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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Overcoat Recordings
  • ASIN: B00005NNG1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let You Down
2. Porchlight
3. Simplify
4. Et Tu, Kitte?
5. Rustic Stairs
6. Sleeping On The Ground
7. Courtyard Waltz
8. Patterns Shape The Mile
9. Arun
10. The New Evil
11. Baby You're A Dead Man
12. Do What You're Told

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Kingsbury Manx's second album, Let You Down, comes as a reminder that the simplest pleasures, often, are the best. "We have tried / To simplify our lives / To balance lows and highs," sing the Kingsbury Manx, on the gorgeous, lilting "Simplify." As rock & roll statements of intent go, you seldom come across a more humble claim--but then, anyone who's heard the North Carolina quartet's eponymous 2000 debut should know that theirs is a talent that you really don't need to shout in anyone's face. The unexpected success of The Kingsbury Manx found these four shy college graduates hitting the road with Calexico and Stephen Malkmus. While the follow-up, Let You Down, was recorded with one-time Slint producer Brian Paulson in sleepy Virginia, this is far from a difficult math-rock beast: characterized by the guitar-sliding, bass-stroking, cymbal-teasing all-round gentleness of the opening title track, and gliding through wry banjo-accompanied lullabies ("Et Tu, Kitte?"), lavish orchestral happenings ("Baby You're a Dead Man"), and incandescent, harmony-laden alt-rock dreamers ("Courtyard Waltz"). It all ends on "Do What You're Told": the sound of the four Kingsbury Manxers, "drunk as winos," stretched out in a meadow, playing guitars and watching aeroplanes paint long curves of vapor across the clear blue sky. --Louis Pattison

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Someone from the Lower East Side on November 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
My music tastes recently lean heavily towards downtempo, dub, and IDM. I find much indie music as tired and too esoteric for its own good. However, walking into Kims Video last week and hearing this superb album renewed my faith that sometimes the simplest songs can leave you breathless. This is a sublime album, much like the first time I hear Galaxie 500 On Fire, Boards of Canada's Music Has A Right To Children, or Leonard Cohen's Songs of Love and Hate. The songs are haunting, possessing a dreamlike quality that is both nostalgic and beautiful. Literally, these songs will drive you to tears, for no apparent reason. I'm eager to buy Kingsbury Manx's first release, I've heard it's equally amazing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stryker Stereo on February 5, 2002
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I hope this review is put right under the guy who only gave this record 2 stars. What an ...!! This record is great. It has elements of everything that is good and unpretentious in indie rock. All of you Romulans out there, you know who you are- black hair, cut shaggy, short pants, bad skin, etc... Don't expect a flashy, stylish, hip mod looking group of guys creating this music, those dudes can't create this kind of music, they are too concerned with creating an image, not a sound. I like this band because it's so much different than all of the above. Real music, real warmth, real sadness, real emotion (no emo, no freakn' screaming here). Read the other reviews of this album, those people seem to have a pretty good grasp on it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stryker Stereo on February 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This record is great. It has elements of everything that is good and unpretentious in indie rock. All of you Romulans out there, you know who you are- black hair, cut shaggy, short pants, bad skin, etc... Don't expect a flashy, stylish, hip mod looking group of guys creating this music, those dudes can't create this kind of music, they are too concerned with creating an image, not a sound. I like this band because it's so much different than all of the above. Real music, real warmth, real sadness, real emotion (no emo, no freakn' screaming here). Read the other reviews of this album, those people seem to have a pretty good grasp on it.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "mikefrei" on September 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
For more on the Kingsbury Manx, you can check out my review of their first album, The Kingsbury Manx (self-titled). This album is very true to that previous work. It is beautiful music. In fact, I actually like this one a little better, I think, because the CD as a whole is a much more solid piece of work. With the first CD, there were some songs I just didn't listen to very often. But this CD is one that I will usually listen to in its entirety without skipping songs. (with that said, however, let me just emphasize that I like them BOTH and wouldn't want to choose between either of them!)
My Bottom Line: If you're a Kingsbury Manx fan already, you definitely need to buy this CD. If you're new to the Kingsbury Manx, I would listen to the first 5 songs on their previous CD to see if you like them before buying this one. Both of these CDs have a special place in my music collection.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Covington on October 12, 2005
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I am amazed that anyone could not like this album. I understand not being a huge fan, but not liking it? c'mon. The best way I can describe it as sort of proggy-country. Lush and mellow, a brilliant album to listen to on a rainy day. One of its biggests strengths is its overlooked hooks. Too often this type of music lacks command of structure and tries to reach to far and strays from the song's intention. The beauty of this album is that it floats out there, but constrains itself at the same time. I found this album better than the previous and latter albums, but I am excited by what I've heard on the newest album. I've given a lot of abstract descriptions to describe this album, but what it comes down to is that you'll like this if you like:

belle and sebastian

crooken fingers

high llamas

kings of convenience

sea and cake (the quieter songs)
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