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On March 23rd, Serena-Maneesh will release their new album, titled S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor, on 4AD.

S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor is the second Serena-Maneesh album and it follows the release of their self-titled LP in 2006 which received much praise upon it’s release, establishing the Norwegian band as an act that could merge the lilting, ethereal melodies with crushingly loud, ... Read more in Amazon's Serena Maneesh Store

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  • Audio CD (March 23, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad Records
  • ASIN: B0036BDPT8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,028 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. I Just Want To See Your Face
3. Reprobate!
4. Melody For Jaana
5. Honeyjinx
6. Blow Yr Brains In The Morning Rain
7. D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D
8. Magdalena (Symphony #8)

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In this age, given the ease of bedroom recording, records like this one aren't made very often. But this is no distended double-album; it may open with the eight-minute groove of 'Ayisha Abyss', which sounds like a caffeinated Can or something from Funkadelic's 'Maggot Brain', but the whole album is so concise, so perfectly realised that it's all over in 38 minutes and 45 seconds. Self-indulgent? No. Self-important? Yes, and rightly so.


They get it, Serena-Maneesh, their demeanor electric and alternating, built off antagonistic relationships. The band, like the instrument,a re apt to prove noise and un-noise are of one cut. --Pitchfork

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Buyer on April 30, 2010
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I deejayed on college radio at the time when bands such as Jesus & Mary Chain, Spacemen 3, Chameleons, Church, Sonic Youth and Cocteau Twins were coming on the scene. My Bloody Valentine was around at this time but no where on the radar screen - if you ever listened to their 1st album ("This Is Your ...), you'll know why. After I graduated, I recall the greatly underated Kitchens of Distinction releasing their first album but I totally missed My Bloody Valentine's "Isn't Anything" and accompanying EPs. However, soon enough I came across their classic song "Soon" on Sire's Just Say Yes sampler series. I was completely floored. I quickly picked up their EP Glider and waited impatiently for the release of Loveless. Hearing of this stupid term "Shoegaze", I devoured other bands such as Lush, Slowdive, Ride, Swervedriver, etc..

To me, these UK bands broke out into three camps - Lush/Slowdive followed the dream pop of Cocteau Twins. Ride/Swervedriver followed Sonic Youth, Loop infused with that driving "krautrock" motorik and then there was My Bloody Valentine. Loveless was the apex - the collision of violence and beauty - Cocteau Twins meets Husker Du with Eno at the controls. This was post-psychedelic, this was hypnagogic.

I have a huge collection of mostly unknown "shoegazer" bands from the past 20 years. A few U.K. bands such as the Verve, Seefeel and Moose broke out of the mold and found their own sound in the 90's.

This past decade, particularly in Brooklyn and Philly, there has been a renaissance of shoegazer music, a 3rd wave. Bands such as A Place To Bury Strangers, Soundpool, Meeting Places, Resplandor (Peru) turn the clock back 20 years.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Omar Ortiz on March 24, 2010
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This album is constantly clashing between sonic chaos and pop hooks that range from MBV to even Primal Scream on one track...to some that may be the biggest short coming of this album but I enjoyed hearing the conflict between the two throughout the album.
The tracks that stand well on their own are 2. " I just want to see your face" , 3. "Reprobate!" , 5. "Blow yr Brains in the morning rain" and 7." D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D" . Personally , I would choose "Reprobate" as the first single for this album over " I just want to see your face" because I feel that "Reprobate" does the best job of blending the pop and aggresiveness that seem to be going back and forth throughout the album. On "Reprobate!" the vocal melody is memorable and is followed by a jabbing bass line. "I just want to see your face" is a great pop song that opens up with a great little moment of fuzzy bass at transition from the first track to the second. " Blow your brains.." is the track that you get the primal scream , it's a pretty good plain ol bare bones rock and roll song. "D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D" is a great pop song with great vocals and interesting effects thrown in along with them.
Serena Maneesh's transition from their debut to their second album can be best compared with the transition These New Puritans went through after their first album. Both Serena Maneesh's and These New Puritan's debut albums allow the listener to skip around the album and hear plenty of good tracks that stand well on their own. Both Serena Maneesh's and These New Puritan's second albums work well if listened to in one sitting with a lot of attention dedicated to moments of greatness that can be heard throughout.
So , at the end of the day , SM#2 isn't necessarily a bad album...it all depends on how you take it in also if you have the patience to really tune into several moments of interesting things that can be heard throughout the album.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rezzak on April 22, 2010
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I have listened to this band for a few years. I have everything they have released and love it all until this latest record. These guys are a bit confused. It seems the band had a bunch of different ideas for this record and none of them go in the same direction. As another review stated, "this album seems to have two directions it wants to go". Making random noises for the sake of sounding interesting is not how you make a great album. There needs to be a purpose for the noise, a method to the madness. It would be nice if freshman ,or should I say sophomore, bands would realize that "experimental noise music" has been done already by bands such as Can, Throbbing Gristle, Einsturzende Neubauten and many others. You guys are not ENO, or Cocteau Twins, and you are not a 60's garage band or any other band from the past. Stop trying to sound like all of them at the same time. There are no more pioneers, so stop trying to be wierder and more unique than the next guy and just make your own music. I also do not understand why they decided to include so much bad elevator music and 60s pop garbage on this record. By the looks of the band now, it seems they think they are a bit more interesting than they really are. Check out the photo of them on their new website. They need to concentrate more on making music and stop trying to look like a bunch of art house rejects. I have seen all of the haircuts and clothes in the past as well. Guys, hire a new manager and fire your stylists. You are starting to look like the Jonas brothers got dropped into a Tim Burton Film. I hope you guys figure it out and start making great records again.
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