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The Book of KnotsAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ADA [Wea 1-Stop Account]
  • ASIN: 5557839208
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant. May 5, 2008
Format:Audio CD
A lot of material has been written about the decline of the rustbelt and the tragic conclusion of the industrial rise of the Midwest, a lot of songwriters have adopted this imagery as their conceit-du-jour. But nothing has hit the mark quite as accurately and bracingly as "Traineater."

I haven't been able to listen to anything else since I wandered into a bookstore three days ago, randomly walked down one of their CD aisles with no intention of actually purchasing anything, randomly picked up this CD (which was misfiled under the letter "T" instead of under the actual band name), scanned the back cover with mounting interest (Tom Waits? Mike Watt?? Carla Bozulich??? Zeena Parkins???? David Thomas?????), actually asked my girlfriend's permission to impulse-buy this strange unknown record, and...

I've been searching for touchstones to relate to this collaborative ensemble. It seems tangentially like some of Eric Avery's work outside of Jane's Addiction, such as the Deconstruction one-off. The wiry guitars and spiky production recalls the first Banyan album. The dense spoken word pieces make me think of Unknown Instructors. Occasionally heavy, dirge-like passages sound akin to the Melvins. For so many cooks being involved in such an ambitious recipe, Traineater is remarkably cohesive. It is in no way background music, but it's great to paint to. The level of talent and daring on display here is something the songwriters behind Book Of Knots should be very, very proud of.

Book of Knots nails it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book Of Knots' "Traineater" April 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Book Of Knots' new album "Traineater" builds a conceptual portrait of American cities denied of a post-modern existence. Anticipate well-crafted songs played to a textured narrative of sombre storytelling, especially "Hands Of Production", "The Ballad Of John Henry", and "Boomtown". The Book Of Knots features New York-based musicians from Skeleton Key, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Sparklehorse, and They Might Be Giants. "Traineater" also has several special guests, including Tom Waits, Carla Bozulich, Jon Langford, Megan Reilly, David Thomas, and Mike Watt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazed December 8, 2007
By rippa
Format:Audio CD
This record is incredible. If you like Swans, Melvins, Pere Ubu, Tom Waits, heavy, melodic, haunting stuff this record will run your life for a while. Enjoy the gloomy beauty....
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 2007? June 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I bought this, to be honest, to be a complete-ist. I am a huge fan of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, and having heard a couple tracks on the bands' Myspace page, I figured I'd pick this up to make sure I had everything I could from every member.

We-hell, was I in for a shock. This album is AMAZING. Guest vocalists include: Carla Bozulich (Evangelista), Wu Fei, Mike Watts, Megan Reilly, and others. Songs like, "View From the Watertower", the title track, "Traineater", and "Salina", are haunting, lingering pieces that stay with you for hours. Tracks like, "Pray" (featuring Tom Waits), "Red Apple Boy", and "Boomtown", are edgy, driving, but unsettling. Nothing I put into words will do this album justice, so just do yourself a favor & pick it up. For fans of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Residents, Patty Smith, & good music everywhere. Seriously, no matter what you like, you will like something on this record.
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