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Hopes and Fears [Extra tracks]

The Art BearsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 16, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Recommended Records
  • ASIN: B00000JCMC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,410 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. On Suicide
2. The Dividing Line
3. Joan
4. Maze
5. In Two Minds
6. Terrain
7. The Tube
8. The Dance
9. Pirate Song
10. Labyrinth
11. Riddle
12. Moeris Dancing
13. Piers
14. All Hail! [*]
15. Collapse [*]
16. Coda to Man and Boy [Live][*]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Henry Cow goes...pop? March 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Well sort of. Technically the hard core of the Art Bears is only half of Henry Cow, and most of the songs are written by Fred Frith. But this album features Henry Cow's full instrumental palette, including Linday Cooper and Tim Hodgkinson's bassoons, oboes, saxes, recorders, and clarinets. The notorious Dagmar Krause does vocals, and she sings downright melodiously compared to Henry Cow's _In Praise of Learning_ (where she's pretty SCARY). As for the "pop" nomenclature, well... _Hopes & Fears_ is perhaps more like avant-rock songs but with a greater focus on vocals and melodies. Krause's vocal lines are unforgettable and sometimes very beautiful.
The music on this album is extremely eclectic over its 13 tracks, and that is part of why this is my favorite Art Bears album. But with the full Henry Cow ensemble, there is also a lot more textural depth as well. Musically, the album is actually pretty unassuming until you really get down to listening closely, at which point its numerous marvels of progressive songcraft are revealed. There's a lot of great, diverse stuff here. "In Two Minds", the longest song on the album, has verses of dissonant, grim chord progressions on acoustic guitar with a surprising major key piano-based chorus that actually rocks pretty hard at the end, in a hobbling, dissonant RIO-groove sort of way. The piano and voice duet "Pirate Song" reminds me of Kate Bush. "Maze" begins with Cutler's pots & pans drumming alone, then develops into a winding, ponderous mix of winds and vocals, and ending with a chilling chromatic polyphony on violins and woodwinds and the final, stark line "lonely in love.
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