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Melody

March 14, 2006

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 14, 2006
  • Release Date: March 14, 2006
  • Label: Tooth & Nail (TNN)
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Tooth & Nail Records
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  • Total Length: 1:08:29
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  • ASIN: B000TENLLC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,541 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This one takes me all the way through everytime.
Steven Duggar
If you love slow, melancholy synth drenched songs about love and fairytales, and played a ton of Nintendo as a kid, get this album!
Analog
Ronnie Martin's soft, innocent vocals are every bit as naked and vulnerable as the music and the lyrics.
someone else

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The first three songs are excellent and infectious pop. Unfortunately after that, most of the tunes take on a monotonous I, IV, & V chord structure. I found myself aching for a 'minor' to be thrown in to clear my palet. If more songs on "Melody" were as interesting as the first three, I'd give this album 5-stars. Three-songs, three-stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
joy electric is sooo . . . different! completely original. the strangely human vocals combined with the otherworldly synths create a totally detached yet somehow comforting sound. i love techno muzik, but joy electric's songs go deeper than say those of prodigy or heaven 17.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Duggar on April 18, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The bloops and beeps are jarring at first. Time always has the last judgement, though, and the more you listen the more perfect the album becomes. You will play air synthesizer to everyone of those bleeps and purrs and whistles after awhile. After years of listening, I wouldn't change one of them.
This album changed the way I hear music--the way Loveless might be be for many others (I love that record, too). The melody is sacred. Yet the synthesizers inhabit the music and don't just dress it up. There's a purity to the electronic instruments, an honor given them that's rare--In old video game music it was necessity that produced its basicness; Ronnie chooses it because its pure to him, its organic, actually, its the magic of music in its essence and all the limitations aren't limitations at all. So: Pop music done with tools the world threw away, and done earnestly. Songs meant to be sung. Those electric humming chords...It all leads me into special worlds of feeling that I still havent found in any other music.
Ronnie has strangely started to sound more like his influences as time's gone by. But this is his journeyman's masterpiece, this is before he felt every song on an album had to sound the same, before he took out the drum machines et al, when he knew just enough but not too much. Here the burgeoning young purist is still holding hands with the child at play--anarchic, untutored, wide-eyed and without bias. In this world without musical rules everything joins together into a glorious whole symphony of pitter-pattering, melancholic, joyful, hopeful pop bliss. I hate hate hate music writing but this album will do it to me every time. It's beyond words. And I usually hate long discs. This one takes me all the way through everytime.
Bee Hoping? In Love In Midsummer?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By someone else on April 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Joy Electric's "Melody" was, in its day, and perhaps even still, sometimes criticized for being too cheezy and too wimpy. Admittedly, the songs on this album are constructed out of dream-like analog whirrs and blips. The sounds are like tufts of electonic cotton candy. Upon initially hearing it, one might easily dismiss it as cheezy synth-pop remniscent of sounds from early Nintendo games built into syrupy love songs.

Such a critique would, however, miss the mark on this album. Think of this album as an electronic Smiths album in that the sound may be poppy, cheery, even cheezy, but the lyrics depict a world of brutal honesty and vulnerability that sharply contrasts the bubble-gum feel of the music. It's because of this that you then have to reexamine the music itself.

What once appeared to be simple Disney parade bleeps and whirrs for the sake of nostalgia for all things analog and the indie geek-chic idea where cheezy equals cool, the songs' contruction of seemingly harmless and cutesy individual sounds now appear to build a tightly interwoven fabric of sound that is extremely delicate, and even vulernable. The songs feel like they might crumble in your hands if you're too rough with them--and this matches the lyrical content: songs of love, lonliness, self-doubt, quests for identity, fear of rejection and loss. Ronnie Martin's soft, innocent vocals are every bit as naked and vulnerable as the music and the lyrics. This is an album that tears away the walls of defense that we all build up, though Martin occassionally reels back and throws out swirls of guitar feedback to not only reveal some frustration, but to build a bit of that wall again in self-defense--the music and the lyrics becoming masked in the noise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I highly reccommend you give his music a try. This album- his first Joy Electric consists of pretty pop ballads and love songs. Totally synthesizer, but really original.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Meehae Kim on September 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This debut album is just like heaven. I totally recommend
this cd to everyone in the whole entire world. It contains
songs of sheer delight and pure bliss. The musical melodies
combined with Ronnie's sweet voice bring happiness to anyone
listening. Please I encourage you to get this for people
of all ages and even children.
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