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Pixel Revolt

4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Vanderslice's fifth solo album contains 14 tracks built on short stories efficient and evocative enough to be reminiscent of top-tier fiction writers, and sonically gorgeous enough that the casual fan can go several listens without noticing the lyrics. In addition to several delicate, dead-on autobiographical songs, Pixel Revolt is full of John's trademark fictional narrators. Barsuk. 2005.

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This is the fifth album in as many years from John Vanderslice. He continues to use the studio as a workshop and laboratory, allowing songs to flourish as the arrangements blossom. This time out kindred spirit John Darnielle assisted, as editor, co-writer and all around sympathetic aesthetic collaborator (Vanderslice also produced his last two Mountain Goats albums). Brilliantly arranged and played, the fourteen songs are filled with utterly mesmerizing moments, from the haunting chorus on "Plymouth Rock" to the strutting piano figure of "Peacocks in the Video Rain." Vanderslice knows the power of words, with his lyrics mixing narrative certainty with poetic mystery. His melodies can, by turns, underscore the emotional character of the words, and play off of them, expanding the magical possibilities exponentially. --David Greenberger
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Barsuk
  • ASIN: B000A2H8AI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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John Vanderslice continues to issue an album just about every 15 months or so, this is his 5th one since his debut solo album in 2000.

"Pixel Revolt" (14 songs, 53 min.) is mesmorizing from beginning to end. If you're not familiar with Vanderslice's soundscape, think Aqueduct meets Bright Eyes, but with Vanderslice's own unique (and at times, very personal) lyrics. Track 2 "Plymouth Rock" is outstanding, and haunting. Musically the second half of the album is actually the stronger. "Radiant With Terror" is reminiscent of the Smashing Pumpkins' "Disarm". "Continuation" in another highlight. "Dear Sarah Shu" has intricate instrumentation and production. In "Angela", under distorted percussions, Vanderslice confesses to having let Angela's bunny out of its cage and then it jumped out of the windown "and hopped down Magnolia Blvd/no way he'll survive/maybe those last days of freedom/were the best of his life". The last track feels like a release of Vanderslice's pent-up fears and frustrations, catharsis-like.

With "Pixel Revolt", John Vanderslice brings another breath of fresh air into the music scene. This surely will be one of 2005's top albums. Highly recommended!
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By Ked on September 17, 2005
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This guy can craft sound like nobody's business. The lyrics are excellent stories wrapped in event mystery. The music tone and quality are top notch on every release. The only reason i gave it 4 stars is because I just happen to love a couple other CD's of his a little better. I didn't get as "emotionally vested" in this one but that doesn't mean it's not brilliant. I can't wait to hear this on vinyl. There is no Vanderslice CD that is a dissapointment.
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And here I thought the storytelling/singer/songwriter was dead. Pixel Revolt really turned me on to Vanderslice. It made me want to explore his other work. It is evident from Pixel Revolt that Vanderslice can shape a story and make it beautiful in its telling. I am neglecting to explain how his songs are part internal conversations within one's self and part reminiscent of feelings which pass through us daily. In other words he has documented and articulated these emotions that are less like events but more so like a sepia tone photograph. The songs are like people watching in a well-written book.
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This latest installment by the amazing John Vanderslice is nothing short of brilliant. I bought this CD and can't stop listening to it. He has inventive lyrics and multi-layerd melodies, consisting of string instruments (like the prominent presence of the cello in Dear Sarah Shu), synth sounds, pianos, guitars, and much more.

This CD is just what I needed. The current onslaught of emo music is enough to make even the most sophisticated listener wish they were deaf, but this album provides a welcome reprieve from that world.

A definite must buy!
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John Vanderslice is a very nice man who makes very nice music. Think of early David Bowie on acoustic playing Quicksand and you are approximating some of the goose bumps I feel when I listen to JV's music. The quality of all of John's records is second to none, even on CD media. He is a true craftsman in a day of mass-produced music. Not only are his records the best in sound, but the song writing is excellent. Total original! Like others have said, his songs are very cinematic. Very involving and beautiful. I love driving to work in the dark mornings listening to all his records, but this one especially. This is the shizzle icozizzle!

Get this one.
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