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High Society

EnonAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 4, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B000066SHX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,612 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Old Domination
2. Count Sheep
3. In This City
4. Window Display
5. Native Numb
6. Leave It To Rust
7. Disposable Parts
8. Sold!
9. Shoulder
10. Pleasure And Privelige
11. Natural Disasters
12. Carbonation
13. Salty
14. High Society
15. Diamond Raft

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Product Description

Enon 2002 is John Schmersal(Brainiac). Toko Yasuda(Blonde Redhead, TheLapse) and Matt Schultz(Let's Crash). Enon combine rock and roll, dance and pop to create some surprisingly catchy, melodic rock anthems for the world of tomorrow.

John Schmersal (ex-Brainiac) has upped the ante on the punk rock-synthesizer urgency captured on Enon's innovative debut, Believo! Now with Toko Yasuda (ex-Blonde Redhead) on bass and vocals, High Society's a more varied experiment. Sometimes it pays off quite well--"Window Display," "Disposable Parts," and "Old Dominion"--but the difference between the Yasuda-Schmersal songs is jarring at first. Which isn't such a bad thing--Yasuda's light and innocently girly backup vocals are perfect on "Natural Disasters," and on the riot-inciting, unruly "Salty," the two share more, making it likely that by their next release, the rough edges will be smoothed out.

Like Guided by Voices' Pollard, Schmersal's a prolific pop scientist, but more experimental. Enon mix scathing guitar riffs with well-placed distortion, electronic ephemera, and a Beatles-esque sense of melody. Still, through these 15 tracks, you'll also hear Devo via Ray Davies, Television via Thurston Moore , and Cheap Trick as interpreted by Big Black. If High Society were split into two albums, they'd both be more memorable. Still, as the cover art suggests, what could be more defining for our millennial angst than everything-but-the-kitchen-sink, perfectly confected Prozac nation noise-pop, especially when it sounds this good? --Cyndi Elliott

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars splendid! July 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
much more structured and concise than enon's preceeding album, believo! a bit poppier and more accessible. plenty of clever lyrics, short songs, interesting blips and filters (from the brainiac days), and quite a bit of overall variety. really good stuff. i cannot get some of the songs like "natural disasters" out of my head.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near perfect May 31, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well there's not much else to say about this album. It's easily one of the best albums I've heard in the past few years. If you're just somebody who likes generic music like Nickelback, Korn, and the like well this is not your game. If you want to hear a band that manages to create catchy well constructed pop songs that are on the verge of genius then this is the album for you. There's many songs on this album that could easily be huge hits, but are too intelligent for the mass consumption of the music industry today. This is by far one of the rare gems in music that you'll not regret. The people that gave this bad reviews obviously are lame and know nothing about music. Check out everything John Schmersal has done, nothing has let me down so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid and worth a listen April 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Good solid creative rock. Inventive arrangements. Up to date. Intelligent influences. The comparisons to Beck are somewhat correct, it's kind of a more experimental and hard counterpoint to his music. Beck fans might like this. Can't call this brilliant though because it's not trail blazing.

Guys like this can end up really great or fizzle out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2002's Album of the Year: 7.3 on a 5-Star Scale October 10, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Enon released the stunning BELIEVO! to little fanfare. Its legend grew slowly, mostly by word of mouth. The revolutionary BELIEVO! was followed by membership shape-shifting, a label switch, and the band's sophomore effort (at issue for purposes of this review). HIGH SOCIETY trumps BELIEVO, which is some measure of an accomplishment. The album is solid from start to finish, and your favorite tracks will change from day to day, and listen to listen.
The album is perfectly organized in terms of track layout, flow, and structure. "Old Dominion" is an unforgettably perfect album opener . . . an aggressive and anthemic call to arms. "Count Sheep" recalls the electro-weirdness of BELIEVO!, but surprises with melodic twists and turns that bely its creepiness. "Window Display" is worthy of hate for its degree of catchiness. The highlight track "Leave It To Rust" is a phenomenal and perfect pop song with a twist. The ultra-hip "Carbonation" sounds like MIDNIGHT VULTURES-era Beck under determined assault by ELECTRO-SHOCK FOR PRESIDENT-era Braniac. The title track is a memorable and well-placed electronified Beatlesesque ditty.
When Enon uses Toko Yasuda's voice as a wonderful complementary change-up to John Schmersel's varied and neurotic delivery, what they get is an album that is pretty much perfect in its own context. Think DOOLITTLE, DAYDREAM NATION, SLANTED AND ENCHANTED, etc. The album is pretty much as good as it could be, and there is nothing that anyone could reasonably suggest changing about it that would make it any better. It's rare to find an album like this one in the mess that is the contemporary indie music landscape, so buy this one without regret. You will be duly rewarded.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great record that won't get attention April 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Such style packed into an album it's almost sick. Enon flirts with different styles and pulls them all off. With all the sound-alike "alternative" bands out there in HEAVY rotation on whatever Clearchannel controlled station is on in your area, I'm stupified (but never surprised) that here is another original record that most people will never hear... Deprivation. If you want to pick up something that rocks with intelligent, excellent songcraft, you'd be well served to pick up this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My new Favorite!! September 6, 2012
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I am disappointed that I only recently found out about this cd. I had a brainiac cd entitled International back in the day, but kind of forgot all about it; I dont know how, cause it was a freaking crazy cd. Anyhow, this thing is a piece of work! Lots of interesting melodies, rhythms, song structures, and sounds. My favorite song is Pleasure and Privilege, as it is a fairly spazzy tune. The rest of the cd varies in terms of tempo, sounds, and the vocals are usually split up per song between a male and female. The whole thing is fantastic, and I only wish that I could have seen them on tour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites January 31, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favorite albums, and remains my favorite Enon album. The variety of songs all work together to create a cohesive, catchy set of tunes. And isn't that what matters?
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars, but I'll round it up July 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is my first encounter with Enon, and hopefully, it won't be my last.
"High Society" blends influences from bands like Television and Devo, and add's electronic blips and bleeps with male and female vocals.
The songs are tight and very well composed, thanks to John. Toko's vocals are both sexy and innocent and add a lot to this band. Songs like "In This City," "Disposable Parts," and "Shoulder" show her voice off nicely.
It's hard to describe Enon's style. Are they a garagey new wave inspired punk band? You decide.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Trying too hard
2 1/2

Overly rambunctious pop experimenters continued to pursue worthy goals through dedicated, and singular explorations, though this time around the songwriting feels... Read more
Published on May 19, 2007 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars ENON rocks my world
the first time i ever heard of enon, i was visiting my brother in Grinnell where he goes to school. Grinnell is an amazing private school that books a lot of amazing bands that all... Read more
Published on December 8, 2005 by David Mcnertney
3.0 out of 5 stars I like some of the songs, basically... sounds like kind of crappy Beck, with a Japanese chick and robot voices. Japanese chicks are hot and robot voices are cool. Read more
Published on October 4, 2003 by Master of All Domain Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, She was.
She played bass on the first album. And this is from Touch and Go's "official" bio:
"Enon were formed by John Schmersal when his previous band, Brainiac, were... Read more
Published on October 3, 2003 by Ryan_Y
5.0 out of 5 stars Toko Yasuda was NOT in Blonde Redhead
Just because she's a Japanese singer, doesnt mean she was in Blonde Redhead. Amazon needs to get their bios straight.
Published on September 28, 2003 by Paul
1.0 out of 5 stars t-t-t-terrible
man, Enon is terrible. Seriously
Published on September 26, 2003 by Karlito Brigante
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this CD!
What? You're still here? Stop reading this and add this CD to your cart now!
Published on May 27, 2003 by Chernabog
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