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October 13, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Label: Kill Rock Stars
  • Copyright: 2009 Kill Rock Stars
  • Total Length: 37:23
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B002OFT92E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,560 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spark Eyes on October 5, 2013
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I can hardly bear to review this - it's just too beautiful for words. I will say it took a little more time to be drawn into than her other albums but I love it. I can't help it, every sound she makes just melts me --- that voice - barely controlled and always - sometimes unbearably - so personal. The instrumentation and arrangement are a constant joy. I guess this particular album is summed up in the phrase "sad people dance too" at the beginning of the last track. Thao just does no wrong. Why do I keep thinking of Billie Holiday?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JesseRoy on July 23, 2011
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Fantastic listen all the way through. I was very pleasantly surprised by this album. Great summer album or just a good driving record if you're in a cheerful up-beat mood.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ravenjetticon on January 4, 2011
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It's like a funky sweater you might not like at first glance, or even the first time you try it on, but every time you slip into it, it gets more and more comfortable. Then you start noticing the little details and perhaps admiring them, and you start to warm up to it, and before you know it, you're humming it while you're grocery shopping, and the next time you hear it you realize you've somehow fallen in love.

I just... can't understand how someone could listen to this more than three times and not think it's magical. Yeah, I think it is mostly about a breakup, but I've never heard such fun, sing-along breakup songs. I mean, you could play this album almost end to end at a low-key gathering and no one would bat an eyelash; it's not morose. And it's really not the subject matter but the tone and the attitude and the musicianship that make the album, in my opinion.

This is definitely one of my top five albums of 2010. If I lost it, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again; that should tell you something.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By allie waits on November 11, 2009
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I love this album. Every track is not perfect, but that's okay. Perfect is boring.
And in response to the other reviewer, I do not agree that you have to be going through a breakup to enjoy this album?
While the lyrics may be about heartache and the struggles that you go through while ending a relationship, the songs are ultimately upbeat and simply just make me feel good.
I cannot stop listening to this album.
I highly recommend it.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Swain on September 16, 2010
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I love the first album (Brave...), and I'd give it 4 stars easy. Know Better has maybe 3 solid songs on it, such as Cool Yourself, Swam, and Know Better. The rest of it is just very weak. The songs didn't grow on me over time. "The Give" is annoying, and "Trouble Was For" has an incredibly tedious melody that makes you wish it would just end. The rest of the album doesn't do anything for me.

The album has a more produced sound, if that makes sense, and seems to get away from the raw, solid content of the more bare tracks on the first album. Overall this was a huge disappointment for me, as I was really looking forward to it.

Sorry Thao! Your stuff is great, but this album let me down :( But you were awesome at Troubadour in July 2008!
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