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Mp4: Days Since a Lost Time Accident

Michael PennAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004C4MI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,399 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

If Michael Penn sometimes can't seem to decide which of his musical talents (singer-songwriter, musician-arranger, perspective-minded producer) to focus on, it's a dilemma that's produced a compelling slice-of-résumé here. And though his pop sensibility is sometimes reminiscent of Matthew Sweet and other history-conscious peers, there's a reserve to Penn's productions that subtly underscores lyrics as sharp of tongue as they are of eye. Typically bleak, if playfully so ("I got loaded in a hearse when all I needed was a nurse," he observes on "Lucky One"), the singer can't help but lay the truth on you even while he's busy concocting just the right musical cocktail to help wash it down. This is Penn's sometimes bleak world-view, be it personal or objective, set to dry productions that can still somehow recall Spector one instant, mournful Delta blues the next, crucially without being slave to either. Cheer up, Penn seems to be advising here, the news may be bad, but the music doesn't have to be. -Jerry McCulley

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatlesque Bliss February 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Michael Penn has been creating brilliant pop music for a decade now (albeit one that included a 5 year sabbatical), and his new release does not disappoint. Like all Michael Penn albums, it takes a couple listens to really absorb (his music has never been restricted to the transient fashions of time)--but it is all the more rewarding for it.
MP4 is more comparable to the relatively challenging "psychedelic folk" of Free-for-All, which followed the relatively straightforward pop of March--just as this release follows the accessible Resigned. But the melodies still stick in your head--"Lucky One" and "High Time" are destined to become classics; although nothing stands out like "All That That Implies" or "Bedlam Boys," there's plenty of "Free Time" and "Strange Season" to admire. Still catchy and addictive and ingenious and intelligent.
Why can't we hear stuff like this on the radio? Maybe this album will get enough recognition to bring March and Free-for-All back in print, so everyone can appreciate the full spectrum of Penn's genius. As it is, this is a worthy addition to his canon, and I can't wait for the next one!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumph For Pop Music Fans Everywhere! April 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Please excuse my hyperbole! Sometimes we are swayed by our first exposure to an artist, and perhaps I'm fortunate to have heard all 4 of M. Penn's albums on the same day, one after the other, and cannot share the sentiments of long time fans who seem disheartened by their favorite artists latest disappointing album.
Put all of those comments aside and buy this one. Penn is a terrific pop singer songwriter and one that deserves radio play! My initial favorite of his 4 albums was Resigned (produced by the terrific Brendan O'Brien), and my least favorite was his first (March - with apologies to his longtime fans), but the more I listened to MP4, the more I'm convinced this is his best, by a wide margin. 10 songs -- 6 or 7 classics (with Lucky One, Whole Truth, High Time, Beautiful and Perfect Candidate coming immediately to mind). Great lyrics, catchy harmonies, terrific guitar work, outstanding support from Patrick Warren and Victor Indrizzo, and a nod to Brendan on Lucky One (how come he didn't produce the whole album?)
Please, Michael, don't make us wait 4 more years for the next CD!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an excellent songwriter March 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Michael Penn has been suffering from the one-hit wonder stigma ever since his 1990 hit "No Myth" failed to yield a follow-up. But like other fine, talented songwriters who rely more on critical acclaim than Top 40 hits (Marshall Crenshaw, Richard Thompson), Michael keeps putting out consistently great albums, albeit few and far between.
I actually picked up "MP4" for free (it was a promo copy from the music store where I work), but I'm glad I did. The songs are wonderful, and the production lush and intimate. My favorite song so far is "Lucky One," but I'm sure I'll love the whole disc soon enough. Michael is a terrific songwriter and "MP4" is a great album.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The poppier side of a great songwriter February 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a terrific collection of songs from a great songwriter. A bit poppier than "Resigned", but much more straight-ahead, with much of the overproduction of Penn's first two cd's winnowed away. Penn's recent appearance in Philly with Aimee Mann was really good, and if you get a chance to see these two, you won't be disappointed. Highlights are "Lucky One," "Whole Truth," "Trampoline,"'s just a great record. One thing I took away from seeing Penn live,as well as his cd's, is how great a guitarist this guy is. His acoustic playing is exemplary, but what really sets him apart is the ability to play short, biting electric leads that not only are totally unembarrasing, but actually add to the melodic translation of the song. Amazing. If instantly memorable, well written Beatlesque pop songs are your cup of tea, this is for you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, and much lighter than usual February 2, 2000
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Glad to see the venerable Mr. Penn, arguably the most talented American solo act in the last 11 years, didn't wait five years to release his first effort since 1997, like he did between the dark, deep "Free for All" and the simply amazing "Resigned."
MP4 harks back to the days of 'No Myth' and other songs from his debut album, 1989's "March" (one of my first CDs, acquired back when it orig. came out!), but with much tighter production values and a host of new instrumental additions, (and I think he nixed the drum machine on this one, too). Mike is much more positive in his writing here, and the tempo is noticeably more upbeat in many tracks. With back up vocals from wife Aimee Mann and Grant Lee Buffalo (both amazing vocalists in their own right), there are some truly outstanding sonic highlights on this album.
One complaint, the instruments seem to take center stage on MP4, giving Penn's distinctive voice, and, as a result, poignant lyrics, a back seat in many instances.
Overall this is a very solid effort that fills the 'upbeat' gap some might find in MP's catalogue. Get it, b/c it certainly will fill the "great american musician & lyricist" gap you may have in your collection.
Caveat: his *best* lyrical and musical gold can be found in his sweeping and more introspective songs, like "Coal" & "Slipping My Mind" on FFA and "Figment" & "Out of My Hands" on Resigned.
Enjoy! And Mike: Thanks!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Stuck in my head
I bought this album in 2000 or 2001 and liked it quite a bit. Then after a few years I misplaced it and never could find it again. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dave Edmiston
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
Not every album is a masterpiece.
not every listener must agree with me.
Sometimes the urge of publishing is much stronger than the songs.
Published 17 months ago by Casadio Strozzi Matteo
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
A big fan of his first album, I was a little disappointed with his next two releases. Yes, they had a handful of awesome songs but I found them really incosistent. Read more
Published on June 8, 2008 by MAD
5.0 out of 5 stars Business as usual for the Bard of L.A.
While the influence of Michael Penn's many side projects make themselves heard on this effort, the musical evolution was laid out in the road map of Resigned, not to mention... Read more
Published on January 20, 2006 by tick tock
2.0 out of 5 stars Watered down and bland
Where's the hooks?

Michael Penn is a gifted songwriter/musician and this album is the low point of his career.

It has an VH1 mediocrity to it. Read more
Published on July 30, 2005 by Acroyear
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for the Fifth Star
This is Michael Penn's best recording to date. His literacy and pop sensibility is one of the best today. No comparisons, he is himself. Read more
Published on August 29, 2002 by thisisgibbie
5.0 out of 5 stars MP4 displays high levels of brilliance.
Michael Penn's 4th album, "MP4: Days...," is absolutely amazing. Although not as amazing as the fact that not many people are aware of Michael Penn's musical prowess (or... Read more
Published on March 23, 2002 by E. Rehrig
3.0 out of 5 stars A step back
Penn retreads some of his lesser work on _March_ on MP4, and it just doesn't work. "Whole Truth" and "Don't Let Me Go" are beautiful, but "Perfect... Read more
Published on January 13, 2002 by rone
4.0 out of 5 stars It takes a few listens... but
There are a different types of good CDs. There are those which, upon first listen, grab a hold and won't let go. Then there's MP3. Read more
Published on October 26, 2000 by forrestframingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Penn keeps getting better
I must preface this review by saying I have been at least a casual Michael Penn fan since (the sometimes maligned) Free-For-All. Read more
Published on July 13, 2000 by The Somnambulist
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