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Shadow Puppets

May 1, 2005 | Format: MP3

$8.99
Also available in CD Format
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 1, 2005
  • Release Date: May 1, 2005
  • Label: Middle Pillar Presents
  • Copyright: (c) 2005 Middle Pillar Presents
  • Total Length: 50:13
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  • ASIN: B00AYP9NG8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,920 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rik maclean on July 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of the Machine in the Garden for some time now, having been introduced to them in the early days through a chance discovery on mp3.com. They've always impressed me with their sophistication, the elegance of their lyrics, their excellent musicianship. I hold them in very high regard and I look forward to each new release with a tremendous sense of anticipation. But nothing could have prepared me for the brilliance of their latest disc, "Shadow Puppets". Summer Bowman and Roger Frace of the Machine in the Garden have surpassed all previous expectations presented by earlier discs and created an epic, beautiful collection of songs that stand among the best I've heard so far this year.

Opening with "This Silence", the tone is set with languid guitar arpegios and beguiling percussion leading into a swelled chorus that totally rocks. Summer's vocals sound sensual like honey on this one, drawing the listener deeper and deeper into a new plane of existance. Go ahead, step inside, you can thank her on the other side...

Track two, "The Inside World", employs a steady kick drum beat and tension ridden guitar masterfully played underneath fully controlled vocals. Secrets, solopsisms and magic all rolled up into one. Brilliant.

"Winter Fell" is next, a chilled piece of music that stands as one of my favorites on the disc. It's a slowly building track that draws from a slight intro into more intense emotional territory. Chilling, beautiful and all together wonderful.

"Mantra" opens with a burbling, glitchy electronic intro, all feedback laden and processed noise, mad experiments in sound bubbling up from test tubes and beakers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DJ Eternal Darkness on May 14, 2005
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Haunting lyrics and beautiful music are two of the best ways to describe the Machine in the Garden's newest album Shadow Puppets. I routinely spin music off of this disc on my gothic nights and I feel that this is one of the better albums that has been released in the goth scene.

Definately pick this album up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Sweet on July 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The basics: synth percussion, low basslines, lots of e-minor drama, moderate guitar, and Summer Bowman's voice leading the way. Sometimes, she cuts loose like Monica Richards (Faith and The Muse) and Dru Allen (This Ascension/Mirabilis). Roger Frace's guitar breaks out here and there.

Bowman's vocals and the percussion link up to give some of the songs a Middle Eastern vibe. The music usually isn't as aggressive as EBM nor as laid-back as ethereal; there's more actual MUSIC going on.

Highlights:

"The Inside World" - Dancefloor appeal similar to DCD's "The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove".

"Mantra" - An electronica groove with space-synth. A very, hmmm, *slinky* track.

"Suspend" - Pow! Solemn vocals with great harmonies, a slow swing beat and some guitar snarl. This one is my favorite.

"Mother" - I could be way off, but I think this one addresses the pollution and destruction of Mother Earth.

"Spider's Bride" - Darker, with an Android Lust feel.

"If Ever" - A strong indie-folk piece. The acoustic guitar is a nice surprise.

Check out their other albums, especially "Underworld".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mungo Binkie on June 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a truly haunting collection of songs. It definitely falls into the Gothic genre but few modern "goth" bands sound as classy and absorbing as this. There's elements of Kate Bush on "The Inside World", a jaw-dropping cover song in the form of "Mother" and "Winter Fell" is the most beautiful song you'll hear all year.

This is an essential purchase and could well be THE top Goth release of the year. If you don't have "Shadow Puppets" or "Asphodel" in your CD collection, rectify the situation now.
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