Pomegranate

September 23, 2008 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Label: Eyeball Records
  • Copyright: 2008 Eyeball Records
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  • Total Length: 39:55
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  • ASIN: B001GD1Q08
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,254 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paracelsus on October 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I stumbled across the song "The Story of my Life" completely by accident, but after hearing it I was pretty much sold on whatever Astronautalis wanted to sing about. His style is, in my experience, completely unique, and having since gone back and purchased his previous two albums, I have to say I like the bravado and swagger displayed on this one more so than the poetry and introspection on his previous efforts. This whole album is concerned with minor and major episodes in history, and while there is no common thread connecting the songs, they flow together very well musically.

Lyrically, the album is stunning, the only problem being the difficulty in deciphering words in faster bits (such as "Two Years Before the Mast," which is an excellent song nonetheless). Musically, I prefer the songs with a more minor tone and heavy beats. In this vein my favorite tracks are probably "The Wondersmith and his Sons," "Two Years Before the Mast" and "Trouble Hunters," this last one being a rabble-rousing song about a battle in the American Revolution with lots of historical references and allusions that actually sound cool when Astronautalis is singing about them.

If there is one weakness to "Pomegranate," I would say that it is its lessened impact after repeated listening. Just like hearing the same story told over again or reading the same book, you'll know exactly what's coming since the album is heavily dependent on lyrics. It's still good, just not knock-your-socks-off awesome like it is the first time you hear it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Goings on September 26, 2008
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This genre (is this even a genre?) is new to me. A coworker turned me onto it and I was hooked. Every track is great which is so uncommon these days.

Piano, driving beats, rap, vocal harmonies, experimental, and 100% awesome!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joni Shprintz on September 23, 2008
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Everything about a follow up to MIghty Oceans, Astro's last full length, was built up and scary. My friend's and I had been calling Mighty Oceans the "Ok Computer," that will never become a best seller. Our thoughts were that there aren't bad songs just songs that aren't our favorite. With all that praise "Pomegranate" had a lot to live up to.
It did. Astro is still transcending genres but the pretty and clean indie rock sounds have been replaced by the other sound of the spectrum. This time rather then the help of Astro's friend Radical Face (whose album Ghost is in my top ten ever) Astro collaborated with Paper Chase front man John Cocegton /sp?/ (Indie super producer for Modest Mouse, Poly Spree to list a few).
This time around the strings are violent and chilling, the drums pop rather then beat and the piano's straight out of the Paper Chase's b sides (which is a great place to be). Astronautalis himself still manages to gender bend genre's with his delivery alone. He shows off his story telling this time and only on a second notice do you realize he can growl, sing and certainly rap like no one else.

This isn't another introspective angst driven tale instead it's sad gothic tales that transcend time. Somehow Astro can talk about the Opium trade and it sounds more personal then most singer song writers. Between John and Andy the stories are a history lesson and the musical arrangements are ahead of the time resulting in music as vivid as Tim BUrton on top of his game. Maybe even darker and def. more sentimental and raw.
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By Chuck Burt on February 14, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
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"Hip hop infused folk indie or melodic rock with silly whimsical spoken-word rhymes? Either way, great music."

The more I listen to this album, the more I fall in love with the rambling sonic landscapes overlaid with brilliant story-telling. This is by far one of the most creative, original, and all around best albums of 2008.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Hawthorne on August 24, 2010
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I'm usually not a fan of hip-hop. I am, however, a fan of talented indie artists who for whatever reason aren't well known. Astronautalis is one of these artists.

The album's title is a nod to the greek myth of Persephone. Intriguing before the music even starts. Each song is it's own little story, told in a style somewhere between song and rap, swinging from one to the other frequently. It works well, although I suggest that the first time you listen to this album you devote 40 minutes to simply sit and enjoy, since he often has to talk rather fast to fit his entire story into 3-4 minutes. It works, but if you aren't paying attention you won't be able to follow the story, and the song won't have quite as much of an impact.

The Wondersmith and His Sons: Tied for my favorite song on the album. Starts with some simple but excellent piano and eventually goes into a background riff that oozes coolness. Not only is the music excellent but the story is quite interesting as well.
17 Summers: Mellow and well sung, but a bit repetitive for my taste.
Secrets of the Undersea Bell: A neat mix of rock and sailor shanty. Fun to listen to.
My Old Man's Badge: Slow but soulful. Something about his voice on this track just gives it a little extra emotion.
Two Years Before The Mast: A little difficult to understand at times, but a good background beat.
Mr. Blessington's Imperialist Plot: This was the first Astronautalis song I ever heard, and the reason I bought this album in the first place. An excellent, cleverly worded story with a dark undertone. The violin and piano vault it from good to great.
An Episode of Sparrows: A rather bizzare but funny story. Gets a little repetitive though.
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