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Love's Crushing Diamond

Mutual BenefitAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 3, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Possum Records
  • ASIN: B00GC04GLG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like One Long Song... January 12, 2014
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Headphones. A late night walk
after a session of dish washing.
Imbibing (in whatever you imbibe with) and then a hill with a view.
The sun sets. You remember something from middle school.
Last time you were back in your hometown everything seemed so small
and dirty. Good thing you're gone.
Buying this album is the best thing you'll do all week.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond - Benefits All December 12, 2013
Format:Audio CD
30 minutes of gorgeous music. Jordan Lee's soft, sincere voice float on top
of wind chimes, sweeping strings, piano and soothing percussion. If there
was a category for most beautiful album of the year, then this would be a
contender for the no.1 spot.

Standouts: Not much to omit, but "Golden wake", "Advanced falconry", "Let's
play/Statue of a man" and "Strong swimmer" are all fantastic.

Regarding categories; I am not sure what to call this. I see the critics have
a fondness for using baroque to describe it; baroque indie-pop, baroque-folk.
I think it has a resemblance to some of Sufjan Stevens music, you can call it
a brighter version of Sparklehorse or compare it to "Deserter's songs" by
Mercury Rev.

Call it whatever you want, categories are never that important, glorious music is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mutual Benefit - Sea of Sounds January 14, 2014
Format:Audio CD
"Love's Crushing Diamond" is evidence that beautiful things often come in small packages. Some may complain about the fact that this album barely touches the 30 minute mark but Mutual Benefit's resident musical sage Jordan Lee manages to populate his music with such attention to the smallest detail and throughout avoids that complacency that is the enemy of so much new music. It terms of describing this album the label baroque folk has been applied and there are hints of artists like Grizzly Bear, Sufjan Stevens and Devendra Banhart throughout. But enough of "spot that influence", what about the music?

The album starts with a soundscape entitled "Strong River" which is all swirling synths and wind chimes leading to a joyous crescendo as Lee sings of clearing his mind of joy and sorrow, alluding to the relentless observation "that the river knows only to carry on". It is followed by two of the best tracks on the album firstly the lovely "Golden Wakes" has a fragility about it which as some have observed does echo Mercury Rev of the "Deserters Songs" era. The same can be said of the sumptuous "Advanced Falconry" where there are hints of the melody from Badly Drawn Boy's "Silent Sigh" present. The quality does not let up throughout with the ghostly "That light, That's blinding" soaring into psychedelic realms, while the more conventional folk of "Lets play/statute of man" gently brings you back to earth with a sense of whimsy. The whole thing is rounded off with "C L Rosarian" and the albums longest track "Strong Swimmer" by which time this reviewers searching of the thesaurus for alternative words for "beautiful" has been exhausted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous electronic psych-pop December 18, 2013
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Debut release from Texas artist Jordan Lee—absolutely gorgeous electronic pop with a warm,
inviting organic spirit. Soft, sparkling psychedelic clouds of melody float oh-so-gently over
flowing fields of poppy petal sighs. Combines the adventurous heart of Animal Collective and
Flaming Lips with the harmonizing ability of Fleet Foxes/Beach Boys. Lovely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love's Crushing Diamond January 7, 2014
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I couldn't believe the events that unfolded when I pushed play on this album for the first time. Sitting on my couch, my jaw dropped in amazement as leprechauns paraded into my living room and proceeded to jig in utmost delight. Imagine my increasing incredulity as they were followed shortly by prancing unicorns, whose gilt hooves appeared never to even graze the carpet as they moved across the room. Soon my apartment was filled with the magical light of rainbows, gold was raining from the sky, and the air was vibrating with the glorious sound of angels' voices.

Buy this album, it will not disappoint.
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