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One Step Closer [Extra tracks, Import]

String Cheese IncidentAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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“The coolest part of this album is that, in the end, it really sounds like us, maybe more so than any of the other albums that we’ve done.” – Bill Nershi, The String Cheese Incident

For a band like The String Cheese Incident, it’s odd to think that 20 years into a remarkable career, their ninth album - and first studio album in nine years - would really ... Read more in Amazon's String Cheese Incident Store

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  • Audio CD (June 27, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: 3d Japan
  • ASIN: B0009EVGO6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,429,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Give Me The Love
2. Sometimes A River
3. Big Compromise
4. Until The Music's Over
5. Silence In Your Head
6. Farther
7. Drive
8. Betray The Dark
9. 45th Of November
10. One Step Closer
11. Rainbow Serpent
12. Swampy Waters
13. Brand New Start
14. Sometimes A River (Radio Edit)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed emotions from a different flavor of cheese.. December 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I hate to say it, but: this is the first SCI album I can't wholeheartedly recommend to everyone. They still kick live and their signature rock/jazz/bluegrass/Latin/tropical/pop jam-band gumbo is as vibrant as ever, but this time around, the studio work really doesn't convey just what an imaginative & multifaceted group they are. Too bad. It's still a fairly solid disc. It definitely has its strengths (the title track gets a very nice makeover) and I'm the first one to say we should let go of expectations and take something on its own merits, but I still can't get past what's missing here.

The idea this time around was to concentrate mainly on the songs & writing, stripping the production/embellishments to a minimum. The jams are absent. The arrangements are so bare that they leave little or no room for group interaction. It's admirable to let go of one's crutches now and then.. but it also means the album is missing one of the Incident's biggest strengths. It's almost like Leonard Cohen making an album with someone else's lyrics, or Eric Clapton making one with only rhythm guitar.

Overall it's more mellow than anything else, although the different elements (country, jazz/funk, world-beat) are still present. To be fair, most of the material here does stand up in terms of writing if you look past a couple duds, and it still approaches greatness in spots (see "45th of November," "Silence in Your Head," the sinuous "Rainbow Serpent"). And if it leaves us wanting more, we can rest assured the next one will be different yet again.

Start with Outside Inside; follow up with Untying the Not or a live release (or better yet, go see them live) if you want to discover the greatest jam band still going. If you want more you can still enjoy this, but I'm afraid it's not really essential Cheese.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect a live show! September 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
In an effort to accomplish something truly humble and personal String Cheese Incident (SCI) has released this, their most recent album. A mistake obviously made by a prior review is to judge this work on scale with the band's energizing live performances. With past releases SCI has not reached the energy that their live performances are capable of, and this album is no different. In fact it is obvious that was not what they were attempting to do. But what they did do is take some time in the studio, an environment that is essentially new and rather exciting to them, and attempt to do something different. Utilizing, a producer with experience working with Dylan, SCI created a "rootsy" album with tracks that have been simplified and reworked specifically for the recording. Not to mention the subject matter of the work. Granted some of the tracks aren't something to call your friends about, but there is beauty to be had, and it is not hard to find. With collaboration with Todd Shaeffer of Railroad Earth, SCI accomplishes some rather profound writing, minus a couple of Travis songs. All in all if I had to say what it sounded like; a strange mix of The Beatles and Bob Dylan crossed with the String Cheese I know, and love. I can only ask that you let the disc spin a couple of times before you pass judgment, its too good not to!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I guess one would call this Soft Cheese. November 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
With the exception of a few of their more recent live albums, I have just about everything SCI has put out. I became a fan only relatively recently, but once I got one (starting with their collaboration with Kellar Williams), I got hooked and can't stop. But this album left me disappointed. It was slow and stripped down. As several have said before me, none of the jams, none of the joy, none of the humor, nor the can't-stop-moving musicality of basically every other release by these guys, whether live or in the studio. Everything else - ANYthing else- they've done is just better. Buy if you want to have a complete collection of their work, but if you're a first-time buyer, don't go here, because it's not representative of just how fantastic they are. Had this been the first album I got from them, I would not have bought more and would've missed the unbelievable experience I have every time I listen to virtually everything else they've done.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One step away from truth September 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The stretched long-form jam sessions are gone. No more 20-minute freeform jam tracks recorded with immense spontaneity and immediacy. Enter new producer Malcolm Burn who has some Bob Dylan discs under his belt. His influence on String Cheese Incident is indisputable. Not only did he produce the album, but he also arranged, wrote and even performed on it. The result is a very stripped down piece of work, aiming to gear towards a mainstream audience. But, will they succeed in it? I somehow doubt it.

The liner notes in the CD explain that the band has utilised a democratic structure to their music, allowing each member to equally contribute to the final product. All members provide vocals, write lyrics and throw in their own melodies. Some of the lyrics have been written with outside talents including the amazing Robert Hunter from The Grateful Dead camp and Jim Lauderdale from Nashville. "Big Compromise", as the title itself shows, is one of these songs - a very vocal-driven country piece with no room for any instrumental input. "Until the Music's Over" and "Silence in Your Head" also follow the same songwriting formula, the former being the necessary country ballad, whilst the latter one is the band's more atmospheric side. "Father" has an awful chorus that is so unlike what this band has done before and the lyrics are pedestrian at best. Sure, the band has every right to evolve, but was this the only option they had? "Drive" is classic rock with a huge groove and blues piano, and the short "Betray the Dark" has its moment of interesting percussion work. "45th of November" is one of the better tunes, though it will still fail to impact the long-time Cheese fan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A different sounding String Cheese.
When I first listened to this album, I didn't really like it, and none of the songs caught my eye, with the exception of track #4. Read more
Published on August 1, 2007 by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a fine wine...
At first I could see why some of the others gave this album low marks. It's a bit different from what you might expect from a SCI album - it stays fairly mellow and grounded... Read more
Published on June 7, 2006 by J. Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars natural progression through cheese
This is an album that features Keith on vocals more so than in the past, which is awesome because he is a great vocalist in addition to being on bass. Just because Les C. Read more
Published on February 25, 2006 by cheesy does it
2.0 out of 5 stars Basic and Boring
I rather like the studio efforts that SCI has put out, however this record just bores me. The songwriting is very simplistic and I find it very hard to listen to the album all the... Read more
Published on February 2, 2006 by Paul Drager
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great
This album is nota true representation of how great cheese can be. if you are getting your first album, buy carnival 99 or string cheese incident live. Read more
Published on November 2, 2005 by TrEy
4.0 out of 5 stars Review from
Despite what their influences and fan base may suggest, String Cheese Incident is more than just one of the many jam bands vying for the coveted spot that Phish left when they... Read more
Published on October 27, 2005 by Corinne Casella
2.0 out of 5 stars Strengths and Weaknesses
A lot of bands are turning this type of sutff out. There is some good writing on this album, but it certainly does not showcase the unmatched musicianship and energy that SCI is... Read more
Published on October 5, 2005 by ballz burgdorf
2.0 out of 5 stars The Big Compromise

My copy came with a 30 minute "making of" DVD. Read more
Published on September 15, 2005 by kireviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars different but awesome
better studio but there jams are just as good if better dont be scared there that theyre changing
Published on August 4, 2005
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