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  • Audio CD (March 6, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alternative Tentacles
  • ASIN: B000056KXE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jad and David at it again April 20, 2003
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Before everyone was raving about some guy named Calvin Johnson and this thing called twee pop, there was David and Jad Fair, two odd ball brothers who first took to making music in the late 70's. These guys were among the first pioneers in naive rock and took to becoming the greatest rock 'n' roll band on the planet before they even learned to play chords.
"Hello," the 2001 release retains the spirit and playful simplicity of albums predating this release by 20 years. Stand outs on the disc include the sensitive ballad "Red Sun" with lyrics that include "Heaven must have sent her/Heaven must have meant her for me/And who am I to fight with the judge/Who am I to argue with perfection." Exuberance and joy just fill me when listening to "Summer Nights," a song about love and good times in the summer.
Some songs get strange, such as the bouncing beats and the use of a duck call in "Jump into the Mess." After over 20 years of playing, Jad Fair still can not play a chord but the band has had a lasting influence on many popular bands today such as Sonic Youth and Pavement. Overall, I would have to say "Hello" is great. Each song on "Hello" is able to stand alone but the listener will also find joy in listening to album as a whole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Half Japanese: Refined Retards? December 1, 2003
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Jad Fair along with longtime bandmates John Sluggett, Jason Willett and Gilles Rieder somehow manage to keep evolving and stay fresh. While most bands that manage to make it to their their 13th release get repetitive, this band sounds better than ever and Jad continues to explore new visions of romantic love at its peakiest.
Paradoxically refined and retarded, they squirm out from under your thumb just when you think you've figured them out. It's one helluva entertaining album and highly listenable by any standards, even to those who found their early stuff to be rough listening (refer to Lester Bang's Guide To Horrible Noise). They surprise with lots of sonic interest and a stunning variety of approaches on Hello's 17 songs.
This record features sweet sounding natural instruments like thick Hammond organs, crystal pianos and lots and lots of guitars.
"And the Angels Said Go To Her" opens Hello with a laid back feel and goofy accents that suggest a musical game of leap frog.
"10 AM" is a wild punk-rock rocket ride with upside-yo'-head guitar explosions, guitar missile whistling sounds and a guitar 'solo' that sounds suspiciously like a broken guitar cable buzzing.
The gem, "Red Sun," is intimate, lovely and languid with sweet ringing guitars that collide with innocence. Actually, there are several fine sounding ballads here and on "No Doubt" you can hear Jad declaring his love (our love) "maple syrup pure." "Summer Nights" unpredictably mutates from teenage hand-holding purity into hideously tortured guitar tones, kinda wack-a-doo.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is their latest release, 2001. In fact, now in 2013 it appears it was their last release with a decade of Jad solo records after this. [There's nary a song on here that sticks to the ribs. Nothing stands out. Just meandering, wandering, not hitting the mark.] I wrote that in 2005 and today I listened to the sample buttons on this amazon site and realized that I'd made a 90's HJ hits for myself, yea, a cd mixtape and turns out Patty, Mississippi, No Doubt, 10:00 am, Red Sun, Best of the Best and Starlight are on it! I was mistaken in my strong reaction to this record back in 2005. Now after hearing the songs again I've changed my mind to about every other song doesn't work. It's also the album with the most tender love songs on it, 4. The first 2 work, the other 2 don't, to these ears.

These guys know how to make awesome records. I consider Music to Strip By and The Band That Would Be King to be 2 of the finest albums ever made. Period. And Hot and Charmed Life are filled with classic HJ songs that just blow you up, powering past you, sweeping you along in their unorthodox musical trip.

[This stuff doesn't even come close. There's no solid song writing, nothing musically that sails, that swings, that makes ya say, "If there was real radio in the world HALF JAPANESE would be chart toppers." No, not on this record. One can only hope for the future.] Today I will gladly say that those 7 songs I listed do work and I am glad I gave it another listen. I gotta admit, every single time I first hear a Neil Young album I don't like it. And that's rare for me for bands I like. And 8 out of 10 of his albums I end up liking a lot. I gotta find whomever I gave this to and ask for it back.
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