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One Part Lullaby

Folk Implosion, Folk ImplosionAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 7, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: September 7, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B00000K3W7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Folk Implosion ~ One Part Lullaby

It isn't like anybody has been waiting around for "the great L.A. album," but several bands (Guns N' Roses, Hole) have nevertheless tried to make it. Who would expect that it would finally be done by a hung-up East Coast Romeo who followed his love to Los Angeles and found the city strangely to his liking? Folk Implosion singer-lyricist Lou Barlow is noted for his dejected love songs, and now he sings them to a city unsympathetic and detached, made of concrete and overpasses and not one to fall in love. Barlow is lucky that John Davis, his partner in the duo, is more sympathetic to his new metropolitan muse than his roughshod cohorts in Sebadoh. Davis layers dense ribbons of guitar and rhythms to re-create both the hazy pall of pollution that hangs over the city and the complex social strata that lives beneath it. Barlow's lyrics reference both his flight from the East and his "following the setting sun" to arrive in paradise. The centerpiece of this song cycle is "Easy L.A." with it Tupac-y vocoder chorus and sophisticated electronic hum. "Here I am / Never thought I'd be / Among the drifters and directors / A place for me / It's nothing like I thought it was after all." This album is less a lullaby and more a valentine to America's enigmatic oasis. --Lois Maffeo

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "One Part Lullaby" Is the Most Gorgeous Power Lilt of Year September 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's not often that you find albums without any waste, but The Folk Implosion's new disc, "One Part Lullaby," defies ordinary music. Each track here counts, both lyrically and musically.
"One Part Lullaby" is collaboration at its finest. Lou Barlow and John Davis feed beautifully off one another, with Barlow's dreamy, rich voice glancing off Davis's inventive guitar riffs. Folk Implosion invariably layers in quirky sounds, but the textures behind the music are stunningly elegant, never distracting. The percussion, whether driving or subtle, offers hypnotic catchiness.
Folk Implosion's elliptically raw lyrics, however, are what make "One Part Lullaby" burrow into one's consciousness. The story behind the songs is not always clear. Nonetheless, you invariably get the feeling that, somehow, every word of every song was transcribed out of one of your own dreams.
Our parents should all sing such powerful lullabies.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a different kind of rock-rap fusion March 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Though their name is rather less accurate than Jon Spencer's somewhat similarly-minded Blues Explosion, bi-coastal duo Folk Implosion clearly have something in common with the folkies of the early and mid sixties. In addition to the attitude and honesty of the lyrics, the emphasis here is on experimentation and using familiar elements to create something undeniably - much as Dylan and his compatriots transformed the American folk-song tradition into a vital and new art form. In terms of the way the music actually sounds, however, it might be better described as rock and roll fused with hip-hop. That said, this is the furthest thing imaginable from recently successful slew "rap-rock" acts (Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, and the rest.) Those performers take advantage of the fact that rap takes the emphasis off of melody, but neglect to adopt any of its smoothly rhythmic poetry, and they revive the tired "classic" metal riffage from which Public Enemy successfully freed hip-hop back in 1989, without borrowing from the many interesting turns rock music has taken since 1977, or even the ingrained funkiness which hip-hop has inherited from decades of black dance music. Despite the sublime assortment of loping, multi-layered hip-hop beats, both live and computer-generated, as loose and innocent as Three Feet High-era De La Soul, which grace the majority of the tracks on One Part Lullaby, the rap correlation isn't all that obvious. By far the most interest in Folk Implosion comes from fans of Lou Barlow's earlier work. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martyrs of the New and Magic kind December 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite albums. The Folk Implosion is a collaboration between "Sebadoh"'s lead singer Lou Barlow and the independent songwriter/experimentalist John Davis, "One Part Lullaby" being their third album together but their first on a major label (Interscope). The two artists are still faithful to their lo-fi/indie genre backgrounds, although there is certainly a "cleaner" sound (a "big record company" side-effect, but not necessarily a turn for the worst in this particular case). The outcome is a magnificent recording and true American-alternative music (read: that won't get any air play...).
Both Barlow and Davis are creative and accomplished musicians, and they clearly stand up with musical ingenuity on this album: more than fifteen instruments (from guitars, harps and xylophones through glasses of water and cookie sheets : yes they're proud of it and yes, you will be too); loops and samples of their own music; drifts from Minor to Major scales, and so on. Just the way they literally craft a song is outstanding, most tracks beginning with a few seconds in which they install the melody and background effects, just before Barlow's beautiful voice and poetry gives rise to polished jewels of songs. The album opens with the excellent "My Ritual", lyrically impressive and a great choice for an introduction, followed by "One Part Lullaby", tender, soft and highly emotional because of its powerful chorus. Then comes "Free to Go", the first single, upbeat and joyful, and which made the cut for the soundtrack of the Oscar-acclaimed 1999 movie "American Beauty", following in the footsteps of 1995's "Natural One" on the "Kids"' Soundtrack (taken from their second album "Dare to Be Surprised").
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lou Barlow: the Comeback Kid December 9, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Well, what do you know? A mere matter of months after I was ready to write Lou Barlow off due to his lacklustre offering with "The Sebadoh", he goes and creates one of the eyar's best albums with the Folk Implosion. One Part Lullabye is in stark contrast to past offerings from barlow and partner John Davis, for a variety of reasons. First, on this outing Barlow assumes the full vocal duties, which, given his wonderful voice, was a good move (plus, Davis can focus on what he does best : instumental experiementation). It is a much more cohesive and slick production than previous effort, too: the grooves are all mid-tempo and sultry. Yes, from the opening beats of "My Ritual", you can tell that this is a new and imporved version of the Implosion. Most songs and this album are definitely in line with FI's one hit, "Natural One" (from the Kids SOundtrack). The instrumental "Surge" sounds like it could have been placed on that soundtrack. Lyrically, it is a typical Barlow show, with lots of mopey lyrics (although not as much as is found in Sebadoh). The songs seem to tell the story of Barlow's recent relocation to Los Angeles. Overall, it is a wonderful offering from these guys, one that reaches for and really deserves a lot of sales and airplay (but of course in this day of fabricated teeny-pop, they won't get it). Nevertheless, One Part Lullabye is a sweet, surreal trip for those who choose to try it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thought I was crazy...
because I loved this CD so much, until I saw the comments below. Nothing to add but my vote for this desert island disc.
Published on September 14, 2006 by Evan Dump
5.0 out of 5 stars Most overlooked
The fact that this album wasn't huge amazes me. Not that quality can necessarily be gauged by popularity, but everyone I've known who's listened to this album has loved it. Read more
Published on January 26, 2005 by M. Bogart
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible
one of the finest records of the 90's, for sure, it's incredible that it spawned no hits.
Published on March 21, 2003 by terry fez
5.0 out of 5 stars would be popular in a fair world
I am listening to the album right now! yep. Because it's good. This is perhaps the most fully developed work Lou Barlow has done to date, and the most consistent all the way... Read more
Published on April 8, 2002 by Pen Name?
5.0 out of 5 stars Stole this CD from my brother, a twenty year old college boy
This CD is awesome. There are very few CDs (including those of my favorite bands) of which I can honestly say I love every song. This one however, is an exception. Read more
Published on September 30, 2001 by Sylvie
4.0 out of 5 stars Folk Implosion Lyrics Modern Mantras
In the world of music the effort to sound "modern" often fails miserably, leaving the band regretful of what they have done and many of their fans disappointed. Read more
Published on September 23, 2001 by Vinda
4.0 out of 5 stars Dare to be Pleasantly Surprised
I had started to give up on Lou Barlow. Recent Sebadoh offerings have lacked urgency and force. Sentridoh, a perfect outlet for Barlow's most intimate confessions, has no place... Read more
Published on June 6, 2001 by larry Kandall
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Soundtrack to a Rainy Day
If you haven't heard of Folk Implosion, or Lou Barlow buy this album first. It's by far his most accessible work to date, and the songs are catchy with sing along chorus' (see... Read more
Published on October 6, 2000 by "jmcampbe11"
5.0 out of 5 stars largely untouched gem
It took me some time to actually listen to this album, as I did not really care for their previous efforts, but once I started I simply could not stop. Read more
Published on September 14, 2000 by themissing
4.0 out of 5 stars groovy
The best thing to say about this very tasty album is that it's the logical follow up to the Feelies groovefest The Good Earth.
Published on May 2, 2000
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