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Kids in Philly

MarahAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)


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WHERE TIME COMES TO A HALT

It is hard to remain indifferent in front of this band. You feel trapped by their music, drunk with it.

Every performance by MARAH is an explosion of vitality, energy and authentic passion for pure, undistilled rock&roll. Their melodies are so wonderful that they almost hurt, hitting you with well-aimed blows of honesty. Getting through them is ... Read more in Amazon's Marah Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 21, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: March 21, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Artemis Records
  • ASIN: B00004RDJI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Faraway You
2. Point Breeze
3. Christian St.
4. It's Only Money, Tyrone
5. My Heart Is The Bums On The Street
6. The Catfisherman
7. Round Eye Blues
8. From The Skyline Of A Great Big Town
9. Barstool Boys
10. The History Of Where Someone Has Been Killed
11. This Town

Editorial Reviews

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Swaggering, yet passionate. Chaotic, yet charming. Opposites attract in the band Marah, as this Philadelphia foursome take an emphatic, erratic, poignant, and tension-filled ride through the dark and colorful streets of their hometown with their second album. Alt-country king Steve Earle was stunned by the band's innovative debut, Let's Cut the Crap and Hook Up Later Tonight, and turned over the keys to his Nashville recording kingdom, releasing Kids in Philly on his own label. Led by the Bielanko brothers (guitarist Serge and singer Dave), Marah turns Philly into a raucous, 21st-century echoing of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska. The results (a roughshod entanglement of Pogues-style banjo, rock & roll mandolin, Memphis horns, and loud guitars) are remarkably original: imagine the Replacements' Pleased to Meet Me with Springsteen at the mic. --Scott Holter

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss Marah March 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When you're sitting in your flying car watching VH1 2050 they'll still be talking about this CD. One of the most original things I've ever heard, Kids in Philly is my pick for album of the year. The songwriting is as evocative and moving as any I've ever heard. "The Catfisherman" is an instant classic. If you've heard comparisons to Springsteen or The Replacements, forget 'em. Marah covers some of the same territory - the landmarks are there - but they've created a whole new landscape. Less sentimental than Bruce and closer to Tom Waits than Paul Westerberg, Marah's work is raucous, celebratory, touching, unnerving, and downright beautiful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars so close March 16, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's amazing that crap like Third Eye Blind or Lifehouse gets played on the radio, and smart, gutsy, honest music such as Marah is ignored. "Kids In Philly", while not quite the masterpiece it aspires to be, is one of the most ambitious rock albums in a while. Most of the all time great albums have a themetic unity that glues the songs together. "Born To Run", "Blood On the Tracks", "OK Computer", "London Calling" etc. etc. "Kids" biggest asset is the very same themetic unity, but it may also be the hindrance keeping the album from being an instant classic along with the above mentioned. "Kids" is a great leap forward from "Cut The Crap", their first album, much the same way that "Being There" was a leap forward from "A.M." for Wilco. The first album was a great collection of songs held together by everything except theme. This time they have tried for a concept album. Not an overblown and pretentious album like "The Wall", but an album about the streets of Philadelphia, like Springsteen used to write about Asbury Park. These guys are excellent songwriters, giving nearly every line and word the right detail so the listener can close their eyes and imagine being where someone has been killed, or fishing under a bridge, on in the middle of Christian St. I've been to Philly once in my life and I feel like I know the city like the back of my hand. The characters are ones we all know, and love them or hate them they keep it interesting. This is one of those albums that needs to be listened to straight through, unlike "Crap", where the individual songs may stand out more. That's not to say that their aren't great songs here. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this disc January 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"round eye blues is a masterpiece" ... great sound, haunting memories of the war that will not go away ... the rest of the disc is good-excellent, but this one song ... the detail, the feelings, the hurt, the fear ...
i have a 20 year old daughter, junior in college, that heard this song, looked at me, asked: "who is that?,... and play it again!"
i hear all the comparisons to springsteen, which, is, of course, fine and good. i heard a rockin' steve forbert ... that raspy/scratchy voice, ... great rock and roll ... marah, by the standard they set, are an unrecognized force ... these guys, on this disc, are too good not to hear and feel ... it is wondrous.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not the first listen... July 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is one album that sure gets under your skin. I bought it because of all the good things I'd heard, but on the first listen, I wasn't that impressed. Sure it had a decent sound, but the songs don't have hooks, so to speak, so it didn't grab me.
That said, I put it on again for another listen. This time it was for the long drive home through traffic on a beautiful afternoon, and what a difference! Suddenly the tunes flowed together perfectly, and it was just like I was at the coolest party in town. I can definitely see why folks who are Marah fans love them live.
Sure it sounds like Springsteen and the Pogues put together. What a mix!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faraway You! April 28, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I cannot stop listening to possibly the most joyous opening cut on a rock and roll album in decades. Faraway You has some Boss, some Stones, some Mats, but in the end it's Marah, and it's exhilarating.
I also love the breathless move to Point Breeze, a great party record.
Round Eye Blues is pretty powerful, a song Phil Spector may have produced after watching ApocNow.
Philadelphia: Rocky Balboa, the '82-'83 76ers, Live Aid, the '93 Phillies, and Marah.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars http://thisismodern.iscool.net October 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Marah's second album "Kids In Philly" has to be the one of the greatest musical collections to be released in 2000. The rough vocals of lead singer David Bielanko bring you right into hear of the music and Philadelphia where this excellent band is from. The instrumentation on the album is very diverse and creative and gets you on your feet and moving around. Songs like "Faraway You" and "The Catfisherman" bring a sense of the old town bar blues to this collection of wild and suprising jam rock. The first single, "Point Breeze," throws hook after hook at you while telling a lyrically creative story. Some of the darker songs include "It's Only Money, Tyrone" and the ode to Vietman ditty called "Round Eye Blues." The lyrics of this song bring your gith into the heart of the battle in Vietnam. What is suprising is that the band members are too young to have been in Vietman but they tell the story so vividly and so well like they were actually their. Their 1960s and 1970s pop culture refertences give it a sense of credibility and their use of the slang of the time brings the lyrics to a broad audience. This CD will keep you jamming from beginning to end and you'll play it over again once the last song has stopped. despite its darker tunes, it's definitely the feel-good disc of the summer of 2000.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Marah's Best
This CD is a great starting point for anybody new to Marah. IMO it is still their best effort. Highly recommended.
Published 8 months ago by Robert
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
I bought this album after seeing them in concert at Bonnaroo 2006. Their live performance was much better than the album.
Published on August 10, 2006 by S. Sykes
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining
Believe the hype! Marah's energy is thoroughly infectious, it's lyrics throughly entertaining. Each song has certain degree of empathy for its main characters that betrays a... Read more
Published on March 17, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining
Believe the hype! Marah's energy is thoroughly infectious, it's lyrics throughly entertaining. Each song has certain degree of empathy for its main characters that betrays a... Read more
Published on March 17, 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Album
My friend Sam and I listened to "Let's Cut..." non-stop for a period of months. There are so many jewels on that disk it's not even funny. Read more
Published on April 24, 2001 by Matthew A Callahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Classic
Along with Wilco, the Old 97's, Ryan Adams and Slobberbone, Marah helped me to reaffirm my faith in the power of rock music. Read more
Published on January 25, 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid
A solid album with strong pop sensibilities underlying mid-tempo rock. If you're looking for weepy ballads or head banging, you won't find it here. Read more
Published on January 20, 2001 by Sam Callahan
4.0 out of 5 stars Attention Must Be Paid
I can't remember seeing a CD in Amazon.com for which the reviews have been so either/or. Marah is not there yet, but they have a great CD inside of them. Read more
Published on January 14, 2001 by James Carragher
5.0 out of 5 stars ROCK AND ROLL- DON'T LISTEN TO NAYSAYERS
This album absolutely ROCKS. For some reason, there are some pathetic folks here in Philly that are sabotaging Marah. Read more
Published on January 9, 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Hype anyone?
Don't believe the hype! This album is bad! First time I heard it, I thought it was a spoof on something, maybe a Weird-Al type album. But no! Read more
Published on January 3, 2001
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