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SebadohAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B00000I428
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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1. It's All You
2. Weird
3. Bird In The Hand
4. Break Free
5. Tree
6. Nick Of Time
7. Flame
8. So Long
9. Love Is Stronger
10. Decide
11. Colorblind
12. Thrive
13. Cuban
14. Sorry
15. Drag Down

Editorial Reviews

Sebadoh's two songwriters, the tragically inclined Lou Barlow and the testy Jason Lowenstein, have often been at musical odds. Their albums, several of which are indie-rock classics, are sometimes out of balance because of this dueling dynamic of lovesickness and aggression. With The Sebadoh the band finally evens out this discrepancy and strikes a more unified mood. "Color Blind" is an atypically introspective look at race relations. "Flame" faces life changes with a catchy, metronomic chorus, and the rolling dissonance of "Decide" confronts a loss of trust with kickin' rock muscle. Fans of Barlow's hangdog yearnings may have a new standard in the moving "Love Is Stronger," a song that elegantly states the primacy of love. The Sebadoh, you might say, is like Prozac. It has ironed out the bipolar characteristics of a band and left us with a strange but welcome elation. --Lois Maffeo


The Sebadoh sounds like everyone's been drinking from a very communal well. -- Spin

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This fix will do for now September 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This one's a grower, it creeps up like a lost urchin, taps you on the arm, and when you turn around and take notice it bites you hard in the other arm, drawing blood, making you yelp. Settle down and smile, it's only Sebadoh, back again at last. I don't get all this stuff people say about this record, it's not overly commercial sounding. If you listen to the Sebadoh collection in order, they were evolving this way, Harmacy was fairly mellow and gentle, but forget Harmacy."The Sebadoh" reminds me of my favourite record "Bakesale", not quite sure why. OK so it's not perfect and it probably deserves 3.5 stars, but here's a four for luck. The reasons why it's a bit of a winner - "Sorry", a classic burning Barlow song; " Nick of Time", Lowenstein jaggedness, "Drag Down" "It's all You" and "Colourblind", all great Sebadoh. There's nothing wrong with the record, it's a welcome break from all the acid-jazz, drum n bass and trance that I'm enjoying. Just buy it and it'll snatch you away.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what's not to get ? March 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
First off, this is the best Sebadoh album since Bubble & Scrape. Second, they didn't kick out Eric Gaffney. He quit/rejoined so many times that it became tedious with the final straw coming when he decided he was better off as an 'absentee' member - i.e just send me my royalty check and I'll send you my songs. Third, I don't really see how people can't 'get' this album . What's to get ? It's a collection of songs. It ain't 'Sgt. Pepper' or 'Dark Side of the Moon'. There's no interwoven theme or message. There's some loud songs and there's a couple slower ones. Russ Pollard's drumming is great and adds tremendous rhythmic variety that's been missing. They took some chances - 'Flame' is unlike anything they've ever done. They use more keyboards (almost every song) then they've ever done. You people expect too much out of your geniuses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sebadoh have evolved June 19, 1999
Format:Audio CD
different to what you normally would expected from sebadoh - a mellowed and now married Jason Loewenstein, a strangely at ease Lou Barlow and the unknown quantity of Russ Pollard. I have loved Sebadoh from the beginning and admittedly this album takes a little getting used to but it's worth the patience. Quite unlike any of their previous recordings this album truely explifies Sebadoh's ability to keep up with the changing face of modern music. With the emergence of Jason being more than just Lou's 'sidekick', and as many fans have expected over the years, as a worthy songwriter in his own right. Sebadoh still keep us rocking!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Things change, evolve, devolve...move on. December 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Of course, not all people who like Sebedoh will think this album deserves 4 stars. Looking back to "3," "Bakesale," and "Smash Your Head On the Punk Rock" (some earlier, wonderful albums), this CD certainly feels strange.
But here's my theory -- as bands grow and shrink and change with the tides of music, and as the Backstreet Boys take over the pop charts, how can we call "The Sebedoh" selling out? It is either an evolution or a devolution, whatever you want to call it, but it is full of the same interesting, cerebral, wearing-stompy-black-boots-to-the-prom songwriting that we have come to love from this band.
If you know the band, you may be cranky about this CD. But I see it as just different, not more nor less.
And if you have never heard Sebedoh, this is a good place to start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, the best Sebadoh record Ive heard November 23, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Ive seen some bad reviews by fans of the band, and admittedly, I am strictly a casual Sebadoh listener, with only a few of their records. But with as little Sebadoh background as I have, I believe that this is, song for song, thier best record. The new drummer really adds something to the mix. Maybe its the ability to play, maybe its a more limiting/less experimental sound. Either way, even if the hardcore fans pan this album, I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most underrated, and possibly their best work June 12, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Of course Bakesale and Harmacy are all-time classics, I get that, and believe it myself.

However, I'm starting to think this may actually be their best album. No, not because it sounds good, but how could that even be a diss? Sebadoh deserves a good recording (not that the recordings of the aforementioned albums didn't sound good, their sound definitely served those albums). And besides, I could be wrong, but I almost want to say this album was recorded by Jason at his studio.

Anyway, this is one of those albums where the second side of the record is as good as the first. I originally started following Sebadoh because I discovered Lou Barlow (Folk Implosion on KIDS soundtrack), and when I ran out of FI albums left to buy, I gave it a chance (bought Harmacy first on a blind buy). As much as Lou's songwriting carried my interest in blind buying the next Sebadoh album after another (this was before the internet made things too easy), I find myself coming back to this album (as well as others) because Jason's songs are very exciting. I love his vocals, and original guitar chords.

That's not to say Lou's songs aren't equally as good. If anything, I think this is a testament to Lou's songs (as well as Jason's) but I think I played Lou's songs on other albums so much ("On Fire", "License to Confuse", and all my Folk Implosion albums) through the years, that I'm coming back for Jason's songs. Like all Sebadoh albums, Lou and Jason's songs go back and forth seamlessly, but like never before than this one. What I mean by that, is that the vibe on this record prevails even as each other is swapping bass for guitar and taking their turn.

Again, not that it didn't on the other albums, but for some reason I can't describe, it's especially powerful here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very, very different.
After the hard-rocking but somewhat held back Harmacy. Lou provides his fans with a two year wait until the new album. Read more
Published on June 21, 2004 by Paul Kath
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE AT FIRST SOUND
There is not one song on here that cannot escape the label of "catchy". Lo-fi, guitar-driven, melodic and fun, it's a work of art that is easily embraced and fits well... Read more
Published on July 19, 2001 by "indieconqueso"
5.0 out of 5 stars best since bakesale
Not being a big fan of Harmacy, I wasn't expecting much of this album. But I was pleasantly surprised. As good as my favorite, "bakesale".
Published on February 7, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A shame existing fans can't get with it
Lou Barlow said in an interview when this came out that it was no longer 'Lo-Fi' but now 'Mid-Fi'. That sounds accurate to me. Read more
Published on December 6, 2000 by "sixtymilesmile"
4.0 out of 5 stars It's definately a "grower"
At first, when I bought the album I wasn't too sure... but one day I got on a train with nothing but my discman and the album "The Sebadoh". At the end of the day... Read more
Published on June 10, 2000 by Christopher
3.0 out of 5 stars Dammit, now where did I put my angst?
There was a time when to listen to a Sebadoh album was like listening to a split release by two (though strangely similar) distinctly separate bands. Read more
Published on May 22, 2000 by David Kipp
3.0 out of 5 stars The Sebadoh
Although it does grow on you a little, The Sebadoh is by no means the bands best work. Personally I was a little disapointed.
Published on February 29, 2000 by Curt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great - as expected
As with other Sebadoh disks, this one has the diversity to keep you on the edge of your seat. I am especially impressed with Tree, Flame and Thrive. Read more
Published on January 22, 2000 by Tim McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Sebadoh most underappreciated record to date.
I have bakesale and harmacy and I thought they were very good. So I was leary to buy this record because of the so-so reviews it got. Again Mr.Barlow wrote some very fine material. Read more
Published on January 12, 2000 by Brian Walchek
1.0 out of 5 stars This is the worst Sebadoh record ever.
3 is the best. Lou's other band Folk Implosion just released a new cd, it will make you forget about this record.
Published on October 9, 1999
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