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Set Free

American Analog Set, American Analog SetAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 20, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arts & Crafts
  • ASIN: B000AA4LC8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Austin-based drone-pop quartet the American Analog Set evolved from the ashes of Dallas' Electric Company in 1994. Set Free is the album that the band has been waiting a decade to make and with no time restrictions, no label, no money, and many miles between the members of the band, American Analog Set made it all happen exactly as they wanted it to. It is their strongest, most surprising work to date as it marks the culmination of many years playing together and growing as musicians and as a band. Set Free completes this story with 12 songs about getting over something that never goes away. Arts & Crafts. 2005.

American Analog Set is one of the most endearing bands you've probably never heard of. AmAnSet, as they are sometimes known, have spent 10 years writing and recording six full-length CDs that are religiously loved by fans; their new disc, Set Free, is likely to be similarly worshipped. Those unfamiliar with the group's gorgeously floaty sounds deserve an analogy, so here's one to get you started: imagine that the late singer/songwriter Elliott Smith did a disc of lullabies, sometimes solo, occasionally backed by Stereolab. Sounds good, doesn’t it? In fact, it's great. American Analog Set's beauty lies in its combination of simplicity, candor, and yes, repetition. There are some amazing moments on this disc; "Cool Kids Keep" pulsates with a subtle groove, while "She’s Half" contains the kind of fragile beauty that can cause a full body ache. Set Free is the musical equivalent of a an old fleece hoodie. While this music can't change the world, it can make people happier, calmer, and more listener at a time. --Denise Sheppard

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Love Reliability July 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The Austin-based drone-pop group American Analog Set are probably the most consistent band in pop music. Over the course of the last decade or so, they have released 6 LP's of really quite similar music. While some may dismiss this as a lack of versatility, I believe it is really quite remarkable, and a testimony to the talent of this band. Constantly re-inventing oneself (Radiohead) takes guts, talent, and fortitude, yes. But the opposite side of the coin is just as difficult. To continue making records so similar, yet unique, must be a phenomenally difficult thing. Granted, this isn't exactly the most challenging music in the world to create. But to have so many tracks released, and still sounding somewhat fresh, I must applaud their effort.

Set Free, if it must be said based on the above paragraph, is classic AmAnSet. This band is some of the best laid-back party music I've ever heard. Its also fantastic for early morning drives to work when everything seems to be moving too fast. AmAnSet has the unique ability to somewhat slow down time. I find it quite difficult to be up-tight or panicked about anything with AAS playing in the background. Life just moves to a slower beat, and one to which I like walking. The production is solid, if unassuming, and the instrumentals play their parts well to a tee, which one could expect after a decade of making this music. Tracks to surely check out are "Cool Kids Keep" and "She's Half."
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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When I think of American Analog Set, the word 'scintillating' comes to my head, as well as breezy, comforting visions of softly shimmering waves in a fall sunset (because of course, a summer sunset here is a bit too warm). It was this same feeling I got when I walked into a local coffee shop and heard a familiar, driving beat I couldn't help but nod my head to (this was before ordering the caffiene, mind you) The barista told me it was American Analog Set, and I believe they were doing a brilliant cover of Neu's "Negativland" with vibes and all! I had to go and high tailed it to my local record shop. I went and searched through the catalog, but alas, I could not find it anywhere listed. I instead found this record.

I figure they are usually a pretty good bet...I was most pleased with Know By Heart and have a few singles. Off from the start, "Set Free" starts things off with the instantly catchy "Always Wins" and then very strangely segues into the Immaculate Heart pieces. It's difficult to leave the first three tracks, I find myself replaying them (which I suppose is a bit unfair to "Cool Kids Keep").'s quite an outstanding album that to me has so much weight and nuance and yet still manages to sound like it's got the most natural flow.

Maybe I'm just gushing, guilty, but I tell you, it's the album's fault. Do these gentlemen a favor and at least check out the free sample mp3 on their website.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Want More AmAnSet! May 5, 2010
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This is the 3rd album by AmAnSet I've bought, and I have to say, it's my favorite. This album has their most diverse collection of songs - some slow drones (JR), some acoustic (She's Half), and some straight up rockers (Green Green Grass). Their releases before this usually consist of slow tempo drones song after song - good for a quiet drive or relaxing, but I put on Set Free to sing along and rock out (a very subdued rock out). No song is too long or too short. She's Half takes my breath away every time. If you still aren't convinced, go to AmAnSet's website and you can download the demos for the whole album, which is what sold me.

I love it so much - I bought it on vinyl too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very listenable album October 11, 2007
By Swami B
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't completely familiar with the "drone pop" genre until about a year ago, when I got into Broken Social Scene (and from there, older bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Portishead, Low, etc.). American Analog Set's album "Set Free" has those elements of background electronic grooves alongside acoustic instruments, and generally sounds more organic than the heavily distorted guitars of other drone pop bands. The vocalists sing at a whisper, similar to The Kings of Convenience or Sufjan Stevens. If you like any of these artists I mention, check out American Analog Set.
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4.0 out of 5 stars beautifully crafted pop January 30, 2010
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I continue to listen to almost all of these tracks months after buying the CD. That rare for me. There's always something of melodic interest, I like the mildly wry lyrics, and the studio recording is perfectly mixed. There's a studied quality to their music that might turn some folks off, but anyone who likes the mid-tempo tracks of Stereolab, for example, will likely enjoy this CD.

Its a shame that the band seems to have broken up, but this is a great final CD for them if indeed this is the last we'll hear from them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Free is good March 18, 2009
By Meddle
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Amanset (American Analog Set) is a hidden gem of a band. This is a good CD to start with if you are interested in them. Know By Heart and From Our Living Room to Yours are the others I'd start with. I'm pretty baffled by the low-end grades this disc received. I really like it. It works as background, but it more than holds up to active listening. These guys are different and fun. Mellow and chill, but with some edge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing. December 19, 2011
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Simple&amazing. One of my favorite albums to kick back and take it easy to. Favorite songs are "Cool Kids Keep" "The Green Green Grass" "First of the four" "Frickk this, i'm leaving..." The whole thing is soooo good! Buy This album!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Warped
I was a little bummed out that it was warped.
Published 2 months ago by Liz McPherson
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow, quietly gleaming songs
"Mellow, quietly gleaming songs" sounds good. That's what AMG says about these guys. Kinda like Luna with a bit more Southern twang. Kinda like a cool breeze... okay, kidding. Read more
Published on January 5, 2008 by Otto Zappatore
5.0 out of 5 stars My first American Analog set cd
I actually heard about this band through Amazon. I was looking at some Death Cab For Cutie, and it said The American Analog set was something I should listen to. Read more
Published on July 5, 2006 by Greg
2.0 out of 5 stars want to like it but cant and this is why
amanset has been one of the more dependable indie outfits over the past decade, achieving maximum results from their strictly minimal approach to composition and production. Read more
Published on June 9, 2006 by surrational
5.0 out of 5 stars Alas, all good things come to an end
I've been a fan of AAS since their first record, and one of the criticisms that's haunted them is that they make the same record over and over. Read more
Published on May 15, 2006 by Vikingsfan
3.0 out of 5 stars Less Filling, Tastes Great
This is the first disc of this band that I have heard, and am suitably impressed. Good songwriting, nice vocals, and a warm well-engineered sound. Read more
Published on March 9, 2006 by Karl Siever
3.0 out of 5 stars Arts & Crafts or bust
A certain amount of pressure and expectations come along with being the first non Canadian band to be signed to Arts & Crafts. Read more
Published on November 9, 2005 by Daniel Wolovick
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