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Life Is Full of Possibilities [Import]

DntelAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Los Angeles resident Jimmy Tamborello records, releases and occasionally performs music under the name Dntel. In 2007, we at Sub Pop released the Dntel album Dumb Luck which included contributions from a whole raft of talented people too numerous to list here (a short version of that list would include members of Grizzly Bear, Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, and Arthur & Yu). And at the end of ... Read more in Amazon's Dntel Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Plug Research
  • ASIN: B00005QHR8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Umbrella
2. Anywhere Anyone
3. Pillowcase
4. Fear Of Corners
5. Suddenly Is Sooner Than You Think
6. Life Is Full Of Possibilities
7. Why I'm So Unhappy
8. (This Is) The Dream Of Evan And Chan
9. Last Songs

Editorial Reviews

Dntel comforts himself by combining melancholy melodies with an assortment of electronic production styles, as well as enlisting friends to add vocals and guitar on some tracks. The resultsrangefromTimbaland inspired minimal techno to pop songs buried in static, cut-up acoustic guitars, sampled symphonies struggling to find somewhere to settle, found sound and blissed-out drones. This album includes vocal contributions from Chris Gunst (Beachwood Sparks, ex-Strictly Ballroom), Mia Doi Todd (solo artist, City Zen records), Meredith Figurine (Figurine), Rachel Haden (solo artist, ex-That Dog), and Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), plus guitar by Paul Larson (Athalia, ex-Strictly Ballroom) and Brian McMahan (The For Carnation, ex-Slint).

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something just got edged off my desert island list... January 4, 2002
By Erik F
Format:Audio CD
In many ways, this record seems inevitable. It's as if all the right influences were gathered at once and coalesced into one fifty-minute stretch. You could compare this to alot of things, but what really makes it so incredible is the fact that it takes its influences and molds them into something very new and very memorable.
"Umbrella" starts the album off very similar to the way Radiohead started Kid A off with "Everything in its right place," slow majestic and building, but never quite peaking out. Chris Gunst tentatively sings evocatave lyrics, which are at first heavily distorted, but with each verse, the strings swell ala Bjork and his vocals become clearer in the mix.
"Anywhere Anyone" features Mia Doi Todd. The lyrics sound like snippets of other songs spliced together into a cohesive whole. The song itself is beautiful, swirling almost-trip-hop that sounds a bit like Massive Attack in a major key.
"Pillowcase" is an atmospheric instrumental which sounds a bit like Garbage-era Autechre and segues into "Fear of Corners," which is just...incredible.
You could make comparisons to Autechre (especially in the rhythms, which never seem to settle on a downbeat) or Squarepusher, and some folks have compared it to Timbaland's mix of "Try Again," but it's distinctly its own timid beast. It opens with brooding, disjointed bass drum patterns, and at two minutes, the hi-hat comes in and lets you know where the pulse is while strings remniscient of "Twin Peaks" saw away sullenly in the corner. It's highly atmospheric and haunting, with just a hint of menace.
Crowd noise and drums in the next room open "Suddenly is Sooner Than You Think.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Glitch October 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Jimmy Tamborello's ability with electronics is wonderful, like Autechre and Mum and touches of Massive Attack are hinted at. What sets him apart from the legends is his fresh sound and an underlying embracing of pop textures. "Umbrella" is a pretty little ditty with Beachwood Sparks singer Chris Gunst dropping in a few lines with slight shifts in tempo. "Anywhere/Anyone" strikes out as one of the albums best tracks with the dark eno-esque rising yet depressingly low waves that crash below poet Mia Doi Todd's tear welling voice as she confesses "How Can I love you if you don't love you self". It's devastating and thats the only word for it. Dntel finds it's most Autechre-like track within "Fear of Corners". The moody slithering tempo that's interrupted by floating drum machines is a fine reminder of how good electronica music can get on its own terms, even without vocals. "Why I'm So Unhappy" stakes its claim as the 2nd stand out of Life is Full of Possibilities. That Dog's bassist Rachel Haden's vocals are miraculously complimentary to the eerie, barely pop skit skats that Tamborello sets up as some kind of musical version of the board game Mousetrap. It's alive with musical surprises and doesn't let your attention dwindle. While "Fireworks" finds itself mutating Daft Punks dancefloor sound, Tamborello finds his masterpiece in "(This is) The Dream of Evan and Jaron". The staticy beats layered with what sounds like a bass flatlining and what wind on another universe sounds like wraps Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard's melancholic voice. You'll feel a clench of your heart as Gibbard yells "I won't let go" and the release doesn't come till his last pattering plead of a telephone "ringing off" as static covers the grave he has nestled into. This is what electronica music can do and it's a wonderous pleasure watching such a young man do these things. And the simple fact that this happened with one man, one machine and some vocals, is a testament to music's power.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT April 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is just about perfect. I had reviewed this album earlier, before I understood it completely, and gave it four stars. I am compelled to re-evaluate - four stars just isn't good enough.

How an artist could combine the talents of multiple singers, yet still complete a full sounding and personal piece of musical art is beyond me. But it has been done here. I think what I love best about this cd is that it successfully relates heartfelt music and human emotion with seemigly "lifeless" electronic instruments. The result: a serene, hauntingly beautiful soundscape that washes over the soul.

"Life Is Full Of Possibilities" DNTEL says, and the songs explore this concept by presenting ambient-like sounds in a fashion that demands attention to every passing moment, heightening the experience of living with a introspective and somewhat somber flavor.

The music, to me, gives the feeling of an ambulance ride (much like the cover might suggest) which makes me imagine a person who is close to death, perhaps by some tragic accident - a stroke of bad luck, per chance, or ill-fate... and this person is seeing life for what it is through memories of missed oppurtunities and finding a new appreciation for life through this very moment - a moment that might not last, which gives new meaning to the last song, entitled "last songs" - as if all will not end well and someone is saying good bye to life itself - the motion picture ending to one's life.

The album starts out with the fantastic "Umbrella" - "You can turn the world upside down, like an umbrella, but it wont keep you dry." - the song begins through crackling electronic sounds. People can "turn the world upside down" in many ways - but one thing is certain - no one is safe from harm, from love; even.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is great.
If you like the Postal Service, definitely check out Jimmy Tamborello's earlier project. Anyone Anywhere and Fear of Corners are two of my favorite tracks.
Published 12 months ago by Davekub
5.0 out of 5 stars Dntel - Life Is Full Of Possibilities
Dntel, with his album Life Is Full of Possibilities, fully exploits the pastoral/electronica wave that's been rejuvenating IDM -- a nice contrast to the drill `n' bass that many... Read more
Published on February 22, 2011 by scoundrel
5.0 out of 5 stars Electronica Is Full of Possiblities
"You can turn the city upside down..."

It has taken me a while to fully grasp how amazing a record "Life Is Full of Possibilities" is. Read more
Published on October 7, 2010 by Philip Masiakowski
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great buy!
This was an unexpected buy for myself, but all I have to say is that my ears were blown by fantastic swirling of beauty and noises! WOW, I loved this album! Read more
Published on April 24, 2009 by Shawn M. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Consistent, ecclectic electro-tivity
3 1/2

Warm, inviting mash-up of diverse glitch-pop dabbles with many different flavors as the electronic artist employs multiple artists to create contrasting... Read more
Published on July 9, 2008 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Ambient-Glitch Outing
Anyone who's a fan of texture and ambience should be all over this--the sonic beauty, tonal ambience and rhythmic complexity place this album somewhere between Autechre's beats and... Read more
Published on February 22, 2007 by Max Wyman
2.0 out of 5 stars rather dull (it's as if they are warming up the keyboards for Postal...
I love Postal Service.

So i picked this cd up after reading all of the great reviews.

DULL. sorry folks.

there is maybe 2 or 3 decent "songs"... Read more
Published on October 31, 2006 by chadwick taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
All I can say about this album is "oh my god, how did this guy think of this stuff?" It's truly sublime. It's above anything else I can think of. Read more
Published on August 2, 2006 by Justin D. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!
Beautiful and uncanny. Highly recommended!
Published on January 12, 2006 by SD
5.0 out of 5 stars Consuming
This CD is worth the money for the first track alone! The soundscapes are euphoric, and like alcohol, can accentuate whatever emotion you are feeling at that time. Read more
Published on October 4, 2005 by Paymahn Sadat-moussavi
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