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Maroon [Import]

Webb BrothersAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea International
  • ASIN: B00004Y58Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Webb Brothers ~ Maroon

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The next step on from Beyond the Biosphere--the self-financed debut album that brought brothers Christian and Justin Webb major-label attention and plaudits from the press and public--Maroon is a relic of a bygone era when songs, not production tricks, were king, and melodies and words had more purpose than being just a pretty tune and something to sing along with it. The chugging pianos of "I Can't Believe You're Gone," the deadbeat guitars and self-depreciating lyrics of "The Liar's Club," and the somber lament of "All the Cocaine in the World, belong to some American road movie--capturing as they do the fears, realizations, and emotional turmoil of life. Sounds dour and depressing, but like Elliott Smith's, their melodies are too captivating and laced with too much deadpan humor to demoralize. For every sedate song, there's a rousing chorus, a samba intermission, or a stirring crescendo to lift the spirits. All these underutilized composer's tricks are enough to make one hallucinate that the Webb Brothers' music is in fact from a much-missed era, one that is well overdue a revival.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cinematic! September 18, 2000
By B.A.S.
Format:Audio CD
The CD artwork on Maroon is some of the best I've seen for ages. It's reminiscent of an old film poster - in maroon, of course - with voluptuous ladies, bats, all sorts of hedonistic shennanigans and the Webb Brothers, torches in hand, trying to navigate their way through this 'pergatory', as they describe it on one track. And that's what the concept is, the shallowness and self defeating nature of life as one endless party. The album starts off with the Liars Club meeting up to get blitzed, in a state of self denial that they aren't 21 anymore and are really too old for this kind of thing. The instrumentation is both exotic and sparse, with great sweeping introductory strings giving way to the classic Webb guitar and piano accompaniement, and this combination of the grand with the austere works very effectively throughout the album. However, the broodingly dramatic atmoshere of the album and its storyline - boy goes out, boy gets stoned, boy meets girl, girl gets stoned and dies - is almost lost on the one poor track, In A Fashion, which is reminiscent of McCartney at his most strummy-boppy-singy. Still the star that was lost for that minor inconvenience is acquired back with the artwork.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album you'll hear this year. Buy it now! July 3, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best albums I have ever heard. You will definitely not be disappointed. Your friends will consider you a genius once you turn them onto The Webb Brothers.
Someone thought I was listening to Pink Floyd when I had it in the car (obviously not a genius himself). It's no Pink Floyd, but it is definitely something that you will want to hear for a very long time. This album will appeal to all type of people, and you will find yourself humming the tunes all the time. Wait until you hear "Low Grade Fever," "Marooned," and a great version of Hushdrops' "Summer People."
A must have for any collection. Buy several copies--give them to friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Caught in a Webb October 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
On "Maroon," Christiaan and Justin Webb blow up the mini multiplex vistas of their debut, Beyond the Biosphere, into a wide-screen panorama, fleshing out their tunes with blinding technicolor details. Much like the epic sweep of classic songs like "MacArthur Park" - written by none other than their famous father, songwriter Jimmy Webb - "Maroon" takes unexpected turns and twists that are as fun as they are jarring. With its sleigh bells, careering violins and ringing pianos, the album could overload on its own orchestral sugar high, but instead is underpinned with bleak moods and dizzying aural sensations that make for an extremely uneasy listening experience. With its extravagant shades of dark and light and its odd combination of surreal kitsch and lyrical brutalism, "Maroon" tills a sonic landscape that's truly unique. Call it muzak noir.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album Of 2001 August 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
After a long stint of listening to many albums over the course of the year, I had to finally come to terms with what I thought was at the top of the heap. This album stood out from the rest. Don't get me wrong, I give the Shins- "Oh, Inverted World," it's due for being one of the finest pop albums this side of the millenium, but pound for pound, Maroon has a song for all seasons. From it's beginning excerpt from Renamore, a track that is found on a b-side of one of the Brothers' singles, to the closing track titled, "Sleep While You Can" , the listener is taken on an aural journey that comprises the rise and fall, and minor crescendos, of socialites and their quest for acceptance and yes, love amongst the ruins of their tawdry lives. That is just my personal interpretation of this album, though it does serve well navigating through tracks like "Flourescent Lights," and "Liar's Club." I won't jade you with anymore of my personal interpretations of this wonderful album, isn't it time you checked it out yourself?
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Maroon" a gem -- just gets better and better February 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I buy lots of music of all styles every Tuesday and have found "Maroon" to be an album that holds up upon repeated listening. It has risen through the quagmire of albums that are quickly sold back to the used CD store and has landed itself on my permanent playlist. I've had the album for more than a year and love to slip it into the CD player while driving -- despite the fact that the lyrics focus on somber topics (all very tongue-in-cheek and quite funny) the lush singalong melodies and inventive arrangements never fail to put me in a great mood.
The album is solid. My only gripe is the song "Summer People," (the one song on the album the brothers didn't write). Try as I might, I just don't like it. But to enjoy 12 of 13 tracks on one CD makes for a great album. I hope the Webb Brothers come out with something new soon. I'll be the first in line to buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS CD! February 27, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a great CD from a great band. From Chicago, but only known in the U.K., this CD will be released in the U.S. soon. You have to add this to your collection!
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