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Ruminant Band

Fruit BatsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Sometimes a story can take a long time to tell. Eric D. Johnson, who has recorded and performed as the Fruit Bats for a decade now, had a story like that, a chance encounter that had rattled around his head for years. He’s tried to write it as a short story, a play, a movie…yet until now couldn’t get it down just right. Finally he decided to make a song out of it, and the ... Read more in Amazon's Fruit Bats Store

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  • Audio CD (August 4, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B002C6K82K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Eric Johnson's Fruit Bats have never shied away from darkness, but more uncommon in this day and age, they've refused to shy away from light. Using bright melodies, defiantly major-key chord structures, natural imagery mixed with the occasional blazing insight and tender observation, The Ruminant Band, marks a further crystallization of Johnson's own melodic instincts and overall vision. Eric has spent the handful of years between Fruit Bats records playing with peers as heralded and forward-thinking as Vetiver and The Shins.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fruit Bats - The Ruminant Band 7/10 August 13, 2009
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Over the course of a decade, Eric Johnson has lead the Fruit Bats through musical terrain both poppy and experimental, mixing Americana folk with bubbly indie, alt-country with melodic chamber-pop. With their fourth release, The Ruminant Band, Johnson & Co. continue to live up to their reputation as musical blacksmiths and the title itself. A ruminant is a mammal with four stomachs, giving it the ability to digest and re-digest food to extract the maximum amount of nutrients from a single bite, and with The Ruminant Band, the Fruit Bats have again created a record of many disparate angles, Johnson's viewpoint on the past forty years of music chewed and re-chewed into a distinctly Fruit Bats release.

Johnson has always been a hard talent to pin down, but his penchant for combining many different styles into a seamless whole remains intact. It's been four years since the Fruit Bats' last, but those four years (four stomachs, anyone?), which have had Johnson become a member of the Shins and the Fruit Bats fall by the wayside, seem to have only ignited Johnson's creativity further. The Ruminant Band runs the gamut from classic rock `n roll in the Neil Young vein to light summer pop reminiscent of Elephant 6 groups, and while nothing here is mind-blowingly original or particularly revolutionary, it is a fresh, solid collection of intimate alternative.

Opener "Primitive Band" stomps along a `70s rock groove and a completely unfettered solo, while guitars ring and twang like the Allman Brothers on the titular track and the country-fried, fuzzed-out "My Unusual Friend." Johnson's vocals, which call to mind a nasally mix between the Minus 5's Scott McCaughey and Kevin Barnes with a more country bent, stay in a higher register for most of the time here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent return of Fruit Bats... Welcome back! August 23, 2009
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Eric Johnson, the singer-song writer and main force behind Fruit Bats has been busy in recent years, touring with the Shins as a touring guitarist and also being involved with Vetiver. But finally, after the excellent 2005 album "Spelled the Bones", and again many personnel changes, his band returns and turns in its 4tuh studio album.

"The Ruminant Band" (11 tracks; 40 min.) continues the free-flowing indie-folk-rock sound of earlier albums, as if time has stood still. The album kicks off with a great "Primitive Man", followed by an equally enticing title track. "Beautiful Morning Light" is a beautiful 'quiet' song, just Eric and his acoustic guitar, and if you wonder where Fleet Foxes got some of their inspiration, look no further. On "The Hobo Sound" you find yourself back into a honky-tonk country bar 100 years ago, and it works great. The up-tempo "My Unusual Friend" features some electric guitars, to spice things up. "Feathered Bed" reminds me of early Neil Young, somehow.

In all, this is a most excellent and long-delayed return of Fruit Bats. At 40 min., this album clips by in no time, and you'll find yourself playing this again and again. I hope to see these guys at some point in concert, and can't wait to see how these songs will resonate in a live setting. Meanwhile, if you wonder where you can hear Fruit Bats, look no further than WOXY (BAM! The Future of Rock and Roll), the internet-only station that brings the best indie-music in the country, bar none. Meanwhile, "The Ruminant Band" is highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lot to Love about Fruit Bats! October 6, 2011
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I first started listening to Fruit Bats when I heard the title track "Ruminant Band." Fun, great music. They are fabulous live too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great great great!!! March 21, 2010
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I'd hear of the Fruit bats a while back but the first song i heard was "when you love somebody", featured in Youth in Revolt. I thought that was such an amazing song i looked up the band on youtube for other gems - i discovered the ruminant band and decided to buy the album (their latest also titled "the ruminant band"). This album far exceeded my expectations! It's beautiful and a breath of fresh air. it may seem contradictory [maybe even inaccurate] and i hate to compare artists to one another but to list a few bands that i think display some similarity may be helpful to some potential fans. 1) vocally- if david grey and the lead singer from the shins had a baby and this baby was a bit cooler/more eccentric (no offense to mr grey or shins guy), HE would front the Fruit BAts. Musically, i think of Wilco and the Kinks...and the bass player LOOKS like Jeff Tweedy (Wilco). I definitely think im gonna back track and look up the earlier albums too. if you're thinking of buying the album but not sure...DO IT! if you're not thinking of buying the album...then why are you reading a buyer review? ...but still buy it! lots of fun, lots of heart etc.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fruit Bats = Great band September 16, 2009
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I'm not too familiar with the Fruit Bats as I was introduced to them about a month ago. The Ruminant Band was my introduction, and this album is great. Strong all around. To make the impression even deeper, I saw them live last night at T.T.'s in Cambridge, MA. Wonderful performance. If you are into pop/folk/retro/rock fusion, then definitely look into the Fruit Bats' music. I'm onto Mouthfuls right now, an earlier album, and the strength of the talent is full on there too. I now consider myself a loyal fan. Bravo for great music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't love these guys?! (Don't tell me.)
A bit different from Mouthsfull, but nice and melodic. The vocals are sublime. If you like Nada Surf, this is for you.
Published 4 months ago by TRACY O'BRIEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruminating on my favorite band
Not quite as ethereal as the transcendent "Tripper" and cheerier than the countrified "echolocation," "The Ruminant Band" contains sweet, highly infectious, acoustic-based songs... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sal Nudo
5.0 out of 5 stars a few fine moments before his broken heart kicked in
Wonderfully anachronistic, it sounds like a lost great album from the 1970's. A near perfect album front to back and even includes a few guitar solos. Read more
Published on July 31, 2012 by Tiny tunes
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece... BUY THIS ALBUM!
I love music. I love finding music and having that sensation of falling in love with something and having it become part of my life. Read more
Published on April 24, 2012 by seanpatricktaylor
4.0 out of 5 stars what a nice surprise
this was bought casually, attracted by the cover, i really love it, it has suggestions from Supertramp (the voice) and from Beatles White Album, but with his own personality. Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by anddaz
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, feelgood album
I love this album. A friend at work got me into these guys. I've listened to all four of their LP's and this one is their finest moment. Read more
Published on August 8, 2011 by C. Kramer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome band.. CHECK IT OUT!!
Its beautiful compilation of new and old.. sounding crisp and great.. if your and old school rocker its like a Bob Dylan mixed with an E.L.O.. Read more
Published on November 26, 2009 by Andrew J. Swarlis
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a fan
I am a fan of the fruit bats. they are very good. they write nice melodies. 1 song sounds like the doobie brothers. 1 song sounds like the atlanta rhythm section. Read more
Published on September 24, 2009 by Donald D. Adler
4.0 out of 5 stars Fruit Bats Truly Spread Their Wings
4+ stars. The evolution of the Fruit Bats continues with a treasure of catchy alt-country/pop/indie songs that are sure to please. Read more
Published on September 8, 2009 by Daniel-san
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