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Snowbug

High LlamasAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Although the High Llamas are nominally a group, they're pretty much the brainchild of singer and guitarist Sean O'Hagan. O'Hagan did some time in the London-by-way-of-Dublin band Microdisney, in which he was the songwriting partner of Cathal Coughlan. After Microdisney split in 1988 (Coughlan forming Fatima Mansions), O'Hagan released a couple of import-only solo albums before ... Read more in Amazon's High Llamas Store

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  • Audio CD (October 26, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: October 26, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2 / Wasabi
  • ASIN: B00002069I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,868 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bach Ze
2. Harpers Romo
3. Hoops Hooley
4. Cookie Bay
5. Triads
6. The American Scene
7. Go To Montecito
8. Janet Jangle
9. Amin
10. Daltons Star
11. Cotton To The Bell
12. Green Coaster
13. Cut The Dummy Loose

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On their fifth full-length recording, the High Llamas have overcome their somewhat derivative nature and created a well-balanced and original excursion into avant-garde pop music. While band leader Sean O'Hagan's affiliation with Stereolab is reflected in his work, the melodic influences of Brian Wilson's Beach Boys, Ennio Morricone, French pop, and German electronica have all been sublimated in service of the song. Mixing conventional rock instrumentation with modern technology and the use of glockenspiels and xylophones, the band's sound is seductively textured and quietly complex. Although O'Hagan's singing isn't robust, his distinctive voice suits these quirky performances. With Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier and Mary Hansen lending some beautiful harmonies and Tortoise's John McEntire serving as sound engineer, Snowbug is a compelling group effort that deserves to be heard. --Mitch Myers

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely transforms your sense of time and space April 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Did you ever hear music that completely transforms your sense of time and space transporting you back to what resembles either time spent in the womb or instead a long forgotten drug induced out of body experience? No? Oh...Snowbug by The High Llamas has that sort of effect. This is very different music. It is completely magical, lushly mellow, but eerily familiar in a very deep, spiritual way. Listening to this album reminds me of Mel Gibson's character in the movie conspiracy theory. Throughout the movie Gibson is haunted by these very fuzzy flashbacks to something that he knows nothing about. These visions seem so familiar to him yet he can't make sense of them. In case you hadn't seen the movie I won't ruin it by saying any more. Snowbug has a similar kind of effect on me but not in the unpleasant way that Gibson's character experiences it. For me they are very vague recollections of moments of childhood. I remember sitting in the backseat of our '69 Lincoln traveling along the belt parkway, my young parents in the front, and the associations "Windy" on the radio. This music throws me back to that era. It is psychedelic and nostalgic without being contrived. If you haven't already figured it out I absolutely love this music. I think it is the most interesting and satisfying CD I've had the pleasure of adding to my collection in a very long time.
This music is about atmosphere but it is more than just aural wallpaper. Snowbug is an album, which defies classification. It's some sort of retro- futuristic easy- listening lounge music, except it's very... strange. This sonic delight is a masterpiece of modern production.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Jazzed Up Afternoon Blend... May 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Pay no attention to those critics behind the cathode ray curtain who lament all evolutionary influence. Sure, at times these Llamas do sound a bit like Brian Wilson or Steely Dan. Everything - including music - is evolutionary - reguardless of your perticular genius. This music surely stands on it's own. Things get off to a bright start with the acoustic guitar and banjo of "Bach ZE", with just enough strings to warm and soothe. Not only will you not tire of "Harper's Romo", but you will likely join in with your own improvised melody. "Hoops" is probably best appreciated while driving through a very slow carwash (you'll see). "Cookies" is a tasty, casual Euro-Pop ditty with generous portions of signature "Ba-ba-Bahh" harmonies, followed by an agreeable "Triads" containing some nice rythmic and instrumentational foils. Be patient with "American Scene", "Montecito", "Janet Jangle" and "Amin". Although they don't surprise, they will delight.
The 45 seconds of "Daltons Star" is really enough. With all of it's Baldamenti-isms, "Cotton to the Bell" could have been a more memorable theme song for Lynch's Twin Peaks. "Green Coaster" is just plain perfect pop with great ensemble playing and singing. The pure beauty and deceivably complex layers of "Cut the Dummy Loose" make it one of the prettiest and most unforgettable songs the Llamas have ever done. This is one chance you should take. It sounds damn good in the morning - and nightime too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, Very High Llamas November 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Best album I've heard since Radiohead's OK Computer.
One of the most creative pop bands going today, this has to be the Llamas finest effort yet. The album is so damned catchy I've played non-stop for the past 3 weeks. I'm sick of it, yet I can't stop listening even so!
Favorite tunes change from day to day but Janet Jingle and Green Coaster have to be the most infectious things I've heard in years. Is it possible to give a higher rating than 5 stars?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT! February 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is probably the best High Llamas album to date. It is even better than Gideon Gaye and easy-listening's concept album "Hawaii". The lab girls, Mary Hansen and Laetitia Sadier lend their beautiful voices to a couple of songs, which would not sound so great if performed by Sean himself. This album also has a lot to do with Brazilian music and Bossa Nova, a new direction the group seems to be pursuing, yet maintaining the Llamas' trademark sound: the lush orchestrations, the intricate harmonies, the gorgeous symphonic melodies are all there. Sean, if you ever read this, know that I am the biggest admirer of your music in the whole world! Excellent. Splendid. A definitive must-have.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Microdisney had survived June 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Sean O'Hagan was one-half of the late, great Microdisney, one of the great underappreciated groups of the 1980s. Freed from the angry missives of his partner in crime, Cathal Coughlan (later of the Fatima Mansions), O'Hagan's albums as the High Llamas reveal a melancholoy, sedate side that more than once sounds like Microdisney's "Everybody Is Fantastic."
"Snowbug" isn't acid jazz, but it's also not pop, new age, or even the dreaded "adult album alternative." It sits out there just barely on the edge of the avant-garde, applying modern instrumentation to the classic pop structure. And while O'Hagan can certainly sound like Brian Wilson when he wants to, "Snowbug" is not 1960s schmaltz merely reworked with a few dots and loops.
Do the High Llamas ever cut loose? "Green Coaster" is a pleasant surprise -- uptempo, bouncy in the extreme, light and playful. As the penultimate track, it's sure to leave a smile on your face as you wonder why your friends haven't yet heard of the High Llamas.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the High Llamas high point?
This is fast becoming my favorite High Llamas album of them all.

Not because of any one stand-out tune, but because all of them flow together so nicely. Read more
Published on February 12, 2011 by Jose Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best album, but still very good
It is hard to judge this album after hearing Hawaii. "Bach Ze" and "Green Coaster" are seriously worth the album. Read more
Published on November 17, 2007 by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Is This Album Out Of Print?
Find this one used while you can - it's a perfect winter album, and one of the most gorgeous albums ever recorded.
Published on November 29, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Number 1 in the Tom Gill chart for a year
You won't find a more relaxing, or a more intriguing album than this one. This is where the High Lamas peaked -- even better than Cold and Bouncy and far better than the... Read more
Published on September 1, 2001 by Dr. Thomas P. Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!
i stumbled onto giddeon gaye and could not have been more pleased so i followed up some months later with snowbug....wow.... Read more
Published on October 15, 2000 by wrsjr786
5.0 out of 5 stars EXPERIENCE A NEW AGE.
Shutters come down, safety inside, exile at home, this is more than just the best CD in the world.... This is the beginning of a new music age.
Published on May 5, 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting - it definitely grows on you.
If I had to choose one word to describe this CD, I would probably choose "easy-going." The 13 tracks on Snowbug are jazzy and melodic, with casual tempos that seem to... Read more
Published on April 29, 2000 by Adam Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars snowbug while snowboarding
i live in mt.shasta, california where i go snowboarding all the time. with headphones on the music of the high llamas is inspirational. Read more
Published on March 18, 2000 by "bevwalls"
2.0 out of 5 stars Snowbore
Don't get me wrong, this is a totally enjoyable listen, but is it just me or is every single song on the disc the same. Read more
Published on March 16, 2000 by Sam
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