from her 80's hit "What I Am" with her band New Bohemians, then you haven't been paying attention. The New Bohemians have had two follow-up albums: "Ghost of a Dog" and last year's "Stranger Things." Edie has been involved in a number of other projects, as well as solo work: "Picture Perfect Morning" and 2004's "Volcano." In addition, Edie has been posting songs she considers her "stray songs" on her website, and more recently to her MySpace page. Over the past year in particular, she has been especially prolific. While she may consider some of these tunes as toss aways, I consider the collection her best "album." Like short poems jotted down in a notebook, they are personal, endearing and raw. And like all of Brickell's work--well written.

The Heavy Circles CD is decidedly more polished compared to these "stray songs." But what struck me first is how tight the compositions are. Most songs run barely three minutes and never overstay their welcome. This is in sharp contrast to her latest effort with the New Bohemians (Stranger Things), where the songs seemed a bit more airy. This makes sense, as Brickell has been quoted as saying she always considered the New Bohemians a jam band. Not saying one approach is better than the other, but the tighter approach on The Heavy Circles serves the songs well.

What struck me next is how sonically layered each song is.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edie Brickell's Wonderful New Sound February 12, 2008
By David
Format:Audio CD
The Heavy Circles new cd is a fantastic mix of songs unlike anything that Edie Brickell has done with The New Bohemians or Solo. Harper Simon & Bryce Goggin did a great job of picking some awesome songs that fit Edie well. The sound is all over from a little hint of a middle eastern type song Henri, some rockin' songs like Better & Dynamite Child as well as a reggae beat to Need a Friend. Edie has a beautiful voice and this cd is really one worth buying. With the help of many musicians they put together a real jem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good songs, superb production August 3, 2008
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How does this differ from Edie Brickell's solo albums or her three records with New Bohemians? The songs are tighter, lyrically and musically. I like that. There is more variety in musical style. I like that too. Edie's singing is wonderful, with the right blend of control, power, and that loose sliding into and away from the notes she does so well. It isn't wildly different from what she's done before, but I sense a greater attention to detail in all aspects of the album -- writing, arranging, recording, mixing.

This is super-professional, well-scripted musical fare. Harper Simon and Edie Brickell seem to make a sympathetic musical team. It's only pop music, it isn't Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, but the music has a depth and richness that contrasts with the nothingness of the American Idol genre.

I hope this is only the beginning. This is the most promising stuff I've heard Edie Brickell perform. More, more!
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