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Title TK

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The cool amber glow cast over much of '93 by the Breeders' terrific last album, the megahit Last Splash, makes a lousy reference point for the willfully lo-fi and rambling Title TK, which finds the Deal twins--former Pixie Kim and her sister Kelley--paired with members of the East L.A. punks, Fear. Recorded by Steve Albini using analog technology, Title TK at first sounds like some long-lost basement recording improbably featuring a pair of sound-alike frontwomen. But the quaint attributes of this faux-relic quickly vanish as it becomes apparent there aren't a lot of ideas at work beneath the chilly atmospheric cooing and narcoleptic guitar strumming. The oddly named "Sinister Foxx"--odd because the women repeat "Has anyone seen the iguana," which is neither sinister nor foxy--is in some respects the set's highlight, despite being about as appetizing as spaghetti sauce under a naked bulb. Here, the women's chantlike delivery is thoroughly eerie. Given the dearth of emotion elsewhere on Title TK, any sign of a pulse is a very good thing. In the similarly snoozy "The She," a wheezing Farfisa organ gooses the song's loitering pace. Only "Son of Three" recalls the gloriously rickety thud of old. Considering that the Breeders' so-called poppiest songs--"Hellbound" from Pod, and "Cannonball" and "Divine Hammer" from Last Splash--aren't exactly buckets of sunshine, this feels sepia-toned for the sheer sake of it. --Kim Hughes

1. Little Fury
2. London Song
3. Off You
4. The She
5. Too Alive
6. Son Of Three
7. Put On A Side
8. Full On Idle
9. Sinister Foxx
10. Forced To Drive
11. T And T
12. Huffer

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / 4AD
  • ASIN: B000063UZ8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "drumb" on October 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The new album Title TK may be a new direction for the Breeders, hardly avoidable with an almost completely new band, but the song quality and brilliant pop ingenuity hasn't lessened a bit. In fact, though deeply sincere, the Breeders sound quite content and comfortable in their new setting casting an air of cynicism or mellowness in their knowledge that this is not merely a last splash followup for everyone who loved cannonball. While the Breeders previous work is great in its own right, this album really proves that they are a devoted band and not merely a one trick pony that is related to the Pixies, such as other popular band offshoots (ie The Foo Fighters). Furthermore, the basement, sub studio production really aids the once crisply mixed breeders using the biting guitars, solid rythm section, and dissonant but sweet vocals to propel the songs forward as appossed to churning production. The lack of studio sheen also allows for the songs to truly cast their own mood and revel in the sincere subtleties and human imperfections created by the Deal sisters. Although every song is good both within the album's context and on its own, some real highlights include the guitar frieght train attack of Son of Three, Kim Deal's snarl on Full on Idle, the beautifully atonal Too Alive, and the deeply emotional and touching Off You. Not only is this a great album with every track as good as the last, but this is a CD from a band that hasn't even existed since the mid 90s, and when overrated ripoffs like the strokes or weezer can't get true rough pop right, it's nice to see the Breeders come back and so effortlessly put them back in their places.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Greg Lyons on October 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Listening to the Breeders' collected works is like listening to a band de-evolving. Play "Last Splash" and "Title TK" back to back and you'll wonder if it's the stereo or your hearing that has messed up. However, add in the punk-pop atom bomb that is the "Head to Toe" EP, plus the lo-fi coolness of "Pacer" (by Kim's side project, the Amps), and one can draw a fairly straight line between the two albums. The sound may have changed, but that Kim Deal magic is still there. You just have to listen harder to hear it.
Be sure to check out the singles as well. They usually have different (and better) versions than the album, as well as some kickin' B-sides.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "chickngrease" on May 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm not going to try and convice anyone... I just had to put this into words. I feel like I'm hearing The Breeders for the first time again. "Title TK" is wonderful.
When "Pod" came out I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever heard. It was eerie and poppy and it rocked. I was a teenager lusting after Kim Deal, her voice and her bass. I dug "Last Splash" too, but that album belongs in the mid-90s, when we were eating up stuff like Belly and Dinosaur Jr (epic produced indie pop). This album is perfect. It's moody, beautiful, cleaver and it rocks in a way I haven't heard anyone rock since Modest Mouse on "Lonesome Crowded West"(not that they sound remotely similar). Kim Deal even mumbles beautifully. It just sounds like they know how damn good every song is, and they love teasing you as they play them. All that teasing pays off because, in case you missed it everytime I've said this so far... it rocks.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew McGowan on November 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Wow. I didn't realize how much people didn't like this one until I started reading the reviews today. You can see, though, that the reviews are getting better and better with time. That says something.

This is one of those recently rare albums that you listen to all the way through, maybe on repeat, until it seeps into your surroundings and infuses your world with its rhythms and colors. For the sake of comparison, other albums I put in this category include Dylan's "Desire" and The Velvet Underground's third, eponymous release. "Title TK" is a mood, and a complex mood at that: melancholy yet whimsical, impressionistic yet precise.

I think this one is going to sneak up on people and become a cult classic in 15 years. Just a hunch.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roger I. Camara Lemarroy on August 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album simply rocks. Not in a Rock and Roll fashion, nor a classic 70's or punk 80's fashion. Title TK is the perfect combination between folk and punk, where the atmosphere is created by a revolution of riffs and bass leads. The tone of the record is kept top-notch even if sound quality is meant to be non-digital. I have not heard any of The Breeders last albums yet, but im really impressed with the work theyve done here. The Deal sisters eerie singing and monotone backups are wonderful. I love that whole singing-without-moving-your-tounge-punk thing. The guitars create melodious backup, while the drums are kept below simplicity disregarding the time here and there, lifting the whole basement-type-recording a step.
Probably the thing you could condemn about this album is the fact that there are only two types of songs. The gloomy-stmospheric type where voice melodies and bass play the lead roles, and the more edgy and rocking ones, where guitars set the tone, followed by playfull vocals such as "ah-ah-ah-ah."
Songs most notable on the record are "Little Fury," the "title track" that sets the atmosphere for the whole record (my personal favourite) guitars here are pretty cool, especially the high toned ones in the background that come out every once in a while, they give te song a whole happy thing. "Too Alive" which is the edgy type of song, "Put on a Side" which resembles some sonic youth musically, but is set aside by the sisters vocals, simple. "Sinister Foxx" the gloomy tipe where the sister's accent is dramatized by a punk-type pronunciation where certain syllables are pronounced tongueless. And last but not least "Huffer" which is the fastest song of the record.
Ive found that no matter when i listen to this record it puts me in a lively mood.
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