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Strange Negotiations

David BazanAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Known for his work fronting the enigmatic rock band Pedro the Lion, David Bazan’s emotionally charged narratives, eye for telling detail, and mournful voice have more in common with J.D. Salinger's "Nine Stories" or Flannery O'Connor's "Wise Blood" than with the usual lyrical slant of popular music. Bazan is a gifted storyteller, weaving parables of ... Read more in Amazon's David Bazan Store

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  • Audio CD (May 24, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Barsuk
  • ASIN: B004VMX5XC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wolves at the Door
2. Level with Yourself
3. Future Past
4. People
5. Virginia
6. Eating Paper
7. Messes
8. Don't Change
9. Strange Negotiations
10. Won't Let Go

Editorial Reviews

David Bazan was, for many years, the songwriter and driving force behind the acclaimed indie band Pedro the Lion, building a dedicated following and selling a couple hundred-thousand albums based in large part on his extraordinary melodic sense and erudite, theologically-themed songs. After a decade helming the project,he found himself embroiled in a major personal philosophical and spiritual cataclysm, wrapped in a growing drinking problem. Bazan got to work exorcizing both his demons and angels, ditching the Pedro moniker in favor of his given name and producing two incredible pieces of work in the Fewer Moving Parts EP and the 2009 full-length Curse Your Branches (Barsuk). Branches is considered by many to be a legitimate masterpiece. Charting Bazan's increasingly skeptical struggle with the precepts of the evangelical Christian world in which he was raised, the album covers some pretty serious ground. NPR called it ''an album of great music and great humanity.'' Strange Negotiations focuses Bazan's energies toward the external, centering on his disappointment in the current state of accelerating American and global social fragmentation. Musically, most of Strange Negotiations sounds like a great rock band playing songs they're beyond intimate with. It's the first full-length he's recorded with a band, the same band with which he toured relentlessly in support of Curse Your Branches.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Bazan since around when Achilles Heel came out, and I feel like he's only improved since then. The early Pedro the Lion albums (particularly Control) will always hold a special place in my heart, but I think his work with Headphones and under his own name have shown a maturity and depth rarely seen in his earlier work. And this album is no exception.

Fans of "rockier" Bazan will be pleased with a lot of what they hear on this album (Wolves at the Door, Level With Yourself, Eating Paper, Messes), but there are some good slow pieces (Virginia, Won't Let Go) as well. A lot of people seem to compare this album to Control, and while I can see why they would say that - they are both rather diverse albums that have a good share of upbeat/heavy songs - the comparison only goes so far. Many of the songs (particularly in production style) feel more akin to the stuff on Curse Your Branches, and to be honest I can't picture a single one of them fitting into Control's tracklist. In some ways, this album is essentially a combination of every musical style Bazan has touched on in his very rich musical history (the synth line in "Messes" is a particularly good example of this pattern).

Lyrically, this album is one of Bazan's stronger efforts. The religious themes are still very present, but Bazan seems to be enjoying his new-found total freedom from the "Christian rock" label (shaken for good around the time of Curse Your Branches and the press surrounding its release), and is more critical of the faith than ever, particularly on Level With Yourself and Future Past. Eating Paper seems to address this change, and Bazan's audience's reaction to it, directly: "why would you sweat my confession / what I claim to be / when you see the fruit as it hangs on the tree?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expect nothing less from David Bazan September 1, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
I've been a fan of David via Pedro the Lion for many, many years. I own all of his albums and he's one of the few artists that I've made sure to go out of the way to see live. In fact, I've seen him live twice, including on his tour for this album. Even at 35 years old, married with a child, after over 16 years of being active, David has only become more outstanding. His story of public religious turmoil and conflict with the Christian church is no secret... for someone to endure that level of personal struggle nakedly in front of the whole world, and keep his passion for sharing his music with us all is proof that David is not in the business for the fame, glory, or the money, as you can see by the $3.99 album price. Quite a few months ago, David ran a fundraiser to get this album made. Fans could donate $35-$45 to go toward David+Band's living expenses while they produced and recorded the album. Those that donated got an "I Helped Bazan Make A Record T-Shirt", the album once it was finished, *their name in the liner notes as an executive producer*, a pin, and a merch discount coupon. I am incredibly proud to say I am one of the executive producers of this album.

And as grateful I am to David, he is grateful to his fans. He's taken the time to reply to my me on his Facebook page on two different occasions. Not only that, I've had the pleasure of sharing a few words with him after the last show I saw, and since he saw I was wearing my "I helped Bazan" shirt, he, in the most sincere way, thanked me for helping out and shook my hand.

I share this with you because on one hand, the more you listen to his music, the more you get to know David inner-self, but on the other, you miss an equally important part of his personality and thus, are missing the entire context.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite since Control July 1, 2011
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This is a VERY good record. Unlike reviewer Boothby I was immediately grabbed by People and Level With Yourself as standout tracks. The kind that on your first listen through you stop and say, "Wait, WTF is this?" and you have to go back and start the song over from the beginning before you even get to the end in order to make sure you are paying attention to the whole thing. I don't think there are any weak songs on the record though. Those two were just my entry into the record. The other thing I'll say is that I don't find many other songwriters capture the sentiment of certain things like Bazan does. I guess maybe there just aren't so many folks that look at life the way he does. I wonder what will happen to his songwriting when he is done struggling with his stuff?
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5.0 out of 5 stars David Bazan is the Mazan February 6, 2013
By Ashton
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A very well done album by David Bazan. I would call it classic indie rock if there is such a thing. Maybe its because Pedro the Lion was some of the first indie type music I started listening to years ago. I thought this album was very good and could see it becoming a personal classic in my record collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amaaaaazing September 1, 2011
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Love everything Bazan has ever done. And he just keeps getting better. I've listened to this album a ridiculous number of times and it also just keeps getting better. Anyone who gets in my car must also listen to it and everyone likes it and comments on its quality. Keep improving my life with your beautiful sounds Dave!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bazan September 1, 2011
By Dao Ren
Format:MP3 Music
Another great album from David Bazan. He has a way of putting difficult thoughts into lyric and musical form that very few have. He also has a slow, steady delivery that is always on time. He's a train that is always three stations ahead of everyone else.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent third album from Bazan's self titled endeavor, and easy enough to download. Will keep an eye out for more bargains from Amazon.
Published 21 months ago by Luke
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid
I really like David Bazan and love Pedro the Lion and Headphones so it kind of kills me to say this, but this album is just OK. Read more
Published on August 31, 2011 by pcaps

1. already own any albums by Pedro the Lion or David Bazan.

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Published on July 30, 2011 by Andrew H. Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Familiar topics, differently expressed
This one is quite a different beast than Curse Your Branches (and for that matter, than Fewer Moving Parts). Read more
Published on May 28, 2011 by Sarah M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great record by a cool guy.
I love this record, I think it's really a strong, solid rock record and also a step forward for Bazan. Read more
Published on May 27, 2011 by weekrocker
5.0 out of 5 stars another good album from bazan
Been following David Bazan/Pedro the Lion since I saw him live on the Winners Never Quit tour. He has always delivered great lyrics and interesting arrangements. Read more
Published on May 24, 2011 by the5chord
5.0 out of 5 stars David Bazan - "Strange Negotiations"
The newest effort from David Bazan (Pedro the Lion, Headphones) finds him revealing remnants of familiarity wrapped in a perfect piece of originality. Read more
Published on May 24, 2011 by Jeffery Watkins
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