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Red House Painters 1 Original recording reissued


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Editorial Reviews


1. Grace Cathedral Park
2. Down Though
3. Katy Song
4. Mistress
5. Things Mean A Lot
6. Funhouse
7. Take Me Out
8. Rollercoaster
9. New Jersey
10. Dragonflies
11. Mistress (Piano Version)
12. Mother
13. Strawberry Hill
14. Brown Eyes

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 2, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • ASIN: B00002SWSX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Micah Newman on May 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Red House Painters have a beautifully consistent aesthetic about them which is what attracted me to them in the first place; something revolving around their name, the rustic scenes depicted on their sepia-tinted album covers, and the simple yet epic resonance of their music. Their first release, "Down Colorful Hill", is what many consider their masterwork, and while superb, it seems to me more like a diamond in the rough, foreshadowing what was to follow. This, the first of their two 1993 self-titled LPs (also known respectively as `the rollercoaster one' and `the bridge one') is what I consider their definitive product. In fact, the two together could be considered a single definitive opus; a two-volume triple-album. But if you had to pick one, it would be this.
"Funhouse" is a song I would hold up as a template of the archetypal RHP style, with its painstakingly slow, martial, 6/8 drumbeat (do you have any idea how hard it is to play that _slow_! ), patiently chiming guitars with each note like a carefully chosen word, and a spiraling, almost frenetic climax. Other standouts on this double-album are as numerous as they are excellent. There is obviously a lot of deep pain behind these songs, but it is expressed so beautifully that it keeps the pathos, however dark, from descending into irredeemable despair. Their music has a gorgeous kind of expansive melancholy to it, like gazing out to sea at dusk on the central or northern California coast. When listening to this I get almost overwhelmed with its sheer emotive power and purity. I am in complete awe of these people, for having this wonderful kind of artistic vision and the wherewithal to pull it off so magnificently.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Well, this is why we love music so much. We have bands like Red House Painters that just astound you with their genius. I keep coming back here, hoping someone will write another review that expresses what I feel about these songs. I guess I'll write one myself.

I think Grace Cathedral Park is the most honestly emotional and personal song I've ever heard. To me, the poignancy created by a beautiful harmony is the most sublime aspect of music. In Grace Cathedral Park, the flow of the chord progression between Mark Kozelek's vocals and the bass as he sings 'and I know for sure that you'll never be the one' - I don't know anything like this - it is so enrapturing. It just goes to show you that music is able to capture or express a feeling better than words. It's as if a lot of talented musicians can write prosaic songs that might rock or groove, but here they have attained something more transcendent. And the part right before this is just as beautiful- the 'music box sounds' that build up to such a nice groove and climax. Kozelek writes such stunning words: 'it's the forbidden moment that we live that fires our sad escape...' I feel the sun's glimmering rays as the guitar arpeggio repeats to the end of the song. It is so perfectly sung, like the way he says 'fading sun' or 'sad escape.'

Things Mean a Lot is my second favorite song on the album. Here they attain it again, when the piano kicks in with its unusual melody and chords. Such an exquisite feeling created by the piano and him singing 'scares me how you get older' around 1:43 into the song, after he sustains such a great tone when he sings 'in the same part of the world.'

Then there's Katy Song. It starts with a mesmerizing guitar riff that creates such a great atmosphere.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jack_of_hearts on January 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
there's just no other voice on the planet that can make you feel simultaneously happy and sad like mark kozelek's can. the perfect example is "grace cathedral park", this albums opening cut; a song that is somehow like a surfacing memory. has the person you loved gone away? listen to "katy song" a few times and see if the opening notes don't start to automatically deflate your heart. this is the happy/sad dyanamic without the happy part. and the long lullaby fade out... oh, it hurts. track four's "mistress" does the happy/sad thing again; later, "mistress:piano version" leaves off the happy part... oh well. (try this: burn a compilation, follow "piano version" with "mistress"... pretty cool.) the thing about this album is that long after your first listen you will still be finding songs that surprise you with their intimacy, their relevance,and their beauty. i discovered "take me out" a couple of months after i bought "Rollercoaster" and lisened to it over and over again... there will be songs like that for you too. i promise.
there are seven commercially released RHP albums. i recommend you buy this third, after Songs For a Blue Guitar and Ocean Beach. next on the list is Down Colorful Hill.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "the_real_tonic" on July 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Back when I was 20 I found out that buying albums of unknown artists just by judging the cover is an amazing tactic to get to know new quality music. This is how I bought many 4AD albums, and this is how I discovered RHP. Years after, already having all their albums, this incredible masterpiece is my best purchase ever. Slow, weary music has never sounded so mature and wise in this pure selection of quality songs. With "Katy Song" melting slowly into your heart, and "Mistress" sawing its way through, each and every one of the songs on this CD is, by its own, worth the expense of getting this album. No music lover can hear this album and remain indifferent. However, you must listen to it a few times before the full genius of this terrific band is absorbed. pure art.
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