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Songs From the Year of Our Demise

Audioslave, Jon AuerAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 1, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B000F4RHHU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,490 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Six Feet Under
2. Bottom Of The Bottle
3. The Likes Of You
4. Four Letter Word
5. Angelita
6. You Used To Drive Me Around
7. Song Noir
8. Daytime Lullaby
9. Josephine
10. Cemetery Song
11. My Sweet Unknown
12. Adios
13. Sundown
14. Wicked World
15. The Year Of Our Demise

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece of pop songcraft June 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Jon Auer's first full-length solo album was a long time coming. It is obviously a pet project, a concept album throughout, packed with good songwriting.

Like Lucinda Williams did with "Car Wheels," Auer spent years polishing this one to perfection, while impatient fans began to doubt it would ever be finished. Fortunately the result is not over-tweaked.

This disc equals the Posies two five-star albums (Dear 23 and Frosting) in terms of sheer quality, but the solo album is different, serving up a variety of tempos and arrangements that add up to a masterpiece of pop songcraft.

Auer's talents as singer, songwriter and producer are showcased here. If anything seems missing, it is his fiery guitar licks, which normally provide the power in the Posies pop.

The acoustic material works very well, and some of the sparest arrangements, "Wicked World" and "Song Noir," are among the best. Auer's new wife (Michelle Price of the Dear John Letters) shares songwriting credits on "Song Noir."

The song "Adios" starts with muffled piano chords that conjure up the atmosphere of a long-lost John Lennon track. "Funeral Song" sure sounds like it's about a death in the family, but in the end it seems to be another expression of grief at the Demise of a domestic partnership. It doesn't really matter - heartbreak and death always inspire great art.

The first 45 seconds of the stunning opener, "Six Feet Under," convinced me this album was worth the wait. At the line "love is blind to those who see" Auer's voice not only reaches effortless highs, but still has that certain indescribable richness in tone that prompted critics to compare the early Posies to the Hollies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A labor of love for all of us to enjoy! May 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Most of the other reviewers have pretty much summed up my feelings. This recording is perfect in most every way. No filler and a nice flow throughout. Jon is amongst my favorite songwriters. Harry Chapin, George Harrison, Robyn Hitchcock and Jon probably round out my top 4. All of them have one thing in common, not only can they write an original song, but their desciptive lyrics paint such a vivid picture that you can't help but almost see what they see while listening. That is a talent that does not come along often and I am thankful everytime I get to see The Posies or Jon perform. I bought 4 copies (so far) of this release and gave them to people who would normally not seek this particular CD out, but I knew would like it. Each one of them has said what a wonderful recording it is and are now seeking Jon's other work as well as looking for old Posies CD's. Everybody needs to spread the word, buy a copy or two for friends and have them pass it on. This is way too good of a CD to pass up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon Delivers!! May 4, 2006
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This album was definitely worth the wait! It delivers! All the magic and creativity he brings to the Posies plus more! As a Posies fan who values the rare melodic sensitivities and the use of harmonies to communicate an often dark message, I am not in the least disappointed here. It never ceases to amaze me how a group like the Ps (and in this case Jon) can have the distorted guitar energy while at the same time singing a beautiful tune in choral like harmony. Obviously, If you love the Posies you'll love this album.

All the songs are great, especially 'Six Feet Under' and the solo accoustic tracks, 'Cemetery Song' and 'Wicked World'(which have the magic of Jon's songs on Dear 23). But for me, 'Josephine' was worth the price of the CD. Everything I love about Jon's music is captured in this one song: a catchy tune with a liberal painting of droning and layered guitars and the pure signature voice and the usual harmonies. Buy this CD!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Auer confirms his ability January 12, 2007
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I have always believed Jon Auer to be the more talented of the Posie's duo, and with this release he has certainly confirmed his greater ability. The album is a slow burner, which gradually slips into your psyche. There is nothing new, or experimental about this album, just beautifully crafted songs that, like a fine wine, get better with every hearing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, meaningful pop December 10, 2008
By chazas
Format:Audio CD
I discovered this album a couple of months ago and can't stop listening to it. It is truly a personal masterpiece. I know it's a connection most folks wouldn't draw, but I would compare this (and very favorably) with Aimee Mann's Bachelor No. 2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice music July 10, 2006
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This is great when you are looking for some nice music to listen to. Jon Auer has a great voice. I first heard him on an Elvis Costello cover compilation CD where he does "Beyond Belief" - which is a absolutely excellent! After that, I had to buy Songs from the Year of Our Demise, and, you know what, I like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A jewel of true songwriting.
I'm a huge Jon Auer/Posies Fan and have been since Failure. I was hoping for a more upbeat album that I could rock out to in the car like what I'd heard of Jon's previous solo... Read more
Published on June 20, 2006 by James M. Owenby
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful masterpiece
I've been a Posies fan since "Dear 23". That album remains not only my favorite by the band but one of my all-time favorites. I can't believe I'm saying this but "... Read more
Published on June 20, 2006 by Aylie's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Any fan of beautiful pop craftsmanship NEEDS this.
Over the course of time, I've followed Jon's career somewhat extensively, with the Posies, and also as a solo artist. Read more
Published on May 26, 2006 by Brett Zinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust me... Buy it now!
It's BEE-YU-TEE-FUL. Auer's voice has never sounded sweeter and the songs are gorgeous, lonely, resentful, regretful, loving, and heartbreaking. Read more
Published on May 25, 2006 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sooooo worth the wait
This album deserves your 100% undivided attention. If you don't give it that, shame on you. It is intensely personal and heartfelt. Read more
Published on May 23, 2006 by Suzy Mills
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, but wanting more
Actually I would give it a 4 3/4 stars. Musically beautiful, lyrically touching. My only criticism, many songs seemed too short. I was yearning for more of a melody, or a chorus. Read more
Published on May 17, 2006 by Bach the Rock
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