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We The Common

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ribbon Records
  • ASIN: B00AGMT9DG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We The Common
2. City
3. We Don't Call
4. The Feeling Kind
5. Holy Roller
6. Kindness Be Conceived
7. The Day Long
8. Every Body
9. Move
10. Clouds For Brains
11. Human Heart
12. Age Of Ice

Editorial Reviews

We The Common is the third album from the San Francisco band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. The album was recorded at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco with John Congleton [St. Vincent, Bill Callahan, Explosions In The Sky] and features a duet w/ Joanna Newsom.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DEAR MUSIC APPRECIATORS February 9, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Dear Music Appreciators,

Right when the music started I knew it was going to be a good album, but when I heard that opening track bust open a minute later...I knew it was going to be a great album. Notice the stinging synth-string flourishes and listen for that big falsetto chorus with banjo pickin' on one side and fuzzy guitar rock on the other. Thao and company don't play regular ol' folk rock songs, they have a distinctive sound, and on WE THE COMMON every song finds a way to be interesting. Guitars get in your face on "City" but there's still room for stuff like vibraphones and a cappella singing. "We Don't Call" features honking saxophones. A hillbilly unison singer brings the twang on "Kindness Be Conceived," followed by "The Day Long," with it's noir tone and bouncing bass and snare combo, followed by needling, high register guitar work and Thao singing about not getting "naked enough" on "Every Body." You get the picture. WE THE COMMON is a patchwork quilt of interesting folk rock and-singer songwriter choices bound together by a unifying theme of simply making creative, personal, and passionate music. With so much variety and so many points of interest in this collection of songs, the album and even the band itself (with its unique and memorable band name) exude a sort of collaborative, joy-of-music persona that's contagious and that makes WE THE COMMON less like a formal "album" and more like a very cool party with some very musical friends.

Sincerely,

Constant Listener
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thao's Latest Album Far From Common March 29, 2013
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Thao Nguyen's latest album "We The Common" is a lot of fun and hearkens back to
her debut album "Like The Linen" (See my review of that.) in that it seems to go back to
Thao's folky, folk-rocky roots. That being said, it's also a lively CD that'll get you dancing
right along with it, even though you may be sitting. The tight, almost Blue-Grassy harmonizing
works and the listener never feels over powered by too much of a good thing.

"We The Common", the opening title track with its simple banjo intro soon expands into
a celebration of sound and seems a likely single for the album. "Kindness Be Conceived" takes
the listener up in to the pure air of the Appalachian Mountains on sweet dreamie harmonies.
There's never really a dull moment on the album, as the mood shifts so fast from one track to the
next that the listener, in turn, never really has a moment to take a breath.

Throughout, Thao's quirky, original singing voice adds immensely to the enjoyment of the songs
and to an understanding of the lyrics, as well. Thao's personal approach to her lyrics lets the listener
into her world and her head and helps to show that we all have a lot more in common than we tend to realize.

Best of luck to Thao and the band. Judging from the careful arrangement and performance of these
12 tracks, "We The Common" is hardly a "common" effort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's sweetly awesome and writes beautiful songs May 28, 2013
By rsf
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of her music since her first Tiny Desk Concert following her fantastic release "We brave bee stings and all" and the songs "Bag of Hammers" and "Geography". She combines honest-clever lyrics with a beautiful sense of melody and multi-instrumental togetherness with her usual intimate style of self-reflection. And this latest one follows that pattern with even more insight and maturity despite her young age. Absolutely lovable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome May 25, 2013
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Great textures. Super voice. Almost southern, with the banjo in there. Deep style. First heard them on KEXP. Yup. Definitely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good May 10, 2013
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It's a good driving CD. It took me a few listens to really get into it. I'm especially fond of the duet track with Joanna Newsom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love April 26, 2013
By btruong
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It's like taking a deep breath of fresh air listening to this album. Can't wait to see Thao and the band live.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Accessible Album Yet April 26, 2013
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I've always found enough in Thao's previous work to make me want to hear anything new she puts out. But this latest album even exceeds my already high expectations. Very good songs, well performed and nicely arranged.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting April 19, 2013
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This album is solid overall, but it does have a hit-or-miss quality to it. Not my favorite, but I do enjoy listening to a few songs when the mood strikes me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
Thao has continually put out some really great music. It is really amazing how consistent her records are. I usually listen all the way through,
Published 2 months ago by Timothy Matook
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully original
I first "discovered" Thao on NPR's "Tiny Desk Concert," which you can see on YouTube. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Buckner
2.0 out of 5 stars Faux folk for trendy hipsters
This is country folk music from a Vietnamese girl from California. How authentic can it be?Does it harken back to the days of 2006 listening to feist, cat power, or the faux... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Trezonator
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff - different and delicious.
Just learned of this artist today and I love her already. This album is great, and the more I listen to it the more I like it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth getting on vinyl
This is a great album, and one of those albums where the mastering done on vinyl is superior to that done for the CD. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brian Conley
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome band
I learned of this band by watching them perform at Outdoor Lands in SF last weekend. They are awesome live and their music also sounds great recorded. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Far from common
Heard an interview on NPR with group focusing on the back story of title track. It has a unique sound and catchy tune. They talked about being recognized at SXSW. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sid Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Album
I heard a clip from Thao on a podcast, and had to check her out. Just listening to the MP3 clips convinced me to give the album a go. I have not regretted it for a second. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bryan L. Fordham
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Music
I chose this after hearing them on NPR and I couldnt be happier. Love the music and the vib this band gives off. Great sound without being main stream sounding. An original!
Published 15 months ago by Lilith B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good on all levels
I Love this CD
I love when you can put a cd in and play it from top to bottom and never hit the fast forward button.
My favorite song is MOVE...It is my alarm song... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jennifer Dominion
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