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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 (May 11, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B000031WUX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,240,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Melman on 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 By Richard W. Williams on 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 By peter dietrich on 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 By Luiz Claudio Deleu on 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 By J. Thomas on 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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