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Palo Santo [Extra tracks]

ShearwaterAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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It’s been suggested—by fans, detractors, even by the band’s founder—that Shearwater and whatever we call underground/indie/whatever-rock in this part of the century are not an obvious fit. And that’s true. So much of what we hear these days (the lousy stuff, anyway) is willfully insular; Jonathan Meiburg’s songs, by contrast, have constantly tackled bigger ... Read more in Amazon's Shearwater Store

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  • Audio CD (April 10, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B000NQR842
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. La Dame Et Lla Licorne
2. Red Sea,Black Sea
3. White Waves
4. Palo Santo
5. Seventy-Four,Seventy-Five
6. Nobody
7. Sing ,Little Birdie
8. Johnny Viola
9. Failed Queen
10. Hail, Mary
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Disc: 2
1. My Only Boy
2. Every Hook,Every Eye
3. Special Rider Blues (Skip James)
4. Sing, Little Birdie
5. Palo Santo
6. Discontinuities
7. Red Sea,Black Sea
8. Failed Queen

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Once a side project of the woefully underappreciated Okkervil River, Shearwater's Palo Santo staggered enough listeners upon its initial 2006 release that singer and bandleader Jonathan Meiburg re-recorded much of the album for this expanded edition. The band has created a far more vivid, upfront, intense aural experience in the re-make. "Nobody" is still a brittle, eerie whisper (like the title track) with a wafting haze behind the guitar and voice, and "Seventy-Four, Seventy-Five" sports a ringing piano behind Meiburg's voice and a horn chart that recalls Neutral Milk Hotel. The most staggering moments find Meiburg going off the rails, bellowing where he once sang warm, yearning high-arcs—particularly in the album's stark opening moments and during "Hail, Mary," with its rush of electric pianos and hard-vamping thwacks as the singer barks across the top. Now Meiburg and Will Sheff need to balance their time--and their electric pianos, guitars, banjos, glockenspiels, and assorted scrabbling sounds between their magnificent other band, Okkervil River, and this tremendous ensemble. --Andrew Bartlett

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Austin's Shearwater debut on Matador with a completely refurbished edition of their critically acclaimed 2006 album. They re-recorded five of the eleven tracks and added new cover art, deluxe packaging in the form of a gatefold digipak inside an O-card, plus a bonus CD containing eight additional tracks, all for the price of one CD. The music is a soaring, vast, multi-instrumental song-cycle. The vocals and songwriting recall bands as diverse as Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry and late Talk Talk, but this is unabashedly rock music, anchored by Thor Harris's mighty Bonhamesque drums. "Almost impossibly majestic and beautiful" - #1 CD of 2006, Stephen Thompson, NPR.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant reimagining of a classic. April 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'll admit, when I heard that Shearwater was planning to not only remaster and rerelease "Palo Santo" as part of their new deal with Matador Records, but also re-record half of the album, I was apprehensive, to put it mildly. The original was an undeniable classic, unlike anything I've heard in a long time..."OK Computer" was probably the last record that affected me in a similar way.

But then I read comments from Jonathan Meiburg (composer and vocalist on all 11 tracks) stating their reasoning for revisiting the album, and it did make sense, given the dissatisfaction the band had with the original recordings, not to mention the apparent serious mastering problems. And now that I hear the new version, I know I'll probably never listen to the original again. The new recordings ("La Dame", "Red Sea", "Seventy Four", "Johnny Viola", and "Hail, Mary") are so much more powerful than their year-old counterparts, and the other 6 tracks take on a whole new dimension now that they've been properly mastered. The instrumentation is so much clearer and more spacious now...the songs breathe in a way they weren't allowed to before. For me, the most dramatic improvement comes in the form of Thor Harris' Bonham-esque drumming...the drum sound is HUGE now.

I loved this record before, but now it's well into my all-time favorites list. Do yourself a favor and pick up this record now!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 4th Offering June 13, 2006
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Shearwaters new effort "Palo Santo" brings to mind the solitude and beauty of the best moments of Talk Talk ( Laughing Stock,Spirit of Eden)taking the listener on a musical journey that, with a dedicated ear, will find one returning repeatedly. Meiburg is developing his own unique vocal style that begs comparisons with Darren Richard of Pinetop Seven, Glen Richards of Augie March and Jeff Buckley.

In this day and age of pre packaged cookie cutter offerings it's fresh, invigoriating and stimulating to know that there are still artist who care about what matters, the music.

Shearwater are one of those unique few who matter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The album to beat for best of 2006 July 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Well, here it is already, the year halfway over, but by far, Shearwater is out of the gate this year and seemingly there are few bands in the race for what could be a slam-dunk for record of the year. Jonathan Meiburg has found the soul of Mark Hollis, consumed it whole, and regurgitated it into a stark beauty that we haven't heard in years. This album could actually be in the running for best of the decade. If you like Shearwater, you're going to love this album. If you've never heard of Shearwater, delve here and let it wash over you.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite For The First Half of 2006 June 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This record has been getting great reviews, but it's a shame that it doesn't seem to be generating the response from the public that it deserves. Like past Shearwater albums it is a floaty, dreamy experience, but unlike past Shearwater albums it has a harder and dirtier edge - and the songs just seem more cohesive and focused.

This record symbolizes the rebirth of Shearwater, and you may as well listen to it now rather than five years down the line when someone does a retrospective on great underappreciated albums from the past.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shearwater has made it July 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Until now, I've considered Shearwater just a side project of Okkervil River, good but not great. With this release, it begins to stand out on its own. The seeming directionlessness of earlier albums is replaced with a palpable sense of purpose in the instrumentals and vocals, without losing the original mellow, melancholic spirit of older releases. Definitely worth listening to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten album of 2007? January 1, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I hope not. This album is amazing, from the quiet personal musings of the piano in "Failed Queen" to the soaring notes in "Hail Mary". I had never heard of this band a couple of days ago, and I'm now unable to stop listening. The album, as an album experience (the tracks are not to be parsed or separated), is compelling and intense. It holds together from beginning to end, with not a wasted track on the album. I must say I have trouble discerning a material difference between the repeated tracks, but I don't care. This is the music that slips through the cracks, but it mustn't. It needs to be passed around by word of mouth and saved. I'd love to see this played live, as you can tell the energy in the songs would translate well to a small concert setting. Anyhow, just buy it from whomever or wherever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unparalleled January 31, 2012
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'Palo Santo' vaulted Shearwater to the fore of my favorite contemporary recording artists. Its otherworldly sonics and strong musicality make it an endlessly interesting listen. The songs manage to combine catchy melodies with ambient noise and shadowy lo-fi recordings. The lyrics are marked by a curious, almost Biblical formality, but freely combine traditional-folk ideas (White Waves) with nuclear-age desolation and horror (Red Sea, Black Sea).

Kimberly Burke's bass is melodic and propulsive, the true rhythmic core of the songs. While Thor Harris's drumming is as powerful as his name indicates, it's also incredibly musical. (Thor adds many of the odd instruments like the Waterphone that add the atmospherics to the record as well.) Will Sheff's contributions, his last as a member of Shearwater, are purely instrumental, as are multi-instrumentalist Howard Draper's. But the core of each song is Jonathan Meiburg's tenor voice. He uses his upper range more often than Mark Hollis of Talk Talk (the most obvious comparison) did, and sings with the same sensitivity to inflection. Some compare him to Bon Iver, but where Justin Vernon's falsetto(?) is ragged, Meiburg's falsetto is cleaner and more assured.

All of this is well and good, but none of it explains why this album's every song means so much to me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Shearwater!
In choosing my first Shearwater disc to review the decision was initially a tough one. Frankly, The Winged Life, Rook and this Texas band's recent opus The Golden Archipelago... Read more
Published on August 20, 2011 by Frank Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Spirit Of Spirit Of Eden
If you're into Talk Talk, you'll love it. It never comes out of the rotation. Perfect for any mood.
Published on May 4, 2009 by H.G. Lovecraft
5.0 out of 5 stars OK, Computer Like-and that's saying something!!!
I remember the exact place and moment I heard the sounds of OK Computer for the first time...and that rush of euphoria which overcame me, the uncontrolable chills that ran across... Read more
Published on January 2, 2008 by S. ODonnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album
This is a fantastic, beautiful album and I highly recommend you purchase it.

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Published on September 25, 2007 by immts007
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius album deserved to be refurbished
Palo Santo is a remarkable album- the lyrics are amazing and the orchestrations are genius. I am a huge fan of shearwater and had fallen in love with the demo version of Red Sea,... Read more
Published on June 10, 2007 by S. Ernst
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Simply worth $12 just for the new Hail Mary version. ... and I thought the $12 I paid for the prior version was the bargain of 2006. Read more
Published on May 3, 2007 by M. Kosiba
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Repackaging job....BUT
The quality of this edition is the reason to BUY cds these days. The packaging is a total part of the listening experience.

BUT WHERE ARE THE LYRICS?!! Read more
Published on May 2, 2007 by K. Orrson
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