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Lost and Safe

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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (April 5, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tomlab
  • ASIN: B0007XMKXU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,616 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Be Good to Them Always
2. An Animated Description of Mr. Maps.
3. It Never Changes to Stop
4. If Not Now, Whenever
5. An Owl with Knees
6. Vogt Dig for Kloppervok
7. Smells Like Content
8. A Little Longing Goes Away
9. None But Shining Hours
10. Twelve Fold Chain
11. Venice

Editorial Reviews

After two albums that spread like wildfire solely on word of mouth and self-propagating critical acclaim, this duo from Massachussetts return with their third album. It is even more cohesive and song-based than "Lemon Of Pink." Their core of cello, mandolin, banjo & guitar has been augemented with new instruments and a now overflowing library of found sounds and serendipitously found spoken word passages. First U.S. tour coming soon!

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expectation leads to disappointment. April 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
There are so many things I love about this new album. The Books continue to tone down their experimentation and simply nail the melodic and emotional side of their unique sound/voice/instrument structures. The Books seem more balanced and focused here than they have ever been before and this album shows a real awareness of space that points to their developing maturity.

I thought I would miss some of the complete randomness of their past efforts but after a few listens I realized how much more personal this album feels in comparison to Food and Lemon. The journey they take us on here is more coherent and stable. Moments of blissful introspection (A Little Longing Goes Away) are somehow balanced with banging sample tornadoes (Mr. Maps) and joyful imagery (Venice) and The Books hold your attention with intrigue instead of by simply surprising and amazing the listener.

I admit I was worried that The Books would not be able to top The Lemon of Pink because that album is such a masterpiece. Maybe in the eyes of critics they won't ever be able to, but to me this album just solidifies The Books as amazing artists (and poets) and I have simply realized that each of their albums is just as essential as the others.

(in an effort to boost their indie rep. Pitchfork has recently missed the boat on this album, the recent Prefuse73, and Beck albums as well. lets hope someday they'll be able to return to just simply enjoying the music they rate instead of being self-conscious about what ratings they give)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing album from the inventive group November 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I remember reading a review a couple years ago that said Thought For Food by The Books was simply an album that had received too much hype and it wouldn't hold up a year or two down the road. I'll be the first to admit that I thought it was simply the case of a single album coming together in a nearly perfect way, and when I heard that the group was releasing a second album, I wondered what they could do to surprise me. With The Lemon Of Pink, the group somehow captured lightning twice, and the album holds up for me just as well as their first.

Suddenly, we're onto the third album from the group and with Lost And Safe the group makes the most dramatic departures from their earlier sound, and once again they manage to do so in a way that feels logical. There are times where the release feels like a transitional effort, yet it also contains some of the best songs that they've ever done. To put my reaction in simple terms, there is no reason for me to doubt this group can keep coming up with unique sonics three albums into their career.

It's true that Lost And Safe may not be as immediately accessible as the first two releases from the group, but it's partially because the group chooses to really ease into things on the release. The opening track of "A Little Longing Goes Away" is as quiet of track as they've ever done, mixing soft pinging drones with subdued vocals by Nick Zammutto (who sings on almost every track on the release). "Be Good To Them Always" picks things up to a level that the group is known for as filtered violins see-saw back and forth while spoken-word samples mingle with sung vocals in a way that build beautifully over the course of almost five minutes.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pitchfork is stupid... April 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
My favorite Books album. That being said, if you go into it with expectations of Lemon of Pink or Thought for Food, pt 2, you might be disappointed. This one's a little different: more cohesive, more song-oriented, but it's definitely still The Books!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Richly Realized July 22, 2005
By WrtnWrd
Format:Audio CD
Sound collage has always best been served by hyper rhetoriticians (Negativland, The Residents) or inventive electronists (Four Tet, Spring Hill Jack). But The Books spoken word samples are just another color in their ever-evolving and richly realized contemplative sound, especially as evoked on Lost and Safe. The 11 songs on this collection are suggestive rather than literal. Like a good abstract painting, they reward patient deliberation with a near trance-like devotion. It's certainly possible to hate it -- there's a level of pretense to the very format of sound collage. But if you have the least bit of interest in experimental music, from Eno to any of the above-mentioned artists, The Books could be your new favorite band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This album did not dissapoint May 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I enjoyed this more than I did Lemon of Pink, it felt lush and cinematic the way Thought for Food was, but more emphasis on found speech and juxtaposition. The percussion is just mindboggling here, I can't tell if they're banging on trash cans or paint cans or how much of it is sequenced and looped and sampled, it's all so calculated and choreographed yet otherworldly. My one reservation is that they may be turning the found speech into their schtick, they juxtapose random samples from speeches and field recordings and films and it's really hit or miss, sometimes the juxtapositions are blatantly ironic, sometimes they are just aimed at giggles, but when they work best they are surreal and beautiful. Really, no one else is doing this kind of work with sound composition right now. No one.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a little longing goes away..... April 5, 2005
By R. King
Format:Audio CD
Another fantastic cd from one of my favorite bands. Although the album is unmistakeably a Books cd, there sound has changed a bit from the past two albums. Wheras in the past, words have been a somewhat important feature in their work, including the female vocalist in Lemon of Pink and other found text, this album finds words as the focus and centerpiece. Every piece has spoken word text in some form or another, and it seems to be the dominant instrument of sorts. The cello and mandolin and guitar and banjo are still present, making thier sound what it is, but the voice becomes the dominant through the work as a whole. Also, continuing the progression since Thought for Food, this piece seems more melodic than the others, with more standarn song structures. Although this may displease fans from the past two albums, this work is an undeniable step forward/somewhere/in a different direction for the band. I look forward to seeing their live show in May, and to what directions they may head in the future. Don't be disuaded by the Pitchfork review, because although this album may be different from the other two, it is still a work of art that needs to be heard and judged for onself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Books, The - Lost And Safe
After the folk-glitch wonder of THE LEMON OF PINK, The Books continue to push their experimental side with LOST AND SAFE. Read more
Published on March 4, 2011 by scoundrel
2.0 out of 5 stars eh...
I agree with OneLove; I found this album the be much weaker than the first two... It seemed to lack the surreal audio surprises found in the others.
Published on August 12, 2007 by A. H. W. Sphar
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, wonderful & deeply Buddhist
Nothing to add to the favorable reviews here except that this album is more wonderful than you probably expect. Read more
Published on October 1, 2006 by Michael Steinberg
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite
My favorite books record was Lemon of Pink even for a while after this came out. But the more I listen to it, the more beautiful and genious it gets. Read more
Published on August 19, 2006 by Tyler
2.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps these guys werent as good as I'd thought...
While I remember listening to their previous album "Lemon of Pink" and being blown away by the sampled instrumentation and assured flow of these surreal compositions that rivaled... Read more
Published on May 12, 2006 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy from site
Very good album. If you want it, buy from their site.

$11 plus shipping for each album, compared to amazon's $16-ish price. Read more
Published on October 19, 2005 by n/a
2.0 out of 5 stars Major Let Down
I really enjoyed the first two books albums, I bought Thought for Food almost immediately after the Lemon of Pink because I enjoyed it so much. Read more
Published on September 18, 2005 by Michael Saltzman
4.0 out of 5 stars Surrealist Music?
My first thought to describe this album was that it was like doing mushrooms with Andre Breton and Franz Kafka on the shore of a beach somewhere in the middle of no where. Read more
Published on July 7, 2005 by "elmorej12"
4.0 out of 5 stars Language, context and music
This is a somewhat interesting exploration of language, semantics and rhythm. It is more surreal in it's use of deconstructed conversations placed with new and different contexts. Read more
Published on May 25, 2005 by Helen Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Written on my Face
The sun shone upon the frosted mermen and they destroyed the fringe. Open up our generous portions of marmalade and feed the beast. Read more
Published on April 29, 2005 by Freeze
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