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It's Complicated Being a Wizard [Single]

Portugal. The ManAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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MP3 Music, 10 Songs, 2007 $7.99  
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Vinyl, EP, 2011 $14.60  

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(Under the mainstream radar, Alaska's favorite sons, Portugal. The Man is a band that has been steadily building a devoted fan base and amassing kudos from an array of media outlets like Filter ("Portugal. The Man hasn't merely evolved from the avant-garde, neo-soul that shaped their earliest works, they've transcended it."), AbsolutePunk ("Portugal. The Man is one ... Read more in Amazon's Portugal. The Man Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 27, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Reincarnate Music
  • ASIN: B000MTFFXG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CD - 2007 Approaching Airballons - 10 Tracks - UPC 801190125623

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff May 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Very cool album. I'm into a lot of ambient/experimental electronica and this band really created something neat here - catchy vocals amidst very experimental glitches and whatnot.

My only gripe is that some of the glitch and bleeps are stock sound files from the Reason sound bank. If anyone is familiar with Reason, listen to the drum kit "Glitch kit 4" and you'll find a lot of the sound effects they used there in the first song. I think I'd like this album a lot more if I didn't know this or if they made their own effects.

Still, a great listen. I'm very excited to see what's in store next for them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wizard! July 19, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Evidently Portugal The Man is NOT satisfied with just being the creators of lush, smashy indie-rock. Thankfully. Because the result is the swirlingly, bizarrely pretty EP "It's Complicated Being A Wizard," where they throw all catchiness out the window in favor of psychedelic wizardry.

The title track is about twenty-three minutes long -- fuzzy, staggeringly murky and elusively pretty. "We will only take one/and then backs and racks can carry out/of here/someday we'll find a home," John Baldwin Gourley croons under slow, drifting melodies and a heavy layer of fuzz.

He follows it up with a song so short that it doesn't even clock in at a minute. Each of the songs that follows is named after a gem or metal magic, like "Amber Magic" or "Gold Magic." But the music is less predictable: sleepy stoner psychedelica, elusive fuzzy ballads, twittery little guitar pop songs, ghostly sputtery experimental techno, and all sorts of crazy hybrid sounds.

I'm not even sure why this is an EP, instead of a regular album -- it has plenty of songs, and some of them are definitely long enough. But whatever this peculiar band's reasoning, it's a massive experimental step for them, and while it takes awhile to get warmed up to it, the EP is wonderful listening.

There's enough fuzz here for two Elephant 6 albums, laced with ghostly synth and skittering glitches, and all of it placed over grinding bass and some ringing electric guitars. The songs are dense little packages of sonic experimentation, with meandering melodies, although there is the occasional exception like the sparer, quieter "Amethyst Music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wizard! April 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Evidently Portugal The Man is NOT satisfied with just being the creators of lush, smashy indie-rock. Thankfully. Because the result is the swirlingly, bizarrely pretty EP "It's Complicated Being A Wizard," where they throw all catchiness out the window in favor of psychedelic wizardry.

The title track is about twenty-three minutes long -- fuzzy, staggeringly murky and elusively pretty. "We will only take one/and then backs and racks can carry out/of here/someday we'll find a home," John Baldwin Gourley croons under slow, drifting melodies and a heavy layer of fuzz.

He follows it up with a song so short that it doesn't even clock in at a minute. Each of the songs that follows is named after a gem or metal magic, like "Amber Magic" or "Gold Magic." But the music is less predictable: sleepy stoner psychedelica, elusive fuzzy ballads, twittery little guitar pop songs, ghostly sputtery experimental techno, and all sorts of crazy hybrid sounds.

I'm not even sure why this is an EP, instead of a regular album -- it has plenty of songs, and some of them are definitely long enough. But whatever this peculiar band's reasoning, it's a massive experimental step for them, and while it takes awhile to get warmed up to it, the EP is wonderful listening.

There's enough fuzz here for two Elephant 6 albums, laced with ghostly synth and skittering glitches, and all of it placed over grinding bass and some ringing electric guitars. The songs are dense little packages of sonic experimentation, with meandering melodies, although there is the occasional exception like the sparer, quieter "Amethyst Music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great EP August 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'm not sure why the 2nd reviewer confused this EP for more than it is. It includes a 23 minute song followed by said song broken into individual tracks.

This is essentially a 23 minute EP, and a quite good one at that. If you liked Waiter: "You Vultures!" or Church Mouth you'll enjoy this. It's really a good value for the money.

I'll take about everything I can get from Portugal. The Man and this isn't a disappointment, rather a solid addition to their catalogue.

I'm a big Mars Volta fan and this EP compares favorable along the lines of ambient, progressive rock.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique mix essential for any P.TM collection. April 28, 2014
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I'm kind of late to the P.TM party, but have been acquiring their offerings gradually over the last few months. "...Wizard" is a heavily electronic mix with less vox than most of their other stuff. That said, this is pretty good working music...meaning, good background music to which you can listen while working.

NOTE: If you buy the MP3 Album and get the 'extra' 23:01 track "It's Complicated Being a Wizard", don't mistake it for a different track. It's just the other 9 tracks compiled together.....so if you burn the entire download to CD, you'll have everything twice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Always majestic is the man!
Portugal is the man with a plan and every album sound so different but so awesome. Nothing bad to say, it simply works!
Published 29 days ago by Mystin
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I'm pretty sure this was a side project written and recorded by just the singer when they were still developing their sound after Waiters... Read more
Published 7 months ago by battleofevermore
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, even as a PTM fan
I have listened to all of Portugal. The Man's released albums and EP's and this is honestly the only one I really regret purchasing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
Awesome album from an awesome band! It's nothing like their other stuff though, so don't have any expectations for that, and you will love it!
Published 17 months ago by Travis
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I bought this LP under the assumption that it was a run of the mill black vinyl LP. Within two days of ordering, the album was at my door. Read more
Published 19 months ago by gregunplugged
4.0 out of 5 stars great cd.
love portugal the man, they have a great sound, suggest buying it from the used section for a cheap price
Published on August 31, 2009 by L. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album, more post-rocky than the new stuff.
This goes down as one of my all time favorite records. It is much more instrumental than the rest. a few recurring motifs throughout the album make it a great extended listen. Read more
Published on July 12, 2009 by K. Pidhayny
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
This cd was alot different than waiter. The first track is the next eight put together. Long ambiant phases between dark synth driven songs, much more digital than the pervious... Read more
Published on March 14, 2007 by Michael Mcnamara
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