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What Makes It Go

Komeda, コメダAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 9, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Minty Fresh
  • ASIN: B000006OQR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,175 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Binario
2. It's Alright, Baby
3. Curious
4. Cul De Sac
5. Living Things
6. Flabbergast
7. Campfire
8. Happyment
9. Our Hospitality
10. Focus
11. A Simple Formality

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These cats rock March 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I used to work at the minty fresh label and I must say that this band is by far the best band on that label.The songs have Phat hooks they are catchy as hell.If you have not seen this band live you should because they are sweet
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FLABBERGASTED February 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was fortunate enough to see Komeda live in Ann Arbor, Michigan a few years back. What they were doing there, I will never know. But after hearing them, I hunted down this cd. And it is amazing. Nobody else has this sound. These songs are cutting edge in both fun and emotional depth. You can feel everything Lena sings. The tunes are dreamy electronica yum-yum, and I have to admit that I am hooked. This is one of my favourite cds ever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you... Oh yes... August 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought "What Makes it Go" because I loved "A Simple Formality." At first I wasn't impressed with the other tracks. However, after a few listens I was hooked. With feet firmly planted in the past and a vision firmly set on the future, Komeda has created a true gem.
And Lena has such a beautiful voice!
1998's #2 album, after Boards of Canada's "Music has the Right to Children."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's weee-eeird...and i wanna hear it again August 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The title of this album is most befitting for me, as I generally dispise modern "alternative" music and also tend to shy away from female vocals. As a non-fan of the genre, however, a 5-star rating from me is the highest form of praise there is. I first heard this album by grace of a friend while zonked on good hash. After hearing the first song, I made him play it again just to make sure what I heard was real-- I was instantly hooked. As my friend said of it, "it's weird..." and so it is. Komeda dares to explore unusual textures and masterfully blends bubbly pop fluff with deeper, more cerebral emotions. The musicianship ain't too shabby either. They have found the perfect balance of blending different styles and inflluences while managing not to spoil the recipe with too many ingredients. Whatever the formula-- unbeknownst to me what it is-- works. The next day , sober, I heard it again and the magic was still there. The mismatched textures, the brilliance, the unguided emotions. How can music this cheesy sound so good? When I find out, I will know what makes it go...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Makes It Go? Komeda Makes It Go May 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I find it ironic how a lot of European Pop-Rock is more creative when it comes to music as a whole. Here in America, we mostly have a Rock music preference... in fact, we are Rock. Yet, I listen to Komeda, and it's like a giant slap in the face. I compare them to groups existing here in the States, and I wonder to myself, why can't American bands be more inventive like they are? Komeda's sound is like sugar --- sweet and addictive. All of their lyrics are incredibly deep, and What Makes It Go? is most definitely not an exception. Their style is similar to The Cardigans, who also happen to come from the same country as Komeda: Sweden.
Lena's voice is absolutely haunting on this disc. It's easy to make out what she sings, and after about 2 or 3 listens, you begin picking up on the words. You'll either hum the words or play them over and over again in your head like record. I am looking forward to Komeda's future releases, and hope that others will recognize their style and open their eyes to new ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever made March 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album restored my faith in humanity, namely, that in such a hopelessly commercially-driven music market four people from north Sweden could make something so spontaneously creative and playful and rocking and have it get popular all at the same time, without worrying about what others will think. Extremely well crafted, it grows on you. It's on my desert island list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing March 21, 2000
By PopGuy
Format:Audio CD
I picked this album after reading a few reviews on it and doing some research on Minty Fresh, Komeda's record label. And what looks to be on the surface, absurd music, lies beautifully crafted melodic and fun pop music. This cd hasn't left my changer. If you want something fun, beautiful and thoughtful all at the same time... this cd is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Komedas best album July 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Half the songs are excellent, the rest are good to ok.

The only complaint is the one song (Campfire) thast not sung by Lena.

My freind loved the album too, and he listens to completely different music than I do.

Kokomemedada isn't as good (too many songs not by Lena) but its still very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Komeda is one of the best!
One of my top favorite albums! So unique and refreshing! A MUST listen! Too bad they're so obscure. They are so catchy. And that song,' Insanity is our hospitality... Read more
Published on December 25, 2011 by dirnt3X
4.0 out of 5 stars Euro revival
In the 90s, a lot of bands rediscovered sixties French pop and soundtrack music that had long been forgotten. And why not? Read more
Published on June 27, 2009 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars First 3 songs are spectacular...
Lena Karlsson, lead singer of Komeda commands your attention with the

first 3 songs off the bat. Read more
Published on October 11, 2006 by J. A. Freakin' Freestyle
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Komeda!
I wish more music like this was actually appreciated by the larger world. Oh well, I am glad that I have found it!
Published on January 13, 2006 by Ara Lyman-gregg
5.0 out of 5 stars simply put : great music
this is definately a POP genre, but if your into that, i cant recommend a better band. i really like stereolab and was massively impressed by their level of emotionalism, but... Read more
Published on April 11, 2004 by rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius.
With the voice of a siren and infectious beats, this album will lull you in and you will never be able to come back out again. Read more
Published on February 25, 2004 by Meowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Svensk
Kul att äntligen en svensk fick recensera veckans skiva! :D
Published on February 21, 2004 by Jonathan Severinsson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums EVER
I cannot put into words how amazing this album is. Perfectly crafted songs, well thought out album structure, and arrangements that amaze and terrify with every listen. Read more
Published on September 12, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho-Umea
An amazing journey to retro toones, a perfect mix between classic rock and electronic music, with that peculiar touch of a-go-go that only bands like Komeda have. Read more
Published on July 18, 2003 by RAFAEL SARMIENTO
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If you split stereolabs influence into 2 bands, the darker side would be Broadcast, the lighter side would be Komeda. Read more
Published on April 22, 2003 by Kindle Customer
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