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Nikki Nack

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MP3 Music, 13 Songs, 2014 $9.49  
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tUnE-yArDs - "Water Fountain"


Merrill Garbus has performed as tUnE-yArDs since 2009, and that band name has always been synonymous with forward movement—whether because of her explosive performance style or the always-surprising way in which her songs unfold. First gaining notice with the debut BiRd-BrAiNs, which The New York Times called “a confident do-it-yourselfer's opening salvo: a staticky, low-fi, ... Read more in Amazon's tUnE-yArDs Store

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  • Vinyl (May 6, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Find A New Way
2. Water Fountain [Explicit]
3. Time of Dark
4. Real Thing [Explicit]
5. Look Around
6. Hey Life
7. Sink-O
8. Interlude: Why Do We Dine On The Tots?
9. Stop That Man
10. Wait for a Minute
11. Left Behind [Explicit]
12. Rocking Chair
13. Manchild

Editorial Reviews

tUnE-yArDs' third album nikki nack sees her enlist producers to help her achieve new heights. Contributions from Malay (Frank Ocean, Alicia Keys, Big Boi) and John Hill (Rihanna, Shakira, M.I.A.) enhance tUnE-yArDs' signature sound. A record that could only have been made by its creator, at heart it's heavy yet still retains a sense of fun.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Of this moment May 7, 2014
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I've leapt between musical genres for years, hyperactively switching CD's in my car once I've been satiated by a hook or chorus. tUnE-yArDs (and "nikki nack") occupies a strange place in my library; it self-shuffles this impulse without irritation. Most reviews include metaphors and comparisons to describe what would appeal to others (and what drew themselves into the song). But this is rough-around-the-edges on purpose, posturing its' own style while appreciating its' origins. I suppose the challenge for the listener is avoiding the familiarity and fondness for what you love about music in this album.

There are gifts in these songs neatly folded in the arrangements. Good music makes you appreciate the craft and the discipline needed to make music. Merrill Garbus is making great music right now, linking our love of popular music into the manic world of today. Rhythm and melody clash and fly by during the most upbeat tracks ("Hey Life", "Left Behind", "Water Fountain"), while familiarity oozes into the songs "Real Thing" and "Wait For A Minute". There is an appreciation of the nonsensical, the whimsy of singalong, the depth of glossolalia pulling you into a track like "Rocking Chair".

Some years ago, I heard an album that made me feel this same sense of nostalgia. "Idiology" by Mouse On Mars is my personal parallel for this album; it is more than a carefully crafted electronic album (with mostly instrumentals). But when vocals are used by that group, they are distorted, processed, into melodic tools that propel the listener into a very specific state. Does it take patience or focus to enjoy this kind of music? Absolutely not. "nikki nack" occupies the same space that most good music lives within--it will be one of the best albums of this year, and will likely stay in my regular rotation. Be challenged.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally May 9, 2014
By Zeno
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Just want to say this album is outstanding. I've been a fan of theirs for a while, but I played this for my wife (band unknown to her) and she raved about it. A great album for this band.

I can't describe their music, it's sort of rock, sort of avant garde, got soul mixed with fearless adventurism.

Give it a shot. I can't describe the result more than you can listening!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive June 22, 2014
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I liked "Whokill", the last Tune-yards album; there were a few songs that I loved ("Gansta", "Bizness", "My Country"--how can you not love a song that ends with the line, "The worst thing about living a lie is just wondering when you'll be found out"?) but I didn't play the whole thing an awful lot.

Then I saw her live, and my head was rearranged. I'm a middle-aged music lover who's been going to shows for the better part of 40 years and not to be jaded but I've seen a lot. Tune-yards live was one of the best shows I'd seen in a long while--witty, clever, engaging, inspiring, and just a lot of fun. Merrill Garbus has some mad layering skills.

So I was pretty excited for this album, and it does not disappoint. It's a little funkier than "Whokill" and I find I listen to it more. Ideas ricochet back and forth though the songs are (slightly) more structured than in the past. It's still kind of all over the place but if you give it a few listens, its logic starts to unfold. References that come to mind include playground chants, Laurie Anderson, the B-52's, Solange, Tom Tom Club, Micachu & the Shapes, Chicks on Speed, and Haitian drumming (which Merrill has studied).

Easily among my preferred albums of 2014.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nikki nack indeed—very, very cool. August 5, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Sharp electronic pop with a tight snap. Strong dance impulse throughout—are teenage girls the primary target audience? Spare. High imagination but not as experimental as her last CD. Something is always in motion, typically in an unexpected direction, but it all feels coherent. Sunny hip-hop spirit—she’s flyin’, scattin’, seemingly improvising in the moment, but everything is so tight. Everything fits. More about production than live performance. Syncopated Caribbean percussion and lilt—but always tightly stated. Bits of soulful call and response and funky vocal interplay. Nikki nack indeed—very, very cool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different and I dare you not to dance August 7, 2014
Format:MP3 Music
A truly refreshing album. Saw live in Louisville recently and was blown away by the voice of Merrill Garbus and the great percussion from her and the other percussionist. Hard not to dance or at least move your body even for an older geezer like me. Good bass lines and vocal support add to the enjoyment. Hard to categorize the album as it does not fit any label.particularly.... for example when was the last time you heard a ukulele on an album? Quirky lyrics add to the enjoyment for me as it seems like a collection of random phrases that somehow work well together
Well worth a visit
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great studio recording July 19, 2014
By DixPix
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Another fine set of works by this band. Loved this band when they appeared on the scene, and they continue to produce at a high level.. Happened upon them in Amsterdam on holiday - terrific live. Has become one of my teenage daughter's favs as well - she has seen them live now, too. Garbus is not to be missed if you get a chance to see this band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical band July 8, 2014
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I saw the Tune-Yards on Jimmy Fallon, playing with The Roots. The music is quirky and extremely inventive. It can be difficult but it is always entertaining. Not your typical band.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovered this artist, Merrell Garbas, from an NPR ...
Discovered this artist, Merrell Garbas, from an NPR interview. Reminds me of many female African singers (Roike, Zap Mamma) with her percussive vocals and unusual back rhythms... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Lomad
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Her best album.
Published 28 days ago by Leendert Poot
5.0 out of 5 stars Great record. Great lyrics and fun rhythm and bass
Great record. Great lyrics and fun rhythm and bass. Will get you moving.
Published 29 days ago by k.cedson
2.0 out of 5 stars s***e.
Absolute s***e. If someone asks me if I like this 'band' I'd recommend a few Mothers of Invention's recordings instead. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. O'Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars how i do love you so
merrillllllllll... oh miss garbus. how i do love you so.
Published 1 month ago by kami rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album. Sounds like the voice of a reincarnated ...
Amazing album. Sounds like the voice of a reincarnated Indian Chief streaming through the vocal chords of the artist. Very percussive and strong. Gentle and soulful at times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Saturn Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a purchase.
Not quite as good as the previous, but still good.
Published 1 month ago by W. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Musically creative and worth multiple listens
I find this newest release to be more accessible than previous tUnE-yArDs releases but that has never been a problem for me in general. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cheff Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite artists, and her best album
Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs' creator) visited Africa before releasing the album before this one (Whokill), and the beats and instrumentation on that CD were heavily influenced by... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dinah Massie
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