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New York City's Blonde Redhead developed a reputation as Sonic Youth imitators, because their sound originally depended on the same discordant guitar points and sexless machinelike rhythms. But over the course of five albums, they've grown out of that heady shadow. Incorporating sinister keyboards, conventional melodic guitar lines, and a stronger grasp of songwriting ("Melody of Certain Three," among others, is hummable), Blonde Redhead is emerging from the underground rock world with a sound that mixes dissonant alt-rock ("For the Damaged") with space-age pop grace ("Ballad of Lemons") and orchestral ambitions ("Loved Despite Great Faults"). Mixed louder than the usual indie release, the atmospheric lead vocals of Kazu Makino bring the imagistic lyrics to the fore. "Hated Because of Great Qualities" builds into a teetering seesaw of notes while Makino admits, "It never meant a thing. So be it," with Godardian detachment. Definitely one of the more noteworthy bands that have slowly been growing into a diverse and formidable act. --Rob O'Connor
|1. Equally Damaged|
|2. In Particular|
|3. Melody Of Certain Three|
|4. Hated Because Of Great Qualities|
|5. Loved Despite Of Great Faults|
|6. Ballad Of Lemons|
|7. This Is Not|
|8. A Cure|
|9. For The Damaged|
BR found their own damaged melodies with this album, perhaps the first of their great work. Read more
.. Of friends and strangers recommending i listen to BRH i finally was casually forced into listening to this album.. start to finish. And let me just say, i was moved. Read morePublished on June 30, 2007 by Samantha Sclawy
You will not regret buying this album. From the first song to the last youll be caught up in Kazu's voice or entraced my the melody. Read morePublished on January 7, 2007 by PBRonIce
Buy it. You won't regret it. This is what music should be.
Melody of certain three is priceless (track 3).
I bought my first album ("Court of the Crimson King") back in 1969. I have collected well over a thousand records and CD's since then, but few have affected me as much as... Read morePublished on January 8, 2004 by Anthony Thompson
I can't get over how perfect "Hated Because of Great Qualities" is. It's been on every mix tape I've made for months. Read morePublished on April 18, 2002
This being my first introduction to Blonde Redhead, I'm hooked. From the first to the last tracks, I really enjoyed the whole thing. Read morePublished on November 21, 2001 by "pyramidgirl3"
"Melody..." is singularly THE most depressing album I've ever listened to. Beneath it's often catchy pop drive and sweet vocals lies a tale of crushed love and the... Read morePublished on September 5, 2001 by J. Morris