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Live In Chicago, 1999 [Explicit]

Live In Chicago, 1999 [Explicit]

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 19, 1999
  • Release Date: May 19, 1999
  • Label: Jade Tree
  • Copyright: 1999 Jade Tree
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  • Total Length: 50:17
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B002I0T4RA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,679 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edward H. Milligan on May 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Live In Chicago, 1999, actually recorded in the studio, is at varying times beautiful and bewildering. It starts off with the odd "it's easier to drink on an empty stomach than eat on a broken heart" which never seems to materalize. But "who's afraid of elizabeth taylor?" is completely breathtaking. As usual with Joan of Arc, this record is often very difficult to listen to, especially on the abrasive title track. However, the album blends together well the oblique acoustic arrangements that dominated A Portable Model Of and the electronic leanings of How Memory Works. The absurd packaging and titles ("(in fact i'm) pioneering new emotions) are so artsy, I have to believe that Tim is making fun of his infamy as a pretentious art whore. I'll never understand what compels someone to write music like he does, but whatever his method, it always ends up sounding like fractured beauty. caP'n Jazz was a brilliant band, and even though I don't like Joan Of Arc as much, both bands manage to strike a chord in me. This is a fascinating album, and I can assure you that Tim Kinsella is one of the most intriguing characters in music today. I would recommend this to fans of Gastr Del Sol and other experimental music, but also to fans of Palace and the "post-rock" movement (Tortoise and the like.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jeannine on August 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
live in chicago is, contrary to what many would think by looking at the title, NOT a live album at all. it is, however, some of joan of arc and tim kinsella's finest work. the lyrics are beautiful, stunning, and amazing, exactly what those who are familiar with cap'n jazz and earlier JOA would expect from tim kinsella. these are songs that haunt you, not permitting escape from being constantly in your head all day, yet they are welcomed, as they are just amazing. this is a cd that i listen to over and over, many times in the same day, captured and entranced by the sheer brilliance of each song. if you are a fan of cap'n jazz, expect similarly talented lyrics, but more mellow songs. if you are familiar with JOA's other material, be prepared for music that has grown and matured, serving its listeners what is, in a word, beautiful. and if tim kinsella continues to fail to disappoint his fans, we can only dream of how amazing the gap will be when it is released!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 1999
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There's really nothing more to say other than what's in the bold print. Aside from placating their philosophy as a band vicariously through the works of Jean-Luc Goddard, the band manages to write some of the most intricate and challenging song's i have ever heard. In the end it makes me feel weird as a musician, and a poet as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1999
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I can't really summarize what i think of this album in one line except that i never thought i'd really like any of tim kinsella's post cap'n jazz projects. i don't think joan of arc's first 2 albums are interesting at all, but this album is beautiful. what else can you say about it really?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Three and a half because this album fails to surpass How memory works. There certainly is progress however; the spaciness of that album is much more focused and productive, lending itself to create original, appealing music whereas on previous efforts, they were flat spots in the album. The electronic elements that the band had previously employed are also used much more smoothly and with more talent. As a whole, from start to finish, this is Joan of Arc's best record. Yet it lacks the catchiness of "This Life Cumulative" and "Post-Coitus Rock." While the album feeds off itself, there really aren't any stand out songs. Oh, and the lyrics are simply the best: consistently wonderful and pensive, Kinsella's are better that any of the other albums (and they were excellent before), especially on the first track, "Who's afraid of Elizabeth Taylor?" and "(in fact i'm) pioneering new emotions." Really a great record, it just lacks the warm feeling of the last record.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Baker on February 21, 2000
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I understand the concept of this music, but the execution is flawed beyond belief. A hybrid of post-rock and free jazz inspired noodling, this album is gleefully all over the place. The vocals are cryptic, mumbled and repetitive. Loops of ambient guitar work and drum flourishes color what feels like a very Chicago art-jazz style beat poetry reading.
I think there is an impulse to say that if a record is doing something different, that's enough. But with this record, it just isn't the case. This album doesn't work: it self-destructs, sometimes violently. If you want to hear this sort of thing done right, check out Storm and Stress' "Under Thunder and Florescent Lights", a much more thoroughly thought out free jazz/post rock hybrid.
Pretentious, over-rated, less fun than "Portable Model Of", less beautiful than "How Memory Works", this is Joan of Arc's most ambitious album, and also their worst.
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