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Lemon of Pink


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The Books was formed in New York City in 1999 by two neighbors who collaborated on what they considered pop music. In fact, Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong - perhaps by a mix of accident and design - developed a sound that over a decade later still defies categorization and mystifies critics and fans alike. Their music has been called many things: surreal, playful, transcendent, innovative, ... Read more in Amazon's Books Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 14, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tomlab
  • ASIN: B0000CDL64
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Lemon of Pink
2. The Lemon of Pink, Pt 2
3. Tokyo
4. Bonanza
5. S Is for Evrysing
6. Explanation Mark
7. There Is No There
8. Take Time
9. Don't Even Sing About It
10. The Future, Wouldn't That Be Nice
11. A True Story of True Love
12. That Right Ain't Shit
13. PS

Customer Reviews

The Books are one of my personal favorite artists of all time.
C. Furniss
A casual glance reveals a work of startling beauty, while a careful study yields countless intricate details and attentions that establish it as the work of a master.
Ian McDowell
This is an amazing C.D., it is so deconstructed and weird at times and yet so easy to listen to and very rewarding if you perservere with it.
Kevin Taylor

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ian McDowell on July 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to think how anyone could follow up such a strikingly unique release as Thought for Food, The Books first masterpiece. As with their songs, the Books seem to approach their album progression with a knack for mixing subtle and drastic evolutions to startling effect.

The most immediately noticeable difference in the Lemon of Pink is the greater use of vocal tracks; indeed, many tracks even feature singing! This departure from Thought for Food initially turned me off the album, I expecting more of the eerie hauntings of Thought for Food. The more I listened though, the more I was amazed at their ability to create synergy between eclectic sound samples and organic vocal tracks.

The result is what I believe to be a much more accessible album than Thought for Food. While Thought is more immediately striking with its ommissions of many elements considered indespinsible to a modern record, the Lemon of Pink actually pushes the envelope further with its synthesis of traditional and innovative sound. While Thought for Food was clearly a product of modern innovators, The Lemon of Pink seems pulled out of some past that never was, evoking in one feelings of odd familiarity and even nostalgia despite the fantastic newness of it all. The soothing vocals on the title track evoke a long lost lover or friend whispering of mysteries wrapped in the haze of time.

The Lemon of Pink could be compared to a piece of fine sculpture. A casual glance reveals a work of startling beauty, while a careful study yields countless intricate details and attentions that establish it as the work of a master. While some tracks may seem indulgent(bonanza, explanation mark), when considered as part of the whole their place and purpose becomes apparent.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By W. B. Hutchison on October 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I know. I know exactly what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Second album. First album was amazing. Could be it was an unrepeatable task." It was, thankfully, mercifully, astonishingly, not. There's a vocalist, Anne Doerner, singing on several of the tracks (It's really okay, I promise. I wouldn't have believed it either until I heard it.), but more than anything this sophomore offering underscores the postulate offered on their last record: that they are, in fact, more than anything, a crazy American folk band. Yes, samples abound, alongside the concomitant banjo licks. And the flavor of electronica tingles a little more shockingly on the tongue. But this, my friends, is The Books second album as only The Books (as you imagined they just might be) could have made.
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Seg Arch on April 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I did not intend to buy this cd.
I merely walked into a record store and decided I'd take advantage of their cd players that they allow customers to use for previewing purposes. I had already bought a cd that day, and I was certainly not going to buy another so soon. I put the head phones on, and was instantly blown away under 20 seconds. Jaw dropped, eyes full open, scrambling to check the interior of my wallet.
2 minutes later I bought this cd.
This is an excellent CD. A complete classic.
Its probably not very accessable, but if you are a fan of Four tet, or Manitoba, you might find this a natural extension. I'm blown away.
Damn you record store!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you listen to this album a few times you will start to feel like it retells all of human history. The messages of the songs are beautifully articulated through soundbites and lyrics that give some of the most poignant and relevant advice I have ever heard. The swells and breaks in the music are so beautiful they make me want to cry. I really think this is some of the most revolutionary music out there today. Please find a way to listen to this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stargrazer on February 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
A fun listen for anyone interested in unconventional sampling. The album is a cornucopia of acoustic-derived samples and cascading textures, marred (but only slightly) by an overabundance of tongue-in-cheek spoken snippets. A less self-conscious approach might not have resulted in such a joyous, surreal romp through popular culture and quasi-mysticism, though.

Any neo-folk revivalist type should own this -- as a reference, at least -- of what else they can play when they burn out on covering "Uncle Penn."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Hoyt on April 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This band blew my mind when I first listened to them. If you are looking for something new and exciting, and are kind of bored of whatever's coming out these days, give it a try. If you aren't into Avant-garde music, you might have to give it a few listens, but even then you will like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Barrera on August 31, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Following John and Yoko's prototype from the The Beatles (white album) but perhaps not being directly influenced by the bizzare recording, the experiment continues in recording music and singing plus anything that isn't. The idea of having a blank slate appeals to any artist. If The Books represent a page in the evolution of this genre they should be given credit for producing expressionist art that is more entertaining than merely interesting.
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Format: Audio CD
The Books are a very delightful oddity, to many atonal garbage and to a collective few ingenious music. The Lemon of Pink is quite possibly one of my favorite albums available in the ever growing experimental/bizarre music field.

Honestly I don't want people seeing a five star review and thinking It's worth purchasing as many will not appreciate. With a open mind and a few listens at that one can easily pull together the imagery this album lays. For the open minded people as many reviewers on here have noted, it is easily a great buy and a strong investment into ones collection.

Clashing sounds and acoustic arrangements coupled with breaks for speech covers the turf here. The quality is great very crisp and worth mentioning. The Books have a modern classic at hands here!
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