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Small Turn of Human Kindness

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A Small Turn of Human Kindness, is as dense and as heavy temperamentally as it is musically. The seven songs so subtly bleed together that the listener has no choice, but to view the entire album as a linear orchestration with a singular ebb and flow. A rising and falling action, refined to hell and back. And so, all of these things lead me to believe that any and all true Harvey Milk fans will eventually argue this record as the band's finest work. Or at least the vinyl version will become the quintessential mantle-piece for a generation of suburban children slumming it in the inner city… you know who you are! LP package includes a digital download code redeemable for the complete album.
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Product Details

  • Vinyl (January 25, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hydra Head Records
  • ASIN: B004FNBZ66
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,854 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With A Small Turn of Human Kindness, Harvey Milk have once again made a sharp left turn in their musical direction, but still they maintain to deliver an incredible listening experience.

First off, this is not a continuation of their last two records. And, unlike several journalists have wrongly noted, neither is it a so-called "return to form" record. No. This is not like anything Creston and company have ever done before.

This record is a story album. It's meant to be listened to in its entirety in one sitting, and I find that this whole experience is better and much more enjoyable if the listener familiarizes themselves with the lyrics/story.

The story itself is about a young couple fighting over an unplanned pregnancy while on a camping trip. It reminds me of grimmer version of Hemingway's "Hill's Like White Elephants" with a Flanery O'Connor-style ending.

The music is one very harsh, painful dirge. Unlike other Harvey Milk records with odd, unpredictable shifts and contrasts in melody, dynamics, tempos, meter, and mood, this one stays pretty constant. There is one pivotal dynamic change when the characters in the story each have their moments of grace. But other than that, the band has held back their proclivities for strange contrasts for this record. But still, they do an excellent job of complementing the story since it is clearly the main focus.

With all this being said, Kindness is really going to confuse and possibly even alienate some folks. It, like several Harvey Milk records, takes a few listens to really sink in. And even then, it could still be seen as difficult and pretentious. However, I find it to be a fantastic milestone in heavy music. Harvey Milk have effectively proven that it's possible combine the great, grim storytelling of southern literature with the slow, heavy bliss of sludge metal.
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Dear Product Description Guy-"Where to display this fine album if I have no mantle-piece? My dumpy apartment has no such thing."

I'm not much into rape cinema either, but as far as rape goes, each day you interact with another, time will be stolen from you. You will say things you don't mean, you will pretend to care about things others say, and you will see things you wish you never did.

So I stay home and listen to this record instead. It's pretty much the same thing as living, just the contents of the fridge are always there to pad the blows.

This is the sound of the blues for suburban white kids, those of us who had all the breaks in the world, yet somehow we blew it on purpose...and it feels good.
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And after hearing it several times from the CD...seeing it live was one of the most prefound musicaly experiences of my life. Get this CD and listen to it 5 times from start to finish. You will be glad you did and you will be one of the few who "get" it.

I've been seeing HM since 1992 and they continue to put out music that is years ahead of everyone else.
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