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June 11, 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 11, 2012
  • Label: Fire Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Fire Records
  • Total Length: 1:09:52
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  • ASIN: B008064KRU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,130 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sailbystars on September 20, 2012
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Howe grew the band a little for this outing, but you wouldn't know it by the song arrangements. They remain rock-band-size, and not orchestral or string-laden as perhaps the "Opera" title would suggest. The place where you are reminded that the band has grown and has more opportunities to mix it up is when people other than Howe take to the mic to sing. Their vocal contributions both demonstrate the value of an expanded lineup - their singing is wholly wonderful and a great foil to Howe's raspy warble - and also give a feeling of multiple characters, a storyline, an opera, if you will. Lest you fear some contrived, linear tale, you'll be relieved as I to find the storyline remains as elusive as a mojave dust devil. What remains is a gausy thread of a tale, and songs - here countryish, there rough and dirgy, over there border latin - that are up to the highest of Giant Sand's standards. Blurry Blue felt resurgent, and this feels triumphant. Rich and rewarding in ways that only Howe can be. Give a listen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald B. Eager on December 31, 2012
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Following Howe Gelb's various incarnations of Giant Sand is one of the joyous trips of listening to music. Giant Sand is like visiting an old friend that is constantly remolding his home and you never know what you are going to get. You know the basic foundation and walls are always there but what has he done to change to vision of the place? I have followed them from the beginning originally buying their first simply because they were from my town Tucson, but once discovered you never want to lose them. The various incarnations of Giant Sand are always pleasing and the music and writing always superb. This time around Gelb brings 12 to the group (thus Giant, Giant Sand), the six regulars from Denmark and six from Tucson (including Gabriel Sullivan in the Tucson group who is one of the best singer/songwriters in America today! Track #9) With 12 musicians vying together you would expect a bigger, louder sound but what you get is a most intimate sound that is full of bass lines, horns and twangy guitars as if you are listening to them in a small cantina in the heart of Tucson that is lit with pepper lights, beer signs and the hope of every patron that moves to the music. This is a country opera in design weaving together songs of a man who wanders looking for his own Xanadu that perhaps lives only in his head. A trip that many of us have pursued on that bus with no destination in its view. Howie's voice is like that man you sit next to at the bar nursing a tequila sitting in the sweat stains of his cerveza. The stories he tells are mostly for his own listening but you are welcome to sit in as he takes you to places with names like Love, Hope, Despair, Wonder,Pain, Heartbreak and Redemption. His voice is full of grit, weariness and strength.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Desert Rat on November 15, 2012
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The kind people at Fire Records sent this to me, and I feel stupid for not trying out Howe Gelb and Giant Sand before. This "Opera" is eminently listenable -not a weak song on it. The album is a coherent piece but every song on it is enjoyable on its own. Great stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harvey Wallbanger on April 17, 2013
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Nothing on here super grabs my attention but then what nowadays does? I like the Tucson sound though, very local...My mom grew up there, I lived there for a while, and this has that feel to it. Howie seems like a pretty cool dude, and I think this album was him trying to pull together past elements, fuse, to make this new album which is for all purposes probably his best work. Its ethereal and moody, great album art, and one or three tracks that really intrigue. They should perform this live at the DeGrazzia!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. schwanz on September 28, 2012
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It's a pretty mellow album for Howe, but the songs are are solid and the concept works! I never know about rock operas, but this one is well done with a variety of musical styles and singers. I'm enjoying it.
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