Melody Of Certain Damaged Lemons
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the songs on, 'melody of certain damaged lemons,' are quite different stylistically from one another, but fit together in a fabulous way, one that has only been equalled by such bands as sonic youth and stereolab. the album starts off with a short ambient piece, 'equally damaged,' but then goes into the sparse and tricky beats of, 'in particular,' which is an immediately magnetic track. kazu's vocals achieve the baby-doll quality she enjoys playing with, and it is one of the strongest songs on the album.
it is after this song, however, that the album really achieves perfection. 'melody of certain three,' is more of the wonderfully dissonant and loud br. from pre 'an expression of the inexpressible,' albums. 'hated because of great faults,' is another spare piece from kazu, and it's a lovely track. it is the next song that really takes the cake though, 'loved despite of great faults.' amadeo sings perhaps his loveliest song to date, and never stops revealing more noises the more you listen.
all the other songs complement the album equally. 'ballad of lemons,' is another short-ish electronic piece, 'this is not,' expands upon the bands often 60's influences by making a song that puts even serge gainsbourg to shame, 'a cure,' is a strange, wandering piece, 'for the damaged,' is a piano based lullabye, and 'mother' is a loud, punk song.
this album is truly a landmark in the bands history. upon listening to it, one wonders how much wonderful it can get...
As to their being Sonic Youth imitators, I have to say that Blonde Redhead is simply everything Sonic Youth should have been. Don't get me wrong; Sonic Youth is good, too. But believe it or not, I'm going to commit a little crime in the indie/art rock world and say that.....Blonde Redhead is better than Sonic Youth! Here are my reasons for saying this: Where Sonic Youth's lyrics are often cold, poetic, impersonal, and political, Blonde Redhead's songs are human. Their topics aren't general or broad. Indulge me, if you will, and imagine the two bands, Sonic Youth and Blonde Redhead, floating in the sky. When it's time for the songs to have topics, the two bands begin to fall to the earth. Sonic Youth breaks apart, scatters, falls everywhere, and thus reaches a lot of territory. Blonde Redhead stays together and zooms straight down for one area, one human being. The POINT is that Blonde Redhead is simply more human and individual than Sonic Youth. Sonic Youth makes itself a musical institution made up of 'underground indie rock gods'. Blonde Redhead is two Italian twin guys and a Japanese chick singing their best in a second language about their quite interesting personal problems (in this album, at least.) And they actually do a very good job of it.
Musically: There are times on certain Sonic Youth albums (ahem! Bad Moon Rising ahem cough cough Confusion!) when the music...well...simply could have done a whole lot more.Read more ›
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I was accidentally sent the wrong LP that had been put into the correct Hassle Free packing. Thankfully the Amazon support were so helpful and had the correct record sent... Read morePublished 4 months ago by KTDN
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