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Learning (Special Limited Edition)

Perfume GeniusAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B003JONX30
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,114 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Learning
2. Look Out, Look Out
3. Mr. Peterson
4. Gay Angels
5. You Won't B Here
6. Write To Your Brother
7. No Problem
8. When
9. Perry
10. Never Did

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One of the most honest and tender streams of art and music we've witnessed coming from any single person all year. --The Guardian

Product Description

Even though he is only in his 20s, Mike Hadreas, aka Seattle's PERFUME GENIUS, has a story with the twists and turns of a person who has seen a lot of darkness. This extraordinary debut album explores that world through home-recorded songs that bring to mind early Cat Power, Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens and Pink Moon-era Nick Drake. Mostly simple vocal and piano, the minor-key melodies work their way into your brain and stick there.

This Special Limited Edition CD contains a download of 3 bonus tracks: "Dreeem," "Your Drum," & "Divine Faxes."

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deep dark creepy beautiful September 20, 2010
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My favorite thing about this album is that it almost seems wrong to be hearing it. It's like we're hearing this guy's innermost deep dark secrets, and if we're not careful, he's going to catch us listening to his audio diary. Some of the lyrics are downright creepy, which is good. It's part of the appeal. Musically, there's not a great deal going on, but that's okay.I wouldn't have it any other way. Piano and keyboard music and sounds go great with some of the most touching words I've ever heard in music. If there were more instruments, it probably wouldn't be as great. 5 stars, for sure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beauty in sadness February 6, 2011
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If Xiu Xiu and Parenthetical Girls had a little brother, he would be Perfume Genius. But "Learning" outshines those and other dark art-rockers. It's got all the markings of my favorite music: it's beautiful and haunting, sad and delicate, and of course musically excellent.

I give it four stars only because at ten tracks and 29 minutes, it's disappointingly short. I find myself listening to the whole thing two or three times in a row, because I don't want it to end. But if Mike Hadreas keeps making music this good, he could become one of my favorite artists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Learning February 26, 2011
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I have to agree with other reviewers in stating that Perfume Genius has created a beautiful, haunting album.

I came to this from a music magazine recommendation and I am so glad I did. I checked out some live tracks on YouTube first and I have to say that the live tracks I heard (Never Did, Learning and Mr Peterson) seemed to resonate with emotion and power. This comes through on this album, but I felt this to be slightly more reserved and staid in comparison. It is my own fault for hearing such sublime live versions first, I know.

Saying that the tracks mentioned above are real stand-out tracks and the pared back piano and simple lyrics manage to hit home immediately. This is a relatively short album, but it is perfectly crafted and you feel it affect you as it progresses until you want to hit that play button at the end and revel in it all over again.

This is one of those album that you'll either love or hate and I'm glad to say I love it. It is haunting, intelligent and beautiful, which are all things I adore in my music. Check this out, but be warned, get the album first and then check out the live clips online. It's the best way round to do it.

Feel free to check out my blog which can be found on my profile page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfume Genius "Learning" August 4, 2010
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If there has ever been and instrument that stood the test of time it has been the piano. For ages, musicians have found new ways to reinvent the same instrument that was played 200 years ago. And sadly, real playing is starting to dwindle to just backround piano to a more complex song wrapped around electronics. But every once in a while an artist will come along such as Mike Hadreas and redefine the way I hear things.

At first, I wasnt exactly taken by the debut "Learning" by Perfume Genius. But honesty, who could blame me. Its been a while since I heard music such as this. I dont think i've heard this much heartbreak and honesty in songwriting since Elliot Smith. It borderline's almost deppression but you feel almost overwhelmed by the song writing you forget the topics of the songs themselves and just become lost. The opening song "Learning" sounds like preperation for the songs too follow and letting you settle slowly into the mood of the entire album. "Look out, Look out" takes a moment to pull at the heartstrings then tugs hard around half way. "Mr Peterson" and "Write to your brother" almost gives it a jaunty feel and seems to be the happy high point of the album, until you listen to the words it speaks of something entirly diffrent.

Another beautiful addition to the album is that he does have some more almost organ/synth like songs in hear like "Gay Angles" and my Personal Favorite " No problem". The closing song "Never Did" leaves you with the idea " Its all a part of his plan" and " Its all just in his head".In alot of ways, this is true. Its hard to describe music thats so personal to the artist. It leaves listener thinking of there own personal lives, even if its only for a brief time. The album is very short, only leaving you with little over 30 minutes. But Mike Hadreas "Perfume Genius" is 26 and it makes you wonder how many unheard songs that we have still to look forward too, and how the future really looks bright.
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