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Lula Divinia

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  • Audio CD (September 10, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Desoto
  • ASIN: B00006GOAT
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike on January 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first got this album when it came out in 1997. I already had their first album Splay and thought it was pretty cool so figured I'd check out the next chapter of Shiner. I wasn't expecting what I heard. Some of the most progressive and wonderfully beautiful music I had ever heard up to that point. I would listen to "Christ Sized Shoes" over and over. Lula is still one of my favorite albums to this day.
The sounds that emanate from this "shiny" plastic disc are very hard to put into words. Very tight drumming, innovative bass playing, loose and straight ahead progressive guitar, with the lazy drawl of Allen Epley's vocals just make aural magic. Highlights include "Christ Sized Shoes", "My Life As A Housewife", "Lula", and "Cake"
With the way music is now bands like Shiner are very important to keeping the rawk alive. They never got any real radio play, which was a shame. People need to hear this band. I cannot stress enough the power that lies with in the confines of 54 mins. It is a shame that they have broken up, but with this re-release it is a good way to remember them. Long live the rawk, long live Shiner!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Valjean on June 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
What can you say about Shiner except, @#%U! These guys never got the recognition that they deserved. It leaves me begging the question, "What the heck is wrong with the world today?!?!"

This is a band that should have been a revolutionizing force behind music on a high level in the late 90s and into the 2000's. Never happened because many people can't buy music that they aren't force-fed.

Still, there are those of us who know how great this band is....and I tell you to join us. Join us now.
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I prefer the two early albums to the late ones, Lula Divinia is a colidascope of mad bass/gitar and singing and a strait foreward rock fest without too much weirdness from Starless or The Egg, which IMO are not as good, though I do like The Egg not as much as Lula D. or Splay. I think Tim Dow is a great drummer, Jason Gerkin sometimes but otherr times just plain weird. sort of like comparing John Rutsey of Rush to Neil Peart they are both good but John for the strait foreward rock Neil for the artists' perspective. Tim Dow is a bad ass drummer, Jason Gerkin is an artist. on the subject of Lula Divinia, of Splay and Lula D. this is the better albmun and the best of Shiner! Also Paul Malinowski is on bass and together with Allen Epley's overdriven gitars that is signature Shiner at its most! If you like Splay you'll LOVE this! If you like Starless you'll hate it(I think).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin D. Moritz on August 12, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is the greatest rock record ever!! Sprawling, Epic and Beautiful at the same time, this is music to reflect on the pleasure of life. Why this band never became huge is beyond me. Comparison? Imagine if Radiohead had followed up the Bends and OK Computer with this, instead of all of the electronica of Kid A. The two Shiner albums that followed this: Starless and The Egg were good, but nowhere as outstanding as this. If you love these guys, also check out the lead singers new band The Life and Times which have released two EP's and two full lengths, which in my opinion, pick up right where Lula Divinia left off, which is stellar and lush guitar driving outer-spacey rock masterpieces.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Wessner on September 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The average rock record does little to greatly stimulate one cerebrally. Rock is most often music for the gut and the groin. Those bands that do attempt to stimulate their listener's brains wind up sacrificing most of that lower anatomy (as any ELP or Dream Theater record clearly demonstrates.) A rise in IQ risks a fall in testosterone. And since, for example, punk tends to inflame the genitals far more effectively than prog fires the neurons, intellectual rock music has always carried with it the stigma of pretension, indulgence, even arrogance among many listeners and critics - not that the latter's opinions mean anything. Few bands wield force and intellect simultaneously to any lasting effect, a list of which arguably starts with Led Zeppelin and goes on to recently include Jane's Addiction, Fugazi, Thirty Ought Six, Tool, Anandasong, and of course Shiner.
Lula Divinia finds the then three piece assuming, perhaps a trace unwittingly, a balance of brute and brain nearly unprecedented in rock. This album is an absolute masterpiece of audacity. Nary a single track fails in one way or another to level the listener's sensibilities to splinters. Gaining their first taste of true melodicism and upping the ante of their freshman record Splay's primal mathematical abandon, Shiner have delivered a record years ahead of its time not a minute too soon. Calculated as thoroughly as a Yes album but primal enough to remind us why we'd rather listen to Black Sabbath, Lula Divinia impresses, perplexes, exhilarates, and ultimately horrifies in the most necessary ways possible.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Wessner on September 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The average rock record does little to greatly stimulate one cerebrally. Rock is most often music for the gut and the groin. Those bands that do attempt to stimulate their listener's brains wind up sacrificing most of that lower anatomy (as any ELP or Dream Theater record clearly demonstrates.) A rise in IQ risks a fall in testosterone. And since, for example, punk tends to inflame the genitals far more effectively than prog fires the neurons, intellectual rock music has always carried with it the stigma of pretension, indulgence, even arrogance among many listeners and critics - not that the latter's opinions mean anything. Few bands wield force and intellect simultaneously to any lasting effect, a list of which arguably starts with Led Zeppelin and goes on to recently include Jane's Addiction, Fugazi, Thirty Ought Six, Tool, Anandasong, and of course Shiner.
Lula Divinia finds the then three piece assuming, perhaps a trace unwittingly, a balance of brute and brain nearly unprecedented in rock. This album is an absolute masterpiece of audacity. Nary a single track fails in one way or another to level the listener's sensibilities to splinters. Gaining their first taste of true melodicism and upping the ante of their freshman record Splay's primal mathematical abandon, Shiner has delivered a rock record years ahead of its time not a minute too soon. Calculated as thoroughly as a Yes album but primal enough to remind us why we'd rather listen to Black Sabbath, Lula Divinia impresses, perplexes, exhilarates, and ultimately horrifies in the most necessary ways possible.
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