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Wintersleep Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dependent
  • ASIN: B0007QOEQS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,531 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lipstick
2. Jaws of Life
3. Insomnia
4. Nerves Normal, Breath Normal
5. Faithful Guide
6. Danse Macabre
7. Fog
8. Listen (Listen, Listen)
9. Migration
10. A Long Flight
11. People Talk

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeper of the season. October 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Wintersleep have the most appropriate band name in recent memory. And they seem to realize it -- both this and their 2003 release are eponymously titled "Wintersleep." Both records deliver a frosty acoustic-electric blend of Canadian indie rock at its finest.

Paul Murphy's vocals are a big part of the snowy, mesmerizing ambience Wintersleep create. On the louder numbers, they're raspy and world-weary, but Murphy exercises enough control to sing on key; on softer songs, his throaty croon is suitably mystifying. All said, he lands somewhere between J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave).

"Wintersleep" plays like the first snowfall: a torrent of harder, pounding tunes like "Lipstick" and "Jaws of Life" open the record and gradually melt into softer, whisper-sung songs filled out by pseudo-choral sections. The "da da da da da da" bit on "Migration," for instance, is the perfect soundtrack for staring out a window on a cold night.

It's obvious that an almost maternal care went into creating "Wintersleep," and this band has a lot of potential to appeal to a very wide-reaching audience. I've heard Pearl Jam fans rant about them, and Wintersleep would also most likely appeal to fans of Nada Surf's most recent two records as well. Truth be told, though, anyone with an itch for meticulously-crafted moderate rock could find something to enjoy here. They may be in hibernation at the moment, but this record is one of the season's sleepers. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ATLANTIC CANADA'S FINEST July 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It was 3 years ago that I first heard this band play in a small club in St. John's, NFLD. My friend had told me to go see another band and wintersleep was the opener. I was totally mesmerized by thier live set that i had to go and buy the album. I have listened to it many times since then and seen them 4 more times in concert. This new album broadens the musical horizons of the band. The songs are more heartfelt and more down to earth than thier previous effort. Tracks like jaws of life and Dance Macabre make you feel what the band was feeling when recording these songs. Great production makes this record seem as if it was recorded live and not in a studio. Great album, great songs and this band will be around for a long time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Contemplative Music September 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
My first introduction to Wintersleep was from a Channel Frederator podcast episode. They played the video for "Fog." That was several months ago now, and although I didn't buy the album right then the song still kept playing in my head. I finally looked back and found out who played it. I am so glad I did.

This album is great from start to finish. Standout tracks for me are (of course) "Fog," as well as Danse Macabre.

I can see why one reviewer (mistakenly) labeled Wintersleep "grunge," because the lead singer does have a Eddie Vedder-esque sound to his voice. The similarities end there, however. Wintersleep makes thoughtful, important music to which one must listen instead of merely hear.

I bought this album from the band's label (imported from Canada--ouch!). I wish I would have checked Amazon first, I could have saved a bit of money!
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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Love all the second-tier acts of 1995? August 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This CD is so bad, I was personally insulted upon listening to it - it only gets one star because zero is not an option. Nominated for a Juno? What a joke! (This is, of course, the same organization that gives prizes to Celine Dion and Nickelback.) If you really, really, want to be transported back to the days when yawn-inducing third-wave grunge imitators ruled the earth, if you think that the disappearance of Stone Temple Pilots is a catastrophe rather than an act of mercy, this is the CD for you. If, however, you're actually interested in the many directions that music has moved in the last fifteen years, and you don't want to hear more of a style that was exhausted around the time Friends debuted on NBC, then look elsewhere.
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