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The Living and The Dead

September 30, 2008 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Label: Anti/Epitaph
  • Copyright: 2008 Anti, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 39:50
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  • ASIN: B001H4JT9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,662 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By gonzobrarian on January 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes there appears a voice heard on the periphery, and once you hear it you can only hear it again and again; it's like eating at the Bellagio Buffet, with all the style and variety there is no option but to consume more until explosion is imminent.

Such is the case with Jolie Holland. As with other alt-country sirens such as Neko Case, Holland is deliciously, completely captivating, particularly on her new album The Living and the Dead. Her voice is so full and nuanced that without careful attention to her lyrics one can and probably will hang on her every note like a shipwrecked Greek sailor.

More so than on previous releases, Holland raises the tempo on this album, making it more accessible for newbies. And though I am scrambling to recollect the milieu of her past releases, I can say that The Living and the Dead is more oriented toward rock `n roll than it typically would be a clever mash of blues, folk and country. Another reason why I favor L&D is the inclusion of some first rate guitarists such as M. Ward and Marc Ribot lending their talents.

As if Holland didn't already emulate the alt-country / southwestern genre at its most unique, this particular album cements her emergence. Mexico City, Corrido por Buddy, and Palmyra are immaculate, with Fox in its Hole and Your Big Hands as the other standout songs. Though quality, the remaining songs just don't reach the heights as the others, and thus the album as a whole is slightly incomplete for me; were a different closing song chosen rather than the more frolicky Enjoy Yourself, L&D would have been less anti-climactic and thus perfect.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Dixon on October 12, 2008
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This is Jolie Holland's most listener-friendly album to date. (And I love everything she's ever done.) She has emerged from the haunting darkness of "Springtime Can Kill You" to an exuberant, confident, rockin' masterpiece. I have been playing it continuously since I got it; I'm so grateful to have music like this to fall in love with.
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I first heard "Mexico City" on a Paste Magazine CD sampler and absolutely fell in love with that song, from the opening, softly strummed acoustic chords, to the wonderfully original melody to the straight ahead, simple rock groove to the out-of-tune guitars to the low-fi-esq, almost garage band demo sound. When I got the album, though, I found some tracks to be a little weak like "Painted Yourself In" and "The Future" and I was a little irritated by her pretentious vocal affectations. But I soon discovered "Palmyra" and "Your Big Hands" and I found myself irresistibly drawn in and overcome by such wonderfully warm emotions that few, very few artists ever pull out of me. So, while I I skip over certain tracks (like "Painted Yourself In", "Fox In Its Hole" and sometimes even "Corrido Por Buddy", which is actually pretty good, its just the intro that annoys me), I find myself hitting the back button several times on tracks like "Mexico City", "Palmyra", "Your Big Hands", "Love Henry". And while I initially the seemingly amateurish poetry of the opening lines to "The Future" annoyed me, I found that I have grown to really like that song, especially the end lines, "Come on and wake up with." Goose bumps.
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By Timothy Elliott on July 5, 2014
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If you like Jolie Holland's hit's then you will like this album. That's how it's work with me anyway. I really like her sound.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pharoah S. Wail VINE VOICE on October 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
With The Living and the Dead, Jolie Holland continues to find her way towards normalcy yet still delivers a good, and at times great album. Springtime Can Kill You grew on me quite slowly over the past couple years, and I think that's where I'm at with The Living and the Dead.

The weirdest thing about this album is that it has her biggest stars to date (namely Marc Ribot and M. Ward) yet musically it's sometimes her most generic album. As much as I love some of these songs, they'd be even better were they brought to life via the bands on Catalpa, Escondida or Springtime.

Mexico City is the sonic equivalent of the American Traditional style of tattooing and Corrido Por Buddy most suffers from the band at hand. Palmyra is, for me, one of the premier examples of just how overhyped a guitarist Marc Ribot is. There is nothing here you've not heard before, which is a shame as in the past Jolie's albums have had singular moments in the history of American music. As much as I like the strength of some of these songs, their execution is generally much more common than Old Fashioned Morphine, Darlin Ukelele, Black Hand Blues, or most importantly, ALLEY FLOWERS, etc... or even Stubborn Beast, Crazy Dreams, etc... from the Springtime album...

...but then you get a song like Fox In Its Hole. Slow and drippy like electric molasses, it features Ribot's best playing (On a National, and still nowhere near what Bob Brozman could have brought to this song).
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bjorn Viberg on September 23, 2009
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Living & The Dead being Holland's 4th studio album and her 2008 release is yet another album that I picked up as a chance listen at my local library. The sound reminds me of Jewel and Sheryl Crow. Her lyrics are very witty and thought worthy. The booklet contains all lyrics, some quirky photographs and a list of whom plays what on each track. The album received good reviews when it was released and Allmusic and ChartAttack gave it 4/5 which is what I give it as well. 4/5.
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