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  • Audio CD (July 31, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: One Little Indian
  • ASIN: B007V1VS02
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was so happy to get reaquainted with this album. The first chord was enough to bring me back to '93 - senior year in college. We saw Pond in Boston, playing with Firehose or Screaming Trees or Overwhelming Colorfast or the like. The guitarist wore a Burger King crown. I have had the chorus to "Agatha" in my head ever since, but I'd forgotten the rest of this great music. I'd put Pond in the same genre with the three bands I mention above - if you like the others, give this a try.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is probably my second favorite album of all time. These Pond boys can really play. I got to see them perform in a small club in Anchorage, and was amazed at their skill. I would highly recommend this cd to anyone and also Pond's other two cd's (which are musically better but missing a little of this cd's energy). My favorite one here is Grinned, the happiest song ever recorded.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album stayed in my C.D. player for a year and a half straight. The first twenty seconds of the album pull you in with one of the most amazing hooks I've heard in pop in a long time and I've always been a big fan of their harmonies. It's fuzz might be discontenting for some listeners, but repeated listening and you'll be hooked.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Art on June 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
this is truly a great record, especially if you like guitar bands! the 45 single from this release (young splendor/ tree) got major rotation on my turn table. if you like this and it's new to you, you might also want to check out polvo, or swervedriver, or sebadoh, blah, blah, blah
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The album starts off well with the fittingly titled "Young Splendor," but then drags. The fourth song, though, I haven't forgotten since I first heard this cd in 1993. "Agatha" has a nagging riff, haunted vocals about a boy haunted by the title character, and a very catchy hook. Almost epic despite its four-minutes, the guitar experimentation (continued in Campbell's 2003 one-off, one-man project "Goldcard") recalls Eastern modes.

While "Rock Collection," album #3 and Pond's final one, is probably their best, for the early Portland scene, emerging as Seattle boomed, this documents a trio eager to take on their many audible influences and begin to shape them into an individual sound. It's not quite gelled on this sometimes derivative, if clever for knowing from whom to "borrow," first album, but the exuberance of its best moments shows what later records and projects (bassist Brady's Audio Learning Center) would solidify. The Portland axis of 90s rock is often overlooked compared to you-know-where, but it's worth hearing on this, its genesis.
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Disclaimer: (This is not the band that released 2013' 'Hobo Rocket')

The Pond might be led by folk-singer Kathryn Williams, but don't expect this album to sound much like her previous work. Williams, accompanied by Ginny Clee and Simon Edwards, has released a surprise of an album. After sticking to her folk-roots for so long, Williams' detour with THE POND is as surprising as it is refreshing. Perhaps most telling of the new direction in sound is the producer: Portishead's Adrian Utley. The Pond's selftitled album isn't a straight-on "trip-hop" album, but it is built with hypnotic percussion, airy vocals, and understated acoustics.

The opening track "Carved" distills THE POND's sound into a 3-minute nugget. Second track "Circle Round a Tree" works well with a bouncing melody that works wonders thanks to Kathryn Williams' sultry voice. Instrumentation on "The River" sounds less organic, and it borders on something that wouldn't sound out of place on a Massive Attack album. "Pass Us By" might be one of the more conventional tracks on the album, and its melody is an enduring one: it will stick with listeners long after the runtime. "Memory Let Down" brings THE POND into darker territory with positive results -- perhaps it is just my bias as a Portishead fan (a band that is no stranger to dark vibes), but this album works best when it plunges into more melancholy atmospheres (a pattern that is repeated on "The End of the Pier.") Final track "AIM" brings all of the band's facets together -- it's peppered with acoustics, hypnotic percussion, and Williams' sultry voice. It's a mildly menacing ending to an album that veers between light and dark.

Unfortunately, at the end of the day, The Pond's debut album feels more like an experiment than an honest album.
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By Broweber on November 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I originally bought a copy of this record on tape cassette, in the early 90's, when it came out. I eventually also purchased it on vinyl. Now that I have itunes, I wanted it on compact disc. I was able to find Pond's first record at a reasonable price and it arrived in great condition. I am totally satisfied.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Caton on September 19, 2006
Format: DVD
I purchased this movie believing that it would be of some nice eye candy. As it turned out, it was completely boring, nothing simulating at all. There were two guys that were hott out of the 5 of them, but still, nothing exciting on the screen that would make me want to continue to watch. I believe, if I feel embarassed to watch the scene, then it's good. Then it's expressing the correct feel for a sex scene. These immitations of horse play were just boring and unappealing. I wouldn't recommend buying this movie. Save your money.
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